Hair styling allows us to express ourselves and gives us a moment to let our creativity shine through. That’s why it’s important to style our tresses with the right products as excessive styling can have an adverse effect on our hair and scalp. Maintain a healthy, shiny mane with hair styling products from brands like Olaplex, Bumble & bumble, OUAI and more. Many of us depend on a variety of hair styling products and tools to keep our hair looking at its best. However, heat and excessive styling leads to serious damage. If you’re wondering how to prep hair before styling, here are some useful tips to keep in mind so you keep your hair looking and feeling beautiful while minimising the harmful effects of heat styling: Invest in a good hair oil that also protects from heat!Not only do hair oils nourish dry strands, but they also add shine to lacklustre locks. What’s more, hair oils can be used throughout the day, making them an ideal pick-me-up whenever you need them. We recommend: the Bumble & bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Hair Oil or the Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil. Prime hair before any kind of styling. Hair primers are perfect for heat protection, coating each strand to guard against any damage. For a two-in-one serum that nourishes hair while also protecting from styling’s harmful effects, the Christophe Robin Regenerating Serum with Prickly Pear Oil is your go-to. For coloured hair, we recommend: the Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray. Remember to use a hair mask before washing or in place of conditioner. After a few days of styling, treat your hair and scalp to a reparative mask and give dull hair some much needed moisture. Pick from one of these best-selling hair masks: BLEACH LONDON Reincarnation Mask, Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment, or Kérastase Blond Absolu Masque Ultra Violet Treatment.