How to prevent your hair from looking fried Kritika Ponia June 20, 2016 Style Excessive hair damage can cause the hair to look fried. Split ends, dryness, and straw like texture of hair are the result of prolonged usage of styling products and equipment. A little knowledge about right techniques and a little extra care, can ensure you have healthy hair for longer. Here’s what you should be doing: DO NOT crank up the heat on your straightening iron unless your hair is super curly and super coarse. 380 degrees is just enough heat. Avoid going over multiple times on the same spot with your tool. If you keep your iron in the same spot for more than 3 seconds, your hair is doomed. Do not deprive your hair of hydration. Frequent use of styling equipment makes the hair lose its natural moisture overtime. Deep conditioning it regularly is the key to maintain healthy looking hair. When conditioning, invest extra time massaging your hair ends. They are most prone to damage and drying. Although colourists recommend you get hair colour touch ups once every 6 weeks, try prolonging the gap to 8-10 weeks. Frequent hair colouration can cause your hair roots to weaken. Avoid bleaching hair as much as possible and do it only if the colour you desire absolutely requires it. When using any heat tool, prep your hair with a heat protecting serum first. This will act as an armour for your hair against heat damage. Limit to using your heat tools to 2 times per week max. Detangle your hair gently after the shower. Preferably apply a leave in conditioner and work with the knots with your fingers. Do not use a comb on wet hair. Lastly, protect your hair from the damage of UVA and UVB rays. These harmful rays can damage your cuticles, leaving it brittle and dry. Use a leave in conditioner with SPF when stepping out in the sun. Also, cover your hair with a hat or a scarf if you are going to be in the sun for long. There you go! Give your hair a little more tender loving care and see it bounce in health at you.