Hair styling tools such as hairdryers, straighteners, hot rollers, and curling irons have the same working rule which is using heat to shape your hair into variable styles.
To straighten your curly hair, the flat iron under high heat will break hair hydrogen bonds. In contrast, if your hair is straight and you want it curly, the curling iron could create new hydrogen bonds on your hair.
Hairdryers, on the other hand, shall dry your hair using heat. To give your hair back its natural look, natural heat protectants are highly recommended. As the name suggests, they help protect your hair from heat as a spray which could be applied easily at home.
How Should You Use Natural Heat Protectants?
Here are simple steps of using natural heat protectants at home.
- Shampoo your hair and let it dry until it is a little bit damp.
- Spray the natural heat protectant along your strands yet do not focus much on the roots
- You should not spray too much because it make your hair look limp and unnatural. Moreover, it would badly affect the curling or straightening shape.
- Wait a few minutes till the heat protectant is dry. If you hear a sizzle or smell burnt, that means you should have waited longer and it might cause some damages.
- You could be ready to use hot tools when the heat protectant is dry.
5 Best Natural Heat Protectants
Coconut oil is a perfect healer for hair issues as it has been used to nourish and protect hair for a long time. This oil is an amazing conditioning and moisturizing factor which nourishes your hair and boost its growth. At the same time, it helps revive damaged cuticles and resolve dandruff as well as scaly scalp.
Coconut oil becomes solid at low temperature, hence, you may have to spend time melting it. As coconut oil is oily as shown in its name, it can easily weigh down your hair in big amount. Therefore, this heat protectant should be applied for dry hair instead of oily hair. People with thick, rough and curly hair should not use coconut oil as it is hard to handle the high temperatures you want for your hair styling.
Coconut oil, with its chareacteristics, could help your get shiny hair, which you can learn more here.
Derived from grape seeds, this type of heat protectant is considered as the best one as it could be used for all hair types. It works on weak and brittle hair as well as thick, coarse, and curly hair.
Like coconut oil, it is a gorgeous moisturizer and conditioner which helps resolves dermatitis and dandruff issues. Furthermore, the oil has a very high smoke point so that it could withstand high heat from your styling tools. This vitamin E and linoleic acid container should protect well your hair with an amazing hair style. Use 4 to 6 drops evenly along your strands to make your hair ready for a new appearance.
Almond oil is generally used for brittle, damaged, or over-processed hair. Also, it could be easily absorbed into each strand without making it greasy, hence, almond oil is a good solution for oily hair.
Almond oil has a higher heat point than grapeseed oil, which is ideal for heat protection. This oil is rich in Vitamin A, E, D, B1, B2 and B6 which are precious nutrients for your healthy and flawless hair.
We recommend you to apply 2 – 3 drops, comb your hair gently and let it dry before having your hair styled.
However, almond is a type of nut which you should never use if you have nut allergies.
Similar to the above types, sunflower oil is able to handle high heat well thanks to its high smoke point. Therefore, it is one of the best natural heat protectants for girls with thick, rough or curly hair.
Sunflower oil is also an amazing conditioner and moisturizer, boosting your hair’s growths with multiple nutrients. On the other hand, this light weight oil is an effective emollient making your hair look shiny and charming.
Shea butter is classified as an excellent heat protectant. However, it is not liquid but in a semi-solid state that you could not use water to turn it into a spray. To do so, you would better mix it into a carrier oil such as or argan and coconut oil.
To turn it into a spray, you’ll have to mix it into a carrier oil like coconut or argan oil. However, you could apply this butter at its own state if you wish to use it like a hair cream.
Now you have a better preparation for your new hairstyles as natural heat protectants not only handle the high heat of styling tools but also make your hair shiny and healthy.