Wondering if a heat protectant is necessary before using your heated styling tool? Well, the answer is absolutely! And here is why.
When styling your hair with a flat iron, curling iron or a hair dryer, the heat from your hair tool is opening up the hair shaft putting it at great risk for damage and dry out. When you use a heat protectant before styling you are sealing and protecting the hair follicle as the product works to coat the hair. Not only does this provide protection against thermal damage, it also works to seal in moisture for smoother, shinier strands while giving your hair a soft texture and healthier looking appearance.
A heat protectant can also dramatically improve the effectiveness of the hair tool as well as provide you with better styling results. Most hair protectants offer increased shine, quicker styling and humidity resistance for frizz free strands.
When looking for a heat protectant you want to find a product suited for your hair type. Those with fine or thin hair are better off using a spray mist or lightweight serum. If your hair is thick and/or coarse you will benefit more from a cream or hydrating serum. Look for a product that uses ingredients which will not just protect but will benefit your hair as well. Nourishing oils such as Argan or Coconut are extremely beneficial as they work to condition and repair hair. Argan oil is an excellent choice for all hair types as it is lightweight, quickly absorbs and doesn’t leave behind and heavy residue. Avoid aerosol products as these can increase the chances of inhalation and cause respiratory issues.
Another thing to look for when choosing a heat protectant is one that offers UV protection. Heat damage doesn't end when your styling tool is off. Protect your hair from the damaging rays of the sun, even on a cloudy day. Also a great choice for those days you skip the heat styling and go au natural.
When buying a heat protectant, it doesn't have to be the most expensive in order to be the best, however you want to check and compare ingredients as many of the cheaper versions use silicones and alcohol. Homemade and DIY heat protectants may seem like a great way to save money however, using creams and oils that aren’t specially formulated for use in hair and high temperatures from heated tools can actually end up causing more damage.