What Are Heat Protectants?
Heat protectants benefit the hair by providing a protective layer against excessive heat. With ingredients like silicone, wheat proteins and keratin — protectants reduce heat damage caused to the hair through heat styling tools. Think sunscreen for the hair.
Continuous use of heat styling tools like straighteners, curling wands and yes, even hair dryers can dry out the hair, making it brittle and prone to damage. This is why a heat protectant should be at the top of your hair care list if you frequently blow out, straighten or curl your hair.
What Are The Benefits of Heat Protectants?
Besides preventing a tenth of your mane from breaking off from heat damage, heat protectants benefit the hair in these ways:
1. They provide much-needed moisture to the hair
Your hair loves moisture, it can’t do without it! It is why great conditioners are a necessary part of hair care. Moisture helps to improve the hair’s health. With vitamins and fatty acids present in heat protectants, they make for great hair moisturizing ingredients.
2. Heat protectants seal moisture into the hair
Get this — not only do heat protectants moisturize the hair, they make sure this moisture stays in by forming a layer over the hair shaft, trapping moisture in.
3.Heat protectants help to reduce frizz
Bad, frizzy hair days – 0, your hair on heat protectants – 1
Heat protectants smoothen the cuticles of the hair shaft. This helps to regulate how much water the hair takes in, reducing the risk of frizziness in humid weather.
4. Heat protectants make the hair easier to manage
If you spend a little too much time getting your hair presentable enough for public viewing most mornings, you’ll love this added benefit of heat protectants! Remember how heat protectants provide moisture to the hair? This moisture keeps the hair lubricated, making it easier to manage.
What hair types work best with heat protectants?
It doesn’t matter if you’re curly, straight, have type 1 or are crowned with type 4 hair, heat protectants benefit all hair types and can be applied over wet or damp hair.
How to apply heat protectants
Heat protectants come in sprays, serums and creams. They should be applied sparingly to prevent weighed down hair. Thin hairs with less room to soak up oils should avoid greasy protectants, while thick hairs should use amounts that are easily absorbed.
Heat protectants are fantastic for hair care as they strengthen, moisturize and protect the hair. When it comes to heat styling, where your hair can’t take the heat, don’t step out of the kitchen—grab a heat protectant instead!