Types of Heat Protectants
Alcohol-based formulations are common with hair styling products. Though it’s a good base for the products’ ingredients, alcohol evaporates quickly and will likely dry out the hair so it’s not recommended if your hair is dry.
Dimethicone, a silicone mostly found in hair conditioners coats the hair cuticle and protects it from damage by reducing the loss of moisture so it doesn’t frizz. Use of silicone-based products should be avoided however if you have oily hair.
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Wheat protein is easily absorbed and helps maintain hair moisture so it minimizes damage and stops it from breakage. It provides an extra layer that protects the amino acids that make up the natural hair protein.
PVP / DMAPA Acrylates Copolymer
Similar to how silicones work, this specially patented polymer forms a thin film in the hair surface – protecting it from heat styling damage – plus it has great conditioning benefits, keeping your hair untangled.
This is a common ingredient found in high-end hair protectant products. It keeps the hair smooth and frizz free and it doesn’t wear out that easily.
Natural Hair Protectants
If you’re into keeping everything organic, these natural oils also serve as great heat protectant: Grape Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Sunflower, and Olive Oil.
How to Select a Heat Protectant?
Whether you’d prefer using crème, spray or serum, heat protectant products essentially reduce hair damage as it slows down heat conduction, distributing heat more evenly, and thus it helps prevent frizz.
Heat Protectants add moisture and form a protective barrier on your hair strands so instead of directly subjecting your hair to heat when styling, this added layer protects it.
It’s recommended to choose products that contain natural essential oils such as olive oil, coconut oil or argon oil. These oils have nourishing properties that help protect and condition your ha
Avoid Water-based Products
A recent study was conducted that suggests water-free heat protectants are proven to be more effective than those that contain water in it.
Consider your hair type
Is your hair dull, dry or frizzy? You may want to go for a product that not only protects but also tames hair fly-away. Keratin-infused products are the best solution to manage dry hair.
Want Shiny-Looking Hair?
Serum protectants are your best option. You may use it to coat your hair before styling and apply it after to give it a glossy, shiny look.
How to Apply a Heat Protectant?
Constant heat styling may eventually damage your hair so it’s best to keep them healthy and moisturized at all times.
Wash and Apply Hair Conditioner
Keep your locks healthy and moisturized by applying conditioner when washing your hair. This helps by keeping your hair soft and manageable.
Read the label
Always make a habit of reading the label and following the instructions specified. Oftentimes, people miss getting a product optimal benefits due to incorrect usage.
Apply on wet hair
Before running heat styling tools on your hair, it’s best to apply the heat protectant when it’s damp. This helps the product absorb better and penetrate the hair cuticle and before styling.
Use a ceramic straightening tool
Though it may cost more than traditional hair straighteners, flat irons with ceramic-coated plates evenly distribute heat and penetrate hair quickly from the inside-out, giving you the best results with far less damage.
Never Style Your Hair When Wet
Avoid styling your hair when it’s wet. It only furthers the damage. Allow the product to absorb first by letting it dry and protect your strands by using a cool temperature when blow-drying.