Heat Protectant vs. Flame Retardant - We'll explain
By now, you may have seen the viral videos of people attempting to test out the quality of heat protectants by applying them to a q-tip and lighting it on fire. If you haven't, you can see one of the viral videos here.
While the videos have been widely sensationalized..they are very misleading and we are here to clear the air.
To get straight to the point...heat protectants are not the same thing as fire retardants.
A hair heat protectant works by creating a barrier between the hair and appliances that produce high heat, such as flat irons and blow dryers. Silicones and oils in the protectant, coat the hair shaft and lessen the amount of heat that the hair absorbs, lowering the risk of damage and split ends.
Some heat protectants contain higher percentages of water and some contain higher percentages of flammable compounds such as alcohol. When attempting to light something that has been soaked in water on fire, it will likely not light on fire at all.
Some fire retardants work by swelling and forming a protective layer over the surface of the material, insulating it from the heat of the fire, and some work by releasing gases that cool the material and reduce the amount of heat released by the fire.
We don't think you would want either of those chemicals applied to your hair...
Heat protectants are essential for maintaining healthy, vibrant hair.
They help protect your hair from damage caused by high heat and prevent split ends, dryness, loss of curl pattern, and breakage.
By following the tips we've provided for you below, you can ensure that your hair stays protected and in great condition, even when you use hot styling tools:
1. Choose the right product: Look for heat protectants that contain natural ingredients like argan oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. These ingredients not only protect your hair from heat but also nourish and moisturize it.
- Contains natural ingredients like argan oil, almond oil, and mongongo oil
- Contains natural ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter
2. Apply to damp hair: Heat protectants work best when applied to damp hair. After washing your hair, apply a small amount of the product and distribute it evenly. Avoid using too much product as this can weigh your hair down
3. Use before styling: Always apply heat protectants before using hot styling tools. This will give your hair the necessary protection before exposing it to high heat
4. Set the right temperature: Make sure to adjust the heat setting on your styling tools to the lowest temperature which still allows you to achieve your desired look. High heat can cause severe damage to your hair, so avoid using extreme temperatures whenever possible
5. Reapply as needed: If you need to re-apply heat protectants throughout the day, make sure to do so before exposing your hair to heat again.
Take a look at our range of hair care and styling products today and find the right one for your hair’s needs!
With love - your favorite virtual beauty supply,