Once a week, Lane will answer beauty advice questions sent in by readers. Have a question? Need advice? Ask Lane! Contact her at lane (at) theoutsidelane (dot) com.
This week's question comes from Jenny in Haltom City.
Help! I am frying my hair. I use a flat iron on a daily basis--sometimes more than once. It's damaging my ends, but I don't know what else to do. What can I do? --Also, loved the article about Emmy makeup. I'm working the Michelle Dockery look, and that's another reason I need the flat iron.
Thanks for writing in! I always love hearing from readers. For as long as we've been styling our hair, we've been damaging it and there are products galore on the market claiming to repair and restore. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so let's focus on what you can do before straightening (or curling) your hair that will protect it from harsh treatment.
First things first: If you have severe damage, get a trim. It's a good idea to trim up your ends every five weeks, or so. You don't need a full haircut, but keeping the ends cleaned up will keep your hair healthy longer.
My two favorite heat protecting products are the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray and the Toni & Guy Heat Protection Spray Mist. You can apply either of these to damp or dry hair. Spray a little of one of the products on the ends of your hair before drying. When your hair is dry, as you straighten or curl each segment, spritz that lock of hair again. It will protect the natural moisture in your hair and help you set your style at the same time.
The Blandi product costs a little more, but it also works well to fight humidity. I swear by the stuff.
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