9 Best Heat Protection Sprays To Try in 2021

Addicted to your hair straighteners? Prevent frazzled strands with our editors' best heat protection spray (UK) list.

What Is Heat Protect?

Heat protection sprays act as heat sinks to absorb excess heat and stop it from being able to penetrate deep into the hair. Most of us, at the very least, use a hairdryer regularly and that’s before we even add straighteners and curling wands into the mix, so using the best heat protectant is crucial to your hair’s health.

Even if your hair looks okay from the outside, heat styling causes internal damage which weakens the hair over time and makes it more prone to breakage.

But don’t worry, we’re not here to try and convince you to hang up your heated curlers. You just need to take extra care of your tresses by investing in the best heat protectant spray for your hair and make sure to apply it every time you go to use a heated appliance. To find out why these heat defence products made our best heat protection spray: UK 2021 shopping list*, read on.

What Is the Best Heat Protection Spray?

Want smoother, shinier and healthier-looking tresses with less breakage and split ends? You’d be silly not to! To make these hair dreams a reality, look no further than our editors’ pick of the best heat protection sprays.

1. TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray (Voted Best Heat Protection Spray by ATH)

The TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray contains a heat-activated complex that can help protect your hair from heat up to 230°C (usually the highest setting on your straighteners and curling wands). Perfect for those who use heated appliances regularly and want to restore shine in their locks, it also offers UV protection.

Styling tip: Spray liberally on damp or dry hair and use a wide-tooth comb or a flexible bristle brush to help ensure even distribution before styling your hair.

2. VO5 Heat Protect Spray

This clever heat-activated formula promotes easy styling while also forming a protective barrier against high heat. Ideal for those with frizzy locks, the VO5 Heat Protect Spray can also help tame flyaways and eliminate any annoying static.

Styling tip: Spray generously and evenly onto wet hair before blow-drying, straightening or curling. After creating your style, use a small amount to smooth down any stray flyaways for a neat, ultra-sleek look.

3. TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist

After a soft, smooth-looking finish? Then this TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist wonder might just be the best heat defence for your hair. The perfect prep and prime base for any hairstyle, this conditioning formula can help protect against damage and breakage caused by heated styling, while boasting additional detangling benefits, too.

Styling tip: Spray evenly over towel-dried hair and comb through. Top up in-between blow-drying and using straighteners by spritzing lightly over dry hair.

4. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray

As the name suggests, the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray is infused with keratin, helping to tame frizz and boost smoothness, making it one of the best hair heat protectants for girls with curls or natural hair. The results? Smooth and shiny locks no matter what style you’re going for.

Styling tip: If you’re a prolific user of straighteners, try washing your hair with the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner first so that your hair care and styling routine can work in tandem.

Then apply the Heat Protection Shine Spray to damp hair, starting from the mid-lengths to the tips, as the ends tend to be the most damaged. When blow-drying, make sure the nozzle of the hairdryer is pointing downwards to help boost the cuticle-smoothing effect.

5. TIGI Catwalk Haute Iron Spray

For those who like to go hard and heavy on the styling, TIGI Catwalk Haute Iron Spray can shield your tresses from heat up to 230°C while also enhancing that gorgeous, runway-ready sheen.

Styling tip: Apply on towel-dried hair, working your way from the roots right down to the ends. Then comb it through as you blowdry to get super sleek, salon-perfect results. Remember to only use a hair straightener on dry hair, never when wet.

6. TRESemmé Botanique Hairdryer Protection Mist

Do you blowdry your hair every time you wash it? Then you should try the TRESemmé Botanique Hairdryer Protection Mist, which has been specially designed to protect your hair against damage from using hairdryers. The alcohol-free formula has a light and natural feel that doesn’t weigh down hair and leaves it looking healthy.

Styling tip: Afer washing your hair, use a microfiber towel to gently squeeze out most of the excess water before you reach for the hairdryer. This will soak up a lot of the moisture so that your hair is no longer dripping wet, meaning you won’t have to use as much heat to dry it.

7. VO5 Volume Blow-Dry Spray

If your hair is on the finer side, the VO5 Volume Blow-Dry Spray is the perfect addition to your hair arsenal. This heat defence spray helps to add bounce and body to limp hair, as well as fending off frizz and static.

Styling tip: Flat roots? Flip your hair upside down while blowdrying and blast it at the roots for some extra va-va-voom.

8. TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Primer Spray

Give weak, damaged hair protection against heated styling TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Primer Spray, which defends against 7 different types of damage. We recommend this for anyone who wants to be able to continue creating the styles they love without having to feel guilty about using heat.

Styling tip: For maximum mane protection, apply first to damp hair before blowdrying and then reapply before using your straighteners or curlers.

9. VO5 Tame & Shine Spray

A shine spray and heat protect wrapped into one, the VO5 Tame & Shine Spray is both a prep and finishing product. Use before styling to protect hair from heated tools and again after you’ve finished your look to add shine and keep frizz at bay.

Styling tip: Out and about? Keep this in your bag for instant on-the-go flyaway control.

(*As voted by the ATH Team)

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