Addicted to Hot Tools? These Strand-Saving Treatments Are For You
Hi. My name is Lisa, and I am addicted to curling irons. (Also, Coconut Kefir, but that's a different post.) "Addicted" may sound strong, but truth is, it's probably an understatement. I refuse to leave the house with my hair au naturel and keep a hot tong under my work desk for styling emergencies. It's always plugged in and ready to go. More proof: The last time I went on vacay I forgot my curler and insisted on buying a replacement at the airport. I was going to a remote island in the Philippines... (Still managed to use it though.)
Even if you don't rely on hot tools as much as I do, most women I know use a hairdryer at least a few times a week. That relatively small amount of playtime is still enough to cause heat damage immediately and over time, resulting in frizz and fried ends. Happily there is a way to restore hair back to a healthy-looking state almost instantly, and it's as simple as using a conditioning or strengthening mask every week. With so many on the market you don't even need to shell out top dollar to get results. Ahead, we've compiled seven strand-saving treatments perfect for rescuing heat-damaged strands.
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Bumble and bumble Mending Masque ($60)
The tube reads "for the (truly) damaged" so if you colour or perm your hair as well as heat style it, this mending mask could be just what you've been searching for. A cocktail of moisturising ingredients like pro-vitamin B5 and creatine leaves hair significantly more manageable.
3More Inches Pre Wash Treatment ($62)
Designed to be used pre-shampoo, this strengthening treatment relies on a blend of proteins (including a type derived from cashmere—fancy) to both treat and prevent future damage. Keeping hair strong is key in reaching Rapunzel-like lengths, so give it a go if you're trying to grow out your lob.
L'Oreal Paris EverStrong Strengthening & Repairing Mask Treatment ($16)
According to the brand, this mask "adds strength from the 1st wash". Impressive, no? It's also formulated without harsh sulfates which further helps to keep the hair fibre strong and looking healthy.
Dr Hauschka Strengthening Hair Treatment ($56)
This oil-based treatment is great for renewing the look of brittle hair. It's based around natural ingredients including neem leaf extract which helps to strengthen keratin, aka the stuff your hair is made from. Use it pre-shampoo, or apply before a swim for added protection against the drying effects of salt water and chlorine.
Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment ($55)
Years ago I was unfortunate enough to leave a salon with bleach burn to my scalp and strands. My hair looked like straw. This intensive treatment, rich in quinoa protein and nourishing plant oils, helped save it. If it can handle that, imagine what it can do for your straightener-fried hair.