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

Updated 08/24/17

A potent heat protectant is a super important but often forgotten part of your 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.

L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Heat Spray Volume $13

Elnett hairspray is a mainstay in most beauty arsenals, so the heat protectant is the next logical step. This mist has you covered up to temperatures of 230 degrees and will give your style a volume boost. 

Fudge Tri-Blo Prime, Shine and Protect Blow Dry Spray $22

If shiny, weightless locks are what you work towards every morning, this mist is your new go-to. It's non-sticky and protects from even extreme heat styling. Spray liberally through damp hair before blow-drying. 

Schwarzkopf Extra Care Heidi's Heat Styles Heat Protection Spray $7

This mist protects hair up to 220 degrees, and seals in moisture that would normally be lost through heat styling. It's easily brushed out too, meaning you can restyle without needing to re-wash your hair. 

Toni & Guy Heat Protection Mist $16

Aside from the amazing fragrance, Toni & Guy's heat protection mist will prevent heat damage while smoothing hair and imparting a salon-worthy shine. 

Umberto Giannini Iron Out Heat Activated Straightening Balm $15

If you're in a long-term relationship with your straightening iron, this balm is heat-activated, and will simultaneously halt damage while giving you poker-straight hair. This is great if your hair is super curly and find your hair frizzes easily. 

V05 Nourish My Shine Bedazzling Oil Heat Protector $8

If your hair is dry and coarse, try using a heat protecting oil like this one from V05. Packed with argan oil, it will smooth and hydrate dry hair types. Just don't be too heavy handed, or you'll end up greasy.

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