If your blow dryer, straightening iron, diffuser or curling wand is your hair styling BFF, you’re probably familiar with the split ends, breakage and damage that can come along with heat styling. And while we understand the desire to have smooth, frizz-free and sleek hair, it’s important not to sacrifice your hair’s health in the process. The good news? As long as you prep your strands with the right hair care products before applying heat, your hair can stay strong. Here, we’re breaking down the products to stock up on to protect your tresses when heat styling.
If you have flyaways and frizz post-blow dry, this heat protecting serum will be your styling savior. Just work one to two pumps through damp hair and then blow dry as normal. If you still have a bit of static, feel free to apply another pump after drying—it’ll keep your style looking smooth and shiny.
Whether you’re overdue for a haircut or on a mission to repair previous heat damage, this leave-in treatment is for you. Its formula, which contains castor oil, vitamin B3 and vitamin B5, works to seal split ends and strengthen long hair. Just use a dime-size amount and style as usual without fear — the cream provides up to 450 degrees of heat protection.
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Thermal Smoother Cream
Looking to instantly smooth frizz? Get sleek and healthy tresses with this multi-purpose product. It’ll provide protection for hot tools while also smoothing out frizz, no tugging or pulling Just add a little to your palm and run through damp hair before blow drying.
For a true do-it-all product, try out this heat protecting spray. Not only will it provide protection that keeps hair strong and healthy, but it’ll also calm down frizz, give a shiny finish and add an extra bit of hydration to dry, winter hair. It can be used on damp hair as a prep step, but if you’re using heat tools a day or two after blow drying, feel free to spritz onto dry hair, too. Your irons and dryers won’t be the only things bringing the heat to your strands, in the best way!