About 2 1/2 years ago, I made a big mistake. I curled my hair (with high heat) and skipped my heat protectant. I hadn’t really noticed it doing anything before, it was put away in the drawer, I was too lazy to pull it out.
Yeah, pretty much that. I fried my hair. Literally. It felt like a brillo pad and made ugly crunchy noises. I’ve written quite a lot about my fried hair and how I fixed it (and it is all gone now, my long bob chop about 18 months ago took away the last bits of it).
As a result of that whole experience, I know have tried pretty much every heat protectant and hair mask out there. And I keep buying them and using them obsessively. Oh, you will never catch me without at least 2 or 3 heat protecting products on my hair at any given time, even if I’m just air drying my hair!
Today I’m sharing my favorite drugstore heat protectants for hair. I’ll share my favorite salon brand heat protectants soon! I typically use a few of these products each time I wash my hair. A spray, a cream and a little bit of oil or serum on my hair when it is wet. I then reapply a bit of serum or oil usually after my hair is dry. I haven’t fried my hair since the big mistake!
L’Oreal Color Vibrancy Dual Protect Spray (at ULTA or Amazon): This is a great multi-use product! Shake well before use, it has 2 different consistencies in there. It adds some great shine and has UV filters to help protect hair color from the sun.
TresEmmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray (at ULTA): Very lightweight, I can’t tell this one is in my hair. It really helps control frizz and adds shine as well.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Heat Defeat Protective Spray (at ULTA and Drugstore.com): Even more frizz prevention (it does a better job at the frizz fighting than the TresEmmé).
Not Your Mother’s Beat the Heat Thermal Styling Spray (at ULTA, Drugstore.com and Amazon): This spray is lightweight and has UV Filters in addition to protecting your hair from heat.
L’Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray (from Target or ULTA): Yes, it really does dry your hair faster. It also protects from heat and is super lightweight. One of my new favorites, I love that it cuts about 2 minutes off of drying my hair.
Oil & Serum
Kardashian Beauty Black Seed Dry Oil (at ULTA or Sally Beauty): This is pretty heavy duty stuff so don’t go crazy with it! I apply sparingly just to the mid-shaft and below on my hair.
L’Oreal Paris EverStyle Alcohol-Free Smooth & Shine Serum (at Amazon and Drugstore.com): This serum tames frizz, adds shine and helps really finish your look if you apply it after styling. Add some into your prep to help protect hair from heat damage as well.
L’Oreal Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Thermal Smoother Cream (at Drugstore.com and ULTA): A little of this cream really helps my hair become much more manageable, defrizzes and protects my hair from damage.
What is your favorite heat protectant from the drugstore? I’m always looking for a new one!