Earth, wood, fire, water, metal — the five elements of the Chinese zodiac are said to be the very elements that hold our world in perfect harmony. Incidentally, it’s also these very things that can damage our skin and hair.

Particularly heat. 

We layout in the sun, play in the sand, use hot tools like straighteners, blow dryers, curling irons on our hair. And our hair feels it all. Whether you’re a regular user or someone who only uses hot tools every once in a while and stays indoors as much as possible, you’re not immune to the damage that heat can have on your tresses. 

With that in mind, here’s how to protect your hair before the elements can do their thing.

Use a Hair Mask

There’s nothing like a hair mask to go deep on repairing and restoring damaged locks. Since hair is mostly made up of protein, using a mask that’s high in nutrients like keratin, B-vitamins, coconut oils, and amino acids will go a long way toward giving your hair the extra boost it needs to heal. 

It’s great whether you have curly, straight, wavy, short, long hair. Just leave in a hair mask for 15-20 minutes, rinse out, and then you’ll be good to go.

Our recommendation: The Lasio Hypersilk Revitalizing Hair Masque

Look Into a Keratin Treatment

Believe it or not, keratin is a naturally-occurring element found in your hair — it acts as a shield to protect your hair from the elements. When you get a keratin treatment, you’re using the vitamin E and essential fatty acids found in keratin to lock into the porous parts of each strand of hair. The result is that your hair is strengthened, guarded against frizz, heat, humidity, UV rays, and more. 

Whether or not you have a keratin treatment in your hair, there are plenty of sprays to help protect your locks from salt, chlorine, and UV rays, which also works to increase your hair’s softness and shine.

Our recommendation: The Lasio Keratin Protector

It’s All About the Oils

Non-greasy oils, like coconut oil and rosemary oil, work to protect your hair from free radicals, excess heat, and environmental impurities. It does this by using essential fatty acids often found in these oils to seal in moisture and balance hydration. Plus, it helps deter frizz and prevent breakage.

Our recommendation: The Lasio Hypersilk Smoothing Balm

Grab an Advanced Serum with Cocamide Oil

Cocamide oil is a form of coconut oil that uses the fatty acids found in coconut oil to make a serum that’s foamy and easy-to-use. It rebalances hair’s moisture levels from your mid-lengths to your ends — the parts where breakage most likely occurs. Because of this hyper-focus, it reduces frizz, damage, and split ends.

Our recommendation: The Lasio Hypersilk Advanced Serum

Other than that, the best ways to repair heat damage are to shower using cooler water, avoid styling tools, get a trim of your ends, and sleep using a silk pillowcase or headscarf. Truly, there are so many options when it comes to healing hair that’s been damaged by heat. You just need to find the one that works the best for you.