Dr Oz, Choosing Hair Straightener and Protect Hair From Heat Damage

Dr. Oz and Audrey Sivasothy Discuss The Best Hair Straighteners and How To Protect Hair From Heat Damage

Millions of women straighten their hair when they want a shiny and smooth appearance.  However, achieving this look can be causing damage to your hair if you aren’t using the right products.  Today, Dr. Oz invited Audrey Sivasothy (author of the books “Science of Black Hair” and “Hair Care Rehab“) on to the show to talk about the do’s and donts when straightening your hair.  Here are the tips they shared on how to avoid heat damage to your hair.

Choosing The Best Flat Irons For Your Hair

Audrey Sivasothy is a hair expert and she said that long term use of flat irons and other heating tools for your hair can cause damage.  She said the secret depends on the temperature that you are heating your hair and the length you are using your hair tool.  Here are the tips that she gave on today’s (December 13, 2013) episode :

  • Set the flat iron temperature to between 275 and 375 degrees.
  • Find the lowest temperature as possible that will straighten your hair to your liking.

How To Avoid Heat Damage When Straightening Your Hair

  • Only apply a flat iron or heating tool to clean hair.  Otherwise you could be “baking in” hair products that can cause damage.
  • Use a silicone based heat protectant to guard against heat damage.
  • Make sure that your hair is moisturized well

Choosing A Hair Straightener

Not sure of how you should choose a hair a straightener?  Audrey gave the following tips :

  • Choose a multi-layered ceramic hair straightener.  These are better at heating your hair evenly.
  • Choose a hair straightener that has a digital temp display

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