Heat Free Styles to Keep Your Hair Healthy
With hot summer days heading our way, summer is the perfect time to try out some new heat free hairstyles. Not only will these styles help to keep you cool, they will protect your strands from thermal damage. Check out these tried and true heat free styles to keep your hair healthy and looking its best this summer.
A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science aimed to test the claims made by manufacturers of curling irons by examining the effects of such thermal treatments on the cuticular structure of the hair fiber. Typical manufacturer claims state, “that no damage is inflicted upon the hair fiber if the curling iron is used according to the specified treatment conditions, such as dry hair, short curling times, and normal tension.”
The study found that using a curling iron exactly as directed by the manufacturer will result in minimal damage to the hair, but prolonged contact times and increased tension can lead to “compression, disintegration, radial cracking, and scale edge fusion of the surface cuticle cell.” Furthermore, the study found that the propensity of hair surface damage depends on the moisture content of the hair. If hair is wet and exposed to a curling iron, the cuticle cell will become distorted due to trapped moisture expanding in the form of steam in the fiber. (J Cosmet Sci. 2004)
Parting with your curling iron may seem unfathomable, but did you know that shaping slightly damp hair into a curl and allowing it to dry is equally efficacious as using heat tools, if not more so? (Refinery29) After washing your hair, allow hair to air dry about 80 percent, then try out these no-heat curling techniques to achieve the same curly look without the damaging effects of heat:
Headband curls: First, you’ll need to wrap a soft headband (or a long piece of fabric) around your head. Then, all you have to do is twist your hair around the headband. The smaller you make the sections, the tighter your curls will be. Leave your hair like this as long as you can, while you’re doing your makeup, getting dressed, etc., or preferably overnight. (GoodHousekeeping)
The pin-up method:
Start by wrapping a two-inch section of hair (use a slightly smaller section if you want a tighter curl) around two or three fingers close to the roots of your hair. This will form a doughnut shape (the larger the doughnut the looser the curl), which you will then pin against your head using a bobby pin or a single-pronged clip. Repeat this technique until all of your hair is pinned up. When you take the pins out, you’ll have soft, beautiful curls. (Refinery29)
Braids may remind many women of the hairstyles of their childhood, but when done correctly braids can give you a chic look that saves your hair from heat damage. Another benefit of wearing your hair in a braid is that once you take the braid out you’ll have soft, natural looking waves.
If you’re bored with the classic braid, try out these variations to give your hairstyle a new twist (no pun intended):
Good news: it is possible to get gorgeous beach waves even when you’re not at the beach and without exposing your hair to any heated styling products.
One of the best ways to achieve this look is to leave your hair in a twist or braids overnight. Similar to the technique for no heat curls, start with hair that is about 80 percent dry, then secure your hair into your favorite braid before bed. In the morning, take your hair out of the braid and you’ll instantly have beachy waves.
Up-dos are not only an easy heat free style, they are also perfect to extend the time between washing your hair without having to rely on dry shampoo. Plus, up-dos can be both casual or elegant depending on how you style them.
While there are pre-made sock buns and foam doughnut you can purchase to achieve this look, you can make your own sock bun by first cutting off the toe area of a long, unused sock. To create the doughnut shape, roll the fabric from the ankle end to the toe end. Ta-da! A DIY sock bun.
To get the perfect sock bun style, StyleCaster suggests to “Pull your hair back into a ponytail, where you would like the bun to be placed. Start by pulling your ponytail through the center of the sock doughnut. Next, spread the end of your ponytail around the doughnut and begin to tuck your hair while rolling down the sock doughnut. Continue rolling down the doughnut, making sure to tuck in any loose pieces of hair while you go, until you reach the base of the ponytail.”
This up-do is perfect on those mornings when you’re rushing to get ready for the day because of how easy and quick it is. Simply toss your hair into a low ponytail, twist it, then clip it to your head with a jaw clip.
Products to use with no heat styles
The key to achieving a heat free style to keep your hair healthy is using the right products. Besides an appropriate shampoo and conditioner, you’ll want to incorporate styling products to ensure your look stays in place throughout the day. Hair spray is a must to keep your curls in place, texturizing products are ideal to use with waves, and shine serums can smooth away any flyaways with an up-do.
If you aren’t sure exactly which product to use with your no heat hairstyle, don’t worry! The hair care professionals at Shtrands can help you to choose the right products based on your specific hair type and needs. Shtrands is a team of passionate hairstylists and cosmetics chemists who recommend and deliver personalized luxury hair care regimens right to your front door. With our expert recommendations combined with these simple heat free styles you won’t even miss your heated styling tools because of how healthy your hair will look and feel.
We have a broad range of serums, mousses and creams that will help these heat-free styles to hold. Abril et Nature Gold Lifting serum is formulated specifically to add shine and definition to your waves and curls. And remember, if you have curly/wavy hair, air dry during the summer will be the best treatment for your strands.
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