New technology in the hair world is softening the locker room blow.
The styling products we turn to post-workout—think the hairdryers you use in most locker rooms—often wreak havoc on our hair.
But you don't have to go cold turkey with hot tools. You just have to know what to look for: ceramic plates, air heat, and products that boast heat protection, says cosmetic chemist Ginger King. Heat is better controlled on ceramic plates than it is with metal, she explains. Skip tools that don’t tell you how hot they get, too: “Any product that has no temperature control setting is questionable as it may get overheated,” King says.
"And any time you heat up your hair, use a heat protection spray with meadowfoam seed oil or wheat protein for added protection," she adds. Pair it with one of these hot tools and give your hair a break: