Styling your hair can be damaging, particularly if you are fond of using hot tools. Using heat protectant sprays and creams can save your hair from being burned or dried out.
Heat protectants are products you apply to your hair before using hot tools such as blow dryers, curling irons, and straighteners. Heat protectant sprays and creams are all made differently. This is because hair damage from hot tools also comes in different forms, such as being burned and dried or becoming brittle and dull.
So, if that's the case, why don't we just bathe our hair in these protective products? Stylists say that putting on too much protectant can weigh your hair down and compromise the styling results, which is counterproductive to the reason why you are using heat protectants. The trick is efficiency; put on as little as possible but get maximum performance.
Here are some of our suggested products that work on all hair types -- fine, thick, coarse, straight, curly, or color-treated.
Moroccanoil Perfect Defense Heat Protectant
For $30, you can protect your hair from damage by spraying on Moroccanoil's no-hold product. By doing so, your hair will be able to take heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (230 degrees Celsius). This heat-protective spray is a weightless, dry aerosol that can be used on dry or damp hair. It is formulated with vitamin E and argan oil to nourish your hair and vitamin B5 for hydration and a glossy finish.
Shu Uemura Netsu Design Blow Dry Cream
This lightweight cream formula provides long-lasting shape memory and workable hold. It keeps the hair versatile and reworkable, providing a natural feel. This cream protects your hair from damage caused by heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. This product costs $46.
Verb Glossy Shine Spray with Heat Protection
Verb's product is a multitasking moisturizing hair spray that costs only $20. It hydrates while protecting against hot tools with temperatures of up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit (220 degrees Celsius). Spray it on your damp hair, starting from the roots, before styling or using hot tools. This spray gives your hair a glass-like shine.
Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Cream
This lightweight formulation from Briogeo is a silicone-free heat-protectant cream that calms frizz and smooths hair even before styling. It is made with rosehip, argan, and coconut oils that promote rehydration, nourishment, and protection from damage. At $26, this product protects your hair from hot tools that heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Redken Quick Blowout Heat Protectant Spray
At $27, this citrusy flash-drying blowout spray can protect your hair for up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. This lightweight formula is made with lactic acid, providing extra shine and smoothness to your hair. Mist on your hair while it is still damp, then style as usual.