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When you’re rushing to get ready in the morning, chances are you may skip a product or two when you’re styling your hair. But if one of those products happens to be a heat protectant, making that choice could have a not-so-great outcome. In fact, if you’re blow-drying or flat ironing your hair, it’s a good idea to take a couple of extra seconds to apply a few quick spritzes or a dollop of a heat protector before styling. Want to know why? Here, we explain why heat protectant should be part of your hairstyling routine.
Real talk: When you expose your hair to heat every time you style your hair, this can lead to damage. The good news is, by applying a heat protectant and being smart about how you use your heat tools, can help prevent heat damage in the first place.
Ready to blow-dry or straighten your strands? Don’t pick up your tool until you’ve prepped your hair! Here are four heat protection products from L’Oréal Paris.
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight HeatSpray: This high-performance, lightweight spray offers sleek hair and 450° heat protection for an ideal sleek look. Specifically formulated to work with any heat styling tool, the unique formula not only helps protect from heat damage, but calms frizz, seals in shine, blocks humidity, and conditions strands.
How to use it: Spray onto damp or dry hair section by section before styling.
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray: This spray offers long-lasting volume and heat protection for all heat tools.
How to use it: Spray on damp hair from roots to ends and comb through before styling. Use a round brush when blow-drying to help pump up the volume.
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray: The lightweight primer formula helps cut down blow-dry time while protecting hair from damage.
How to use it: Apply on clean, damp hair. Spray evenly from 6-8 inches away from your hair. Then, separate your hair and clip it into three even sections, blow-drying from the top—this can also help cut down on styling time.
L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray: This dual-action mist helps shield color while infusing nourishment and conditioning shine. It also helps protect hair from heat damage up to 450°.
How to use it: Hold the bottle 6-8 inches from hair and spray onto damp or dry hair as needed before styling.
Besides stocking up on heat protective products, there are other strategies you can employ to help beat the heat damage.
1. Allow hair to partially air dry before blow-drying. Think about it: If you start blow-drying your hair when it’s soaking wet, it’s going to take quite a long time to fully dry. So, curb your exposure to the heat by letting your hair air dry at least halfway before going anywhere near it with a blow-dryer.
2. Limit how often you use heat tools. We get it: Sometimes, you want your hair to look smooth—and a blow-dryer or flat iron is the only way to accomplish that goal. That being said, to help prevent damage caused by excessive heat styling, give your hair a break from time to time. Try spritzing your towel-dried strands with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to create beachy waves, no heat tools necessary.
3. Don’t use the highest heat setting. Always use the lowest heat setting possible on your hair. When you’re flat ironing your hair, for example, you should only need to pass through a section of hair once to straighten it. Keep your sections relatively small as well to making passing over your hair easier.