We share insider tips from top experts to help you style your hair like a pro this holiday season and beyond. 

By Petr Kratochvil [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Petr Kratochvil [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Although the weather outside is frightful… don’t let the same tune apply to your hairstyle. With all of the holiday soirees on the horizon, women everywhere will strive to tout luscious locks. While curling and flat irons help us achieve those sexy, sought after curls and poker straight strands, such tools should be approached with caution. One false move and you’re left with the tell-tale sign of a burn on your forehead, wrist or fingers and fried, broken hair to boot.

With the help of celebrity hairstylist, Jen Atkin, New York City cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank and celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas, we’re giving you the 101 to safely approaching your heating tool of choice, and even how to properly treat a burn–because after all–accidents happen.

PREVENTION

Jen Atkin recommends a deep conditioner or at-home treatment to prevent breakage. “I love Clear Scalp and Hair Beauty Therapy’s 7 Day Intensive Treatment Tubes. This 7-day boot camp for your hair is an excellent way to help nourish hair and scalp, getting your hair back to a healthy and happy place,” said Atkin. She also suggests using heat protectant gloves when wrapping hair around a curling iron to avoid burning your fingers.

TREATMENT

Joanna Vargas recommends treating burns with LED Light Therapy to prevent scarring. “LED Light Therapy is a proven technology that builds collagen in quantifiable percentages, speeds the healing of the body and corrects any surface damage,” said Vargas. She’s such a fan, in fact, that she’s patented her LED Light Therapy Bed in her New York City salon. Finally, be sure to cover affected areas with sunscreen when going outdoors to protect the skin from further damage.

Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank takes a more traditional approach to treating a fresh mark hot off the curling iron press. “Quickly run the burn under cool–not cold–water.  Then, keep the burn covered with topical antibiotic ointment,” said Frank. For severe burns, he adds, always seek the help of a doctor.

Kelly Verdi is the Public Relations Manager at Spa Week Media Group. She loves dogs, 80 minute facials and a good blowout worth bragging about.

2 Responses

  1. Tamarae

    I burnt my arm on a curling iron recently! Thankfully my firefighter sister told me how to treat it. . .she used your exact instructions! Cool water and antibiotic ointment!

    Funny story- we are dressing my sister for her wedding. I reach over the bed to grab something and the curling iron is laying on the bed (turned on) and I burn myself! I was just glad we didn’t burn down the hotel. . .And to note it wasn’t me or my sis who put a hot curling iron on the bed! But darn it smarted and I still have a bright red mark 3 weeks later!

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  2. Diana Scholz

    I am definitely making a list and getting these products, because my hair needs help!

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