After 25 hours of research evaluating 62 products, we picked TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer as our top choice.
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).
The best heat protectants lock in moisture so the hair shaft isn’t as susceptible to damage. They also add an extra protective barrier for a double dose of protection.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever wondered how to preserve the natural beauty of your hair? To get sexy hair, you need the right shampoo and conditioner. But not only that.
To style your hair nicely — especially if you use a hairdryer, a hair straightener, or a curling iron — you will need another product. Have you ever tried a heat protectant?
A heat protectant is ideal before blow-drying, curling or straightening your hair. To understand more about the role of a heat protectant, imagine going under the sun without any suncream. It’s the same for your hair! Without any heat protectant, you risk to burn your hair — or to damage it a lot. So let’s explore why and when you need a heat protectant and how to boost the natural beauty of your hair.
A heat protectant is used on your hair to prevent hair damage. When you dry your hair with a heater — or style it with a curling iron — the hair is exposed to intense heat. However, sun exposure and intense heat can cause your hair to dry and to break. As a result, your hair may become brittle and more fragile. No matter your type of hair, if you are going to style them with a heater or else, you’d better protect it.
So after you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair, you should apply a heat protectant to get ready for styling and drying! A heat protectant can come in the form of a leave-in conditioner, a treatment spray, a setting lotion, a straightening serum or a blow-out foam. Choose your heat protectant according to your hair type or your desired final look. A variety of over-the-counter heat protectants can be found.
Leave-in conditioner: The leave-in conditioner is meant to condition your hair and can be applied on a daily basis. A leave-in conditioner heat protectant will prepare your hair for styling for everyday use. Leave-in conditioner hair protectants are good for all hair lengths.
Treatment spray: If you wish to get easy and quick hairstyling, the treatment spray is for you! Perfect for any type of hair, a treatment spray will infuse the right nutrients and protective ingredients for your hair while being convenient. Sprays are perfect if you have short hair.
Setting lotion or mousse: Go for a setting lotion or a mousse to spiral your hair and make them as curly as you wish. Apply the mousse onto your hands and massage your hair gently while curling them nicely. Introduced in the 80s, the mousse is now back since it gives a wet, airy look on the hair for an exclusive fashionable look. Lotions and mousses are ideal for longer hair.
Straightening serum: Use a serum when your hair is extremely dry and requires more intense treatment. A serum will also brighten your hair while leaving them soft. Apply only to the shafts and to the ends of your hair in a small quantity. Serums fit both short or long hair as they are most needed if your hair is damaged or dried.
Blow-out foam: Go for a blow-out foam or lotion if you have thick hair. Great to achieve silky and shiny hair, a blow-out foam will create a layer of protection without making your hair heavy. Easy to use and to apply, blow-out foams come in multiple scents or formats and are convenient for medium to long hair.
The key ingredients that make a heat protectant are Cyclomethicone and Dimethicone — which are some types of silicone. These two ingredients are approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the US.
Cyclomethicone is a silky-type of silicone that leaves the hair smooth and protected. It gives nutrients and transfers oils to the hair shafts.
Dimethicone is widely used in skincare and cosmetics as another type of silicone. It has fluid properties leaving the hair with a silky and smooth texture.
These two ingredients lubricate your hair and, furthermore, bring back moisture inside your hair — especially after rinsing them with chlorine-treated water.
There are a few things to keep in mind when using heating tools such as a hairdryer, hair straightener or curling iron.
Don’t take your hairdryer right to the scalp. Sounds childish, but yeah, you’ll simply get burned if you do that. Keep a distance of up to 15 cm away of your scalp when using a hairdryer.
Don’t keep your hair in the hair straightener for over one minute. Same, you don’t want to burn your hair, do you? Hair straighteners are amazing but they need to be used with caution and care.
Ask for the help of your hairstylist if you are unsure of how to use some heating tools. Don’t try out and damage your hair. It’s better to leave it in the hands of a professional who will handle the job perfectly.
Look for trendy hairstyles on YouTube to get some inspirations or fashion magazines on the hottest hair trends. Get a hair protectant for your chosen hairstyle and have fun! Styling hair is cool — but remember not to burn your hair.
Apply your heat protectant on dry hair — but straight after deep conditioning them. Let the product penetrate into the follicles and absorb into the hair shafts before you actually dry or style them. Ensure you follow the directions that are written on the product as applying a hair foam is different than using a hair spray, for example. Leave enough time until complete absorption of the product but don’t wait too long so the hair can get styled shortly after.
Curly hair: To get curly hair, choose a heat protectant that will help you sculpt or spiral your hair with your fingers. Gently apply to wet hands and style accordingly. Spend time crafting your beautiful curls. If needed, repeat in the same area of the hair to get your desired curls.
Wavy hair: If you don’t want to curl your hair fully, but wish to achieve a wavy hair look, apply your favorite heat protectant and gently spiral your hair onto a curling iron. Don’t let your hair dry too long to achieve a wilder, wavier hairstyle.
Straightened hair: For making your hair long, straightened, and beautiful, choose a quality hair straightener. If you have wavy or curly hair, choose a heat protectant that will help you achieve a straightened hair look.
Blow-dry: A natural, classic blow-dry requires the use of a hairdryer. Choose a heat protectant designed for achieving the best blow-dry. Use with a hairdryer while paying attention not to bring the tool too close to your hair — scalp and shafts included.
You can either apply directly onto your wet or dry hair the following ingredients — or choose products that contain them. To add a healthy, attractive styling, go for:
Olive oil: A great source of hydration, olive oil has numerous benefits. First, it makes your hair super soft. Second, the silky, smooth texture of the olive oil will quickly penetrate the hair deeply. Third, olive oil acts as an ideal coating for your hair and will minimize hair damage. Apply onto dry hair in small quantities.
Jojoba oil: An oil-like wax, jojoba oil is great for anything that is hair-related. It’s been used since the 1970s in the cosmetic industry. Rich in vitamins and minerals that nourish the hair, jojoba oil moisturizes the scalp and can be used against dandruff, too. As a heat protectant, jojoba oil prevents dryness.
Coconut oil: Famous for its deep moisturizing properties, coconut oil is efficient at boosting hair repair and also protects the hair against external aggressions such as wind or heat. As coconut oil can make your hair oily, just apply a very few drops on the length of your hair and onto the ends.
Argan oil: In the cosmetic industry, we often refer to argan oil as the “liquid gold”. A native of Morocco, argan oil has incredible properties for the hair and the skin. A lightweight oil, this ingredient is efficient at protecting the hair against heat while giving a natural glow. To get a sleek and shine styling, use argan oil and apply in a small quantity.
Grapeseed oil: Like coconut oil, grapeseed oil helps you achieve a silky look. But you should apply grapeseed oil in a very small coconut to avoid the excess of oil. To get a super silky, smooth hairstyle, apply just before styling and let the magic happen!
Choose a high-quality iron or straightener to protect your hair. Prefer tools that are made of the following materials: titanium, ceramic, or tourmaline, and be careful when choosing the brand. Ensure you also have a tool under warranty.
Depending on how thick or thin your hair is, you’ll need to adjust the temperature of your heating tool. For example, if you have thick hair, consider gradually increasing the temperature of your curling iron.
Most heating tools range from 175 °F (79 °C) to 400 °F (204 °C). Don’t go over these temperatures as you risk to burn your hair. Don’t go too low either as you’ll need to repeat over and over again the operation.
Style your hair with a spray to fix your curls or waves. The heat protectant role is to, well, protect your hair. The spray will actually help you maintain your style for some hours. Use both to achieve your desired look.
Don’t forget to treat your hair once a week with a deep conditioner, especially if you often style your hair with a heating tool. Remember to leave your hair natural and away of products once a week.
Avoid the sun — or use a hat if you go to the sun repeatedly. The sun has great benefits as the most powerful vitamin D provider: yet remember to not overexpose yourself as the sunbeams may alter the quality of your hair and dry them.
If your hair is burned or damaged, stay away from heating tools. Wait until your hair is back to normal before styling them with a straightener or curling iron and your favorite heat protectant.