Why are thermo-protective treatments all the more useful after the summer?
While their primary function is indeed to protect the hair fibre, which tends to dry out and become more brittle on contact with heating devices, thermo-protective treatments are always adding more strings to their bow. They now meet very specific needs: anti-frizz, impeccable smoothing, restructured fiber, shinier hair, longer brushing time…
Here are the tips ofAlexander Armand and of Marissa Marinowhich style personalities such as Serena Williams Where Marsai Martins, to choose the best thermo-protective care. Those that actually beautify all hair types.
Three pro tips:
1/ Favor multi-function thermo-protective care
According Alexander Armand, “a good heat protection product should help smooth and protect the hair cuticle, as well as effectively retain its natural moisture”. To do so, he recommends the Color Protection Sea Minerals Heat Shield Mist from Maui Moisture or the Heated Defense of Kevin Murphy. Additionally, he recommends ingredients like panthenol and propylene glycol, which act as a humectant, to prevent frizz and lock in moisture, while amino acids like keratin boost fiber. In short, a protective product must also take care of the hair.
2/ Adopt a thermo-protective treatment if you have bleached hair
The reason ? “They act as a barrier between the hot tool and the hair, and help lock in moisture,” according to the hairstylist Marissa Marino.
3/ Do not spray evenly all over the hair
The VIP hairdresser Ryan Richman explains: “A protective spray should be used section by section rather than being sprayed all over the hair before using the heating appliance”. For other formulas, such as creams or treatments, he distributes the product in the hair using a comb before drying it.
What are the best thermo-protective treatments to add to your beauty routine?
GHD – Thermo-protective spray
Totally invisible and ultra-light, this heat-protective spray was developed by a team of hairdressers and scientists to meet the needs of hair subjected to heat. It contains protective polymers that act as a shield between the heating devices and the hair fiber, and make them even shinier.
Bumble and Bumble – Heat & UV Protective Primer
“Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer Invisible Oil is a great leave-in treatment that detangles, conditions and protects very well,” says Clariss Rubenstein. Designed specifically for dry (medium to thick) hair, this multitasking product also protects against sun damage.
Hair Rituel by Sisley – La Crème 230 leave-in care cream
Inside this care cream: a complex composed of two ionic polymers which, once activated on contact with heat, forms a micro-gel intended to intensely repair the hair fiber. As the applications progress, the hair is nourished and gradually becomes more beautiful and stronger.
Phyto – Phytokeratine Thermo-Protective Repair Spray
With ingredients such as vegetable keratin and hyaluronic acid, this spray brings all the necessary hydration to hair dried out by straighteners. After application, it leaves the hair soft, shiny and easy to comb.
Philip B – Thermo-protective spray
Not only protecting the hair from heated appliances, this mist can also be applied in summer, when exposed to the harmful effects of the sun, salt and chlorine. It also releases a sweet enveloping scent that immediately plunges us on vacation.
Elenature – Moisturizing and thermo-protective mist
Composed of more than 99% natural ingredients, this mist acts on several levels: 1/ Thanks to a complex of thermo-protective active ingredients, it counters the harmful effects of heating devices and intensely hydrates the hair. 2/ Enriched with Capiguard, a little-known red algae whose benefits are tremendous, it fights against external aggressions such as UVA/UVB rays and pollution and makes hair shinier and healthier. 3/ When sprayed, it spreads a fresh fragrance, mixing, among others, mint, pine and rosemary.
Leonor Greyl – Natural Condition
With a rich composition of 98% natural ingredients, this vegan spray, when sprayed all over the hair, adds volume while protecting it from repetitive drying.
Balmain Paris – Thermo-protective lotion
Ashley Stewart, hair and makeup artist used to stars like Simone Biles and La La Anthony, is a fan of Balmain’s heat protection spray. “I love it because it’s a very lightweight formula that doesn’t weigh hair down. It also smells very good.”
Dr. Barbara Sturm – Hydrating Conditioner
This treatment draws its benefits from its composition, rich in extracts of sunflower shoots and Tara, which provides protection against heat and impurities. Hair that tends to frizz is not left out since this conditioner smooths it at the same time.
Kérastase – Nutritive Thermal Nectar
Recommended by many professionals, this milk is particularly suitable for very dry hair. Enriched with Iris Royal complex, it intensely nourishes and protects the hair fiber up to 230 degrees.
L’Oréal Professionnel – SteamPod Vapor-activated smoothing cream
Recommended for thick hair, this treatment simultaneously smoothes and protects against heat, humidity and pollution. A must.
Ouai – Thermo-protective spray
This spray from the brand acclaimed by the Kardashian sisters is a real Swiss army knife: it helps restore damaged and split ends, improve shine, provide protection against heat in extreme conditions (up to 450 degrees!) but also to preserve your blow-dry for longer. An essential.
Article originally published on Vogue.com.
Translation by Jean-Marc Masala
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