The Best Heat Protectant for Long Hair

Serena Norr | 28 April 2016
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Protect your gorgeously long strands from damage.

We get it: having long hair is your thing. And we know how challenging it can be to take care of your hair day in and day out. From washing to brushing to heat styling, your long hair is constantly susceptible to damage as you try to get it to do its thing. And since cutting it isn’t an option, you’re always on the hunt for the latest and greatest hair products, especially the best heat protectant  or your long hair. Whether you create a blowout at home or curls for the office party, you’ll need something strong enough to protect your strands as you create an amazing style that you crave. Read on to learn more about some of our favorite heat protectants and what they can do your long mane:

Editors’ Picks: Best Heat Protectant for Long Hair

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Protect your long strands when you heat style with a heat protectant. Photo credit: Dvora

1. They are formulated to resist heat.

Using a blowdryer or flat iron without a heat protectant makes it prone to damage and breakage. Heat protectants work to create a layer of protection on the cuticle of your hair as they guard against heat and friction.

2. They help your hair look smooth.

Heat protectants can also help your hair look silky and smooth. They work by covering every strand of your hair by making it flexible, soft and manageable.

3. They lock in moisture.

Heat protectants are generally formulated to help your hair retain its natural moisture and hydration.

4. They help minimize damage.

Heat is heat, and it will damage your hair. Now that we got that part over, we all know we are going to blow-dry our hair, so why not do that a little safer? While they can’t completely save your stands, they do work to minimize damage and dryness from the heat.

Some of our Favorite Heat Protectants for Long Hair

If you use heat styling a lot, try the TRESemmé Get Sleek Heat Protection Spray whose formula works to coat your long hair by resisting heat up to 450 degrees! It also works to hold onto moisture in your hair as your locks stay smooth and silky.

if you need a boost of volume, try the Suave Luxe Style Infusion Volumizing Weightless Blow Dry Spray. This blow-dry spray is activated with heat as it boosts your long hair with volume and body. We love how it is designed to hold your style and last up to 24 hours.

If you have split ends, try the Nexxus New York Salon Care Promend Step 3 Heat Protecting Mist. This formula works to protect your hair from heat as it helps to repair damage

Styling Your Long Hair after Using a Heat Protectant

Once you’ve used the right heat protectant, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to style your hair. Here are some of our favorite ways to use a heat protectant on long hair:

1. Start with clean hair.

When heat styling your hair, make sure your hair is clean since you may want to extend your heat style by a day or so.

2. Spritz your hair.

Spritz your heat protectant over your wet long hair. When blowdrying your hair, make sure to use a low setting as you finger dry your hair. If you are going to flat iron your hair or curl it make sure that your hair is completely dry before you start.

3. Use a round brush.

When blowdrying your hair, use a round brush to create your desired style while also helping with the drying process.

4. Repeat.

Repeat this process around your entire head as your hair gets dry while creating a gorgeous style. This goes for any form of heat styling.

5. Set your style.

If you have any frizz or flyaways, use a dollop of hair serum like Suave Professionals Biotin Infusion Anti-Breakage Serum to tame any frizz or flyaways.

6. Hold it.

Make sure that your style stays in place with some light-to-medium hold hair spray.

Have you ever used a heat protectant?