While the heat from hair styling tools can shape hair to your de­sired look, it can also wreck your hair and leave it look­ing dull and feel­ing rough. Here’s what you need to know to pro­tect against heat dam­age. By Si­mone Wu

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We share the tips, tricks and tools you can use to do that.

Prep Be­fore You Blow-dry

Stop rub­bing your hair back and forth with a reg­u­lar cot­ton towel af­ter wash­ing. This rough­ens the hair cu­ti­cle and makes the strands gen­er­ally coarse to the touch. In­stead, switch to a mi­crobre towel that can soak up mois­ture with­out frizzing up your strands. Dry your hair as much as you can with the mi­crobre towel to re­duce your blowdry­ing time. Then ap­ply a heat-pro­tec­tive lo­tion (but not the spray type) over all the strands be­fore us­ing the hairdryer. This will help re­duce fric­tion and the break­age that could re­sult when blow-dry­ing.

The Right Tools

In­vest in hairstyling tools that can help to fur­ther pre­vent heat dam­age. The Dyson Su­per­sonic hairdryer ($599, pic­tured right) has a pow­er­ful dig­i­tal mo­tor to de­liver high-pres­sure air that will dry your hair quickly. It’s a smart de­vice that also comes with a heat mon­i­tor which mea­sures and reg­u­lates the tem­per­a­ture of the air 20 times a sec­ond to keep hair dam­age at bay. It has four heat set­tings (28 deg C, 60 deg C, 80 deg C and 100 deg C), three airow set­tings, and a cold-shot func­tion to al­low styling ver­sa­til­ity.

Use Lower Tem­per­a­tures

Thin­ner, ner hair is more prone to dam­age, so if you have this hair type, you should use a lower heat set­ting when you’re blow-dry­ing or heat-styling. Re­mem­ber to keep a dis­tance be­tween your­self and the gad­get you’re us­ing – hold your hairdryer be­tween 15cm and 25cm away from your hair and di­rect the air down the hair shaft, not at your head. If pos­si­ble, use a dif­fuser at­tach­ment for more even heat dis­tri­bu­tion.

Dis­trib­ute Heat Evenly

Don’t run your styling tool re­peat­edly over the same sec­tion of hair or keep the heat source tar­geted at one spot for a long time. Do­ing so will over­heat that spot and can cause the hair there to break. You may think that pil­ing on the heat is a good way of re­in­forc­ing your hair­style, but it will ac­tu­ally do more harm than good.

Af­ter Styling

Aside from pro­tect­ing hair against heat from styling tools, you also need to pro­tect it against the sun, which can dry it out and fade its colour. While you’re styling your hair, also mist a pro­tec­tive spray all over it to pre­vent mois­ture loss through­out the day.

Weekly Care

Re­plen­ish­ing your hair’s nat­u­ral mois­ture af­ter heat styling is es­sen­tial – you can do this by ap­ply­ing a hy­drat­ing mask once or twice a week at home and get­ting a protein treat­ment at the salon ev­ery month or two. This com­bi­na­tion of at-home and salon care can im­prove the con­di­tion of your hair.

Avoid hot show­ers

Be­sides all the point­ers about heat styling tools given here, you should also bear this com­mon­sense prac­tice in mind: Don’t wash your hair with hot water, as this can ir­ri­tate your scalp and dam­age your hair. If you’re not com­fort­able with cold show­ers, at least try to go with room-tem­per­a­ture water.

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