Tuesday, November 3, 2020

What Happens If You Straighten Your Hair Every Day

What happens if you straighten your hair every day?

Using a hair straightening brush every day to straighten your hair is bad. Straightening brushes have many advantages over flat irons and is considered a gentler way of straightening your hair. However, overuse can cause damage.

Is it bad to use hair straighteners every day?

Hair straightener brushes operate at a lower temperature and only heats one side of your hair. The way a hair straightener brush operates is your hair flows through the wide-spaced bristles heating your hair. While using a straightening brush you are applying a brushing action and not a pressing and pulling action like when using a flat iron. All this translates to a much better way to straighten hair. All this being said you should still be careful and not overuse your straightener brush.

Straightening brushes provide a quick and easy way to straighten and smooth your hair. Certain hair types will be easier to style than others using a straightening brush. For example, thin to medium hair works well with straightening brushes. Thick coarse and curly hair have a much harder time and require higher temperatures to straighten. Look for straightening brushes that have a digital temperature readout so you can control the temperature. Straightening brushes with LED temperature displays give you precise temperature control allowing you to smooth and style your hair with professional-looking results.

Just remember that exposing your hair to high temperatures from 347 to 419 degrees for just five minutes can cause harm to your hair and even less for thin hair according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

If you like this article, then you should read my other article on this site called “Best straightening brush for black hair” or "Best straightening brush for thin hair". You might be surprised at the answers. 

Hair straightener brushes have hard bristles that get hot. Some have protection so that your fingers can not come in contact easily with the part of the brush that gets hot. Also before using a straightening brush is best practice to do a comb through before using. Your hair needs to be combed with all knots and tangles removed. And as always, it’s best to work in sections. Start by pinking up hair that is not being straightened to keep it out of the way while you style.

I recommend you style your hair slowly and always use a heat protecting spray. Using a heat protectant spray can help protect your hair especially if you have thin hair. Also, another good tip is to start out using a lower temperature and work up to a higher temperature. By using a lower temperature at first you may notice your style does not last as long. This is an indication you can try increasing the temperature next time you style your hair. Just be careful not to go too high. Start out by using the lowest temperature you can and then work your way up to a safe temperature that gives you a lasting style. Thick hair can not take as much heat as thick hair.

Overusing a hair straightening brush

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Magnified image of a hair with a split end

Overuse of a straightening brush can make your hair become dry, brittle, and frayed. Your hair will begin to look like the ends of a rope, all unraveled. At this point, you now have split ends or trichoptilosis. According to Medline plus Trichorrhexis nodosa is a common hair problem in which thickened or weak points (nodes) along the hair shaft cause your hair to break off easily. Trichorrhexis nodosa can be an inherited condition. The condition may be triggered by things such as blow-drying, ironing hair, over-brushing, perming, or excessive chemical use.

Split ends can’t be repaired. The only reliable way to get rid of them is to cut them off. There is no cure for split ends however there are many products often marketed as a split-end cure. These products moisturize hair and may help to conceal split ends and some products even help to prevent them. There are ways to mask split ends and conceal them but the bottom line is you still have them until you get a trim.

Using a straightening brush on wet hair

Hair straightening brushes should never be used more than necessary and should never be used on wt hair. I see this all the time where a hair straightening brush is being used on wet hair. This is a big no. Using a hair straightener brush on wet hair can cause damage to your hair very easily. If you want split ends this is a good way to get some really fast. And the reason why is because your hair is weak when it's wet. Wet hair can stretch and can be pulled until it reaches a breaking point. The hair then snaps and now you have a split end. You always want to straighten your hair while it's at it's strongest, and that is while it's dry. Every time I see this being done I just cringe.

Using a straightening brush on chemically treated hair

Proceed with caution if you have chemically treated hair. If you have chemically treated hair then your hair could be dry. You want to make sure you wash it less often and also do not use a hair straightening brush more than 2 to 3 times a week. Always use a heat protecting spray before you use your brush. Make sure your hair has plenty of moisture. Use a shampoo specially designed for color-treated hair. I recommend using a “2-in-1” shampoo. In my opinion, regardless of cost, popular shampoos and conditioners provide the same benefits. It all going to come down to what brand do you prefer. For those of you who have chemically treated hair, you have the extra added job of making sure your hair is fully hydrated, dry, and in a healthy state before you straighten your hair using a hair straightener brush. Also, you have to be double careful not to use too high a temperature.


Hair straightening brushes are handy styling tools providing a quick and easy way to style your hair. The best straightening brushes give you a smooth, sleek style with professional-looking results. And you also get the added benefit of adding shine to your hair when using a straightening brush. But remember, overuse can cause damage.

If you liked this article, then you should read my other article on this site called “Best straightening brush for thin hair” You might be surprised at the answers.

American Academy of Dermatology
Trichorrhexis nodosa
By Knopfkind - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay

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