Just like you would never pull anything out of the oven without oven mitts, you should never apply heat to your hair without the proper heat protectant. Heat protectants come in various forms i.e. gels, serums, sprays, creams and lotions.
So heres the 411 on How Protect Your Hair From Thermal Damage
When you apply heat of 265 degrees fahrenheit or more, your hair shaft opens which leaves your hair vulnerable to heat damage and even fading of hair color. Also, your hair’s natural moisture evaporates, the chromophores (what gives your hair shine) break down and the cuticle is left open and exposed; causing your hair to crack, fray and even leave a diminished natural curl pattern.
Protectants sheild the hair follicle so as to keep each strand secure and safe, locking in your hairs essential moisture for optimal healthy locks. Luckily, Bumble and Bumble has quite a selection of heat protection products and we carry them here at The Beauty Box Salon, as well as Eashair’s Heat Treat and Shine. Some of my favorites include BB Prep, BB Tonic, BB Style Lotion, and BB Hairdressers Oil Primer.
BB Prep – Prep is usually used on very fine, mostly healthy, as well as limp hair. Prep servers as a detangler while adding nutrients to the hair and helps to even the porosity of each strand.
BB Tonic – Tonic is generally used on coarse and dry hair. Tonic is rich in vitamins as well as Tea Tree Oil. It detangles your hair while adding moisture and it helps to enhance the performance of your other styling products.
BB Style Lotion – The Styling lotion is great for fine, fragile, chemically treated and hair that is styled regularly. It is best if paired with the BB Prep or BB Tonic. It helps give control, builds body, nourishes, moisturizes and leaves your hair feeling sleek and soft.
BB Hairdressers Oil Primer – Primer is used on coarse, brittle and dry hair. Primer is infused with six different oils that are very light, and moisturizing. Primer also serves as a detangler as well as it helps to defrizz your hair while shielding it against breakage and protects your hair from UV damage and heat, leaving it soft and shiny.
Easihair’s Heat Treat + Shine is used on all hair types. It protects your hair from heat damage and it aids in taming unruley hair. While locking in moisture, to keep the shine, it works to strengthen your healthy locks.