Tips for hot tools.
What to use? Ionic, ceramic, tourmaline, wattage, heat, power.. where does one begin?
Hot tools are used by most of us everyday. We usually use a blowdryer, flat iron or curling iron to achieve the desired style we are seeking. The problem is that most of us are not properly informed with what we should be using and why.
I’m going to focus on one for now. Let’s talk IONIC and why you need it
The Definition of an Ion
Ions are atoms that have gained or lost an electron and bear a charge of energy. Positive ions have lost an electron and are considered unhealthy. They are found in dust, smoke and other toxic substances. Negative ions have gained an electron and greatly assist in a body’s mood, energy level and overall health.
When looking for a tool that is ionic, not all tools are the same. After looking high and low, I have a brand at the salon that I can truly support. The ionic tools produce Negative Ions that are naturally produced by charged minerals found deep within the earth, to micronize water molecule clusters. This allows hydrating molecules to penetrate the hair shaft to condition, strengthen, smooth or curl hair, without damage. Imagine, a brush, blowdryer, flat iron, and curling iron that actually leaves your hair HEALTHIER than it was before!
- Most Ionic, ceramic, or tourmaline tools on the market will actually burn your hair after the man-made coating is burnt off in approximately 2 weeks. (Do some research!)
- Blowdrying can make your hair healthier and frizz better when using the right ionic tools
- Heat protectant spray is usually not enough to protect your hair against the aggressive heat from most hot tools brands on the market
- Your brushes can also be ionic and make your hair healthier
- Wattage is important, you can always turn down the heat.
- Look for 1300-1875 for wattage for at home styling
- Heat settings should be used on low heat for fragile or thin to medium hair and medium heat for medium to thick hair
- Don’t over dry your hair
- Mostly use your hands to rapid dry your hair and little use of a brush until the hair is 80-90% dry. Not only does this help with styling but it keeps your hair healthier. (remember, your hair is very fragile when it is wet and over working a brush on it will cause damage)
Negative Ions are not just great for our hair, they are great for us in our daily lives. If you need more of an understanding with Ions and our overall heath here is some more information.
Negative ions are beneficial to human body in four major ways:
- Strengthen the functions of autonomic nerves
- Reinforces collagen
- Improves the permeability of the cell’s prototype plasma membranes (improves metabolism)
- Strengthens the body’s immune system
Negative ions are well known to have positive effects on mood, behavior, and pain relief.
There are natural conditions that increase the amount of negative ions. Elevated numbers of negative ions are present in the air in forests, the seashore, and near waterfalls and other natural water features.
No wonder we all feel better when we are at the beach, on a nature walk, hike, and in the wilderness.
Peace, Love, and Hair ✄