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With so many different kinds of oils providing a variety of unique and mutual benefits for hair, one would expect some of those benefits to 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 exactly the case.
Application of certain natural oils can lead to frying your hair once the device surface comes in contact with your hair. This usually leads to severe hair damage. There have even been cases of the hair coming right off. The only way to recover from this type of damage is by trimming your hair irrespective of whatever magical solutions you locate online.
The Best Natural Oils for Heat Styling
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 like I do, then there are some oils that work with heat styling without damaging hair. They are:
My personal favourite is grapeseed oil. 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.
The Worst Natural Oils for Heat Styling
There are many oils that degrade when heated up but there are some that do not do well at all with heat and shouldn’t be used for 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.
- You can apply your usual heat protectant before applying the oil although I find the oil works quite well on its own.
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