I Gasped When I Learned How Common This Hairstyling Mistake Is

Ask any hairstylist the number one mistake their clients make, and they’ll most likely tell you it’s the lack of a heat protectant in their daily routine. A brief survey of my inner circle gave me the same results. The consensus: Does applying a heat protectant before a blowout really make that much of a difference? Johnny Ramirez, the celebrity colorist known for his trademark "lived-in color” and co-owner of L.A.’s Ramirez | Tran Salon, says yes. "Heat-protection products are important to use, as they protect the hair from being exposed to high levels of heat. If you expose your hair to heat every time you style your hair, it can result in dry and damaged hair,” he explains. Specifically, you may cause split ends and breakage. No, thank you.


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But with so many product options out there, how do we know which one’s best for our locks? "The most important thing to consider is the level of heat protection a product offers. You need to make sure that it matches the level of heat you are applying to your hair,” Ramirez says. In other words, all heat protectants are not created equal. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the guesswork out by sourcing the 20 best heat protectants on the market, and we’ve made it even easier by breaking them down by hair type.

Best for Damaged Hair

Best for Fine Hair

Best for Curly Hair

Best for Thick Hair

Best for Colored Hair

Best for Dry Hair

Best for Coarse Hair

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