Are Heat Protection Sprays Effective?
The simple answer is YES!
Heat protection sprays are infused with vitamins and, as they claim, help to protect your hair before blow drying or using straighteners or curling tongs.
Here’s a quick list of how heat protection sprays are effective:
Heat protectors are fantastic moisturisers. Infused with fatty acids and vitamins, heat protectors are like a conditioner, but lighter. The heat protective spray locks in hydration by forming a layer over the hair shaft, so, rather than blast with a hair dryer on dry hair, your heat protection spray will help you achieve a healthy, soft, bouncy style. Just as you moisturise the dry skin on your legs, it’s important to moisturise your hair.
Just as zinc protects your skin from the sun, the silicones in heat protection sprays form a barrier to protect your hair from hairdryers, straighteners, and curling tongs. The barrier created by heat protective sprays helps to fight off free radical damage from UV rays…just like sunscreen. Check out the label on the heat protector for friendly, water-soluble silicones such as stearoxy dimethicone, dimethicone copolyol, and behenoxy dimethicone.
Who doesn’t love the sound of that?! Heat protection sprays help your hair dry faster, so you spend less time styling. The combination of restoring and hair-coating ingredients in heat protective sprays such as Vitamin E, silicones, and wheat proteins help to retain moisture, strengthen your hair, and leave the surface dryer. As well as blow drying faster, this is also great when letting your hair dry naturally.
Heat protective sprays contain silicones and oils that help protect your hair. Heavy, unrefined coconut oil is dense and can ‘fry’ your hair when used with straighteners or curling tongs, but the oil formulas in heat protective sprays are lightweight and refined and produce great protective results. Healthy, effective oils to look out for include argan oil, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil.
It’s a misconception that if your hair is dry, it won’t absorb moisture. Although damp hair is preferable to gain moisture, heat protective sprays can still be effective on dry hair, and there are even a range of heat protective products suited specifically for dry hair.