Hot tools have become a priceless resource for managing unruly locks. But they can also take a toll on the overall health of your hair, dulling shine, damaging ends, and wreaking havoc for your stylist. While most at-home hot tool users don’t intentionally try to singe their delicate follicles, understanding what temperature and tool is right for your hair type could save a lot of bad hair days.

First, it’s important to note that healthy hair begins to burn at 451 degrees (F). So if you’ve cranked the volume up on your straightener, blow dryer or curling wand with the hope of saving a few minutes in your morning routine, you might want to reconsider. Instead, follow our setting guide to apply the right heat for your hair type:


Hair Type                             Temperature Setting

Fine & Double Processed        Below 360

Natural & Textured                  420-450 for first passes. 370-400 for touch ups.

Color-Treated                            340-360

Children & Elderly                   Lowest setting available – 300 or lower

Normal-Fine                             Below 360

Normal-Medium                      370-390

Normal-Coarse                        360-410


Next, make sure you’re purchasing a tool that allows you to adjust the temperature settings. Elchim provides a wide range of tools that not only allows you full control of the settings, but also includes ionic ceramic technology to provide extra heat protection, shine and volume.

Weighing in at approximately 35% less than a typical blow dryer, the Elchim 3900 Light blow dryer still has more than enough power to create perfect styles in half the time. Hair remains silky and full of shine thanks to the ionic ceramic system, which dries hair from the inside out to prevent heat damage and reduce static electricity.

Likewise, the Elchim Curling Iron features a sophisticated electronic system complete with LCD display that allows you full control of the temperature setting, and heats up in just a few seconds. The ceramic and titanium oxide coating keeps hair healthy by improving the transmission of heat.