Heat-Styling For Your Hair Type

Megan McIntyre
Heat-Styling For Your Hair Type
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Don't run the risk of frying your hair with too high of a heat setting. "Because hair types differ in such a wide range, one heat does not fit all," says celeb stylist Tippi Shorter. If your hair is soft, fine, or fragile like Gwyneth's, use lower heats to style your hair. Try on more straight hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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When straightening or curling fine hair like Olivia Wilde's, Tippi recommends setting your iron's temperature in the 250-300 degree range. "If you use anything higher, you run the risk of burnt or damaged hair," she says. Try on more straight hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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According to Tippi, pretty much anyone can use a high setting when blow-drying their hair, providing your mane is healthy like Anne Hathaway's. Just be sure you are using a professional blowdryer, like Brazilian Heat After Dark Professional Dryer. If your hair is damaged, dry it using the medium setting to prevent further breakage. Try on more wavy hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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Some of the main benefits of using the right heat for your hair type are healthier hair, longer-lasting styles, smooth ends and an irresistible shine like Lauren Conrad's hair. Girls with healthy, medium hair (aka normal hair type) should set their tools in the 300-350 degree range. Try on more wavy hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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Another big problem with using too high of a heat is that it strips your hair of its natural oils, leaving your mane looking dull. Girls with textured hair, like Brandy, need those oils to keep their hair hydrated. Try on more curly hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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Since curly hair like Kristin Cavallari's tends to be thicker, it's able to stand up to higher temperatures. If you have full, thick curls, Tippi recommends setting your styling tools to the 350-400 degree range. If your hair is more coarse and tightly curled, turn it up to the 400-450 degree setting. Try on more curly hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!

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