All About Heat Protectants - Why It’s a Must in Your Styling Routine

With heat styling tools, you can perform magic on your hair and transform it from straight to curly to wavy - whatever your heart desires! But heat styling doesn’t stop at knowing how to use your straightening iron, curling wand, or blow dryer. Since constant heat styling can potentially damage your hair, you should also know how to protect your strands to keep them healthy and vibrant.

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Enter, heat protectants! Read more to discover why you should be using this whenever you heat style your hair.

What is a Heat Protectant?

A heat or thermal protectant is a product that acts as a shield between your strands and your styling tool to help seal in your hair’s moisture. Aside from adding this protective barrier, it can also smoothen the hair cuticle to make your hair look silkier and feel softer.

Why Do I Need a Heat Protectant?

Whenever you do heat styling, the moisture in your hair evaporates from the interior layers of the hair shaft to help alter your hair’s natural patterns. While it can transform the look of your hair, it can also cause frizziness and dryness. It also breaks down the keratin in your hair, making your strands more vulnerable to damage. 

But don’t be discouraged! A heat protectant is your preventive measure to reduce potential hair damage. Using this helpful product can help distribute heat more evenly, meaning your strands will heat up gradually rather than instantly. Ultimately, the barrier that heat protectants add can help lessen the risk of hair damage.

Feel like your hair is already damaged from too much heat styling? Read this article to find out how to revive your strands. You can also consult with HairMNL’s experts to find the right products for your damaged hair.

How Do I Use a Heat Protectant?

A heat protectant may be applied on damp or dry hair before using any hot styling tool. Comb the product through your strands to ensure it’s evenly distributed and follow through with your desired styling products.

What Heat Protectant Should I Use?

From fine mist sprays to creams to serums, there are many forms of heat protectants you can use. To help with your search, we’ve narrowed down some of the top professional heat protectants for you to choose from.

OLAPLEX No.7: Bonding Oil
OLAPLEX is a cult-fave brand for a good reason! With OLAPLEX No.7: Bonding Oil, expect up to 230°C of UV/heat protection and a dramatic increase in your strands’ shine. Just a few drops can restore your hair’s healthy appearance!
L'Oréal Serie Expert Vitamino Color 10-in-1 Perfecting Spray

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For those with colored hair, use L'Oréal Serie Expert Vitamino Color 10-in-1 Perfecting Spray. Not only does it offer up to 230°C of heat protection, but it can prolong color radiance with anti-breakage and anti-frizz action.
Davines MELU Hair Shield

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Want a plant-based and sulfate-free heat protectant? Try Davines MELU Hair Shield! Rich in glutammic acid, it nourishes and protects strands to give you soft and shiny hair.
Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaplasme Serum

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Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Edelweiss Flower, Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaplasme Serum seals split ends and provides immediate 24H long-lasting frizz control. It also adds heat protection for up to 230°C and contains UV filters for daily protection.
AVEDA Botanical Repair Leave-In Treatment

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A vegan leave-in treatment with up to 230°C heat protection? It’s possible with AVEDA Botanical Repair Leave-In Treatment! This instantly strengthens hair from the inside out and detangles strands to help prevent breakage.


It’s time to heat style without worries! View our wide range of heat protectants for your hair. If you’re still unsure which one is for you, send us a message for a personalized consultation!

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