These Are the Best Heat Protectors for the Hot-Tool Addicts Out There

Heat protectant is to hair what sunscreen is to skin. It's a way to prevent damage and protect your strands' natural health. Take it from Jerome Lordet, style director at Pierre Michel Salon in NYC: "If you often style your hair with blow-dryers, curling irons, and straighteners, heat protectant is an essential part of the styling process." Going without it means running the risk of dullness, limpness, dryness, and monster-size split ends. Believe me, I learned the hard way (RIP, my adolescent-hair health). In my freshman year of college, I ended up cutting off six inches not because I wanted to, but because I had to—split ends were infiltrating my strands faster than I could cut them out.

But I digress. If you're not using heat protectant regularly, change that. According to Matt Fugate, a Kérastase celebrity hairstylist, heat protectant is the only product that works the same on "all types and all textures. It is the only type of product that is truly universal."

Keep reading to see the best heat protectants on the market, according to these two expert stylists!

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