Whenever you are applying heat to your hair, you’re damaging it. If you own any hot tools (hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons, etc) and apply them to your hair regularly, it’s essential to apply a heat protectant of some sort to your hair prior to styling. Heat protectant is definitely not the place in your hair care routine to skip out on--and here’s why.
A heat protectant basically adds moisture and coats your hair, creating a barrier to inhibit the loss of natural moisture via evaporation. Two main ingredients commonly found in heat protectants are Cyclomethicone and dimethicone. Cyclomethicone is the moisturizing ingredient, while dimethicone forms a barrier on your strands to protect from moisture loss.
A heat protectant will also contribute to your journey for shiny healthy looking hair! By using a heat protectant, your hair will be less frizzy due to the dimethicone, and your hair will be less dehydrated than if you were to style your hair sans heat protectant.
Curl Girl Unwind Thermal Protector & Detangling Mist and Cantu Shea Butter Thermal Shield Heat Protectant are two great hydrating heat protectants recommended by Allure. Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate, recommended by Refinery29, is perfect for those who love a good blow dry. There are a plethora of heat protectants to choose from so when you’re shopping for one, you want to make sure it has ingredients to hydrate and protect.
And don’t worry-- we’ll also be coming out with our own heat protectant that works seamlessly with the cordless, infrared dryer to leave you with a perfected style.
Lastly, a fun tip: If you just ran out of heat protectant and haven’t had time to restock, just grab some coconut oil and apply it all over your hair. Coconut oil has become a common household staple due to its versatility and variety of benefits. Coconut oil has a smoke point of 350 degrees. So, after you apply some coconut oil, turn on your hot tool but make sure to keep it at or under 350 degrees. This is the perfect little trick to keep your hair healthy, shiny, and protected!