The 15 Best Heat Protectant Products Your Hair Needs In 2018

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No Damage, No Problem: The 15 Best Heat Protectants To Try In 2018

25 July 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

If you love to heat style your hair, you’re no stranger to heat protectant—at least, you shouldn’t be. Whether you head to the salon for a weekly blowout or flat iron and curl your hair daily, heat protectants make sure your hair looks and feels flawless instead of fried. Not all heat protectants are created equal and you need to find the perfect heat protectant for your hair texture, type, and needs to ensure your hair looks and feel its best. If you’re looking to upgrade your heat protectant, we’ve rounded up fifteen of the best heat protect products in the L’Oreal portfolio of products.

Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry Lotion

Everyone knows how important it is to use a heat protectant product every time you heat style your hair. Often, you only use heat protectant to style your hair and forget to re-apply the products before touch-ups. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a heat protectant that not only protects your hair when you style it but also continues to protect your hair when you restyle it? Kérastase’s L’incroyable Blowdry Lotion does just that.

The miracle reshapable heat lotion redefines heat-styling with long-wear hold and repositionable shape control. The formula reactivates with heat tools even at low temperatures, providing thermo-protection up to 230 degrees Celsius. L’incroyable Blowdry Lotion controls the look of frizz for 96 hours in 80% humidity. Elegant curly, wavy, or straight styles are signed with the Kérastase touch.

Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry Lotion, $40.00 MSRP

Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique

If you have parched locks, every hair product you use should help moisturize your hair—including your heat protectant. Kérastase’s Nutritive Nectar Thermique is a polishing, nourishing, anti-roughness, anti-dullness blow-dry milk for dry hair. Thermo-seal glazing: smooths the hair and adds shine, making hair easier to style. The formula also provides high heat protection.

Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique, $43.00 MSRP

Mizani 25 Miracle Milk

If you’re a curly girl who’s sworn off blowouts and flat irons, you may believe there’s no need to incorporate heat protectant products into your hair care routine. However, you should pick up a heat protectant if you’ve swapped your blowouts for a voluminous wash-and-go dried with a diffuser. A multipurpose product like Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk not only helps prevent heat damage but also boasts 24 additional benefits including reducing dryness, adding smoothness, and adding shine.

Mizani 25 Miracle Milk, $20.00 MSRP

Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier

After you color your hair, you need to swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated to protect your color. The same thing goes for your heat protectant. If you’ve recently colored your hair but can’t get enough of your flat iron, we recommend picking up Pureology’s Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier. The lightweight mist primes, protects, and perfects. The formula delivers 21 essential benefits for color-treated hair including protecting against heat damage, protects against color fade, and adds shine.

Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier, $26.00 MSRP

Shu Uemura Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo BB Cream

If you have thick hair, it can often feel as though lightweight serums and mists are no match for your plentiful locks. If you’re looking for a heat protectant product specifically formulated for thick hair, look no further than Shu Uemura’s Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo BB Cream. The multi-benefit BB cream for thick hair helps protect hair from blow dry heat. It also smoothes, tames frizz, and memorizes shape of look.

Shu Uemura Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo BB Cream, $39.00 MSRP

Redken Heat Design 09 Thermal Shaping Blow Dry Gelee

Heat protectant products are meant to do just that—guard your hair from damage—but we love it when our hair products do double duty. Redken’s Heat Design 09 Thermal Shaping Blow Dry Gelee not only protects hair from heat damage, but also provides medium styling control. The gelee is formulated with heat re-styling technology. Apply once, add heat to reshape new styles over and over again. The lightweight blow-dry gelee provides heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and controls frizz.

Redken Heat Design 09 Thermal Shaping Blow Dry Gelee, $19.00 MSRP

Redken Iron Shape 11 Finishing Thermal Spray

If you have fine hair, you need a lightweight heat protectant that also provides styling control. Redken’s Iron Shape 11 Finishing Thermal Spray is a heat-protective medium control spray that provides a clean-feeling and touchable hold that’s perfect to use with curling irons and flat irons. New Heat Restyling Technology seals the cuticle to lock in styles and can be reactivated with the re-application of heat to create a new look. Protects up to 450 degrees F.

Redken Iron Shape 11 Finishing Thermal Spray, $18.00 MSRP

Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry Crème

When you have a very thick mane, heat styling your hair can end up being an all-day event that can wreak absolute havoc on your strands. Protect your thick and unruly hair from heat damage with Kérastase’s L’Incroyable Blowdry Créme. Formulated to help flat iron hair three times faster with long-wear control and repositionable shape definition. Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry Créme provides thermo-protection up to 230 degrees Celsius and controls the look of frizz for 96 hours in high humidity.

Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry Créme, $35.00 MSRP

Mizani Thermasmooth Style & Style Again

Much like sunscreen, you can’t just apply heat protectant once. You should use a heat protectant product every time you heat style your hair. If you just can’t seem to remember to reapply your heat protectant, Mizani Thermasmooth Style & Style Again is the perfect heat protectant for you.

Mizani’s Thermasmooth Style & Style Again has heat activated style memory, meaning you can apply the product once and reactivate it just by restyling your hair using heat. Formulated with beeswax and cranberry seed oil, the product provides heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mizani Thermasmooth Style & Style Again, $20.00 MSRP

Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Heat Styling Primer

If your locks are continuously parched, you need a heat protectant that will not only protect your hair from heat damage but also make it feel soft. The Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Heat Styling Primer is formulated with coconut milk and meadowfoam to provide an easy blow dry with touchable, soft, shapely results. Heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Heat Styling Primer, $19.50 MSRP

Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator

If you only have five minutes to get ready in the morning, you need a multi-tasking hair product that can help style, treat, and protect your hair from heat. The Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Multi-Tasking Treatment has 20 beautifying benefits for your hair including boosts shine, helps prevent breakage from brushing, add moisture, helps fight frizz, and helps protect against heat damage.

Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator, $17.00 MSRP

Matrix Biolage Thermal Active Spray

If you can’t possibly imagine adding yet another product to your hair styling routine, look for a heat protectant that does double duty! Matrix Biolage Thermal Active Spray protects hair against heat styling while adding body and volume for long-lasting control.

Matrix Biolage Thermal Active Spray, $17.00 MSRP

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

Many heat protectants are formulated to be used while you blow out or flat iron your strands, but curly girls need heat protection too. Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer is the perfect pre-styler for curly girls who love to diffuse their ringlets. The hair oil is infused with six featherlight oils to help soften, de-frizz, detangle, tame flyaways, easy styling, and protect against breakage and heat styling. It also has the added benefit of protecting your strands from UV damage.

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer, $28.00 MSRP

Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant

This heat protectant will ensure your hair and hair color looks absolutely flawless after every blowout. Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant is formulated with artichoke leaf extract to prevent dehydration and protect the hair cuticles up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. A polymer complex protects hair against heat from hot tools and helps to seal split ends temporarily. Additionally, UV protectors shield hair from UVA/UVB rays that cause dryness and color fading.

Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant, $30.00 MSRP

Hot Sexy Hair Protect Me Hot Tool Protection Spray

If you’ve never met a hot hair tool you didn’t love, Hot Sexy Hair Protect Me Hot Tool Protection Spray is the perfect heat protectant for you. It protects hair from heat damage up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, reduces breakage by up to 78%, and adds incredible softness & shine.

Hot Sexy Hair Protect Me Hot Tool Protection Spray, $18.95 MSRP

Interested in customized advice about the perfect heat protectant for your hair? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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