The Ultimate Guide to Heat Protection

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on heat protection for your hair. In this blog, we’ll delve into why using heat protectant is important, practical tips for application, and the best products to use. We’ve got all the information you need to keep your hair healthy and vibrant!

Why is Heat Protection Important?

 Heat protection products are made to shield your hair from the heat of styling tools like blow dryers, flat irons, and curling wands. They work by coating your hair’s cuticle, creating a protective layer to reduce moisture loss and prevent heat damage. Using them is crucial, especially if you use hot tools often, to keep your hair healthy.

Additionally, they not only guard against high temperatures but also offer extra benefits like UV protection, making them essential for your hair care routine.

Heat Protection Spray on hair cuticle layer

Tips for Using Heat Protectants Effectively

  • Ensure your hot tools are set to a temperature between 350-400°F to minimize heat damage.
  • Apply heat protectant evenly throughout your hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends where heat styling is most concentrated.
  • Don’t forget to reapply heat protectant if you’re restyling or touching up your hair throughout the day.

How to Apply Heat Protection on Wet Hair:

If you prefer to apply heat protection to your hair while it’s still wet before blow drying, here’s our recommended method for using a heat protectant product on wet hair.

  1. Towel Dry: After washing your hair, gently towel dry it to remove excess water. Your hair should be damp but not dripping wet.

  2. Apply Heat Protectant: Take a small amount of heat protectant product and evenly distribute it through your hair. Start from the mid-lengths to the ends, as these areas are more prone to damage from heat styling.

  3. Comb Through: Use a wide-tooth comb to evenly distribute the heat protectant throughout your hair. This ensures that every strand is coated for maximum protection.

  4. Style as Desired: Once the heat protectant is applied, you can proceed to style your hair using heat styling tools as usual. The protectant will create a barrier between your hair and the heat, reducing the risk of damage.

  5. Finish with Styling Products: If desired, you can finish your style with additional styling products such as hairspray or serum to add hold or shine. Make sure these products are compatible with heat styling and won’t counteract the effects of the heat protectant.

Our Favorite Heat Protection Products for Wet Hair


Living Proof Perfecting Spray

Restore Perfecting Spray moisturizes, smooths, and strengthens dry, damaged hair, all while providing dependable heat protection up to 450°F/232°C. Enjoy instant hydration, minimize breakage during wet detangling, and admire the silky, shiny finish it leaves behind. Plus, feel secure with added UV protection and top-notch defense against high temperatures.

Kevin Murphy Heated Defense

HEATED.DEFENSE is a lightweight, undetectable leave-in foam treatment designed to safeguard your hair from the effects of heat styling tools. With heat protection extending up to 232˚C / 450˚F, this foam effortlessly disperses through all hair types, offering a feather-light protective barrier.

How to Apply Heat Protection on Dry Hair:

  1. Prepare Hair: Ensure your hair is completely dry before applying the heat protectant. If necessary, use a blow dryer on a low or cool setting to dry your hair thoroughly.

  2. Divide Hair: Divide your hair into sections to ensure even application of the heat protectant. You can use clips or hair ties to separate the sections.

  3. Dispense Product: Shake the heat protectant bottle well, then spray or pump a small amount of product into your hand. The amount will vary depending on the length and thickness of your hair, but start with a small amount and add more if needed.

  4. Apply to Hair: Rub the heat protectant between your palms to evenly distribute it, then gently run your hands through each section of hair, focusing on the mid-lengths to ends. Make sure to avoid applying too much product at the roots, as this can weigh down the hair.

  5. Comb Through: Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to comb through each section of hair to ensure the heat protectant is evenly distributed.

  6. Style as Desired: Once the heat protectant is applied, you can proceed to style your hair using heat styling tools such as flat irons or curling wands. The protectant will create a barrier between your hair and the heat, reducing the risk of damage.

Our Favorite Heat Protection Products for Dry Hair

Living Proof Heat Styling Spray

This Heat Styling Spray is a pro Do Blow Dry Bar staple, we use this on almost every guest before curling their hair. It’s our favorite because it applies as an ultra-fine mist that ensures even application, smooths, and shields dry hair from damage—with results that last up to 48 hours, with heat protection up to 450°F / 230°C.

Living Proof Flex Hairspray

Flex Hairspray is a medium-hold hairspray that is easy to brush and restyle. It offers versatility for setting, styling, and finishing hair, providing flexible control without stiffness. It can be applied on dry hair before heat styling with heat protection up to 410°F/210°C.

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