This article was updated in July 2016!
With so many different kinds of oils providing a variety of unique and mutual benefits for hair, one would expect some of those benefits would transfer into applying oils prior to using heat styling devices such as a blow dryer, a flat iron or a curling iron. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Application of certain oils can lead to frying your hair once the device surface comes in contact with your hair. This usually leads to severe hair damage. The only way to recover from this type of damage is by cutting your hair.
A safe bet would be to avoid combining oils and a heat styling device but if you like using oil for everything to do with your hair, then there are some oils that work with heat styling without damaging hair. They are:
These oils have a very high smoking point and can tolerate the high temperatures of a blow dryer, flat iron or curler up to 500 F.
Under no circumstances should the following oils be applied to your hair when it comes to heat styling:
While the smoking point of some non-recommended oils such as coconut oil and sesame oil fall within the temperature range mentioned, the main issue is increased amounts of heat degrades the qualities of these oils. They are better reserved for other suitable hair treatments. You can find out more about the smoking point of oils HERE.
Bottom-line, you can use certain kinds of oil for blow drying, straightening or curling. However, they should be used with caution to avoid damaging your hair. Here are a few pointers: –
- Always test a small section of the hair before proceeding with your whole head.
- Apply the oil lightly otherwise you’ll end up with greasy hair.
- Start at a low – mid temperature especially with the flat iron.
- Always apply your usual heat protectant first before applying the oil.
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