Taking care of your hair color should be a priority especially if you spend big bucks in the salon. Many professional hair colorists say that one of the most common causes of damage to hair color is the improper use of a flat iron by the client.
A flat iron can tame frizz and unruly curls into sleek, silky, healthy-feeling tresses. Whenever you apply heat to your hair repeatedly, this can ultimately result in damaging hair and ruin color. Using the flat iron at the right heat setting, and using it as correctly, may help avoid dull, broken, heat-damaged hair and hair color.
Compared to chemical straightening methods, that permanently restructure the hair, a flat iron will smooth and straighten hair by pressing it through heated plates, which temporarily reshape the hydrogen bonds. Yet when it comes to straightening flat ironed hair, exposing it to humidity, rain or shampooing, hair will return to its usual curly or wavy position. According to many professional colorists state that side-effects of altering the hair with heat eventually results in damage to the outer cuticle, creating dry split ends, flyaways, dull hair color and damaged-broken tresses that appear thin, and shaggy.
Nowadays many retail flat irons are equipped with heat settings that reach up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. However, many professional hair stylists indicate that such high temperatures are not recommended, and advise that exposing the hair to temperatures above 350 Fahrenheit for even five minutes may harm hair and destroy hair color. When a hot flat iron is applied to damp hair or hair that’s been bleached, permed or colored, damage can occur at even lower temperatures.
Many professional hair stylists recommend using professional grade flat irons that are equipped with ceramic heating elements. These types of flat iron are more reliable, allowing the plates of the iron to heat up evenly. This allows hair to be pressed through the plates only once to get the results that you desire. If you have an inexpensive model, you may find yourself repeatedly applying the plates to your tresses without much luck. Be sure to move in one direction through the plates quickly, without snagging.
We recommend using a flat iron less as possible, no more than two to three times a week. For additional protection against heat styling, use COLURE’s Leave-In Spray plus to protect your hair and to preserve hair color. Also, use COLURE Thermal Spray Plus or Shine Spray Plus to provide maximum hair color and heat protection. The idea here is to keep your hair protected during heat styling. Hair damage from a flat iron is noticeable, and hair color will appear less than healthy and vibrant, the downside is that you may have to live with it for several years until the new healthy hair grows out.