Thinking about giving the curls a break and getting your hair straightened for the holidays? If you are like me, then you are probably bored with your hair and you are ready to switch it up just in time for the cooler weather. I am so happy because cooler weather means that those straight styles, wand curls, and blow-outs will last longer, and I am so here for it! Don’t get too excited and lose sight of protecting your hair though. When using any time of heat on your natural hair, it’s very important to use a heat protectant.

Why it is important to use a heat protectant

Most heat protectants contain silicones to help create a barrier between the cuticle layer of your hair and heat. Silicones are also known to be able to withstand high temperatures. Heat protectants are great emollients that smooth and soften the hair. For this reason, it is best to add a heat protectant to your hair while it is still wet, so that it binds well with the water in your hair. Here are a few of my favorite heat protectants.

Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

I absolutely love this product. This was actually the first heat protectant that I found out about when I first went natural. This leave-in conditioner doubles as a heat protectant for your hair. It seals in panthenol and humectants to keep your hair moisturized. Most importantly it acts as a protective barrier against heat styling and also sun damage!

Cantu Thermal Shield Heat Protectant

I have been using the Cantu brand for a while and it will always remain a staple of mine. When I found out they had a heat protectant I was very eager to try. I love this heat protectant, because it is very lightweight, shields hair from heat up to 425, and reduces frizz and flyaways. It is also infused with shea butter to soften the hair.

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Styling Lotion

This lotion also doubles and a bomb heat protectant. I love this entire line by SheaMoisture, because it  strengthens your hair, and this heat protectant is no different. It protects your hair while also restoring moisture. It is an excellent choice for those curlies who like to straighten their hair frequently. It is made with Jamaican black castor oil, organic shea butter, and peppermint to help protect our curls against heat damage.

So the next time you plan to apply heat to your hair, check out one of these heat protectants. You won’t be disappointed and your hair will thank you!

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