It’s good to be back! So, here I am with a post on the saviors of our hair – the heat protectants. These days, most of us at least blow dry our hair. And, we all love the curls or the silky straight hair which we achieve by subjecting our hair to the curling rods, straighteners, stylers and a variety of other heating tools. But, we often forget that heating strips moisture from hair which, in the long run, makes it brittle and prone to breakage. Some of us use heat protectant sprays which is, again, chemical coating and mostly they are silicone based which damages your hair in form of buildup, in the long run.
So, what do we do? Should we stop using heat styling? No ways!! We do what our ancestors did. The beauty obsessed people before us too used various heating methods, like curling those baby hair near the ears to get that sensuous tendril curls. They didn’t use heat protectant sprays (I doubt they had them then!). They used oils as heat protectants. Yes! There are oils which act as barriers against your hair which have high heat resistance/high smoke point that give you protection with nourishment! A high smoke point indicates that the oil requires a higher temperature to break down and to start smoking. This essentially means that oil won’t fry your hair. 😀
Here is the list of saviors:
Almond Oil [Smoke Point : 255° Celsius]
With a high smoke point, this oil is the best heat protectant oil. Besides providing heat protection, this oil is high in Vitamins E, D, B1, B2, B6 and A. These are all helpful nutrients that allow you to grow strong, healthy hair strands. The high Vitamin E content in Almond oil is particularly helpful for conditioning the hair.
Refined Safflower Oil [Smoke Point : 265° Celsius]
As soon as you read the name you might think how it is used in cooking. But, this light oil is also good as a heat protectant. Safflower oil is rich in oleic fatty acid(Omega 9). This vitamin helps to keep your hair shiny and vibrant.
Refined Avocado Oil [Smoke Point : 270° Celsius]
Its monounsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols and high levels of antioxidants like Vitamin E get well absorbed into our scalp and hair shafts easily. This oil not only has a highly moisturizing and protective effect against environmental stressors and damage. It also stimulates new growth and helps to unclog blocked follicles.
Tea Seed Oil / Camellia Oil [Smoke point : 252° Celsius]
This oil should not be mistaken for tea tree oil. This tea seed oil is a japanese oil. It is an effective emollient (softens your skin and hair). Approximately 82% of its fatty acids are made up of oleic fatty acids (Omega 9). Omega-9 is a remarkable transdermal carrier, very effective for retention and enhancement of skin and hair moisture. The Japanese also use it as a leave-in conditioner!
Camelina Oil [Smoke Point : 246° Celsius]
This oil is also known as false flax oil. It can be substituted for flax seed oil. Along with that, the oil is rich in Vitamin E & antioxidants which protect your hair shafts from free radical damage too.
Refined Coconut Oil [Smoke Point : 235° Celsius]
This HG oil for hair is also a great heat protectant! But, you should use only the refined version of it. Virgin coconut oil has real low smoke point and can fry your hair! This oil helps in taming your frizzy hair. Further, it is a conditioning oil and also good for hair growth.
Argan Oil [Smoke Point : 220° Celsius]
This Moroccan oil is not only good for nourishing your hair and giving that silky shine, it also is high smoking point oil. Along with protecting your hair from heat damage, it also nourishes your hair making it softer, shiner and silkier. It is an extremely rich source of fatty acids and Vitamin E.
Grapeseed Oil [Smoke Point : 216° Celsius]
This non greasy oil nourishes your hair along with protecting your hair from heat damage. It is rich in linoleic fatty acid (Omega 6) which helps in combating dryness by providing protection against moisture loss caused by heat.
If you want to get the most of these oils, follow this:
• Depending on your hair length and thickness, take 2-3 drops of oil and coat your hair tips.
• Avoid applying to the scalp as it will make your hair greasy.
• Be sure you read the labels of these products to ensure that it is what you want.
• Use low heat settings of your tools.
• Avoid using too much heat styling. Remember : too much of anything is bad!
Now that you know about these oils, you should give it a try and share with us the experience.
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