Are you 100% addicted to your tongs? Can you live a day without your straighteners? If you’re a total styling-tool-addict it’s time you took note. Styling your hair damages it. We know that, of course we do. But how many of us actually protect our locks before blasting it with a blow dryer or using heated tools? We may not be able to see you while you’re reading, but we know you’re nodding!
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So, to ensure your locks stay in the best tip-top condition, and so you don’t loose that shine-factor or your glorious colour, you’ll need to have a serious heat protector stashed away at home. How do you use them you ask? Well, there’s two ways, if you want to protect your hair before blow drying spritz them into damp, towel dried hair. But never when it’s soaking wet. Applying product into dripping wet hair will waste and dilute the product, so there’s literally zero point. Secondly, if you’re using heated tools, so tongs, straighteners or rollers in dry hair you can mist your heat shield over the top, just before you begin styling. If you’ve over applied too much product, blast it with a hairdryer before styling, you don’t want your tools to sizzle when you use them.
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So if you’re missing a heat protector in your life, we’ve done the hard work for you, and picked our favourites on the highstreet. There’s one for curls, another for shine, so whatever hair type you’ve got you’ll be sure to find the ultimate protector for you. How do you think the models backstage go through so many hair transformations without their hair ending up in a mangled mess?!
Amazing hair, even if you style it everyday? No problem!
If your hair is starting to show the effects of being a little tong-happy, reach for this. It's infused with vitamins, which work together to form a barrier against breakage, so it repairs while it protects. Bye, bye split ends.
Layer this spray with other styling products before running any heat through your hair and your locks will stay soft and shiny, even after you've used your tongs.
The cream of the crop when it comes keeping your strands from sizzling, Chi's superpower protection spray protects your hair from even the hottest irons, plus it smells divine. Love!
We’re a bit obsessed with the spray nozzle of this bottle. It’s regularly used backstage because it’s so quick and easy to use.
If you’re not so good at distributing a spray, try a cream. This VO5 serum is super light-weight and for £3, it’s a steal.
Lacking in shine? This spray helps boost your gloss factor big time, you can also use it up to 220°
It doubles up as a root lift and hairspray- a triple whammy! Spray this directly into the roots for extra va-va voom volume!
As the name suggests, this spray is almost invisible in your hair, so it wont weight down your locks or make it greasy, even if you over apply- it’s ideal for thin locks.
The tiny nozzle makes distributing this spray a breeze. If your prone to extreme frizziness use a little in damp hair, and a touch when it’s dry too.
Not only will this protect your hair from up to 450 degrees of heat, this amazing little product also dramatically speeds up drying time and holds your blow dried style in place. Dare we say this is the ultimate pre-heat styling spray?!