Curling, straightening, and blow-drying your hair using heat stylers come at a cost. Which is dry, brittle, and damaged hair in the long run. It is like soaking up the sun without using sunscreen which may not show its toxic consequences right away but will expose your skin to a lot of problems after some time. 

Using high temperatures on your hair takes away vital natural oils, vitamins, and proteins in your hair. It is important to stick to a hair care routine to make them stay healthy forever and using a heat protectant of some form (serum, spray, cream, etc.) should be an important step of your hair care routine.

You can’t just pick up any hair heat protectant that promises to protect the hair from heat and possesses a fancy price tag (because your psychology will make you think that it must be good if it is expensive). Instead, the heat protectant should be the one that suits your hair type and doesn’t diminish the effect of styling while protecting them.

So, for your convenience, we have picked up some of the best hair heat protectants out there which are affordable, effective, and do not make your hair greasy (as it is the primary downside of most hair care products).

#1 CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protecting Spray (US$16)

This CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protecting Spray is made with perfection to be used for protecting your hair in every straightening, curling, and blow-drying session. Just spray it in your hair from roots to ends and get stronger hair that is protected from the dryness and damage that heat styling may bring. It is worth the money but you need to be sure to not use too much of it as a little bit of it is enough for your hair and too much use may weigh your hair down.

#2 Joico Ironclad Thermal Protectant (US$22.5)

Next on the list is this Joico Ironclad Thermal Protectant which got a rating of 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon. The formula is not sticky at all and doesn’t weigh your hair down as most protectants do. It dries out fast and is affordable. Joico is best for controlling frizz and keeping static away as it tames the hair and makes them shiny. One of the reviewers said that she has been hooked to this heat protectant and would use it for as long as she styles her hair using heat.

#3 Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray

This next one is an absolute savior for people with thick hair as it takes forever to style and one would want to throw their hair up in a bun rather than style it every day. Well, not with Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray. It is formulated with trisiloxane and iso-dodecane which dries hair faster, provides a silky finish, and protects it from heat. The formula is lightweight but only if you use just enough of it and don’t build the product up in your hair. The “pillow proof” in the name depicts its ability to keep hair voluminous and blow-dry-looking even the next day.

#4 Artnaturals Hair Heat Protection Spray (US$11.95)

This Tigi S-Factor Heat Defender Flat Iron Shine Spray does two jobs at a time. It protects from the toxic effects of heat styling and earns you compliments on your hair which will look shiny, smooth, and silky after just a few spritzes of it. It is subtle, meaning, that it will provide shine without making your hair greasy or oily. It is packed with vitamin A, vitamin E, and a divine fragrance of a kind that you wouldn’t be able to resist using day in and day out.

#5 Moroccanoil Perfect Defense (US$28)

Perfect heat protection and perfect color protection is what this  Moroccanoil Perfect Defense does. Hence, it has the words “perfect defense” in its name. It has a fine texture and holds softly which makes hair shiny without making it look greasy and crunchy. The signature Moroccanoil fragrance is one of the reasons why people choose to stick to this product even if they are not big fans of strong fragrances. Also, it dries faster which reduces your styling time.

#6 HSI Professional Argan Oil Heat Protector (US$15.55)

A heat protectant that assists in making hair sleeker as well is this HSI Professional Argan Oil Heat Protector. Perfect for straightening hair that is coarse and curly, the HSI argan oil heat protector can be left in your hair even if you are not styling it with a blow dryer or a straightener to tame hair. Despite containing argan oil, this heat protectant feels light and non-greasy and it is phosphate-free, so you are free to use it on colored hair. Although some reviewers found the scent to be too strong for them, those same reviewers also concurred that this is still a fine product and does its job well.

#7 Kenra Thermal Styling Spray 19 (US$13.44)

People with fine hair are reluctant to use a heat protectant as most of them weigh down their hair making it look greasy. But fine-haired people need a heat protectant the most as fine hair is more prone to being damaged from styling frequently. This Kenra Thermal Styling Spray 19 saves the day for such people as it is specifically made for people with fine hair. It protects the hair from heat as strong as 428 degrees and has a weightless and seamless formula. It is meant to be used on dry hair just before using a styling tool. Concerning the downside, some reviewers noticed that it dried their hair out after some time.

#8 Paul Mitchell Hot Off the Press Thermal Protection Spray (US$15.96)

This styling and protecting spray from Paul Mitchell is made to provide longer styling effects. It keeps the curls and blowouts in for a longer period of time alongside providing thermal protection. With a repairing formula, this hair spray conditions dry and damaged hair and fights split ends. If you haven’t been using a heat protectant before and are now seeing the side effects of it in the form of dry and brittle hair, get your hands on this hair spray right away.

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