Ask any stylist and they’ll tell you that you need to invest in a good heat protectant product if you regularly use a hair dryer or any heat styling tools. Indeed, it’s one of the best products you can have on hand for hair care (count it behind shampoo, conditioner, and hair masks).
But, finding the right heat protectant isn’t as easy as walking into your local beauty supply store and picking one up.
Not only is everyone’s hair different, but so are their styling needs. If you’re a dry and go kind of a person, you don’t want a product that should only be applied to dry hair before taking a flat iron to it.
Luckily, we’ve found the best heat protectant spray and spritz products out there. Go ahead, take a look. Your hair will thank you.
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This heat protectant comes in plenty of sizes which makes it useful for frequent travelers; it’s especially good with flat irons and the effects last for quite a long time.
The pump spray isn’t right for everyone – nor is the smell; many suggest it smells a little too much like men’s cologne. Additionally, some users find it leaves a residue in their hair.
One of the things we love most about this particular heat protectant from CHI is that you can buy small bottles and big bottles. That makes it especially useful if you make short trips frequently. But that’s not all; it’s an all-rounder which means that you can use it with the hair dryer and curling iron as much as with the flat iron it was designed for.
For the most part, it works on many different types of hair, including dyed and damaged hair. Most people find it to be as lightweight as the manufacturer claims it to be, making it appropriate for thin as well as thick hair. That said, there are those that do experience some residue in their locks which means that you may want to test it out at home before taking it out on the road with you.
However, this offers serious heat protection and helps to seal the cuticle to prevent damage. We really appreciate that, although we’re not big fans of the alcohol in the product. But ya win some, lose some, right?
Key ingredients: We love the wheat proteins, but aren’t such fans of the alcohol.
Application: CHI suggests spreading this evenly over your dry hair and then taking the flat iron to it, but so many users find it helps before blow drying. Perhaps play around, but if you’re like most users, it’s going to be an all-rounder for you. It can also go on wet hair prior to drying.
Package size: It’s a bright, 8-ounce pump spray bottle. There’s also a 2-ounce size for travelers
Cost: The cost per ounce works out to $2 when you pay the $16 that you’ll usually find the 8-ounce bottle for. That’s on the good side; not extremely cheap, but reasonable.
Bottom line: It’s not everyone’s favorite, though this heat protectant has serious protective properties and works across heat sources and hair types. There are those that love the smell and those that hate it, but its versatility makes it the perfect traveling companion.
Whether you have damaged hair or just frizzy hair, this product makes your locks feel soft with just a touch of natural shine; it really is designed for flat iron protection. Most people love the smell as much as the feel of their hair.
The scent is a little too strong for some. More importantly, the bottle design is a bit flawed; it’s not the easiest to use.
This heat protectant is filled with a lot of good-for-your-hair ingredients to keep each strand healthy and oh-so-soft. No, really! You should expect to touch your hair all day after using this heat protectant spray. Others will do it too because your hair will appear so smooth with just a glimmer of extra shine.
But, the interesting thing about this particular product is that it’s designed to work with flat irons to create strong, straight hair. You shouldn’t turn to this Organix spray if you use your flat iron to create curls; the ingredients are relaxers as much as they protect from the heat.
And, we need to warn you that the bottle on this isn’t everything it could be. The shape makes it difficult to spray from a distance; and if you spray too close, you’ll end up with oily patches. If they improved the bottle, we would eagerly move this flat iron spray up the list.
Key ingredients: Brazilian coconut oils along with hydrolyzed keratin make this a protein, heat protecting spray.
Application: The manufacturer suggests using this on dry hair before using with your flat iron. There are those that find it even works miracles before blow drying – but not everyone experiences this. Because of the bottle design, you should run a comb through your hair after applying the product and before applying heat.
Package size: It’s a 6-ounce pump spray bottle.
Cost: Depending on where you pick it up, you should pay a little less than $10 for the bottle. That works out to something around $1.60 per ounce. That’s not bad; it’s not the cheapest, mind you, but really not bad at all.
Bottom line: You know you’re getting quality products with Organix, and this isn’t an exception. While there are some design flaws, the product works amazingly with flat irons to create the softest, sleekest hair you’ve ever had. If that’s what you’re after, you definitely need to give this product a try.
Besides smelling amazing, this budget heat protectant does incredible work when combined with flat iron heat. The smooth, sleek effect lasts for a long time.
Sadly, there is some alcohol in this product and it can leave hair feeling coated or sticky if over applied. Also, we wouldn't suggest this product for chemically curled hair.
For a start, it’s difficult to find such a quality product at this price and we absolutely love that. Really, it’s such a good deal. But that doesn’t make it a perfect product; it’s definitely not for everyone. We’re disappointed that there is a fair amount of alcohol in this product. So, even though it’s great at protecting your hair from heat styling, it’s contributing to other damage.
But, it does do an amazing job of creating a straight, smooth, sleek look with a soft, natural feel – as long as you use it properly. Here, that means being careful not to over apply this product. If you do, you’ll be disappointed with the sticky effect.
Then again, this product will definitely last overnight to save you time in the morning. The manufacturers claim it is good for 48 hours, but it probably only manages that duration for the minority of users. And, users are split on the de-frizzing efficacy of this heat protectant. We don’t suggest it for chemically straightened or curled hair, but for everyone else, you should probably give it a try at least once because it’s affordable enough to experiment with.
Key ingredients: Moroccan argan oil is the hero in this mix.
Animal-friendly? Nope. The parent company is L'Oreal which is notorious for animal testing. That’s a bummer.
Application: Use a light spray only and give it a moment before adding heat.
Package size: 6-ounce spritzer bottle. You might be able to find bulk packaging, but you’ll probably be better off with Amazon’s subscribe and save deal.
Cost: If you buy this once-off, you’ll pay a little more than $4.25 for the bottle. That works out to less than 75 cents per ounce. Now, if you go for the subscribe and save option, it’s closer to $4 for the bottle – and that’s pretty darn good.
Bottom line: The price is good, as well as the quality, considering the price makes this a winner. There are some drawbacks to this heat protectant from Garnier, but when it works, it really gets the job done. We don’t suggest it for chemically straightened or curled hair, but for everyone else, you should probably give it a try at least once because it’s affordable enough to experiment with.
If you have curly, frizzy, or unmanageable hair, this is the heat protectant you need. It’s also good for dry and thin hair and works even if you don’t add heat.
There are plenty of people that just can’t get over the smell – and then there is the animal testing which puts some people off.
In addition to the six incredible oils that lock in moisture on this product, you are going to get a lot of benefits from it. The UVA and UVB protection is a nice bonus, but we’re especially fond of the detangling abilities at hand here. And, though many heat protectants claim to de-frizz, not all of them work on curly hair – but this one does.
Yes, if you have curly hair, this is perhaps the best heat protectant for you; it really does the job and you won’t need to layer it on to feel the soft smoothness that others do with their straight hair. And, at the same time, it’s not too strong for thin or damaged hair either.
One of the biggest drawbacks is the scent. There are those that love it, but there are many that absolutely cannot tolerate it. If you have a sensitive nose, you may want to be careful. Then again, if you have difficult-to-manage curly hair, you probably won’t care what it smells like; this will soon be part of your daily routine.
Key ingredients: A whole mix of almond, macadamia, coconut, and seed oils. All of it will allow your hair to retain plenty of moisture.
Animal-friendly? Well, probably. They only test on animals when required to by law – which typically means they must do so to sell their products in China. And this product is likely to be one that is animal tested.
Application: Although the folks at Bumble and Bumble say to apply this to damp hair, you can use it at almost any time. Indeed, it does well to keep curls frizz-free when applied to wet hair and will tame the flyaways on drier hair. You can really play with this product to figure out what suits you best.
Package size: It’s an 8.5-ounce pump spray bottle.
Cost: This isn’t the cheapest; usually you’ll pay between $26 and $30 on Amazon. That works out to more than $3 per ounce. If it works for you, you’ll pay it gladly.
Bottom line: If you have curly hair, you’re going to want this – and the price isn’t going to scare you away. But, that’s not to say that only those with curls or serious frizz can make the most of it; this product is rather versatile and can be applied no matter how wet or dry our hair is for the protection you need under any heat.
This heat protectant works wonders when applied before blow drying as it cuts drying time considerably. It’s also good at keeping hair soft and frizz-free.
There are those that find it a little too greasy for their liking – and it is on the pricey side.
Not everyone spends hours with a flat iron, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need protection from the heat of the hair dryer. If that’s you, this heat protectant might just change your life. It will cut your drying time by as much as half – and still leave your hair looking sleek and smooth. Basically; your hair will feel and look amazing. And, some users report it working as a detangler as well – which is a real bonus for those with long hair.
We also love that it does a good job de-frizzing even the most damaged and chemically treated hairs. Part of the reason, however, is that this oil-rich formula may leave your hair feeling a little greasy if you over apply it. We caution against that.
The packaging, besides the beautiful bottle, allows you to order with confidence. And, if you love the coconut smell associated with hot summer beaches, you’re going to fall all over this – whatever the price.
Key ingredients: The argan and jojoba oils make your hair sleek and consistently rejuvenate your hair.
Application: This is meant to be sprayed onto damp hair before use with a hair dryer; it won’t work if you don’t add heat.
Package size: It’s a 6.8-ounce bottle – and it’s a seriously gorgeous one at that. Really, you’ll be proud to have it on your bathroom counter. There are smaller, 1.7-ounce bottles which you’ll need if you travel often. Additionally, multi-packs and a 3.4-ounce bottle are available from Amazon.
Cost: The MSRP is $33. If you pay that much, you’re totally overpaying. You’ll find it on Amazon for a little more than $17 which works out to roughly $2.50 per ounce. That’s not the most expensive, but it’s starting to approach that point.
Bottom line: It’s expensive, but it seriously works as a blow dry spray. If you have long, thick, or damaged and dry hair, you probably shouldn’t go another day before you get your hands on this spray. It’s that good.
This really does repair and strengthen hair while protecting it from future damage. And, it really leaves your hair soft, no matter what heat styling device you’re using.
Not everyone finds it offers the same level of hair repair – and the packaging sometimes is questionable; order as a stand-alone product to avoid possible damage.
If you’ve already managed to damage your hair, but you can’t get enough of your hair dryer or flat iron, you will need to get your hands on a bottle of this. And, it’s one of the few heat protectants that works amazingly well with curling irons too.
Sound too good to be true? It isn’t – at least not for most users. The protective barrier of this product wraps itself around the hair shaft to lock in moisture and prevent splitting and snapping. You’re left with super soft, smooth hair which looks and smells amazing. And, better yet, it doesn’t leave a residue in your hair, which many of these products often do.
On the downside, this is one of the pricier options and while it almost always arrives before promised, it’s not always well packaged – which you should expect given the price point. But, since a little really does get the job done, the value for money is definitely there.
Key ingredients: There are some lovely seed oils in here, but also some alcohol.
Application: The manufacturers suggest spraying it directly onto towel dried hair and then heat styling as desired. Well, we think it’s actually better to spray it on your hands and then to spread it through your hair. It isn’t too sticky, so you won’t need to work to get it off your hands. You don’t need a lot to get the benefits of it.
Package size: It’s a 4.2-ounce pump spray bottle.
Cost: The MSRP is close to $30, but you shouldn’t pay that much. Likely, you’ll find this under $15. At $14, it’s a whopping $3.33 per ounce, which still isn’t the most expensive, but it may not be for everyone. But, really, a little goes a long, long way on this, so it’s worth it.
Bottom line: If your hair is already damaged or you often chemically manipulate it, you’ll need something of this magnitude to repair it. And, besides working well on curly hair that’s straightened into place, this is one of those products that work with a curling iron too. It’s an amazing product and one you probably want on hand during the winter months when the frizz sets in.
This product works across hair types, lengths, and damage levels to create sleek, smooth results. Not only does it protect your hair, but a little goes a really long way.
Wow! That price is frightening. Need we say more?
There are some people that will pay anything to look their best every day. If you won’t or can’t afford that, then you should turn away before you read more… this product will leave you begging for it. If you can handle the price, you’ll soon find out why so many stylists recommend it.
One of most impressive aspects of this heat protectant is that it seriously works with just about every head of hair. No really. If you have thick, curly hair, you should use this. Have hair that’s too thin and scraggly for most products? You want this. Chemically-treated or damaged hair? This is also for you. Now, that’s not a guarantee, but users across the board have experienced terrific results whether they use it only for blow-drying, or with other heat stylers as well.
Inside, there aren’t any parabens and it’s vegan-friendly. It adds serious softness and dries hair faster, even while offering UV protection. But, oh that price. If only it were more affordable. Then again, it’s still cheaper than going to the salon for amazing hair every third day because this bottle really does last for ages.
Key ingredients: This product contains a fabulous mix of argan oil, silicone, and ceramides. Plus it doesn’t include the nasties.
Application: If you have thin hair, follow the manufacturer’s suggestion of using sparingly from mid-shaft to ends on damp hair. If you have thicker hair, you can use a little more.
Package size: It’s a seriously sexy 5.9-ounce black spray bottle.
Cost: Of course you’re going to pay for it – through your teeth. This incredible heat protectant costs nearly $70. That means it costs more per ounce ($11.70) than most drug store bottles. But, oh, you’re going to want to pay it.
Bottom line: If you can afford it, you want it. This heat protectant really is the business. We wish we had more complaints than the price, but it’s difficult to find any negatives. And even the price can be justified by the length of time it lasts and the value for money.
You’ll pay a very reasonable price for this misting heat protectant that comes with a locking bottle (which makes it ideal for travelling and those with small children). It works especially well with flat irons and smells divine.
A few more packaging issues than we would like have been reported. It’s advisable to order this independently just in case (and customer service is quick to replace damaged bottles).
If heat styling is part and parcel of your life, you must consider this product from TRESemmé – it really lives up to its reputation. It’s basically packed with vitamins to naturally resist heat damage and repair existing damage. It results in consistently frizz-free hair and a gorgeous glow. Okay, we have a caveat here – it won’t take away the frizz on super wiry hair, though it will help to relax it some.
Users absolutely love the way it smells and that it doesn’t leave hair looking greasy or crunchy. You can expect natural, soft hair when using this product and it works exceptionally well with flat irons. And, though it’s not necessarily recommended for those with Brazilians or other chemically straightened or curled hair, it’s gentle enough for extensions, which is a plus.
And, besides the overall value for money you get with this TRESemmé product, you may just fall in love with the locking feature, which means you can tuck this into your suitcase or gym bag without worrying that it will ruin your clothes. It’s also handy for parents with small children that get into everything.
Key ingredients: A complex blend of vitamins.
Animal-friendly? TRESemmé is owned by Unilever which is not a cruelty-free brand. That’s because they operate in countries (like China) where animal testing is, in fact, mandatory. We lament this aspect and hope they make progressive changes soon because this product is totally worth it.
Application: The manufacturer suggests holding this 6-8” from your head to spray on damp hair if you’re giving yourself a blowout. If you’re planning to use a curling or flat iron, be sure your hair is dry first.
Package size: 8-ounce misting spray bottle.
Cost: You’ll pay between $6.50 and $7 for a single bottle. That works out to a little more than 80 cents per ounce, which is exceptionally reasonable for this heat protectant.
Bottom line: Not only does this appear to work miracles, control frizzies, and smell amazing, this heat protectant is affordable and paraben-free. It’s not necessarily the right product for chemically straightened or curled hair, but it’s a seriously good product for those that often heat style their do.
Katie’s Cleveland proud; but she’s also lived in Australia, Switzerland and now stays in South Africa. That’s a roundabout way of saying she can’t sit still; she’s always moving, always busy.
She has a BA in International Relations from Kent State University and work towards a Masters in Human Rights. She speaks French, is learning German and used to dream in Spanish. For years, Katie worked as a producer on fashion and advertising shoots before she realized her passion was the written word.
Katie’s far more interested in guy’s gear than women’s, except she has a wardrobe brimming with little black dresses. She drinks her beer out of the bottle and is raising her two boys to be better men.