With the festive season upon us, we're pretty sure we're not wrong in assuming that at some point, you're going to turn to heat styling. And we can't blame you — there's something about sleek, straight hair, and bouncy, voluminous curls that makes your traditional outfits that much better. Plus, there's always the added bonus of the 'gram pictures coming out flawless! However, heat styling comes with a lot of damage, and we don't want to inflict that on our beautifully kept tresses now, do we?
That's why, we've prepared a lowkey guide that will help you cut down on heat styling this festive season. These no-fuss hair tips will help you maintain your mane sans heat, and ensure that it looks on point. Take notes!
- 01. Embrace your natural texture
- 02. Use alternative styling methods
- 03. Mask up
- 04. When in doubt, turn to serums
- But if you absolutely need to heat-style...
01. Embrace your natural texture
Sure, getting pin-straight hair looks great for a day, but there's nothing like embracing your natural texture this festive season. You'll save so much time on heat styling and protect your hair from heat damage, while letting your natural hair shine through. If your hair's natural texture, however, defaults to frizzy, let us gently point you in the direction of an anti-frizz shampoo-conditioner duo: the Love Beauty & Planet Anti Frizz Combo. Formulated with the goodness of argan oil and lavender, this beautifully-scented, nourishing duo will ensure you have smooth and frizz-free tresses all through the day. Plus, since it's parabens and silicone-free, it won't weigh heavy on your hair either — thus ensuring an added layer of bounce!
02. Use alternative styling methods
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Especially if you want curls! Curls are a festive-season staple, obviously, and you can use something as simple as a pair of long socks to curl your hair overnight (Thank you, TikTok!). Start with damp hair, and separate your strands into four equal sections. Take four socks that are the same length of your hair, and attach one sock to a section using a claw clip. Then, divide that section in half, and wrap the strands in criss-cross motion around the sock, sort of like braiding your hair. Secure your strands with a hair tie, take off the claw clip, and let your hair dry. That's all you need, really!
03. Mask up
Avoiding heat styling for the festive season means that you need to really invest in your hair care. Using a hair mask a couple of times a week can help you forgo heat styling altogether, since your hair will look luscious and soft. The one hair mask we're especially inclined towards when it comes to beforehand prep? The Dove Healthy Ritual For Strengthening Hair Mask. With oat milk and honey extracts, this wonder of a hair mask will ensure you have healthy, smooth hair that is frizz and damage-free.
04. When in doubt, turn to serums
Applying hair serums can transform your tresses easily — all you need is your hands, your strands, and a trusty serum! Opt for the Tresemme Keratin Smooth Hair Serum, a go-to for us, thanks to the camellia oil and keratin present in it that ensure frizz-free locks. Apply it onto slightly-damp hair, and while applying, scrunch up your strands for some natural looking waves. Alternatively, you could also apply the serum on near-dry hair and comb it out, for a straight, sleek, shiny effect.
But if you absolutely need to heat-style...
Protect, protect, protect! We know that sometimes the idea of using a flat-iron or a curling tong is simply irresistible, but opting for a heat protectant goes a long way. Use the Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray to shield your hair from upto 450 degrees of heat, and get shiny, frizz-free, and smooth locks in the process too!
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Written by Nishtha Bhalla on Oct 10, 2021
Nishtha is a freelance writer who loves all things beauty, fashion, culture, and lifestyle. With content covering a variety of topics, she brings a holistic, nuanced perspective to her writing. In her free time, she can be found watching reruns of The Office, reading anything she can get her hands on, and experimenting with astrology.