Is it safe to curl my hair more than 3 times a week?
Being able to curl your hair professionally at home has given beauty so much freedom. The olden days of curlers and pins are long gone, and curling irons, flat irons or a curling wand can help you master a number of looks from spirals to barrel curls, from those beach curls to your favorite curly up do.
The only problem is that once your start using it, styling your hair without it seems almost impossible. This begs the question - can you curl your hair more than three times a week?
The short answer is, “Yes, you can”. The long answer is, “Yes, you can, if you take good care of your hair and use your curler properly”. So, if you intend to use your curling iron more than three times a week there are definitely some things you need to know.
Why curling irons and flat flat irons can damage your hair?
If your hair is naturally straight, it means that the hair follicle structure is round, which makes your hair more cylindrical in shape, thus keeping it straight. Naturally curly hair has a more oval shaped follicle, which results in a slightly more flattened hair structure, causing it to curl.
If you want straight hair to curl, you have to force it into a curly shape either by prolonged exposure to a curly shape – such as with those dreaded curlers, or you can force it into a curly shape with heat. This is off course where the curling iron comes in handy – with their extremely hot temperatures, you can manipulate your hair into almost any curly shape you desire.
Tips to protect your hair while curling
Repeated and prolonged use of extreme heat on hair can dry out and damage the hair, which can cause it to break and split in the long term. This is definitely something that no girl wants – and lucky for us there are ways to protect and nourish your hair, even if you are using your curling iron a lot. So here are some tips and tricks that can help you get those perfect curls, while keeping your beautiful hair.
1. Practice makes perfect. Curling irons work at such high temperatures that you kind of need to know what you are doing before your even start curling your hair. No one wants to copy those iconic movie faux pas, where the curl burns her hair with a curling iron. So we recommend practicing with the heat off...just until you get the hang of it.
2. Protect those strands. When you plan on heat curling your hair, make sure to get some good quality heat protectant spray to use on your hair beforehand. These products insulate your hair so that the heat does not evaporate all of the moisture from your hair – thereby minimizing the damage to each strand. As an added bonus, spraying your hair beforehand will also ensure your curl keep better for longer, versus spraying at the end.
3. Keep it low. The maximum temperature that hair can withstand is 392ºF or 200ºC, so it is always advised to dial down the heat on your iron. Instead of relying on too an intense heat, rather curl you hair a bit slower, so as to expose it to the heat for a bit longer. Make sure you don’t hold the iron on for too long – somewhere between 10 and 20 seconds is just fine. Less than 10 seconds may be to little, while more than 20 seconds can increase the chances of damaging your hair.
4. Keep it slow. Since you are working with such high heat, it is never an goo idea to try and curl your hair in a rush. I have seen many a girl with some really bad burns on their hand and arms due to reckless curling iron use. Rather take it slow and get the job done right.
5. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. If you use a curling iron regularly, opt for a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to help restore any lost moisture from your hair. Also make sure to deep condition your hair at least once a week using a product that contains argan oil, shea butter or keratin.
How to get the best curls with any iron or wand?
It is important to remember that different curling irons, wands or flat irons will give you different curling results – but only if your use them in exactly the same way. Sim ply by changing the way you curl your hair, you can achieve almost any style with almost any iron.
Dry your hair properly. Yes, the heat form the curling will help dry your hair, but your wet hair will certainly not help to keep the curl in. make sure to blow dry your hair completely before you use you curling iron – this will give you the best results by far.
Invest in a good quality curling iron. Cheaper will not necessarily save you any money if you are gong to be spending more on hair treatments an cuts to save your hair from damage. Tourmaline and titanium irons are your best choice and will leave your hair silky smooth and shiny too. They also tend to heat more evenly, resulting in better curls. These will also have an adjustable heat control, which is great. Thin hair needs much less heat than thick hair, and can damage at these higher temperatures. On the other hand, too low temperatures will not curl thick hair – so you will simply be wasting your time.
Once you have followed the tips and trick listed above, all that is left is to start experimenting with your curling iron. Decide on the type of curl you would like and have a look online for some great videos on how to get a wavy, or tight curl. Now give it a go and enjoy those beautiful curls and healthy hair as many times a week as you want!