If you’ve ever wondered if you need to use a heat protectant spray just ask yourself if you use heat when styling your hair. If the answer is yes then you do need to check out what’s available on the market. I didn’t know I needed it until I was told, it’s sometimes referred to as thermal protection sprays. My stylist said I needed to spray it on my hair before blow drying and straightening because my hair was starting to break and look frizzy at the ends. The problem was I had no idea which to choose from and I wasn’t sure she was using the best heat protectant I could find so I decided to conduct some of my own research and find out which would work for me. Along the way I found other heat sprays that were good for other types of hair so I thought I’d share my findings.
The truth is, if you don’t use a heat protectant spray and you use heat regularly then your hair eventually begins to weaken because it gets stripped of its natural oils, so it dries out. This then gives you split ends and breaking hair. Heat protectant acts as a barrier using a “polymer” which gets wrapped round the hair and some have protein in them which also helps the hair retain any protein lost often occurring during heat processes. These heat protectant sprays also give your hair shine as well as reducing frizz. So if you refuse to be parted from your straighteners or curling tongs (like me) then heat protectant is important, don’t style without it!
This one is quite expensive but as GHD are the connoisseurs when it comes to hair styling tools you would think they know what they are doing! The spray is 120ml and comes with the GHD Heat Protect System. Depending on your hair length give a good spraying to medium and long hair and comb it through so it gets to each and every strand. It’s not a very strong aroma either and gives hair a very pleasant smell.
Out of 106 reviews on Amazon it scores 4.4 out of 5 stars – don’t be put off by the steam that will come off your hair when styling, it’s normal and is only because hair is wet when styling. The GHD is the beast heat protectant spray for thick and long hair and really helps straighteners glide through.
If you like pink you’ll love this bottle. It’s nice and feminine with a very sweet smell. Designed to make styling faster it can be used before you curl your hair or before you straighten it. It sprays a mist over your head and distributes well but give it an extra comb through too, just to make sure. Ideal for medium thicknesses and fine hair, it gives you a glossy head of hair at a very good price, eliminating static and frizz too. It scores 4 out of 5 on Amazon with most reviewers happy that it keeps hair in nicely moisturized condition, makes styling easier too and gives hair plenty of sheen.
Ideal for all hair types this apparently promises up to 82% less breakage. It protects hair against very high temperatures, up to 230° C and gives hair unbeatable shine and softness. If you have very frizzy hair this will work well because it smooths out the frizz too and replaces it with shine. All you need to do to apply it is squirt plenty onto your hair and comb it through. Use it on damp hair before you blow dry or you can also use it on dry hair before you straighten it. This scores 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon with customers reporting less split ends after using for a while and softer, healthier looking hair all over.
This is ideal for normal hair or thick hair and promises to keep hair soft and glossy as well as control unsightly frizz. Use it in preparation for blow drying, straightening or curling. The Pantene Pro-V Heat Defense Gloss Spray scores 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon and everyone seems very happy with the results; smooth, shiny and frizz-free hair. The spray does come out in a line rather than as mists so do make sure you use a comb to distribute it properly through the hair.
This product leaves hair feeling soft, manageable and shiny and doesn’t make it greasy either. It works perfectly well with straighteners and it’s a good product to buy if you want to boost your hair’s health too because it nourishes it during styling. It’s particularly good for Afro-Caribbean type hair because it quickly eliminates frizz and static making hair look smooth and glossy rather than dull and lacklustre. Smooth a little through hair before styling and finish with a few drops after styling for best results.
Hopefully the above suggestions will help you to choose the best heat protectant spray for your hair type.