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Old 10-22-2009, 08:10 AM   #1
 
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Default What's the best heat protectant ?

Which heat protectants do you recommend ?
I have natural hair which has hardly ever been flat ironed or blow dried, and would like to straighten it from time to time without causing heat damage.
What I'm mostly interested in, is long term protection from heat damage and afterwards the rest.


1) protecting the hair from flat iron heat damage
2) Getting good results, straight, flowy and shiny
3) Keeping away the frizz and the humidity, so that the straight hairstyle lasts as long as possible.


Can natural oils or butters such as shea butter serve as heat protectants ?

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I personally would not use just an oil as it does nothing for my hair but when I mix an oil with shea butter and cocoa butter it works well for me.
To avoid puffiness post flat iron I put my hair in 2 loose ponytails and sleep with a scarf or satin bonnet
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Old 10-22-2009, 03:06 PM   #3
 
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I use Redken Heat Glide and Beyond the Zone Turn Up the Heat. For extra protein and sleekness I'll use GVP Anti-Snap and Chi Silk Infusion.

I'm not really sure how much protection something like shea butter would give.
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a leave in is good in addition to a heat protectant spray.
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What do you use as a heat protectant before flat ironing ? Can natural oils or butters such as shea butter serve as heat protectants ?

And what do you do after flat ironing to keep your hair from becoming puffy and frizzy ?

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i only use natural oils or shea butter as a heat protectant. my sister does the same thing for her clients at her salon. you dont need any synthetic product to protect your hair. natural oils and butters do the same job and theyre better for your hair.

i usually only heat style on my "dirty" hair as well, never on freshly washed.

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Old 10-24-2009, 06:17 PM   #6
 
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I thought using oil + heat would totally burn your hair?
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I thought using oil + heat would totally burn your hair?
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Old 10-30-2009, 11:21 AM   #8
 
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I use a little leave in conditioner then some frizz-ease heat defeat, works well for me, it has a cone but low on the list
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i used oil on my hair before and my hair didnt like it. i had my step sis flat iron my hair and eventually 3 inches of my hair had to get cut off. i havent flat ironed since but i bought some shine spray that contains silicon to spray in my hair while its damp, and i have sabino moisture block to add to it when dry. im not taking anymore chances on my hair
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Thanks for all your replies.

Is the chi silk infusion good as a heat protectant on its own or does it have to be used with some extra heat protectant ?
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Has anyone used/heard of phytodefrissant and phytolisse as a heat protecter ?
It is an almost all natural product and is supposed to be very good for heat styling.
How good is it in preventing heat damage ?
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Old 06-23-2010, 02:06 AM   #12
 
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I used oil for yearsssss as a heat protectant and then my hair grew longer than when i switched to silicone heat protectants (which when i realized it, prompted me to switch back)

I used an oil blend i bought from my shop (it was all natural, some man came in and sold it and the ingredients rubbed off grrr)

For the past year or so ive used a combo of Infusium23 Leave in & Redken Smooth Down Heat Glide...

recently i got great results from using jane carter leave in conditioner as a heat protectant (which it says it is) for extra protection, im also going to add One 'n Only Argan Oil Treatment on top.. which combines both the oil i enjoy with a little bit of silicone for extra heat protection !
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Thank you Reeky.
I've read so many good reviews on the smooth down heat glide. I think I'll try it.

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Grapeseed oil is a great heat protectant because it has a high smoke point. Olive oil has an okay smoke point. So basically when using a natural oil make sure that you are not heating it to the smoke point.

Type of Oil Smoke Point Temperature
Grape Seed 485F or 252C
Avocado 480F or 249C
Sesame and Olive 410F or 210C
Canola 400F or 204C
Macadamia 385F or 196C
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I love the Redken Smooth Down too...when I went natural I pretty much threw away all of my "relaxed" products, except this!

I may try mango butter or another pomade though....hmm
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Thanks for your recommendation, I've ordered the redken heat glide. Will update on the results when I get it.

Thanks DerbyCityNaturals, have you used it for continous periods of time without heat damage ?

Any opinions on the TIGI bedhead and the FHI hot sauce ? and something to prevent frizz and reversion ?

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I used the FHI Hot Sauce one time and didn't like it. It made my hair feel producty and dirty when I striaghtened.
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I've only used hot sauce to blow dry. I don't recall any adverse effects. I've used the Redken to flat iron.
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I have not straightened my hair on the regular since I was transitioning. However when I do I use grapeseed when I want a natural oil.

One 'n Only Argan Oil Treatment has a nice smell and gives good protection but my hair felt so dry underneath. Not from this product in particular just from from coating it with cones and not being able to get some water up in there.
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Grapeseed oil is a great heat protectant because it has a high smoke point. Olive oil has an okay smoke point. So basically when using a natural oil make sure that you are not heating it to the smoke point.

Type of Oil Smoke Point Temperature
Grape Seed 485F or 252C
Avocado 480F or 249C
Sesame and Olive 410F or 210C
Canola 400F or 204C
Macadamia 385F or 196C

thanks so much for the tip!! Redken is crazy expensive (over $15 w/Macadamia oil, i'm sure it's because of that). But I just purchased a 24 oz bottle of Grapeseed oil for $9.99 at TJMaxx!!! I purchased it to cook with, LOL, but hey! I may need to use it for my hair instead!!! Should I use it solo or pair it up with shea butter or another oil?
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