Lea Michele Says Protect Your Hair

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Lea Michele, the star of my fav new show Glee, puts her hair through the ringer each and every day. Lea Michele’s hair routine starts with blow drying, then straightening with an iron, and then adding extensions! My gosh that is a daily routine. What is her secret to keeping her hair healthy? Use protection on your hair. Yes like a thermal protector. It is so important to use a thermal protector on your hair daily to help fight the effects of heat damage. This is even if you just use a hair dryer. I use the CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protector and I love it since it is light and doesn’t leave a nasty residue on my hair.

CHI 44 Iron Guard – We Love it!

CHI Iron GuardSo you decide to upgrade to the “Professional” hair dryer and straightening iron and you assume that once you switch your hair will be shiny, frizz free, and bouncy.  Wrong!  After continued use of professional grade hair appliances many start to notice deterioration in their hair health.  You may start to experience dryness at the roots and split ends. 

So what can we do to protect our hair from these high grade heating elements?  My secret is the CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Styling Spray by Farouk Systems!  Let me tell you this stuff works!  After continued use of this magic potion I have noticed an increase in volume, moisture, and shine.  It has also completely eliminated the pesky dryness at my roots!  This thermal protecting spray uses the power of ceramic to provide superior heat protection from the inside out.  This is exactly what your hair needs to beat the heat.  It also has Cationic Hydration Interlink™ that softens and balances hair, locking in moisture which helps to eliminate the dryness.  

How to use this spray? Spray a light mist of the CHI 44 Iron Guard spray on your hair when wet.  Comb through your hair for even distribution. Blow dry your hair and style as normal.  I assure you will say bye bye to dry damaged hair!  StyleBell Tip:  Do not overspray this product as it will weigh down your hair.  Remember a little goes a long way!

4 Step Hair Care According to ghd

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Step 1:  Cleanse & Nourish
When heat-styling, it’s essential to prepare your hair properly. From cleansing shampoos to nourishing conditioners to specific hair care treatments, you should create the perfect base for your styling creativity. The products you choose should replenish, rejuvenate and condition your hair for maximum long-term protection & health – and look for products with UV protection, so you’re safe from the sun, too.

ghd Thermal Protecting SprayStep 2: Protect
Thermal protection is necessary for all different hair types. This is also where you should try to find a product with UV protection as well as a thermal barrier ingredient which will deflect heat away from the hair’s surface, and create an invisible force field around the cuticle to prevent heat damage and moisture loss. That way, you can heat-style to your hair’s content – with your hairdryer, styling irons or any other heat source without damaging your hair. Check out our great line of GHD Thermal Protectants.

ghd Obedience CreamStep 3: Style
The third step should be a styling product that will help you achieve your styling goals. Look for products that create volume, texture and control, and especially those that are heat-activated, and created to work along with flat irons and styling irons. A heat-activated protection shield should form around the hair and re-activate whenever you brush or apply heat to the hair. That way you can style with confidence; with no limit to your creativity. GHD Obedience Cream is fabulous for smoothing that style fast and will work wonders with your GHD MK3 Flat Iron.

Step 4: Finish
Lastly, you should put the perfect finishing touch to heat-styled hair, whatever your hair type, style or desired result. You can add hold, go for a brilliant shine or take on a contemporary matte finish – there are great waxes and balms out there too. Just make sure you don’t go overboard. A little goes a long way with a finishing product. Especially if it adds a shine. You want shiny, not greasy.

ghd MK3 1GHD is a leader in heat-styling with professional ceramic styling irons plus GHD Thermodynamics, a collection of heat styling products. Visit our GHD section for more information and product details.
 
-StraightBelle

Save Your Strands with Healthy Heat Protection

When you straighten your hair with your flat iron, do you ever think about the damage you may be causing? Yep, you should. There are a variety of healthy heat protectants on the beauty market to help take care of your hair and protect it from heat damage while you straighten (or use any heat styling appliance).

Paul Brown Hawaii Flat IronThink about it, if you are using a flat iron that goes up to 450+ degrees don’t you think you might want to protect your locks? Hair gets damaged on its own, it’s best not to add to it by literally frying it every day with a flat iron. There are a few great protectants that buffer the excessive heat from flat irons (and curling irons, blow dryers, pressing combs, and hot rollers!) while enhancing the effectiveness of each appliance. Pictured: Paul Brown Hawaii Flat Iron.

It’s best to choose a protectant that suits your comfort level. Spray, serum, lotion, gel? Hmmm… which is best? All of them promise to protect your hair, and technically of them will just by adding that layer of coating between your hair and the super hot temperature of your flat iron. When choosing a heat protectant, look for ones that are lightweight, heat-activated, and packed with healthy ingredients. Here are just a few of my top thermal protecting picks:

Redken Smooth Down Heat GlideRedken Smooth Down Heat Glide
Is it ok to start this review with WOW? This protective smoother from Redken is a leave-in serum that provides heat-safe control and tames even the frizziest frizz. If you have uncooperative, unruly, unmanageable hair, you must, must, must try Redken’s Smooth Down Heat Glide. Packed with healthy ingredients like nourishing macadamia oil, and smoothing candelilla wax, your hair will behave like it never gave you a minute’s trouble. Using ‘interbond’ conditioning technology, Smooth Down promises mega smoothing, intense shine and a long-lasting frizz free results. This product delivers. Big time.

FHI Heat Hot SauceFHI Heat Hot Sauce

Of course if you want super-smooth hair you should protect it from the potential drying and damage from flat irons, but why not repair it at the same time? FHI Heat Hot Sauce is different than silicone protectants…it’s moisture-based. This means that when it is heated by your flat iron it actually penetrates into the core of the hair to reconstruct and deeply condition the hair from the inside out. With regular use dry, damaged hair will be restored. Must be those heat-activated jojoba crystals!

Plus: You know I love great packaging and this little hot sauce inspired bottle is awesome.

ghd Thermal Protecting SprayGHD Thermal Protecting Spray
This lightweight, humidity resistant mist is formulated with exclusive UVA protection that provide thermal protection to your hair from heat styling damage, while moisturizing from roots to ends, and protecting it from the sun’s harmful rays. It promises to instantly provide a brilliant shine, repair split ends, and eliminate frizz. The end result is a luminous, glossy finish without buildup. Saving my hair from damage AND leaving my hair soft, shiny, and smooth at the same time? You really can’t beat this one. Plus, I like to spray products on wet hair. The less you touch wet hair with your hands the better. Your hair is very vulnerable when it’s wet, so a couple of spritzes will ensure a nice even coating.

Bonus points: It comes in three varieties to target your specific styling needs – normal to fine hair, dry/coarse hair, and weak/damaged hair. Can’t decide? If you are using a flat iron to create a straight style, pick normal to fine.

CHI Silk InfusionCHI Silk Infusion
Another Silk based product, CHI Silk Infusion doesn’t disappoint! Created by the makers of the best-selling flat irons, those guys really know what they are doing over there at CHI headquarters. Developed to work specifically with the CHI flat irons, this restructuring complex is a rich leave-in treatment enriched with pure silk, wheat, and soy proteins that penetrate and strengthen your hair while you straighten. CHI Silk Infusion works wonders, smells great and makes your hair look like you just came back from the salon. If you ever wonder how the pro’s do it, now you know. Plus, the added manageability and softness will leave you in healthy hair heaven!

L'anza Strait-Line Thermal DefenseL’anza Strait-Line Thermal Defense Heat Styler

This is one of our most popular heat stylers, and one you’ve probably never heard of before. L’anza’s lightweight spray-in treatment smoothes strands with a “Thermal Defense” barrier that protects hair from the excessive heat of flat irons, curling irons, hair dryers, hot rollers …everything. Its silky smooth formula provides gentle slip-through the hair for effortless glides down the hair section while styling. It truly lives up to its name; straight styles are super-easy with L’anza Strait-line. Though you may not be too familiar with this brand, people rave about how great it is – it’s a best-seller!

Bonus points: This thermal protectant also defends hair from the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can cause additional dryness and damage to delicate hair strands.

So go ahead and fire up your flat iron, just make sure to protect your hair first. We’ve got an entire section dedicated to healthy heat protection, so you’ll be sure to find one that’s best for you!

-CurlyBelle