If You Have Heat-Damaged Hair, These 7 Protectants Can Help Get Your Shine Back

I’m the queen of running late, then desperately blow-drying and straightening my hair. After years of bleaching and dyeing, my poor hair is already super dry and damaged…so, heat tools? Yeah, they should be a no.

However, I hate my frizzy hair when it dries naturally. I don’t have the luscious locks I desire, so I go straight to the heat tools to fix my problem. That’s why heat protectant sprays have become my hair saviors. These are my top picks of sprays and leave-ins to keep your hair healthy.


Perfect Defense Heat Protectant

Not only does this spray block damage from heat tools, it also helps protect your hair from thermal damage. One secret ingredient: Panthenol, a form of B5 that helps hydrate and shine, hiding any dryness you had previously.

SHOP – $28

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heat protectant cream

Farewell Frizz™ Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Cream

Looking for something that will protect your hair from up to 450º of damage, while also battling frizz to give you silky locks? You can thank rosehip oil, argan oil, and coconut oil. With this cream, you really will say Farewell Frizz (I’ll see myself out now) and hello to sleek and soft.

SHOP – $24

OUAI Hair Oil

African galanga, ama oil, and Asian borage oils are behind the anti-frizz in this hair oil, while also being responsible for keeping your hair shiny post-blow-dry. Plus, it protects your color — no more fading.

SHOP – $28



Platinum Blow-Dry Spray

Like I said, I’m usually rushing out the door after blow-drying my hair…which takes plenty of time, because I have a lot of hair. This spray cuts blow-drying time in half, but it doesn’t sacrifice your hair health in the process — you’ll still enjoy smooth strands.

SHOP – $35

All Eyes On Me 10-in-1 Hair Perfector

Ah, yes, let me list the amazing things this spray is responsible for. Detangle with macadamia oil, heal split ends with sunflower oil, and aloe vera strengthens. Get ready for the best blow-out of your life.

SHOP – $7.49

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HAIR primer

Bb.Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

Bumble and bumble has been one of my favs ever since a hairstylist used it on me. Perfect for those with already-damaged hair, this leave-in softens and shines thanks to oils including macadamia and coconut oils, giving you the best hair your dry hair has seen. Yes please.

SHOP – $28

Argan Oil Heat Protector

Argan oil is the queen of hair protectants. This spray is a lightweight oil that’s full of argan oil and vitamins A, B, C, and D, adding shine to all hair types. Yep, even the driest curls will soak this heat protector up and hydrate again.

SHOP – $15.55

argan oil heat protectant

If you’re looking to get to the ~root~ of your problems, we recommend these diffusers and heatless/low-heat tools:


Protecting your hair from the heat is important, and I learned a little too late — but hey, better late than never. Which heat protectants do you use? Let us know in the comments!

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