Lessons in chemistry- steam vs. smoke

The Truth

Behind Steam in hair styling 

Ever noticed steam while styling your hair and felt a pang of worry? Let's unravel this  together! At DAFNI, science is at the core of our innovation, and today, we're shedding light on why seeing steam can actually be a sign of effective, safe styling.

Firstly, it's vital to understand that steam is not a direct indicator of hair damage. Often, it's simply water from your hair or your heat protectant evaporating (water is an ingredient in practically hair care product). Yes, your hair is quite the sponge, capable of absorbing up to 30% of its weight in water!

Now, let's talk science. Hair structure changes under heat due to the breaking and reforming of hydrogen bonds. These bonds are quite resilient and don't start to break until around 160°C/320°F. So, when you see steam at temperatures lower than 200°C/392°F, it's often just the water in your hair turning into gas, not your hair succumbing to damage.

Here's where the DAFNI difference shines. Our tools are meticulously engineered to operate at 185°C/365°F – a sweet spot that's high enough to style effectively yet gentle enough to preserve your hair's natural integrity. This controlled temperature ensures that while hydrogen bonds are reshaped for styling, no unnecessary harm comes to your hair.

So next time you see a wisp of steam, remember that sometimes it's a natural part of the styling process, not a cause for alarm. There's a difference between steam (water evaporating) and smoke (something is burning, carbon is involved). DAFNI, isn't just about styling; we know how busy you are, we know how much you love your hair and we work hard, harnessing our passion for science and engineering to bring you the safest and easiest tools to use.

We work hard so you don't have to.

Big hug,

Sharon and the DAFNI team 💕



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