As women, from time to time we all want a different look from our hair. We change it from day to day or from week to week with the use of heating tools. Rather it’s a curling iron, flat iron, hot comb, blow dryer or another heating tool, we love to show off a new look or maybe you flat iron your hair for easier management. Well whatever the reason is, have you ever thought of the damage the heating tools may be doing to your hair?
Temperatures of heated hair tools can reach well above 450°F. With the high temperatures of the heated appliances, we have to make sure that hair is healthy enough to use heat. If hair is dry and brittle, that is a sign of damage. Heating tools should not be used on already damaged hair as it will tend to break off more easily and causing major split ends or thinning of the hair. At all cost, you want to protect your hair as much as possible. There is not one hair type that cannot be affected by the harsh temperatures. This is where heat protectants come in to help you protect your hair from these potentially damaging heating appliances.
There are various types of hair protectants on the market. Determining which one is best for your hair is basically discovered through the trial and error method. There are heat protectant sprays, heat protectant serums, and heat protectant oils. Benefits of using heat protectants are a nice, sleek, and shiny appearance to hair strands. Since heat breaks down vital proteins with prolonged use, heat protectant helps maintain moisture in the hair after using heat.
Benefits of Heat Protectants:
- Nourishes hair with amino acids.
- Seals the cuticles to prevent damage to new growth
- Leaves hair silky, smooth and shiny.
- Protects hair from heat styling damage
- Sleek look to hair
- Easier manageability
- Reduces frizz
- Reduces reversion from humidity
- Locks in moisture to prevent loss while using heat
Heat Protectant Sprays: There are many types of heat protectant sprays on the mainstream market. Tressemme, Nexxus, Pantene, V05, Chi, Aussie and Suave are just some that are available almost anywhere. With the heat sprays, you part the hair into four sections. Spray each section and style as desired with heat.
Personally I am not a fan of heat protectant sprays. Although they have the same benefits as the serums and oils, it doesn’t seem appear to leave hair shiny enough for my liking. The spray seems to make the hair stiff. If you are going for the “blow with the wind” feeling for your hair, I would not recommend using the spray form of heat protectant. Also consider that every one’s hair behaves differently, so you may just like the feeling of the spray rather than the serums or oils. It is all about trial and error. Regardless, hair is protected with heat protectant sprays.
Heat Protectant Serums: Serums are more formulated to give the hair a radiant shine. Most serums contain silicones. Silicones provide a waterproof coating by covering the hair strands to lock in moisture. This helps prevent the loss of proteins when heat styling. This is great for lubricating the hair so it can feel smooth and sleek, which results in free flowing hair that is easy to manage. Since it is waterproof for the most part, it is reduces the absorption of humidity which assist with maintenance of straight or curled styles.
You would apply heat protectant serums in the manner of the sprays. Part hair into four sections. With each section, apply a quarter sized amount of protectant serum through each section evenly. Do not apply too much or else hair will become sticky. You can style as you please after continuing with the other three sections.
Heat Protectant Oils: Oils can be a bit messy but they provide an even sleeker result than the serums. If you are seeking the hair that “flow with the wind,” you may prefer the oils as a heat protectant. I would apply this oil different from the sprays and the serums only because oil is greasy. Part hair into two sections: a top and bottom section. Pour a quarter sized amount of oil into your hands and evenly distribute through each section. Style as desired. Hair should not be too greasy or flat.
Preferably, I love serums and oils. But for each heat protectant, I will give a recommendation for each type to help you figure out which one works best for you.
Heat Protectant Spray: I would suggest TRESemme Heat Spray. It has a fresh and pleasant smell. Unlike most sprays, it doesn’t leave the hair flat and dull after styling.
Heat Protectant Serums:Smooth ‘N Shine Silk ‘N Sleek Straighten Polish. Hands down! I use this regularly to flat iron or to curl. This adds great shine, flexibility, and volume. Hair appears much fuller with this serum. Serums also reduce frizziness.
Heat Protectant Oils: Next to Serums, Oils provide the best elasticity to hair. If you decide to go with the oils, try Morrocan Argan Oil. Morrocan Argan Oil added extreme shine. The oil provided a soft, sleek feel to the strands causing it to flow with the lightest wind. Fly-aways will be a thing of the past with oils. Another added factor with oils, you can use a little bit of oil to wrap the hair at night to keep that freshly sleek look.
Heat Protectant Oils: Next to Serums, Oils provide the best elasticity to hair. If you decide to go with the oils, try Moroccan Argan Oil. Morrocan Argan Oil added extreme shine. The oil provided a soft, sleek feel to the strands causing it to flow with the lightest wind. Fly-aways will be a thing of the past with oils. Another added factor with oils, you can use a little bit of oil to wrap the hair at night to keep that freshly sleek look.
Ijanei Smith has been into healthy hair practices since the age of nine. Learning different techniques to gain optimal health to her own hair through trial and error, she aims to spread the knowledge with other African-American women who are struggling with their hair as well.
Her philosophy is “to know better is to do better,” and when it comes to ensuring she spreads her knowledge of growing or maintaining hair, there is no limit or trial she is not willing to try. Learn more about me here: http://scaryhairobsession.blogspot.com