The daily use of the hair straightener is very negative for the health of your hair, since it tends to burn it and weaken it. For this reason, it is useful to know what consequences its habitual use has.
If we talk about different tools that help many women when it comes to styling their hair and giving them a renewed and different look, there is no doubt that the one known as a hair straightener is probably one of the most helpful, used and popular. Why? Mainly because, thanks to it, a woman with wavy hair can quickly enjoy perfectly smooth and soft hair.
It is, as we see, a very popular tool, especially used especially in those who have fluffy and wavy hair. And, in this sense, there are those who use it very occasionally (on a few occasions we could almost say), and those who tend to use it practically every day.
If this is your case, it is quite possible that at some other time you have wondered about whether the use of the straightener on your hair is safe, whether or not it can cause damage, and if its daily use is especially a risk.
How do hair straighteners work?
Our hair, specifically each of our hairs, is made up of keratin, a protein made up of a series of amino acids tremendously rich in sulfur. These amino acids form a series of disulfide bonds, which consist of chains that join a sulfur atom to another atom that is close to it.
In this sense, both the number and the very nature of the bonds that form in the keratin hair fibers are actually genetically determined.
However, did you know that if we apply enough heat to the hair we may be able to break these bonds? Specifically, when applying heat to the hair we tend to break or deform the bonds that the hair naturally has.
Then, by holding the hair taut as we cool it down by stopping applying heat, we tend to force the new bonds to eventually form to our full will.
In this way, as many beauty experts state, higher temperatures do not make the hair straighten faster, but a constant but lower heat tends to work much better, since the use of heat above that considered as the optimum temperature for the correct ironing of the hair is harmful.
Is using hair straighteners bad for our hair?
Some studies have found that these bonds begin to break at 70ºC. But the truth is that, in reality, most hair straighteners tend to maintain and reach a temperature that ranges between 120 to 185ºC. There are even brands whose hair straighteners exceed this temperature.
According to those same scientific studies, did you know that if we apply a temperature higher than 190 degrees to our hair, we will actually end up burning it? This temperature drops to 130 grams if, in addition to using the hair straightener, you have used a dye, straightening or perm on your hair, processing it chemically.
Moreover, there are many experts who consider that it is not appropriate or beneficial for the health of your hair to use the hair straightener more than 2 or 3 times a week, since excessive use can cause the hair cuticle to weaken. And the final result will be the least expected: dry, frizzy, brittle hair, rough to the touch and with split ends.
In addition, it is extremely important to use a permanent conditioner or a protective product that ultimately helps in protecting the hair from heat. Something that, in reality, few women take into account every time they use the hair straightener.
Useful tips when using the hair straightener
It is very important to prepare the hair for ironing, and above all to know how to do it so that ultimately the hair is capable of withstanding the powerful impact of high temperatures.
On the one hand, it is essential to wash your hair with a quality shampoo and then apply a permanent conditioner. Then, when your hair is damp, evenly apply a suitable product for ironing hair, which acts as a thermal protector.
On the other hand, remove all the moisture present in the hair by drying it very well. In this way you will prevent the hair from burning and the hair fibers from weakening almost instantly.
Finally, if you have normal hair, it is advisable that the temperature of the iron ranges between 170º to 180º (never exceeding 190º), and if your hair is very fine or has been dyed, it should not exceed 130º.