Often times to attain wonderfully straight hair, many of us must turn to flat irons and other high temperature appliances to get that perfect result. The flat iron can be a great beauty tool in the hands of professional hair stylists, but when it is overused, we risk serious damage to our hair both temporarily and permanently.
How does a simple flat iron damage hair? Unfortunately, any sort of extreme heat can be harmful to your hair. Temperatures above 347 degrees Fahrenheit will typically cause damage that is permanent, so be careful and stay aware. Flat irons and similar devices use incredibly high heat, which can reach up to over 400 degrees. Those beautiful straightening results you're after are achieved by altering the hair's internal structure as it breaks down the hydrogen bonds within. The only way to undo this process is by letting the hair grow out once the damage is done.
While it's important to remember that flat irons do not directly cause hair loss itself, they are directly responsible for the heat damage which can sometimes lead to hair loss. Additionally, flat irons are not the only culprits for heat-related damage. Any sort of hair appliance that utilizes high temperatures will affect the structure of the hair. For example, wet ironing does not spare your hair just because it is wet and thus "cooler" at the time an iron is taken to it. In fact, the moisture in wet ironing can be even more damaging to the hair than regular flat ironing. And of course, we've all heard how blow drying hair on high heat will ultimately be damaging to it. In essence, the longer that hair is heated, the more damage it will suffer.
To keep your hair healthy, use either low heat or be infrequent in the high heat you subject your hair to. The good news regarding heat damage is that if you are experiencing hair loss due to this issue, the problem is temporary in nature. Simply decrease the use of heat and your hair will be back to its beautifully voluminous self soon enough! What's more, you can cut off the damaged hair and update your look with a nice haircut since hair grows anywhere from a quarter inch to a half inch a month!
If you're struggling with hair loss and are wondering if heat damage is the problem, our team of hair experts is here to help. We'll help you find the solution that's right for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation today.