Want to protect your hair from damage? Shop 8 of the best heat protection products

Maisie Bovingdon
·Shopping writer
·4-min read
Protecting your hair from heat damage is essential, and there are affordable heat protection products to help.  (Getty Images)
Protecting your hair from heat damage is essential, and there are affordable heat protection products to help. (Getty Images)

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We have tried a whole host of products to protect our locks from heat damage, split ends and thinning.

Just like we use moisturisers, serums and SPF on our skin, and prime our face before applying make-up, if we want our locks to look their best then we have to look after them.

Some may be put off of using pre-styling sprays on their hair, because if too much is applied it can leave clean hair looking slightly greasy. Or if you use styling tools to early after applying, your hair will make that sizzling sound when it comes into contact with the heat.

But those issues are easily resolved. Simply be patient, spritz your hair with a light layer of the protective spray from a distance ( around 30cm, or arm’s reach). Then let the product soak into your hair and dry before styling with heated equipment.

Now, on to the products themselves. Big brands including ghd, Olaplex and Kerastase are among some of the most popular brands shoppers turn to to protect their tresses.

Heat protectants to be used on damp or dry hair, with different formulas best suited to different hair types, there is something to suit every shopper’s needs.

Shop our top heat protectant picks

ghd Bodyguard Heat Protect Spray | £18 from John Lewis & Partners

ghd Bodyguard Heat Protect Spray
ghd Bodyguard Heat Protect Spray

The ghd Heat Protect Spray is simple to use and only requires a few squirts on the hair, whether damp or dry, to create an invisible barrier against heat.

It has over 337 reviews on John Lewis, with shoppers hailing it a lightweight and effective formula.

Neal & Wolf Guard Heat Protection Spray | £13.33 from Amazon

Neal & Wolf Guard Heat Protection Spray
Neal & Wolf Guard Heat Protection Spray

Neal & Wolf Guard Heat Protection Spray is cruelty free, as well as paraben, sulphate and DEA free. This spray claims to protect hair from heat of up to 220 degrees.

One happy shopper’s review read: “It’s made my hair so soft and has really protected it against the heat from my straighteners. I will definitely be buying this again.”

Kérastase Discipline Fluidissime Spray | £22.10 (Was £26) from lookfantastic

Kérastase Discipline Fluidissime Spray
Kérastase Discipline Fluidissime Spray

Kerastase is a well-respected brand in the haircare industry. This top-rated leave in heat protection product is easy to use, protecting and nourishing too.

The formula contains pro-keratin, which works to strengthen your hair, calm frizziness and protect from heat damage, while also working to leave your tresses silky smooth and shiny.

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer | £12 from lookfantastic

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil can be used as a heat protection spray or leave in conditioner.

The lightweight spray contains a conditioning blend of coconut oil, argan oil, macadamia nut oil, sweet almond oil, safflower seed oil and grapeseed oil to protect from heat damage, prevent breakage and dehydration, while also moisturising the hair shaft.

It is cruelty free and can be used on all hair types.

Restore Perfecting Spray by Living Proof | £10 from Space NK

Restore Perfecting Spray by Living Proof
Restore Perfecting Spray by Living Proof

Living Proof’s Restore Perfecting Spray is a super lightweight formula, which contains Living Proof’s ‘Healthy Hair Molecule’, to protect your hair from UV and heat to reduce breakage.

This product can be used on wet and dry hair, as well as colour or chemically treated hair.

Cantu Thermal Shield Heat Protectant | £5.99 (Was £7.99) from Superdrug

Cantu Thermal Shield Heat Protectant
Cantu Thermal Shield Heat Protectant

Cantu’s Thermal Shield Heat Protector contains pure shea butter, which works to replenish moisture in dry and brittle hair, and boost shine.

This product is to be used in advance of styling with heat tools to prevent heat damage.

Aveda Heat Relief Thermal Protector & Conditioning Mist | £26 from John Lewis & Partners

Aveda Heat Relief Thermal Protector & Conditioning Mist
Aveda Heat Relief Thermal Protector & Conditioning Mist

Aveda is another well known haircare brand, and the Heat Relief in particular is certainly one product from the brand to have on your radar.

It is made from a 97% natural formula made from plant oils, such as sunflower and jojoba. The mist is lightweight and provides thermal heat protection, while also working to condition and tame frizzy locks.

OUAI Heat Protection spray | £25 from Selfridges

OUAI Heat Protection spray
OUAI Heat Protection spray

Ouai is a celebrity-loved haircare brand, which the Kardashian-Jenner family are particularly fond of, as it was created by friend Jen Atkin.

This creation is cruelty free and vegan. The formula contains thermal polymers to provide thermal heat protection to up to 232°C. It is enriched with nourishing oils, as well as prickly pear extract, which also works to tame frizz.

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