How to Choose the Right Heat Protectant Spray

Bring this along when you’re out shopping for your next holy-grail heat protectant!

Styling tools have become a huge part of our everyday lives—from blow dryers, flat irons, to curling wands—and all that styling causes dry, damaged hair (the things we do for a good hair day, right?). So a good heat protectant spray for hair is definitely a must-have in our beauty kit.

But we don’t just want any heat protectant. What we need are those that are able to also repair our hair from damage. Do those exist? Of course they do!

So here’s a checklist of what to look for when shopping for your next go-to heat protectant spray.

1. Always go for maximum hair protection

It goes without saying that you definitely need a product that promises hair protection from heat styling. So check to make sure the heat protectant has silicones as part of its ingredients list to ensure that it will coat and help guard your hair against heat damage. Two of the more common silicones found in heat protectant sprays are cyclomethicone (which coats your hair in a moisturizing film) and dimethicone (which keeps hair smooth and prevents moisture loss).

Heat protectant spray: Asian woman sprayingh eat protectant on her long black hair and wearing a long sleeved striped shirt
A heat protectant and anti-frizz product in one? Major check!

2. Find a product that combats frizz

When paired with the right flat iron, a good heat protectant not only protects hair from heat damage but also helps to combat frizz by locking in moisture and sealing the hair cuticle. So pick a product that combats frizz to keep your hair smooth through the day (no matter the weather!).

Editor’s Tip: Spritz TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Iron Smoothing Spray on your hair to hit two birds with one stone: get rid of frizz and guard hair against heat damage. 

3. Protect your hair with a conditioning mist

Moisture is your best friend when it comes to repairing your hair from damage. After all, hair damage is exacerbated when your hair loses moisture — which is what happens when you run your hair through the blow dryer or flat iron it straight. To combat the dryness and prevent your hair from fizzling out, pick a hair protectant spray that offers moisturizing properties that condition your hair. Look to see if the product contains glycerin, shea butter, or aloe vera.

Editor’s tip: Setting your blow dryer or curling iron on high heat? Spray VO5 Heat Protect Spray on your hair to protect your strands from up to 230°C heat. This heat protectant also leaves your hair soft and shiny. 

4. Keratin is your best friend

Our hair is mainly made up of keratin, the protein that protects epithelial cells from damage or stress. It is no surprise that keratin is a common feature in most hair care products—particularly hydrolyzed keratin. It helps strengthen your hair by increasing hair’s moisture retention. This reduces breakage and keeps your hair feeling lush and lustrous. So for the best heat protectant, look for one that has hydrolyzed keratin in its ingredients list.

Editor’s tip: Include TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Conditioner in your hair care routine to complement your keratin-rich heat protectant.

5. The applicator matters

When it comes to hairstyling, the applicator of a product matters. It determines how well the product is applied to your hair. For a good mist of heat protectant, look for a spray nozzle that dispenses the product evenly in a light mist. This way, it will coat your hair evenly without getting your strands damp.

Editor’s tip: Getting a quick blow dry before leaving the house? Use VO5 Express Primer Spray to protect your hair from heat while helping detangle your strands and reduce flyaways. 

Yes, you read that right. You can actually learn to make your own heat protectant spray. Here are some ingredients that you can use.

1. Grapeseed Oil

girl wearing a beautiful red off-shoulder top looks down on her shoulders and is happy with her heat protectant spray
Grapeseed oil has many uses, one of them is being a heat protectant. Credit: Hariono Halim

The characteristic of grapeseed oil that makes it perfect as a heat protectant is its very high smoke point. This means that it can withstand the high temperatures of your curling wand and straightening iron! Best of all, it is readily available in most stores. Just 4 to 6 drops of it evenly massaged and distributed through your hair will give you the optimum protection.

2. Almond Oil

girl with long and straight hair smiles at the camera
Keep your hair healthy with almond oil. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Behold the almond oil which is an even better heat protectant spray ingredient. It has a higher smoke point than grapeseed oil, so it is perfect for those high-heat tools you love to use. And that’s not all! Almond oil also contains Vitamins A, D, E, B1, B2, and B6 which help promote the growth of healthy and well-nourished hair.

3. Shea Butter

girl is smiling while touching her hair
Show your hair some live with shea butter. Credit: Hariono Halim

You may have heard about shea butter which is a common ingredient in lotions and body wash products. What you don’t know is that it is actually a great hair protectant, too! It creates an even barrier around each strand and functions like the silicone dimethicone, which prevents moisture loss.

4. Coconut Oil

girl wearing a green top is smiling as she poses for heat protectant spray
Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? Credit: Natasha Estelle

You’ve already probably heard about the long list of great benefits of using coconut oil. The list doesn’t end there. Add to it is its being a heat protectant–strong enough to protect your hair from styling tools. It has to be melted though to use it as it can solidify fast at room temperature.

5. Argan Oil

girl wearing a white top and pulled back hair is happy
Argan oil is a wonderful heat protectant, too! Credit: Natasha Estelle

Of course, we cannot forget argan oil as another heat protectant spray ingredient. It is much like coconut oil and is oftentimes referred to as “liquid gold” It doesn’t only protect hair from heat but it also keeps it frizz-free and shiny. Your hair will definitely love you more for giving it a few drops of argan oil.

1. Glamorously Straight Hair

Heat protectant spray: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with long straight black hair wearing a black dress outdoors
Nail smooth, straight hair by protecting it from heat before ironing. Credit: Hariono Halim

Don’t forget to spritz heat protectant before straightening your hair. With the flat iron coming in direct contact with your hair when straightening, imagine how much damage this heated styling tool can do to your hair if you forget to spritz heat protectant. Always have a bottle of heat protectant on your dresser so you’re always prepared.

2. Sleek Pixie Cut

Heat protectant spray: Asian woman with short dark pixie cut wearing a red long-sleeved blouse against a champagne-colored background
Go for sleek, edgy, and damage-free hair.

Aside from a hairspray with medium to firm hold, a heat protectant that doubles as an anti-frizz product can also do wonders to a sleek pixie cut hairstyle. Spritz heat protectant on your damp hair before blow-drying to achieve this look.

3. Curly Side Part Hairstyle with Hair Clips

Heat protectant: Asian woman with long dark wavy hair with hair clips wearing a blue cardigan and white dress outdoors
Spray heat protectant to the tips of your hair before curling.

If you’re only curling sections of your hair, you still need to spray heat protectant on those sections so they don’t get damaged. Hold the bottle around 15 to 20 cm away from your hair when you spray so your tresses don’t get drenched with this product. Then, you can rock the curly side part hairstyle with healthier hair.

4. Flipped-out short bob

Heat protectant spray: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with black flipped-out short bob wearing a yellow dress outdoors
Protect your bob from heat damage so you can rock different hairstyles.

Blow dryers can also cause heat damage, especially when you hold the nozzle close to your hair, which is what you will do when creating a flipped-out short bob.

5. Long Hair with Curly Side Fringe

Heat protectant spray: Closeup shot of an Asian woman with long dark wavy hair wearing a white long-sleeved top in a cafe
Spray heat protectant first before you wrap your hair around a barrel curler.

Going for big waves? Choose a heat protectant that’s big on protection, too! When going for long hair with curly side fringe, spray heat protectant generously on your hair before curling.

Have fun blow-drying, straightening, and curling your hair, as long as you spray heat protectant first before styling. This way, your hair stays healthy and damage-free so you can rock any hairstyle you want.

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