Love Your Straightener? These 6 Drugstore Buys Will Protect Your Strands

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A potent heat protectant is a super important but often forgotten part of a beauty routine. The good news is that there's zero need to spend a small fortune on a quality product. There's a huge range of drugstore mists that fit the bill perfectly, preventing damage and giving you a shinier, bouncier blow-dry. Designed to protect from temperatures of 200-plus degrees, you can rest easy knowing you won't fall victim to singed, frazzled strands any time soon.

Think of it like this: You wouldn't bask in the sun without sunscreen, so why would you heat-style your hair without protecting it? Extreme temperatures suck moisture and damage your strands, so unless you want a head full of split ends, it's crucial to put a barrier between your hair and your flatiron. 

Keep scrolling for six of the best drugstore heat protectants.

tresemme thermal heat tamer
Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray $6

Whether you're straightening with a blow dryer or a flat iron, a smooth and sleek finish is a must. This mist has you covered to protect against heat and friction while infusing a vitamin complex into hair for mega-moisture and shine.

its a 10 miracle leave in
It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Products $19

Consider this milky serum a cure-all for nearly all of your hair needs (heat protection included). Just a few pumps of this magical leave-in will leave hair frizz-free, moisturized, detangled and full of shine.

NYM heat protectant
Not Your Mother's Beat The Heat Thermal Styling Spray $6

This mist protects prevents scorching so you can heat style your hair as much as you please. It's infused with sunflower and vitamins A and E to keep hair cool while you style.

CHI Iron guard
CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray $16

We consider this iconic spray the holy grail of thermal protection and the ability to purchase it at a local drugstore makes it all the more beloved.

Cantu heat protectant
Cantu Shea Butter Thermal Shield Heat Protectant $4

If you're in a long-term relationship with your straightening iron, this spray will simultaneously halt damage while protecting hair for heat up to 425 degrees. This is great if your hair is super curly, coily or chemically-treated and find your hair frizzes easily. 

redken pillow proof primer
Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Cream $24

If your hair is dry and coarse, try using a heat protecting cream like this one from Redken. It reduces drying time, adds moisture and protects heat up to 450 degrees. Just don't be too heavy handed, or you'll end up greasy.

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