Do You Really Need Heat Protectant?

Even if your strands are seemingly healthy, your styling go-to tools—flat irons and dryers—can zap it of moisture in minutes and make it look frizzy, dull and damaged. Heat protectants provide a bevy of benefits to help keep your hair healthy, including the following: 

1. Add moisture to hair while helping to prevent the natural moisture from evaporating

2. Form a protective barrier over the cuticle on the hair strand

3. Help prevent heat damage and leave hair with shine

These products will keep your hair looking healthy in no time: 

Pantene’s Pro-V Protect Heat Shield Shampoo and Conditioner ($5 each)
The shampoo's heat activated oil provides a protective layer to help defend against heat damage before it starts. The conditioner’s formula is designed to help repair rough dull hair and protect against 450 degree heat damage.

Rusk Thermal Shine Spray ($16)

Ideal either before or after blow-drying, this thick, alcohol-free formulation seals hair’s cuticles, leaving it velvet-smooth upon application while Argan oil gives it remarkable shine. 

Blow Pro Heat Is On Protective Daily Primer ($18)

This weightless formula does the job of many by detangling, strengthening and conditioning your tresses while protecting it from heat-induced damage. Once done styling, this citrus-scented spray can also be used as a shine-boosting finishing mist. 

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Pronto Dry Heat Protect Spray ($24)

Offering 450-degree hear protection, this dry-spray formula is infused with keratin proteins to nourish, strengthen and protect hair. It also provides immediate style-refreshing benefits, allowing you to reshape your style and keep your locks looking good as new.

Pantene Pro-V Heat Potion Serum ($7)
The lightweight serum relies on protective heat-activated oils to leave hair smooth, sleek and shiny.

Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother ($24)

Natural ingredients such as organic tapioca defend against humidity for up to 12 hours in this strand-smoothing formula. Applied to damp hair, this cream acts as a leave-in-conditioner while also protecting against surface damage from heat styling. 

Oribe Hair Care Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray ($49)

This moisturizing mist quenches even the most dried-out locks to condition and protect hair, while also reducing frizz. But the real benefit is its ability to speed-up blow-drying time so strands are under less heat-induced stress.