We hardly think of styling our hair without using heat-producing equipment; isn’t it? We all know how damaging the heat is, for our hair but we choose to go through the long term sacrifice just to look beautiful for some occasions. Now, there is no need to worry about the damage as there are hundreds of heat protection products available in the market to the rescue. Some of these are proven to be good for natural and artificial hair extensions also.
I have come across with the best three heat protectants for you so that you don’t have to waste time researching and waste money on the wrong products and regret later. I used my time and years old experience to make this list of top three produtcts. All you have to do is, go through the buyer’s guide and instruction so that you can choose among those and use properly.
3 Best Heat Protection Products for Hair Extensions Reviews
1. Awesome - [pH5] Leave-in Conditioning Spray - Top Professional Wig Care
Leave-in conditioning spray;
Blow drying is the best friend of busy ladies. It saves time on hairstyling. But too much blow-drying with the extensions on can shorten the life of your extensions. Applying a protective live-in conditioner can help you in this case in two ways. One, it will make the hair soft, shiny, manageable and tangle-free. Two, it will save the extensions and your hair from the heat of blow-drying.
Keep in mind that, live-in conditioner should be applied on clean hair. You must use a shampoo that is meant for extensions. Using the conditioner on a dirty extension can cause a negative result.
2. HairUWear "Restore" Heat Styler Protector and Leave-in Conditioner
Conditioner & Heat Styler Protector;
Hair straighteners and curling irons cause the most damage to synthetic and human hair extensions. To make the extensions heat resistant, you will need some strong heat protector that can withstand high heat resulting from heating style equipment. This "Restore" heat protector will save you from using a live-in conditioner and heat protector separately. One product does both jobs.
Most professional stylists use this protector to literally "Restore" old, good-for-nothing tangled wigs. Once applied, the wigs become new again. The extensions get nourished with this protector like your real hair takes nourishment from your scalp. It is evident that this miraculous potion will lengthen the life of your dear extensions.
3. Hsi Professional- Argan Oil Heat Protector
Argan Oil Heat Protector;
Protect up to 450º F.
There are tons of products available in the market that claim to moisten or protect or nourish hair extensions and real hair. Mostly the products are different for real hair and extensions but serve the same purposes. Choosing the products you need from the endless list can be hectic. If you don’t want to get confused with all those choices, then relax, take this proctor from HSI PROFESSIONAL and have a break.
This heat protector can be used in your real hair as well as on the extensions. It conditions, detangles, protects the hair from high heat, adds instant shine and nourishes the hair for long term overall improvement. There is nothing in this oil-infused and vitamin-enriched heat protector that you don’t need. The best thing is, it will save your time and money from purchasing several other products and applying them. Besides, it heals the hair in a manner that, you may never want to wear a wig or extensions to cover up bad hair.
Read the Labels
Before settling into one product, read the labels carefully. No, don’t just check the expiration and manufacturing date, focus on the ingredients and instructions. This will give you a brief idea about if this heat protectant will suit your extension type or not.
Leave-in Conditioner or Heat Protectant?
Generally, heat protectant is one kind of leave-in conditioner with heat protecting capabilities. I don’t recommend using it daily unless you really have to. For women who are obsessed with hair styling, a leave-in conditioner cum heat protectant is a must; even if these are pricey.
Otherwise, a good quality leave-in conditioner is okay for daily use, it is inexpensive as well. On occasion, you can use a heat protectant to save hair from damage. For those occasions, you will need to use the conditioner, following the heat protection. Don’t forget to use a hairspray afterward to make the hairstyle last longer.
Check the Highest Resistant
As far I know, the highest resistant level for heat protection serum is 450-degree Fahrenheit. It is enough if you intend to use a hair straightener or curling iron. So, look for the resistant level of heat protection products. You can adjust the temperature while using it.
If you already have straight hair, then no need to invest in high resistant products. For using a blow dryer, a low to medium resistant heat protection will do fine.
How to Use a Heat Protection Product to Get the Best Result
The first and foremost tip to use a heat protectant is ‘not to’ use it on dirty hair. If the hair is oily or greasy and you don’t have time for hair wash, then the best solution is using a shampoo. Using heat protection spray over grease will cause even more damage rather than saving it from damage because all the dirt stays locked in while you apply heat.
If the heat protectant is your go-to leave-in conditioner, then purchase a simple leave-in conditioner just to use on unwashed hair for detangling. It is important because not using a conditioner on long hair can create knots if you keep the hair down on windy days. In turn, it may cause breakage and fall out when you try to detangle with a comb.
As I mentioned already, comb out the knots and tangles clean once the freshly washed hair is dry. Never ever try to do this on wet hair. Because wet hair, as well as hair extensions, are more prone to break and fall when it is wet. Use a wide-tooth comb or Loopush to keep the hair tangle-free without ruining the extensions. Always start combing out from the tip of the hair. Take a thin lock of your hair and start brushing from the lower end. Once it is tangle-free, then gradually brush the midsection and the root. This is the best way to ensure minimum breakage.
Finally, your hair is tangle-free. Now it is time for a leave-in conditioner. If the heat protectant you are using already has conditioner in it, then you won’t need any additional product. Take a small amount of serum on your palm, then rub two palms to spread it evenly on your hands. Then apply form bottom to top. Leave the roots clean because the conditioner is not supposed to apply on roots. When you are sure that the product is well absorbed to your hair, then its time for styling.
Heat protection may save your hair extensions from possible damage, but it causes no additional well to the hair. Your own hair and the extensions you wear need proper care and nutrition to make then luscious, healthy and longlasting. A good quality hair mask is a good option for U bond and tape-in extensions. For clip-in extensions, you can choose argan oil for your hair and a leave-in conditioner for the extensions.
No matter which heat protection product you choose for your extensions, it needs to be used correctly to get the best result. Besides, like any other assets of our lives, our hair and hair extensions need to be taken care of to make them long-lasting. On the other hand, in my opinion, the expense you pay for your hair extensions will be a wastage unless you take proper care to nourish and protect the extensions; and a heat protection spray is the least you can use to protect the pricey extensions.