Don’t even think about skipping this essential hair care step!
Let’s face it, many of us use hot tools on our hair multiple times per week. After all, heat styling is one of the most effective ways to dry, curl, straighten and shape our hair exactly the way we want it.
As you may know, most styling tools reach temperatures up to 450°F.
And subjecting our unprotected strands to high heat repeatedly, along with other things we do regularly, like dyeing and brushing can lead to damage. See, when we style without heat protection, hair can become stripped of its natural moisture, leaving it more vulnerable to dullness, dryness, breakage and split ends.
What Is a Heat Protectant?
Heat protectants (also known as thermal protectants) act as a barrier between your hair and the hot surfaces of your styling tools.
You apply sunscreen every time you hit the beach or the pool, right? As sunscreen shields your skin from the sun’s UV rays, think of heat protectant as your hair’s shield against the high temperatures of your blow dryers, wands and flat irons.
How Do Heat Protectants Work?
Heat protectants add a protective layer to your hair, often in the form of a silicone or a natural oil, which helps to lock-in moisture and decrease direct exposure to heat.
They also may contain botanicals and strands-strengthening ingredients, like keratin, to nourish and help fortify the hair. Heat protectants help to smooth the hair cuticle, reducing frizz and producing a sleek, shiny effect. They also help to lock-out humidity!
How to Use a Heat Protectant
Heat protectants may be used on damp or dry hair and should be used every time you style. They can be used on their own or with your other favorite styling products.
On freshly washed hair, it’s important to apply a heat protectant, especially before blow drying. And make sure to apply again before any future touch-ups with your hot tools.
How to Choose the Right Heat Protectant for You
Offered in the form of a spray, cream or serum, it all comes down to personal preference.
Things to take into consideration when choosing a heat protectant include:
* Hair type (straight, wavy, curly, dry, oily, etc.)
* Hair texture (fine, thin, thick, coarse, etc.)
* The environment you live in
* How you like to style your hair
* Added benefits the product provides
Lucky for you, L’ange offers multiple heat protectant products in a variety of textures, applications and with various benefits beyond heat protection.
Let’s check them out!
RIVAL HEAT SHIELD
If you’re looking for classic heat protection, look no further.
Rival Heat Shield is a lightweight spray-on heat protectant that can be used with your other styling products and is great for all hair types.
It boasts keratin to help strengthen hair, along with chamomile and burdock root to soothe and boost shine. Simply section hair, spray it throughout and enjoy heat protection that adds grip for styling tools and a light hold to your style. TRY IT NOW
POSH HAIR POLISH
If you’re looking for heat protection plus megawatt shine, check this out!
Posh Hair Polish is a dual-purpose styling product that also protects your hair.The unique gel-cream formula can be used to prep your hair for a smooth blowout and may also be used to help enhance natural curls and waves.
Rich in botanical oils and extracts, plus glimmery mica, it nourishes your hair, leaving it lustrous and touchably-soft. Apply a small amount to damp hair before blow drying or diffusing and enjoy those smooth, shiny, defined strands. TRY IT NOW
GLASS HAIR THERMAL BLOWOUT PRIMER
If you’re looking for ultra long-lasting style, this is an excellent choice.
Glass Hair Thermal Blowout Primer is a heat protectant and styling product that’s activated by the heat of your dryer and designed to mimic the results of a salon blowout.
It’s great for anyone with rough, dry frizz-prone hair that prefers to wear it smooth and sleek.
Botanicals, chamomile and calendula, nourish the hair and help shield against environmental aggressors. Spray on the weightless formula before blow drying and enjoy a shiny, beautiful blowout that holds up until your next wash. TRY IT NOW
THERMAL MAGIQUE HEAT & HUMIDITY TAMER
If you’re looking for heat protection and live in a humid environment, this one’s for you.
Thermal Magique Heat & Humidity Tamer is another lightweight, spray-on heat protectant, but this one also blocks out style-sabotaging humidity!
It’s formulated with fortifying keratin protein and natural humectant, glycerin, to help lock-in moisture and lock-out frizz.
Great for all hair types, this formula won’t weigh hair down, may be used with other styling products, offers grip for your styling tools and a light hold to your hairstyle. Apply it to damp or dry hair before styling with any hot tool and don’t forget to pack it when you’re traveling to a hot, humid locale! TRY IT NOW
WATCH OUR THERMAL PROTECTANTS IN ACTION
It’s hard to deny the obvious benefits from using a heat protectant. As you can see, the areas of the bread with heat protectant came out significantly less toasted than the unprotected areas. (It’s the same concept for your hair!)
We hope this will inspire you to use a heat protectant every time you style. And tell us, what is your favorite heat L’ange heat protectant and why?