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Best Thermal Protectants

We all have a love affair with our heated styling irons and certainly can’t imagine life without our blow dryers, however, these much-needed tools do take a toll on our precious strands. That's where thermal protectants come in. With ingredients that form a thin film on the surface of the hair, thermal protectants work to help protect hair against heat and UV damage. Although the only true way to protect hair from damage is to cover up completely when outdoors and to avoid heated tools entirely, we all know that beauty and the desire for seriously styled strands will win out every time.

Here are a few thermal hair heroes to offer some serious styling safeguards.

Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection

Creates a thermal protective shield that lets hair withstand extreme heat up to 430 degrees (F) and provides soft hold and a glossy finish to extend the life of every style. This vitamin-infused heat protectant also nourishes while preventing breakage and split ends.

Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant

Lightweight lotion protects hair from heat up to 450 degrees (F) and UV exposure that can fade color and dry out locks. Prevents dryness, damage and breakage caused from styling. Temporarily seals split ends for a flawless, healthy-looking blowout.

Nexxus Promend Heat Protecting Mist

Enriched with Flax Seed Oil and Elastin Protein to help strengthen hair. This lightweight spray helps protect hair prone to split ends while it forms a protective barrier during heat styling.

Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Treatment Primer Cream   

Nourishing treatment blow-dry primer cream is ideal for all hair types, especially dry, thick or coarse. Reduces blow-dry time, protects from heat up to 450 degrees (F), helps reduce breakage and provides 24-hour lasting volume without weighing hair down. After using the blow-dry primer cream, hair is left stronger, healthier and perfectly primed for any styling.

Kerastase Resistance Ciment Thermique

Great for damaged hair, this reinforcing milk helps build a protective outer layer on your locks, while protecting from height up to 356 degrees (F). Fiber strengthening leave-in hair milk fortifies and protects hair, leaving hair soft, smooth, and shiny for weakened hair.

Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist

Get mega hold and protection for your hair with this heat protectant and holding hair spray that creates heat styles with shine and staying power. This heat protectant and holding hair spray with mega control holds your tightest curls or flat ironed looks in place all day and night. Protects your hair from heat up to 450 degrees (F).

GHD Heat Protect Spray

GHD Style Heat Protection Spray provides an invisible barrier against everyday heat damage on damp or dry hair. Containing the unique ghd Heat Protection System, this spray can be layered with other styling products to create the result you desire. Best for protecting against the heat of hairdryers, stylers and tongs while leaving hair with a ‘no product’ feel.

Living Proof Restore Instant Protection Spray

A weightless spray that adds shine and polish while protecting against static and heat and UV damage. It's so lightweight that it can be layered and combined with other styling products. Restore Instant Protection Spray provides heat protection up to 450 degrees (F) and is ideal for all hair types. 

Joico IronClad Thermal Protectant Spray

Creates a seriously protective barrier between heat and hair, while it zaps frizz and static for a full 72 hours.  All hair types; but those with frizz-prone tresses will be jumping for joy.This antioxidant/polymer blend is activated by heat and light, and provides protection against the intensity of thermal tools up to 450 degrees (F). It also offers flexible, level 1 hold, plus static protection. Bio-Advanced Peptide Complex delivers strength and shine in one fell swoop.

L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil Seve Thermique

The oil-in cream features black cumin oil, an ancestral remedy of Egyprian Pharaohs that is used against burns for its exceptional anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits. Perfect for those who are fighting damaged hair, simply wrap the cream around wet hair to add nurturing protection and protecting velvet, and restore your locks whole vigor.

Phytokeratine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray

Treat as you heat. This all-in-one styling spray detangles, repairs, and silkens hair all while guarding against damage from the heat tools we love to hate. The effect is cumulative, as hair just keeps getting better.

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