Our hair epitomises the expression “beauty is pain.” We douse it in bleach to achieve the perfect golden blonde, tug at it with a brush until it’s smooth and blast it with scorching heat to change its texture — it’s a tough gig.
So when it comes to preventing our hard-working hair from becoming damaged and sizzled from the daily use of heat tools, taking the proper precautions is very important. Particularly when giving up our straightener is simply not an option.
Fortunately for us, thanks to a few very clever heat protectant sprays on the market, we can now shield our hair from heat damage while nourishing and conditioning strands at the same time.
Here are beautyheaven’s top six recommendations for heat protectant sprays that will leave your hair soft, silky and strong.
REDKEN Extreme Play Safe
If you’re looking to simplify your pre-styling routine, Redken’s Extreme Play Safe treatment offers a 3-in-1 formula designed to nourish existing damage, protect against heat up to 230 degrees and strengthen hair to prevent future breakage.
“Not only does it keep my hair feeling soft after heat styling, it also works as a highly effective hair detangler. It’s looking well maintained and looking fresh and healthy.” – Candy fairy
$40 at Adore Beauty
Aveda Heat Relief Thermal Protector & Conditioning Mist
That beach wave you styled with your curling iron might not be natural, but your heat protectant spray still can be. With its signature shampure scent, Aveda’s Heat Relief Thermal Protector and Conditioning Mist uses a 97 per cent naturally derived formula to condition strands and shield against damaging high temperatures.
$36 at Aveda
TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist
A product that works just as well on dry hair before a quick styling touch-up as it does on towel-dried hair after a wash. TONI&GUY’s Heat Protection Mist prevents breakage and heat tool-inflicted damage, leaving strands soft, smooth and strong.
“I love the fresh scent of the product and my hair is left feeling soft and bouncy. I would definitely purchase this product again as I am pleased with the results I get after using it.” – Sharyn79
$16 at Woolworths
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Heat Styles Heat Protection Spray
For a product that does the job (a damn good one at that) and won’t make a dent in your weekly budget, Schwarzkopf’s Heat Protection Spray prevents moisture loss from heat tools while reducing frizz and leaving hair glossy.
$6.99 at Priceline
Kérastase Genesis Defense Thermique
This one’s for regular heat stylers who’ve been noticing a little more hair fall out than normal. The Kérastase Genesis Defense Thermique is a luxurious, heat-activated treatment for damaged, dry hair, that adds shine while strengthening and conditioning.
$54 at Adore Beauty
From the heat styling tool experts themselves, the recent heat protectant release from ghd acts as an invisible shield between your hair and your straightener, curler or dryer. Suitable for use on damp or dry hair, this thermal spray leaves no grit or texture on strands and will layer seamlessly under complementing styling products.
$30 at Adore Beauty
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Have you tried any of these? If not, which heat protectant is your favourite?