First things first, consider the hair dryer or straightener you use. Is it a high quality kind with a few heat settings? Or is it a bargain basement variety that will mean a 400 degree blast of heat with no variation for a healthier hair drying experience? Is it a flat iron that offers a cool setting, to protect your hair from that sizzling hot damage? If not, keep it moving if you care about the long term health of your hair.
Planning on heat straightening your hair? Work on strengthening it first, by doing deep conditioning and hot oil treatments beforehand. You want your hair to be healthy and strong before putting it to the test with high heat.
It’s always recommended to use a heat protectant spray or hair oil when using heat to straighten it. Silicone based products are considered best because they coat the hair shaft, creating a protective layer that helps to prevent heat damage.