We humans never seem to be happy with what we have, instead we long for what we can’t seem to own. For instance we’re not exercising but want great stamina, and the same kind of thing goes for hairstyles. This statement holds especially true for women who have long curly hair that long for straight, shiny and long hair (while on the other hand, women who were born with straight hair yearn for waves and curls…).
For the past few years, straight, shiny and long hair has been the most desired and sought hairstyle and when it comes to hair, women will take great measures and spare no expense to maintain their hair according to the latest fashion. The equipment for straight hair includes blow dryers, flat irons, straighteners and many other products that claim to wipe curls from your hair. Some people even spend hundreds of dollars to obtain straight and curl-free hair for a few months through processes like Brazilian blow-out or Japanese hair straightening treatment. The most frequently asked question isif these processes and products make a difference or do they damage your hair? Below we will discuss some facts about hair and these products.
Straight, Curly or Wavy:
People wonder why they have so curly or wavy hair and not straight? The answer is simple, the type of hair we have depends upon something called hair follicles. Our hair grow out of these follicles and shape of our follicles depends on our genes.
Is Blow Drying Harmful?
Actually, your hair is already dead tissue so it’s not like you can kill it but blow drying can cripple your hair’s cuticle which safeguards your hair. Heat can parch all of the moisture your hair obtains from the shaft, moisture that is necessary in order to protect your hair from damage.
Even though blow-drying is a cheap and easy way to straighten hair at home (or even when travelling), but if you intend to do it on daily basis then you should condition your hair regularly as well. Integrating a diffuser into your blow-dryer is also a good choice and you are free to experiment with products that claim to protect your hair from heat damage.
Flat irons or Straighteners:
Hair straighteners or flat irons follow the same principle as blow dryers. They apply heat to your hair and heat is potential of causing damage if high temperature setting is used or by frequent use of hair straightener. However, flat iron technology is improving every day, and as the the best natural hair straightener ratings of 2015 prove you can reduce damage by using products that provide heat protection or use leave-in conditioner before straightening your hair.
Long term straightening processes:
There was no limit to women’s joy who yearned for straight when they heard of a process called Brazilian blow-out process. This South American process has become quite eminent despite the lengthy procedure and expensive price that can cost you up to $600.
The process compromises of introducing a formula called keratin into your hair (hair is essentially made up of a protein called keratin) followed by a high temperature straightening process which leaves your hair with a smooth gloss. The problem with this process is that some products contain formaldehyde which is also a carcinogenic substance. Canada recently issued a warning for citizens to prohibit them from using a product called “Brazilian Blow Out Solution” because it contains dangerous levels of formaldehyde.