20 Under-$20 Heat Protectants for Anyone Addicted to Their Flat Iron

The beauty of heat-styling during the winter is that you needn’t worry about your style falling apart in the cold, though it’s still just as important to protect it from wet snow, rain or high winds, depending on the weather, which always seems to be unpredictable.

And because your usage is on the rise, the same must be so for day-to-day repair. Enter the ever-dependent thermal spray or cream, a primer made with nutrients that not only give your hair the moisture and luster they’re prone to losing during the hot-tool process, they also coat your strands so that even under the stress of heat, sometimes up to 450 degrees F, it will be able to retain its natural texture whenever you’re ready to cleanse again.

The ones we love most just so happen to be affordable too, with price tags that stay under $20. From creams formulated specifically for textured hair to mists that also detangle, these heat protectants may or may not be the secret to keeping your blowout on point.

 

Originally posted on StyleCaster.

Not Your Mother’s Beat the Heat Thermal Shield Spray

An infusion of sunflower oil and vitamins A and E ensure your strands can stay cool under the heated stress.

Not Your Mother’s Beat the Heat Thermal Shield Spray, $5.99 at Ulta

TRESemmé Pro Collection Heat Protection Spray

A mist that’ll shield your hair from up to 450 degrees of heat without leaving it stiff and flaky.

TRESemmé Pro Collection Heat Protection Spray, $4.98 at Amazon

Mizani Thermasmooth Style & Style Again Heat Activated Styling Cream

Apply this styler to towel-dried hair before sitting under a hooded dryer or using a blow-dryer. What you’ll be left with are strands that are so smooth you’ll think they air-dried that way.

Mizani Thermasmooth Style & Style Again heat-activated styling cream, $20 at Amazon

CHI Total Protect

In addition to vitamin E and silk for locking in moisture, this thermal spray also includes UV absorbers to prevent color-treated hair from fading after multiple uses.

CHI Total Protect, $16.50 at Ulta

Joico Heat Set Blowout Perfecting Crème 03

Detangle, calm frizz and reduce drying time every time you apply this protective cream to towel-dried hair.

Joico Heat Set Blowout Perfecting Crème 03, $13.91 at Amazon

Macadamia Professional Thermal Protectant Spray

It’s no secret this featherweight spray is made with macadamia oil, but don’t forget about conditioning silicone, the ingredient that’ll give your hair next-level luster.

Macadamia Professional Thermal Protectant Spray, $19.95 at Amazon

Sexy Hair Protect Me Hot Tool Protection Hair Spray

Soft strands without breakage and a promised 78 percent reduction in breakage overall make this a must-try.

Sexy Hair Protect Me hot tool protection hair spray, $18.95 at Ulta

Redken Hot Sets 22 Heat Protectant Setting Spray

A lightweight thermal spray to use before your blow-dryer or flat iron. The result: straight hair with a nice amount of clean hold.

Redken Hot Sets 22 heat protectant setting spray, $13.05 at Amazon

Biosilk Silk Therapy Thermal Shield

Shields your hair from damage without leaving behind that all-too-familiar sticky residue.

Biosilk Silk Therapy Thermal Shield, $16.50 at Ulta

Mielle Mongongo Oil Thermal & Heat Protectant Spray

You can count on mongongo oil to deliver shine to your locks as they’re being protected from the heated elements.

Mielle Mongongo Oil Thermal & Heat Protectant Spray, $13.89 at Target

Kristin Ess Style Assist Blow Dry Mist

Cut drying time, smooth split ends if you can’t cut them and enhance dull-looking strands with this all-in-one spritz.

Kristin Ess Style Assist Blow Dry Mist, $14 at Target

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Blow Dry Créme

If your textured hair has been chemically processed, this rich cream — made with organic shea butter, Jamaican black castor oil and peppermint oil — is key to coating your hair before exposing it to heat.

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Blow Dry Créme, $9.99 at Target

ORS Olive Oil Heat Protection Serum

If your hair is prone to dryness after being manipulated with hot tools, this reparative oil will whip those strands back into fighting shape.

ORS Olive Oil Heat Protection Serum, $7.39 at Target

Biolage R.A.W. Heat Styling Primer

Vegan, infused with coconut oil and artificial color-free. Sounds like a near-perfect formula that would give hair the nourishment it needs, with or without heat.

Biolage R.A.W. Heat Styling Primer, $10.99 at Ulta

Kiehl’s Stylist Series Heat-Protective Silk Straightening Cream

Apply to damp hair, concentrating most of your effort on the more vulnerable ends for hold and shine.

Stylist Series Heat-Protective Silk Straightening Cream, $17 at Kiehl’s

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer

Six oils and UV protection combine to moisturize, soften and protect hair before and after it’s collided with a hot tool.

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer (mini size), $12 at Sephora

OGX Ever Straightening + Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray

Coconut oil, avocado oil, cocoa butter and keratin proteins are the magic mix that’ll elevate the look of freshly washed hair before you grab the flat iron.

OGX Ever Straightening + Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray, $8.42 at Amazon

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Smooth & Shine Polisher

Argan oil is the ultimate solution for strands that need nourishment and smoothing at the same time.

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Smooth & Shine Polisher, $7.10 at Amazon

Curl Girl Unwind Thermal Protector & Detangling Mist

Quench your hair’s thirst and prepare it for harsh styling with this blend of shea butter and tea tree, babassu and pumpkin seed oils.

Curl Girl Unwind Thermal Protector & Detangling Mist, $15.99 at Amazon

FoxyBae Cool AF Heat Protectant Spray

In addition to protecting your hair from sizzle, there’s also a dose of biotin to promote growth.

Cool AF Heat Protectant Spray, $8.95 at FoxyBae

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