4 All Natural Heat Protectants
While you may not want to think about it, if your hair seems to be lacking the “oomph” it once had, your hair may be damaged. Of course, there are a number of reasons for hair damage, but a major one is not using heat protectants on your hair before using hot tools when styling. Below we’ve compiled four all natural heat protectants you can start using today to prevent further damage and gain back those beautiful curls you miss! Before we get into the oils, however, you should know why these natural heat protectants are better than any silicone heat protectants. The reason is simple: they form a protective hedge around your hair cuticles without causing breakage or hair loss because natural oils feed your hair strands from the inside as opposed to creating an artificial hedge that is easily washed away.
Grapeseed Oil has a high smoke point which means that it can withstand the immense heat from hot tools such as curlers and blow dryers which is tremendous in the world of natural heat protectants. Side bonus: it will give your hair a wonderful slick shine. Simply add several drops evenly to your hair and then style as normal. You can find grapeseed oil at your local supermarket or health food store easily.
Almond oil has an even higher smoke point than grapeseed oil so it’s the perfect heat protectant for use with high heat tools. Not only that, but almond oil provides a bunch of essential vitamins such as E, D, B1, B2, B6, and A to give your hair an extra boost and allows you to grow stronger, healthier hair! Purchase the cold-pressed variety and again apply several drops evenly with a comb through damp hair before drying and styling however way you want.
Shea Butter has great thermal conductivity, or the ability to evenly create a protective barrier around your hair strands, so like other natural heat protectants like grapeseed oil it’s great for use with extremely hot tools. In fact, shea butter is so good that it ranks among popular chemical silicone heat protectants such as dimethicone.
We’ve talked about argan oil here before as a great oil to use to fight dryness, frizziness and dandruff but did you also know as far as natural heat protectants, it’s one of the best? On top of that, argan oil is chock full of awesome ingredients such as vitamin E, fatty acids, antioxidants and more. Application is easy: add several drops to your hand or use an oil mister and apply evenly, avoiding touching your roots. If you do decide to use an oil mister, lightly spray the ends of your hair, being sure to start with a small bit and work from there based upon your hair’s porosity and health. Once the oil’s in your hair, brush it from root to tip a few times to really work it in. Don’t forget to either air or blow dry when you’re finished and that’s it!
We hope you’ll be able to work these four natural heat protectants into your hair care routine and stop using silicone or any other artificial heat protectant that may damage your hair. Don’t forget to thoroughly comb your hair before any styling!
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