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Does hairstyling affect your hair?  If so, how to style to get healthy-looking hair?

Does hairstyling affect your hair? If so, how to style to get healthy-looking hair?

As much as we all love our blow dryers, straightening irons and curling irons, excessive heat when hairstyling can affect your hair, so it is important to minimize hair’s exposure to heat. Using a heat-protective spray before hairstyling, holding the blow-dyer several inches away from hair and quickly passing straightening irons through hair so that the heat is not concentrated in one area are all excellent preventative measures against heat damage.

Excessive friction from manual hairstyling, like overly-zealous brushing, backcombing or teasing can also damage and affect the look of your hair. To protect hair from friction-related hairstyling damage, use conditioner every time you shampoo (be sure to choose the conditioner that is right for your hair structure and the look you want to achieve), detangle wet hair with a wide-toothed comb, and try root-lifting products to create lift and volume rather than backcombing.