Okay so heat protectants aren’t the most thrilling products in hair care. But simply put, you shouldn’t be styling without one.
It’s no secret using heat on hair equals damage. And if you do regularly use heat tools, you absolutely should be using heat protectants, to protect your hair from long term damage. Whatever your hair styling method, odds are it’s damaging your hair.
Hair protectant products are usually either sprays or creams. Fairly lightweight, if not invisible, and they exist for one reason and one reason only – to protect and nourish your hair for heat styling.
Each formula will be a little different, but the core goal of protecting your hair against flat iron, dryer, and curling damage remains the same.
So, what do they do?
Simply put, they are designed to promote moisture, hydration and prevent hair breakage when the hair is under intense stress, such as heat styling. Using specially formulated ingredients, the sprays and creams are designed to coat the hair follicle with health protective layer which will form a shield from the heat.
Many of these products are also effective to use when spending the day out in the sun, even if you haven’t heat styled, as they are purpose built to protect from any heat damage on the hair – full stop.
However, if you’re looking to give your hair a break from heat styling altogether. You might like to check out the latest Tik Tock trend – heatless curls.
This current trend involves creating bouncy and fluffy curls without the use of any heat styling tools. This can be done in a variety of ways, but the most popular tool is surprisingly the tie from a dressing gown.
Simply take the tie, place it on the centre of the head and wrap your luscious locks around the tie. Secure with hair ties and go to sleep. When you wake up, simply unwrap and brush out your big, bouncy curls.
If you’re still looking to use heat styling tools on the hair, here are the the very best heat protectant products for all hair types and styles:
GHD Bodyguard Heat Protect Spray RRP $35.00
GHD are the undisputed leader in straightening technology so it makes sense that their heat protect spray is one of the highest selling products in Australia.
Designed by the same people who make their technology, this thermal spray is lightweight, so doesn’t weigh hair down, but provides full protection,as well as conditioning the hair. It has a fresh, pleasant fragrance and sprays easily out of the bottle.
You can use it for both straightening or curling, or basic blow drying, and just spray from root to tip a few minutes before styling, and it does not leave hair wet.
Schwarzkopf Osis + Heat Protectant Spray RRP $18.95
This spray contains hydrolysed silk and wheat proteins that not only work to protect the hair from heat, it also works to straighten hair for a smooth, polished look. It provides long lasting ultra-shiny sleek hair, which is silky touch and frizz free.
To use, you simply spray a fine mist all over your hair and style with your preferred heat styler right away.
Infused with exotic Argan Oil of Morocco, this heat protectant spray is specially formulated to protect the hair. Argan oil is a popular ingredient in many hair styling products, as it’s known world-wide for its protective and nourishing properties.
This is a light-weight spray, with a gorgeous smell which is both exotic and fresh. It doesn’t feel thick on the hair and sprays out of the bottle evenly onto the hair.
For best results, spray onto damp hair, from roots to ends and then blow dry as normal. It can also be used on dry hair if you are re-styling, however, it’s best to keep it away from roots or your hair will end up oily.
Spray from midway down to the ends and then style as usual if using on dry hair.
This silicone-free cream shields your precious locks against heats up to 450 degrees, while also making hair look super shiny and fighting back against frizz. I mean, that’s some serious heat resistance right there.
The cream is formulated with rosehip, argan and coconut oils, all of which are designed to deal the hair cuticle and lock in moisture, preventing humidity which causes frizz to attack the hair follicle after heat styling.
A little goes a long way with this cream. Squeeze a small amount into your hands and lightly massage through wet hair before blow drying for a super sleek, frizz free look. Not recommended for styling already dry hair.
This is an innovative heat-protecting spray that effectively prevents breakage and split ends, while added UV filters minimize colour fading and shield hair from the elements. Meaning, you don’t have to use it just for heat styling, it an all-rounder product which can be used from protecting your hair from all types of heat – like the sun.
Can be used on both wet and dry hair.
To use on dry hair, you divide hair into large sections and spray 1 pump of MOROCCANOIL Heat Styling Protection onto each piece 8 to 0 inches away from the head.
Distribute product evenly with fingers or a wide-tooth comb and then proceed to use any hot styling tool.
To use on wet hair, you simply use on towel-dried hair prior to blow-drying.