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It's no gimmick, heat protect before styling to reduce hair damage


The Science Behind Heat Protectant Sprays and Your Hair Health

with Clinton Davis at @lesalondieppe | LSD Beauty

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heat protect to prevent hair damage

The Science Behind Heat Protectant Sprays and Your Hair Health


If you've heard about using a heat protectant spray before styling your hair with heat tools but dismissed it as just another beauty industry gimmick, it's time to reconsider. The simple step of spritzing on some protectant can make a world of difference, reducing heat damage and keeping your hair lush and healthy. But how do these products work? Let's delve into the science behind heat protectant sprays.


The Reality of Heat Styling

heat protect to prevent hair damage

As the name implies, heat styling exposes your hair to intense heat. In some cases close to the kind of temperatures you cook a roast at (450°F or 230°C). These temperatures provides results, but can burn and break down the cuticles and very proteins (keratin) your hair is made of while stripping away hairs natural moisture, leaving it dehydrated, brittle, and susceptible to damage. Over time, heat styling can lead to split ends and breakage, ruining your hair's natural shine and texture. That's where heat protectant sprays come in.

hair damaged by heat

The Science Behind Heat Protectant Sprays


Heat protectant sprays coat your hair with a protective layer that reduces moisture loss, slows down heat conduction, and distributes heat more evenly, thus preventing hot spots that can cause severe damage. Ingredients like silicone, amino acids, and panthenol absorb the excess heat and condition your hair at the same time, ensuring it remains healthy, shiny, and manageable.


Different protectants may have varying ingredients. For instance, silicone-based protectants are known for their ability to seal the hair cuticle and provide a shiny, glossy finish, while water-based ones offer hydration, helping to prevent dryness.


The Difference: Heat Protection for Blow Drying vs Flat Ironing/Curling


While all heat protectants serve the primary function of shielding your hair from heat, the extent of protection can vary depending on the type of heat tool you're using. When blow-drying, a lightweight, fast-absorbing protectant is ideal to prevent hair from becoming weighed down or greasy. In contrast, for high-heat styling like flat ironing or curling, you may need a heavier, silicone-based protectant that offers a higher degree of thermal protection.


Why It’s Not a Gimmick: Real Benefits of Heat Protectants


woman using heat protection for damaged hair

The tangible benefits of using heat protectant sprays are well-documented. In addition to reducing heat damage, these products can also improve your hair's shine, manageability, and overall appearance. The protective barrier they provide not only defends your hair from heat damage but also from environmental pollutants. Using heat protectants isn't a fad, it's a hair care necessity.


Application Tips for Maximum Effect


To maximize the benefits of your heat protectant spray, make sure to apply it evenly across your hair one section at a time, without saturating, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends where the hair is oldest and most prone to damage. Make sure you do not "wet" the hair, applying only a light mist over it. Lift your hair and lightly spray the middle or underside of the hair if you have a very thick head of hair. The quantity will depend on the length and thickness of your hair.


Six Must-Have Heat Protectants for Every Hair Type

Here are six top-rated heat protectants that you should consider adding to your hair care routine:


Best for fine hair:

Best for those on a budget:

Best for keeping curls in (spray gel):

Great for thick, coarse hair, or frizz prone hair:

Luxury Blow Drying:

Great general purpose:


In conclusion


Using a heat protectant spray before styling your hair with heat tools is no gimmick—it's a vital step in maintaining the health and beauty of your hair. So next time you reach for your blow dryer or flat iron, make sure to prep


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Clinton Davis Moncton Dieppe New Brunswick

Clinton Davis is salon|spa owner of over 11 years and an expert in the field of retail beauty products.

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