8 heat protectants that'll help shield your hair from damage

Spray (most of) the guilt away

May 16 2024

How do you choose the right one?

It can be hard to know if a heat protectant is working, so it can feel like it's a bit of a waste of effort, but we promise it's not. Basically, if you’ve never used a good one then you may think that parched, coarse feel you get every time you straighten your hair is simply normal. But it’s when you start seeing the health of your hair improve (even with daily heat styling) that you know you’ve found a keeper.

Most heat protectants will work on any hair type, but keep in mind that fine hair may find a cream or oil formula too heavy. Also, if your hair has specific needs, such as requiring extra hydration, repairing properties, protection from colour fade or frizz-fighting help, there are formulas out there that tackle these, in addition to providing heat protection.

Phew, a lot to take in, huh? Well, don't worry; we've done the formula-finding work for you. So, without further ado, here are our favourite heat protectants...

Should you put heat protectant sprays on wet or dry hair?

When it comes to protecting your strands against heat-based damage, the world's your oyster. For most heat protectant sprays you can spritz your strands in the protective treatment no matter if they’re wet or dry. Although it’s always best to double check what it says on the can you’re before spraying away. 


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