Global warming, sharks and the 2020 election. There are a lot of things we need to worry about. But worrying about hot tools fading our fresh color? Sacré bleu! Who knew heat would fade the color we paid hard-earned cash for?
What Exactly is a Heat Protectant?
Heath protectants are formulated to protect hair from heat. The high temps can come from your blowdryer, straightener, curling iron or any other hot tool. Heath protectants add a nice buffer between your hair and the offending hot tool. Skipping a heat protectant would be the equivalent of hitting the beach without sunblock: a big no-no.
What are the Best Heat Protectants?
The best heat protectants don’t have alcohol or silicone, they seal in moisture and also help protect the hair shaft.
Alcohol is a base often used so that formulas can be dissolved in the ingredient. That being said, once the formula is applied, alcohol quickly evaporates. taking with it the moisture that should remain to protect your strands. The effect is doubly stripping so if alcohol is listed as one of the first ingredients in your protectant, you should put the bottle down.
Silicones are very common ingredients in heat protectants because they can coat the shaft and remain there for protection. Using silicone products once or twice won’t kill your tresses but extended silicone use will leave deposits of microparticles in your strands. With time, they will suffocate your shaft, preventing the natural breathing of your hair. Although silicone-free heat protectants are hard to find, the extra time you will dedicate to the search will be worth it.
Briogeo’s Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Creme ($24.00) is a great option that follows all of the above criteria. In a clinical study by the brand, 85% of users say breakage reduction. The weightless silicone-free formula smells like a million bucks because it is infused with rosehip, argan, and coconut oils.
Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment ($28.00) is also a great option. The formula protects from heat and is silicone and paraben-free.