If you’re following your dermatologist’s advice, you always put on sunscreen before you to outside—or at least you always remember in the summer. It’s essential to be concerned about our skin’s health but why not add a heat protectant for healthy hair while we’re at it? Thanks to Vitamin D from plenty of sunshine, hair grows faster in the summer, but it’s also more susceptible to damage from UV rays. In addition, blow dryers, curling irons and straightening may make our hair look great in the moment, but they also abuse our locks and cause excessive long-term damage. Save your locks with these 10 amazing heat protectant hair products.
#1: Living Proof Restore Protection Hairspray
Living Proof’s Restore Instant Protection Hairspray is a quick and easy way to protect yourself from heat damaged hair. Just spray it on while you’re styling and your hair will be safe from heat up to 450 degrees and will have 24-hour UV ray protection. This hairspray is also perfect for humid weather and keeps frizzy hair polished and managable.
#2: Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer
Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer doesn’t just protect your hair from UV rays, but it also heals damaged hair. The primer contains grape-seed, macadamia nut, coconut, argan, sweet almond and safflower seed oil to make your hair feel as good is it looks. These oils also make it a great heat protectant for natural hair. Spray the primer evenly on your hair when it’s wet, then style or let your hair dry. Those blessed with super thick locks can also use this spray when their hair is dry, but it might make finer hair look oily. The scent is slightly sweet with a hint of coconut, which makes it perfect for a day at the beach.
#3: Fekkai Pre-Soleil Hair Radiance and Protection Mist
This protective pre-sun mist by Fekkai might be worth buying for the smell alone: fruity, oceanic and tropical but not overpowering. This hair SPF protects your locks from the sun’s rays by acting as a UV filter and minimizes color fade from sun exposure. Fekkai’s Pre-Soleil Hair Radiance and Protection Mist leaves hair looking glossy, not greasy and contains sunflower seed oil for extra shine.
#4: Sally Hershberger Salon Keratin RX Moisture Remedy
Salon Keratin RX Moisture Remedy doesn’t just protect hair from heated styling tools, but it also treats heat damaged hair symptoms like dullness, dryness and breakage. The milky lightweight liquid has an unobtrusive coconut scent. Just a few sprays on damp hair before styling can keep hair from getting frizzy and helps give you a glossy look without weighing down fine hair and making it look greasy. This gentle moisturizing liquid is perfect for repairing color treated hair too.
#5: Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Heat Styling Foam
If you’re looking for the best heat protectant for hair but can’t find anything that suits your texture, Carol’s Daughter makes an amazing heat protectant specifically for black hair textures. The heat setting foam contains macadamia oil (which contains omega fatty acids–helpful for creating strong, healthy locks!) and honey extract to smooth split ends. For super soft, bouncy, shiny and completely crunch-free curls, this affordable product should be your go-to.
#6: John Frieda Frizz Ease Thermal Protection Hair Serum
Being able to find your favorite hair products at the drugstore is always convenient and John Frieda Frizz Ease just might be your new favorite heat protecting product. This serum doesn’t just leave hair glossy and calm frizz, but it also establishes a heat protective barrier before styling. Silk protein and Vitamin E can help save your locks from the blow dryer and curling iron. The polymers form a film on the surface of your hair to dissipate the heat and minimize any damage. For silky soft locks at budget friendly prices, John Frieda is the way to go.
#7: Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel
Ouidad’s frizz taming gel is perfect for balmy summer climates. The Climate Control Gel keeps hair soft and manageable with a blend of vitamins and plant extracts, including heat-activated wheat resin. It protects against heat from styling products, while leaving hair smooth but voluminous. It also never leaves your hair crunchy or weighs down fine hair. The alcohol-free gel provides a gentle all day hold.
#8: Paul Mitchell Sun Shield Conditioning Spray
Paul Mitchell’s Sun Shield Conditioning Spray is the perfect poolside companion. The spray features SolarVeil Complex, which helps shield your hair from UV rays and prevent color fade. Just lightly mist it onto your damp hair before and after swimming or sun exposure. Conditioning oils leave your hair soft, shiny and luminous. If you apply the spray too heavily, it can leave hair feeling a little greasy.
#9: Joico Smooth Cure Thermal Styling Protectant
If you just can’t give up your hair straightener, make sure you reach for Joico Smooth Cure Thermal Styling Protectant before you apply any heat to your hair. This lightweight spray contains hydrolyzed keratin, a heat protectant to save you from breakage and split ends. The lightweight spray has a slight floral scent that fades throughout the day. It also won’t weigh down even the finest hair textures while giving your locks some extra shine. Strands will feel soft, not sticky or greasy, after application and they’ll be protected against humidity and thermal damage. It’s a win-win!
#10: Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray
This Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray by Alterna is made with Kendi Thermal Protect Complex, which shields hair from heat and bamboo extract, which strengthens. It also contains kendi oil–known for moisturizing hair. It reduces heat related breakage by instantly strengthening and repairing hair. The product is a thick, white lotion. This can make it a little difficult to spray. However, it doesn’t weigh your hair down and the scent is light. Apply Alterna Bamboo Smooth Spray before styling your hair and enjoy frizz-free strands protected from heat damage by nature and your styling tools.
While summer might be the time our hair is most susceptible to damage; we should definitely be protecting our hair all year. Make sure you’re ready for a day at the beach or a night out with a hair heat protectant, and you’ve see lots of great choices. Now, all you have to do is pick one and spray it on your hair–leave your worries at the door and enjoy the upcoming summertime with strong, healthy locks!