The 5 Commandments of Healthy Heat-Styling

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By the Beauty Beat Team and Janis Ian C. Gopez

Living in a tropical country like ours means heat is necessary when it comes to achieving gorgeously styled locks (because hello, humidity!). Unfortunately, regular heat styling can wreak havoc on your tresses, just like how the sun damages the skin. Given this, it’s extremely important that we take extra steps in protecting our mane when using heated tools.

Here, we've listed five hair care and styling rules that will help keep your locks healthy and damage-free—even if you're a styling junkie.

#1: Shampoo and wash with care.

Prepping hair for a round of styling actually starts with washing. A gentle daily shampoo, preferably one infused with hair-nourishing ingredients like argan oil, can do wonders for your hair's health and make your mane less vulnerable to breakage. Make sure not to go overboard with the conditioner, though, as the extra dose of moisture can make strands a bit trickier to style. You can actually skip it on days when you're planning to use a hair iron, or just apply your product to the ends. 

Eva NYC Clean It Up Shampoo, P699
No harsh ingredients here! This contains Argan oil and Keravis™ that work to dramatically increase hair's strength and flexibility.

Eva NYC Soften Up Conditioner, P699
If you like nighttime baths, this works well in restoring lost moisture throughout the day.


#2: Towel-dry or air-dry before applying heat.

Exposing wet or dripping strands to high heat is an instant recipe for hair damage. ICYDK: Your hair is weakest and most vulnerable to damage when it's wet, so make sure you towel-dry or air-dry a bit first before proceeding with styling.

To dry hair safely, start with your blowdryer's cool option first, then gradually move on to the hotter setting. Also helpful: Using a vented brush that doesn't absorb heat and allows air to circulate.

Wet Brush Pro Flex Dry Style - Ombre, P599

The open-vented design helps in speeding up drying time plus its flexibility allows it to mold to the shape of your scalp. Plus, it has HeatFlex bristles that handle heat well. 

Wet Brush Tourmaline Blowout Brush - Medium, P899
FYI: This tourmaline barrel adds shine and minimizes frizz while you brush hair—even with heat. Vivoree uses it, too!

#3: Protect before styling.

This is another cardinal rule of heat styling. You have to shield your locks before blasting or running a styling tool through it. It’s your first line of defense and greatly helps in minimizing damage. “Usually, women don't 'prep' hair first before heat styling," says hairstylist Elaine Ganuelas. Her advice? Invest in protective styling formulas. "There are products like heat-protecting sprays, mousses, or curling sprays that one can use before using any hot tools." 

Here's a versatile protector that also helps speed up drying time: Eva NYC Speed It Up Blow Dry Spray, P799. It's infused with protective conditioning agents uch as Argan oil, sunflower seed butter, amino acids, omegas, and antioxidants nourish hair and protect against damage.

Eva NYC Speed It Up Blow Dry Spray, P799
This innovative spray helps cut drying time by almost half while keeping your tresses protected. 

Eva NYC Get Glossed! Hair Serum, P899
This hair serum minimizes flyaways and adds a healthy sheen, minus any stickiness.

Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray, P799
Spritz this one before blow-drying hair—it's perfect for those with fine or limp locks.

#4: Invest in professional tools.

Not all styling products are created the same. Pro tools are created with revolutionary technology that keeps the heat level consistent and safe (so you don't burn your tresses!) or have auto shut-off capabilities. When choosing irons and straighteners, look for those titanium and ceramic plates and barrels. Titanium heats up fast, and is best for curly, thick, or coarse hair. Ceramics, meanwhile, use gentle far infrared energy to evenly heat hair, and is more suited for those with thin or fine hair.

Eva NYC Mini Max Heat Titanium Styling Iron & Bag - Electric Yellow/Hologram, P2,599

This handy titanium iron provides safe heating and is great for traveling, too! 

Kiss New York Instamagic Silicone Protection, P3,599
This handy iron features a Double Silicone Bar Technology to provide a cushioning effect and extra protection to hair as you straighten or curl.

#5: Take styling breaks.

Give your strands time to rest and recover by skipping the use of heated tools on some days. You can accessorize with hair-safe tools like clips and barrettes instead! Even better: On your mane's "rest days," squeeze in a hair pampering session as well.

Our recommendation: Pencil in a once-a-week deep conditioning or DIY hot oil session. Try these hair nourishing formulas.

Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask, P899
This vitamin-rich mask provides deep conditioning to tresses while also improving your strands' strength. Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing off.

Revox Argan Oil 100% Natural, P229
You can't go wrong with this multi-use oil—you can also use it on skin and scalp. 


The road to perfectly styled-hair can be tricky at times but we hope these tips will leave you with an improved routine for the next styling sesh. Armed with the right tools and proper hair care habits, it's easy to be on your way to flaunting healthy and gorgeously styled locks.

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