Consistent use of heat styling tools weakens hydrogen bonds and breaks down keratin proteins inside each strand of hair, resulting in locks losing their elasticity and strength over time. Repeated thermal exposure evaporates moisture from within the hair shaft and damages the hair cuticle, meaning hair loses its natural protective ability and is more prone to split ends and breakages.
If you can’t bear to give up your hairdryer, straighteners or curling iron then not to worry, help is at hand in the form of heat protectants which work by forming a protective barrier on the surface of the hair. This invisible layer helps to seal moisture inside the hair shaft, preventing locks from becoming dehydrated. Heat protectants also reduce heat conduction and help distribute heat gently and evenly across the surface of the hair, preventing damage caused by hotspots and leaving tresses smooth and shiny.
Heat protectants are an important part of any haircare routine, especially if hair is bleached or fine, as heat styling will make it more prone to further damage. We’ve picked our top 3 heat protectant products, all stocked by Luxurious Look:
Alterna Caviar Styling Perfect Iron Spray
Alterna define ‘clean beauty’ with their luxury range of haircare products that harness the power of potent botanicals, while remaining free of parabens and other harsh chemicals. Their heat activated styling spray is perfect for all hair types and forms a protective barrier against temperatures up to 232°C.
Caviar extract hydrates hair, locking in moisture and smoothing hair cuticles, while locking out external humidity to actively fight frizz and keep hair looking sleek all day. The addition of sunflower seed oil extract keeps hair cells healthy and prevents breakages and split ends. Simply spray onto clean, dry hair, section by section, before using heat styling tools to ensure your hair stays nourished and protected.
Davines Heart of Glass Sheer Glaze Spray
Blonde hair – whether natural or bleached – often requires a little extra love and attention, which is why the Heart of Glass range has been specifically formulated for maintaining beautiful blonde hues.
The patented ‘Fortifying Botanical Shield’ protects against frequent use of brushes and heated styling tools that can weaken hair fibres, restoring elasticity and strength to delicate blonde hair. The silicone-free formula hydrates hair, giving you a shine-enhancing boost without weighing locks down with synthetic gelifying agents. Apply 7 to 15 pumps to towel-dried hair to enjoy healthy looking locks and longer lasting hairstyles.
Milk_Shake Lifestyling Thermo-Protector
Founded on the philosophy of using organic, natural ingredients, Milk_Shake provides salon-quality products to maintain and enhance the natural beauty of all types of hair. Their Thermo-Protector spray is formulated with nourishing milk, quinoa and silk proteins to restore lustre to dull or lifeless hair, while providing outstanding protection against the heat of blow-drying hair.
The light, ultra-fine formula creates an invisible film over hair strands, reducing drying time and protecting hair fibres from damage while eliminating split ends and breakages. Simply apply to clean, damp hair, ensuring coverage from roots to tips, then blow-dry and style as desired.