What does heat styling do to your hair?

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So I have been researching a lot about what heat actually does to your hair. During the summer I didn’t touch my hair with heat but as the months get cooler I find myself reaching for the heat tools a bit more plus my hair isn’t drying as quick as it did in the summer! Ive always know that heat isn’t amazing for your hair but I wanted to find a few more facts out so I have a justified reason to not use heat and to give me something to think about before I pick up the curler! All websites and articles where I found these bits of information will be linked at the bottom if you want to dig deeper.

  1. Researchers say early results are a bit inconclusive. It turns out that everyone’s hair is different and that there’s no exact temperature where hair straightening becomes hair damage. People with naturally curly hair can suffer more damage from heat irons than those with straight hair. Though heat tools do cause extreme thermal stress on your hair, with temps reaching as high as 200°C.
  2. So we have these things called ‘S-S or disulfide bonds’ within hair strands that give hair its strength along with protein cross-links, these can be permanently broken with high or excessive heat. Heat damage cannot be repaired. Heat styling weakens or breaks the keratin in your hair, which is responsible for the hairs shape. When looking to buy a new flat iron, look for ceramic or titanium irons with heat controls, so you are able to control the iron’s temperature.  This way you can start at a low setting and increase or decrease the temperature depending if you need to.
  3. No heat, does not equal hair growth. It’s all about moderation.  Minimal heat use can be beneficial for your hair but its all about what you do & how you care for your hair. Hair grows from the root, but obviously if your hair is damage at the ends and is breaking it may seem like your hair isn’t growing.
  4. One experience responsible for damage to hair is loss of moisture when using heat. Evaporation of the water molecules, in your hair, due to application of heat can alter the internal protein structure and change mechanical properties of individual hair strands. This can change curl patterns, cause frizz, and result in hair that is more prone to breaking & causes it to feel less soft.
  5. Rapid Water Loss – The extremely high temperatures encountered in heat use create intense conditions that can cause water to rapidly boil off from sites where it resides within the hair shaft. This rapid boiling can create voids in the hair structure and look like strings of bubbles within the strand. These burst through the cuticle, leaving spots in the hair, which lead to split ends and breakage, this leads to cracks in the cuticle as well, making the hair prone to more moisture loss and breakage. This type of damage is severe.
  6. High temperatures can cause oxidation of pigments found in hair, both naturally occurring ones and artificial hair colour. This fading is particularly pronounced in reds, auburns and lighter brunette shades

It was fun looking at websites to find out facts and dig a little deeper, its definitely something to think about when I’m next picking up the blow dryer. Though I don’t think I will completely stop using heat, I’m going to make sure I leave a couple of days + in-between uses.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!


Here are the links as promised




3 Cheap & Easy DIY Gifts

Easy knitted scarf

Pattern I used was knit,purl I had cast on I think 20 stitches and used two balls of wool from wool and the gang!

To see what it turned out like click the link!


Easy beaded flower bracelet

This bracelet is so cute and really easy to make, wary my video linked below to see how easy it is to make!


Super easy Bow hair clips

These are so cute and so cheap to make. There are lots of ways to make these and they are all on YouTube, here is how I made mine..


Bedhead by TIGI recharge antioxidant shine shampoo and conditioner

BED HEAD by TIGI Recharge Tween Duo Anti-Oxidant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner – 750 ml , Pack of 2

Description- for those that want supercharged shine. This antioxidant rich shampoo removes pollutants, sweat & build up to reveal super reflective shine. The conditioner loaded with anti oxidants & vitamins gives you dazzling results. Maintains healthy hair & helps protect against uv & thermal damage

My thoughts- I love this shampoo & can’t wait to try a different version of it. My hair is curly/wavy has been coloured and bleached quite a bit so can look quite damaged if I don’t look after it.

I have been using these since NYE 17 so a couple of months and oh my god my hair has never felt softer. I can’t really claim it removes pollutants as I don’t know if the shampoo actually does that but it most definitely removes build up and sweat. My hair feels super clean once I’ve lathered and rinsed. I found I didn’t need a lot to get a decent lather which is a positive in my book! My hair didn’t feel knotty after shampooing which happens to me quite a bit. My only negative is that my hair colour faded quickly compared to what I’m used to but I am using a new hair colour too, Pravana Vivids violet, so I don’t know if it’s just this colour that doesn’t last as long as I’m used too but it’s no biggy.

The conditioner, I love this too, my hair hasn’t felt so soft in ages. After years of bleach and heat damage I decided to give my hair a break this year eg no heat challenges & wearing protective styles and this has helped massively. My hair doesn’t need anything to untangle or smooth or smooth after this, it makes my hair very shines compared to how it was & smells lovely!

Overall I love this shampoo and conditioner set & cant wait to try and experiment with their other products

You can purchase this here BED HEAD by TIGI Recharge Tween Duo Anti-Oxidant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner – 750 ml , Pack of 2