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Blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons and hot rollers use high temperatures to temporarily change your hair's texture and style. Your hair pays a heavy price with frequent use of these tools, becoming dry and brittle with mega split ends, if a heat protectant isn't used to place a protective coating on each strand. Whether you have momentarily run out of your favorite heat protectant or are looking for a homemade method to protect your gorgeous locks, these ingredients pack a huge punch in the fight against heat damage. These homemade heat protectants are safe for weekly use -- though your hair and scalp may become excessively oily if these natural heat protectants are used more than once a week.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil is an inexpensive, natural oil known for restoring and protecting hair. This oil is available in straight oil formulas or in capsule form. Capsules are easily broken to release the vitamin E oil inside. Apply the oil straight to dry hair, massaging it in from the scalp to the ends of your locks. Leave the vitamin E oil on for a half hour and shampoo normally. Vitamin E conditions, softens and smooths the hair while protecting it from heat damage.
It may smell and feel icky, but mayonnaise is packed full of ingredients that offer many different benefits for your hair. Olive oil is a replacement for your hair's natural oil, sebum, to keep it moisturized. Olive oil also contains organic forms of vitamin E, which repairs and protects your hair. Eggs supply nutrients and protein, giving your hair a huge boost of shine. Mayonnaise combines these benefits to not only repair and moisturize your hair but protect it from heat damage. To dry, tangle-free hair, apply enough mayonnaise to coat every strand. Leave the mayonnaise treatment on for 30 minutes, then rinse well. Shampoo and condition your hair as normal.
Natural Hot Oil Treatments
Hot oil treatments not only correct dry, damaged locks but apply a protective coat to your hair shaft to protect the hair from heat damage and prevent frizz. Natural hot oil treatments are not as harsh as store bought treatments and add natural vitamins and nutrients to strengthen and protect your hair. Apply a natural oil like olive, almond or jojoba oil generously to dry hair. Wrap your entire head in a towel that has been heated in the dryer. Leave the towel in place until it is cool, then wash your hair normally.
If you are a girl on the run and don't have time for a homemade hair treatment, there are a few everyday products to protect your hair from heat. Before using heated styling tools, distribute a dime-sized amount of hair conditioner or moisturizing skin lotion to the ends of your wet or dry hair, avoiding the root area. These quick-fix products also work great to fight frizz and fly-aways after styling your hair, by adding a small amount to your hands and gently smoothing down any frizzy areas. These products aren't intended for everyday substitutes for a heat protectant, but they work well to protect the hair and prevent frizz quickly and easily in a hair styling emergency.