How to choose the right heat protectant for your styling tools

Emily | 29 May 2016

Because not all are made equal.

There’s nothing like wanting to straighten your curly hair texture without being visited by fear. Oh you know, that dreaded feeling of not seeing your curls bounce back in action after your next hair washing. Been there. Done that. Or getting your weekly blow outs and realise that your hair is frizzing up more than ever due to damage. Heat styling can wreak havoc on your tresses, but there’s an easy way to lessen the amount of damage done to your hair by utilising a heat protection spray. And let us tell you now: this is a essential hairstyling rule you should never skip!

Think heat protectants are all one and the same? Think again. Choosing the right product based on the heat styling tool of your choice can be beneficial to your styling routine and not only help to prevent damage but also work to enhance the outcome of your desired style. Read on for our edit of heat protection sprays that will work best with all your heat styling tools.

Choosing the right heat protection spray

heat protection spray for blowout hair
Heat protection spray for blowout hair. Credit: Dvora

Style: The blowout
Heat Styling Tool: The blowdryer
Try: Toni&Guy Prep Heat Protection Mist (£6.99*)

Heat defence doesn’t start with straighteners and curling wands – protection should begin before you blow dry. Since most hair dryers on the market aren’t ionic (ionic blow dryers can help to maintain and balance moisture in your hair), blasting your hair on high heat can leave it dry and brittle. Which is where a great heat protection spray, like Toni&Guy Heat Protection Mist comes in. This brilliant base product protects your hair against damage and breakage from heat styling, plus its conditioning formula helps to detangle locks, leaving your hair shiny and soft. Simply spray liberally through towel-dried locks and comb through before drying.

heat protection spray for poker straight hair
Heat protection spray for poker straight hair. Credit: Dvora

Style: Poker straight hair
Heat Styling Tool: Straighteners
Try: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray (£5.50*)

After gorgeously glossy, sleek and straight locks? Straighteners are your BFFs – but not before you prime your tresses with a proper heat protectant. For best results, choose a product that guards your tresses while adding shine. We especially love the TRESemmé Heat Protection Spray: formulated with keratin, it helps to reduce frizz and acts as a barrier to heat styling tools like straighteners. Mist on your hair through mid-lengths to ends before using your straighteners for smooth and shiny locks.

heat protection spray for sophisticated curls
Heat protection spray for sophisticated curls.

Style: Sophisticated curls
Heat Styling Tool: Curling wand
Try: VO5 Smoothly Does It Heat Protect Spray (£3.99*)

For big Hollywood waves or fully, bouncy curls, a hair wand is your partner in crime. But just because this tool doesn’t use a clamping mechanism, it doesn’t mean it’s any less damaging. And frankly, nothing spoils your beautiful waves more than dry, frazzled ends. Use a heat protection spray that can withstand the high temperatures of heated styling tools, like the VO5 Heat Protect Spray, which can withstand temperatures of up to 230°C. Formulated with a heat-activated complex to help make styling easier, this product helps to reduce frizz and flyaways, and leaves locks ultra shiny – perfect for defining those curls. Simply spritz through the lengths and ends of your hair before curling.

Ready to add one of these heat protection sprays to your styling arsenal?

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

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