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Does the use of curlers and curling irons damage my hair?

Electrically heated hair curlers and curling irons have been in use for a significant time. They are relatively safe for both hair and skin when they are in good repair and functioning properly. However, if the heating element or thermostat unit of either such device is faulty, the parts that come in contact with the hair and skin can become heated to a level that can be damaging to hair and can even burn the skin. Obviously, care should be taken to ensure proper maintenance and function of such devices to minimize the likelihood of injury to the hair or skin.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Curling irons can be especially damaging to your hair because of the excessive heat placed directly on each strand of hair (shaft). When you use heated products such as curling irons or blow dryers, the water in the hair shaft gets so hot it can boil. To minimize the damage, don't leave a curling iron in place for more than a second or two as you style your hair. Or skip the curling iron altogether.

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