Excess heat styling can be extremely damaging for your hair, especially if you don’t protect it. If you heat style your hair often, whether it be with a hairdryer, hair straighteners, or curling wand, you must use a heat protection spray to help minimise the damage to your tresses.
Heat protection sprays don’t just protect your hair from thermal damage, they are very diverse and can also help detangle, de-frizz and lock in the artificial pigments in coloured hair.
Some heat defence sprays and treatments also go one step further and help protect against environmental aggressors such as the sun.
Our Top Picks of the Best Heat Protection Sprays
- Bumble and bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer
- Aveda Brilliant Damage Control Spray
- Joico Ironclad Thermal Protectant Spray
- Aveda Heat Relief Thermal Protector and Conditioning Mist
- Pureology Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray
- Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaplasme Treatment
- OUAI Leave-In Conditioner
- Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Leave-In Conditioner
What are the Best Heat Defence Sprays for Straightening Hair
Our hair experts have rounded up the best heat protecting sprays from leading hair care brands, including Kerastase, Bumble & bumble, Aveda and more.
Bumble and Bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer
Bumble and bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer is a pre-styling mist that is expertly blended with 6 lightweight oils. Specially formulated for dry, coarse or brittle hair, this luxurious primer will help detangle your tresses whilst fighting frizz. With added UV protection, your hair will be shielded from the sun as well as heat from heat styling tools.
- Best for: Light Coloured Hair
Aveda Brilliant Damage Control Spray
Protect your hair from heat styling and sun damage with the Aveda Brilliant Damage Control Spray. For protection against thermal damage, this lightweight spray also helps reduce the breakage caused by combing wet hair. With included UV filters, this protective spray will be your go-to haircare product of choice.
- Best for: Hair Prone to Damage
Joico Ironclad Thermal Protectant Spray
The Joico Ironclad Thermal Protectant Spray provides a protective barrier between the heat source and your hair to achieve super sleek shiny locks. Eradicate frizz and flyaways with this lightweight spray, infused with innovative Bio-Advanced Peptide Complex that imparts luminous shine. With this heat defence spray, you are guaranteed thermal protection against 230°C of heat.
- Best for: Dull Hair in Need of Shine
Aveda Heat Relief Thermal Protector and Conditioning Mist
Looking for a natural heat protectant spray? The Aveda Heat Relief Thermal Protector and Conditioning Mist is the answer. This ultra-fine mist helps to soften your hair to detangle and de-frizz. Made from 97% naturally derived* ingredients this sweet-scented spray is all you need.
- Best for: Thick, Curly Hair
Pureology Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray
Looking to achieve salon-worthy results at home? The Pureology Colour Fanatic Hair Treatment Spray primes, protects and perfects colour treated hair. AntiFadeComplex with antioxidant fennel extract protects hair from environmental aggressors and heat damage caused by styling tools. Specially formulated with vegetable-based protein Keravis™ to strengthen hair and a blend of natural oils, including coconut and olive oil to smoothen and condition your tresses.
- Best for: Coloured Hair
Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaplasme Treatment
For smoother, sleeker and shinier locks choose the Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicaplasme Treatment. This intensive leave-in mask brightens blonde, highlighted and grey hair thanks to its lavender coloured pigments. What's more? Hyaluronic Acid and Edelweiss Flower deliver intense hydration whilst protecting hair from temperatures of up to 230°C and defending against damaging UV rays and pollution.
- Best for: Blonde Hair
BONUS: OUAI Leave-In Conditioner
The OUAI Leave-In Conditioner includes an amino acid blend and hydrolysed proteins, which help to reinforce the hair structure and protect against styling and heat damage. Amarind Seed Extract, Panthenol and Vitamin E hydrates the hair to reduce the appearance of frizz and dryness. This ultra-hydrating spray fights frizz and damage in an instant.
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BONUS: Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Leave-In Conditioner
Call upon the Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence Leave-In Conditioner to help with thermal protection from heat styling. This anti-breakage conditioning spray also offers protection from UV rays whilst deeply hydrating your hair.
Next time you reach for your favourite waving wand, or hair straighteners, be sure to apply one of our tried and tested heat defence sprays to protect your hair from unnecessary damage!
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