What’s in a heat protectant?
Heat protectants are products that, at the least, contain some type of cyclomethicone and dimethicone. Most leave-in conditioners, treatments sprays, blow-out foams, setting lotions and straightening serums use a combination of these two silicones with other essential ingredients to create what is known as a “heat protectant.”
Cyclomethicone is a clear silicone that has a silky-smooth feel when deposited into the hair. It evaporates quickly after helping to transfer oils and nutrients (other ingredients in the product) into the hair shaft.
Dimethicone is used in conditioners and detangling products to help smooth hair and provide easier “comb-through.” Because it coats the strands, it can also make your hair appear shinier after styling.
Both of these silicones are FDA approved to be used in products and are safe for use on the skin and hair. Silicones are man-made compounds that work by covering the hair with a thin, waterproof, heat-resistant coating. This serves three main purposes:
1. It helps reduce the porosity of the hair. This forced reduction makes the hair less likely to be affected by humidity after heat styling.
2. It helps reduce moisture loss from the inside the hair. There are several things that can cause loss of moisture such as dehydration, use of bleaching agents in color processing or over exposure to harmful elements like sun or chlorine-treated water.
3. It lubricates the surface of the hair; meaning your hair will feel smoother and detangle easier.
To show you how important it is ,Sister Scientist does an experiment frying eggs- one with heat protectant and the other without- trust us you’ll never want to straighten your unprotected hair again!
Where to buy heat protectant in Nigeria
Mizani – ThermaStrength Heat-Protecting Serum – Get Here
ORS – Olive Oil Heat Protection Serum Get Here
Avon – Advance Techniques Styling Heat Protection Spray Get Here