We love our heat tools, but boy do they do a number on our hair! Even the healthiest hair will still suffer the impact from flat irons, curling irons blow dryers, and hot wands.
The best way to protect your precious strands is to find a coating, nourishing spray that can ward off the effects of brutally hot heat. And with so many types of hair out there, naturally, there are quite a lot of options to choose from that run the gamut of the budget pendulum.
But how to know what to invest in without buying them all? Well, you can usually rely on your trusty hair professional for a recommendation, or you can always turn to Google, but we thought we’d help you skip a few steps by providing some suggestions.
Even if your hair isn’t color- or chemical-treated, it’s imperative to find a heat protectant that will leave your locks lush. Not all protectants are alike, so it’s good to examine the differences among the many options.
Here are some of our faves for the best frizz-free, sleek hair (and note, not are sprays, but protect just perfectly!):
Top 5 Protectant Sprays:
When it comes to hair care, you can always bet on Olaplex. Known for restoring shine and resurrecting your roots from the dead, this No. 7 Bonding Oil is $28, but worth every penny.
Highly concentrated, weightless, and restorative, this formula minimizes flyaways and frizz while providing the ultimate in UV and heat protection for up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s free of DEA, aldehydes, and formaldehyde and works with all hair types for the best pH balancing.
No more unmanageable, unruly hair as the result of heat application. You’ll shimmer and shine without being weighed down and it also smells delightful. Just a little will last you, so try not to feel too guilty for spending your bucks.
Can you remember life prior to Drybar? Do you want to? We didn’t think so! Their Hot Toddy Spray is a magical mist solution that hugs your mane and shields it from harm.
Whether you are curling or straightening, it’s marula oil blend will coat your strands and keep them looking fly. Fire tulip extract also helps to restore previously miffed hair and heat-activated rice protein will strengthen as it protects against the drying and damaging effects of heat. You don’t have to worry about the turned-up temperature as this spray has you covered.
The lightweight liquid can be used on thick or fine hair as it aids against frying. It’s not sticky or slimy and you only need a touch.
It’s certainly a mouthful, but will it ever do what it says it will do! This frizz-fighting leave-in treatment works on straight, wavy, or curly hair and is especially great for thick and medium textures.
Protecting against breakage, this formula will have your back whether you are using artificial or natural heat. Coconut and macadamia nut oils work to soften, strengthen, and shine and is a lifesaver for color-treated hair. This classic has quite the cult following because it feels so effortlessly light while packing a protective punch.
You don’t have to be mixed or a chick to benefit from this strengthening serum! This thermal protectant is humidity resistant and will shorten your drying time! It is one of the best for fighting the frizz and keeping your pretty hair strong.
You’ll feel slightly less guilty when cranking up the heat to achieve your perfect look. While it was created for the multicultural revolutions, its such a diversely wonderful product that it spans a wide variety of hair types.
Get your chi on! Literally! CHI has been dominating the thermal market for ages as they have perfected heat styling and protection. This spray uses ionic and cationic hydration interlink technology and will allow you to create a variety of different textures that will hold.
Positively charged silk molecules interlock into your hair’s natural structure. This weightless formula improves resilience and moisture content as it works from the inside out. Shine is increased and thickness is improved particularly if your hair is on the thinner side.
At $16 a pop, this protectant won’t disappoint, but make sure you don’t run out because stores like Ulta have hard time keeping it on the shelf!
If you’ve been a little gun shy about heating up your hair, rest assured that these are some great products to reinforce the strength of your hair so it can withstand the hotness. Just don’t go too overboard with the heat tools, because too much of anything can still be a bad thing when it comes to your hair.