We all love a good bargain. Nothing makes us happier than when we can get a much wanted item at a discounted price. Today we are going to talk about three reasons you don’t want to bargain hunt when shopping for hot tools.
Curling irons, straighteners, blow dryers, we all know they can damage our hair but that does not mean we can live without them. If and how your hot tools damage your hair depends on the tools you are using. Quality hot tools minimize damage, give you better results and last longer. It is essential that you invest in these quality tools to maintain and promote healthy hair in between keratin treatments. Also don't forget to add a heat protectant daily as well as use recommended styling products that provide your hair moisture and protection. Tools like straighteners use your hair's natural moisture to obtain the styles so it is essential we replace that moisture regularly.
Let’s talk materials, cheap hot tools are made from a number of materials but those materials matter. Some professional stylist recommend Ceramic, Tourmaline or titanium plated hot tools. Most bargain products may claim to be ceramic or Tourmaline but only have a very thin coat of the material over them that will crack and chip away over time. This thin coat also affects proper heat distribution that can limit their effectiveness and damage your hair over time. Titanium plated irons are usually more expensive but there’s a reason for that. Titanium distributes heat more evenly than ceramic or tourmaline. Titanium plated irons are also what is used during a smoothing treatment process because titanium is not a porous surface meaning it will not absorb any moisture or product in the hair. Ceramic plated flat irons should never be used during a keratin treatments downtime because of the porosity. The porous surface will actually strip out a treatment while it is processing. Titanium plated tools are usually built to last as well and hold up a lot longer than other materials. They are definitely worth the investment.
Ionic heat tools are another great technology that can be built into a flat iron or blow dryer to actually help smooth hair out at a molecular level. Our hair has both positive and negative ions in it and when the hair is wet it is actually positive so how this technology works is when you blow dry the hair the dryer emits negative ions that help evaporate water faster and gives that hair a more polished overall look.
Heat settings are another important thing to look for in quality styling tools. Not being able to control the heat settings for your individual hair type and needs can damage your hair, or worse. Have you ever seen those videos of someone losing a chunk of smoking hair wrapped around a curling iron? Proper heat settings are very important so you don’t damage or even burn off your hair! Anyone who styles with a blow dryer regularly also knows that different heat settings and tools are needed to obtain different looks, so if you want one tool to be more multi functional this is also important. Look for hair dryers with a minimum wattage of 1800 (for fine hair) up to 3600. Having a cool shot button on your blow dryer is also important to set your look after smoothing and drying.
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