Beat The Heat: Use A Thermal Protectant On Your Tresses

Do you ever worry that between the constant use of your blow-dryer, curling iron, and flat-iron your tresses take a major heating beating? Oh, they most definitely do, and they’re begging you to coat ‘em with a protective product before you hit ‘em with scorching temperatures. (I’m talking temps of up to 450 degrees!)

What’s a protective product, you ask? Think of it as “hair insurance” against the sweltering heat of your beauty tools. This thermal must-have comes in all forms, from a cream to a spray to a mousse, and acts as a “barrier” to absorb the heat from your tools and prevent things like split ends, breakage, frizz, and dryness.

You: Won’t it make my hair greasy or heavy?

Me: Nope! Not one bit. In addition to heat protection, thermal products contain ingredients that actually leave your hair shinier and more manageable.

You: So it’s an easy, no-brainer step that will prevent damaged locks?

Me: Bingo!

Ready to protect your locks against the next heat wave? Try one of these thermal fighters:

Pureology Super Smooth Smoothing Cream ($21): Pureology Super Smooth Smoothing Cream helps control frizz and unruly volume while also protecting against heat styling.

Product promise: In addition to providing heat styling protection, its exclusive Thermal AntiFade Complex ingredients help to maximize color retention.

Bonus element: This smoothing cream is also an awesome detangler.


TRESemme Instant Heat Tamer ($4.69): This mist is formulated with conditioners that protect hair from heat styling damage. 

Product promise: Simply spray this lightweight mist throughout your hair before using heat/tools and the product’s ingredients will create a barrier against heat damage.

Bonus element: It’s formulated with silk protein, Vitamin E and ProVitamin B5 to leave hair extra soft and shiny.


Redken Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion ($18): Redken Satinwear 02 Ultimate Blow-Dry Lotion provides a faster, easier, stress-free blow-dry while leaving hair silky soft.

Product promise: This protective heat-styling lotion leaves your locks ultra soft (thanks to its “satinwear” ingredients) while shortening your blow-dry time.

Bonus element: Redken Satinwear 02 contains UV filters and antioxidants to help protect hair color from fading.

You know how the saying goes: if you can’t take the heat, include a heat protectant product to your tresses regimen, pronto! Your locks will thank you for it…

What do you think, readers? Do you have a favorite heat protectant product you swear by?

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