We all love styling our hair with those curling irons, hair dryers, straighteners and crimping machines, but little do we realise how much damage they cause to our hair. It is important for us to realise that excessive use of heat styling products can result in a lot of damage to our tresses making them brittle, frizzy and thin. Curling, straightening or crimping basically spell out one thing – DAMAGE. That being said, for most of us, it is hard to walk out of the house with your hair in its natural state. At times like these, heat styling becomes necessary. That's where a heat protectant for your hair comes to rescue.
A heat protectant for your hair is a must everytime you use a heat styling product because a heat protectant forms a protective barrier on hair strands which reduces moisture loss from hair when using a thermal appliance for styling. A heat protectant spray is as good as a sunblock, it would prevent your hair from getting fried, would moisturize your hair and prevent any sort of damage to your hair.
Heat protectants come in various forms like creams, mousse, gels, sprays and serums. The creams, mousse and gels are supposed to be used on wet hair all over the length of the hair and the ends. Sprays and serums, on the other hand, can be used on both wet & dry hair.
Now, let’s see what are the products which can save your tresses from damage:
Sprays and Serums
1) Toni&Guy Heat Protection Mist: High Temperature Protection
Price: INR 750 for 150ml
Available Online at Nykaa.com
Our take on the product: Toni&Guy is a well-known brand when it comes to their haircare range and therefore this product is a total go-getter for heat protection. This is a pre styling Heat Protection mist that prepares your hair for a styling spree while giving it the care and protection it needs. You may use it in between your straightening sessions or sprint it before blow drying to restore the natural shine of your hair.
2) Organix Brazilian Keratin Flat Iron Spray
Price : INR 725 for 177 ml
Available online at Nykaa.com
Our take on the product: This product is keratin based which makes it amazing for the hair protection from heat. It provides a good coating of moisture that helps replenish the natural shine of the hair whilst protecting it from moisture-loss. Rich Brazilian coconut oils combined with hydrolyzed keratin protein work to seal and protect the hair from thermal heat styling. It protects against heat damage caused by flat irons, curling irons and any other heat styling tools.
3) L'Oreal Paris Professionnel Expert Serie - Liss Ultime Shine Perfecting Serum
Price : INR 650 for 125 ml
Available offline and online at Flipkart.
L'oreal is one of the most trusted brands when it comes to beauty products and in their range of best products is the L'oreal Paris Ultime Heat Protectant serum which will help replenish lost moisture to your hair. It can be applied before blow drying or any other heat appliance while styling your hair and you will have shinier and silkier hair. Also the product is anti frizz and works great for humid conditions too.
4) TRESemme Platinum Strength Heat Protectant Spray
This is one of the best products when it comes to heat protectants. It has a lockable nozzle and hence, is travel friendly. A single spray spritz a generous amount and hence one bottle goes on for long. TRESemme heat protectants comes with a vitamin enriched formula and leaves your hair with shine. The products also tames frizz to some extent and surely protects your hair from the damage the thermal products can cause your hair.
Price: INR 1195 for 236ml
Available online at Amazon
5) Schwarzkopf Gliss Total Hair Repair Heat Protection Spray
The Schwarzkopf's heat protection protects your hair upto 220 degrees C. It comes with a lock system and is travel friendly. A great product can be used on both wet and dry hair but we would recommend you to use it on dry hair only for better results. Although unlike the product claims, it might not help tame frizz or give shine to your hair but does an outstanding job when it comes to protecting your hair from heat styling products if you use them daily.
Price: INR 615 for 200 ml
Available online at Amazon
6) John Frieda Hair Serum Thermal Protection
John Frieda has some of the best hair products and one of them is their hair serum ith thermal protection. It sprays a generous amount so you need just 2-3 sprays on the length of your hair before heat styling them. The products helps to tame frizz and lock in moisture and makes them look shinny and glossy. It is very light and doesn't leave an oily finish to your hair. The product works best with John Frieda Frizz Ease Conditioner.
Price: 1735 for 50 ml
Available online at Amazon
Apart from these, It would be better if you always look for ceramic coating in styling tools because a ceramic coating evenly distributes heat without burning hair. Also, never straighten your hair when it is soaking wet, in fact do not straighten wet hair at all. When heat is applied to wet hair, it can cause permanent damage, so better be safe than sorry! Also, try to minimize using heat styling products regularly and go for hair spas and oiling treatments to replenish the hair with lost moisture and shine.