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Before putting heat on your tresses, ensure you protect them. African-American hair is more prone to drying out and breaking off under heat damage than other hair types -- so nurture your strands and give them a good spritz of heat-protectant spray before styling with heated tools. If you're uncertain which heat-protectant sprays work best for black hair, no worries. Just ask the experts.
Treasured Locks Thermo Shield
A favorite of "Essence" magazine, Treasured Locks Thermo Shield is lightweight, so it won't weigh your hair down, which means your style will stay bouncy and beautiful. It also leaves your hair feeling moisturized and conditioned. The spritz works just as well before blow drying as it does after, so apply it to damp hair before blow drying, and to dry hair before curling or flat-ironing, to create a barrier between your hair and your styling tool. Also, try it after styling to give your hair a little extra gloss.
Nexxus Heat Protexx Heat Protection Styling Spray
Nexxus Heat Protexx Heat Protection Styling Spray is a favorite of "Sister 2 Sister" magazine. Since African-American hair creates less natural oils than other hair types, it's important pick a product that won't dry your hair out. That's just one reason why Nexxus Heat Protexx is one of the best. It's completely alcohol-free, so you won't have to worry about dried-out strands. The product also absorbs heat from your styling tools, so it never hits your precious tresses. As an added bonus, the spray also keeps your hair frizz-free, so your blow drying and flat ironing will result in sleek, straight strands.
Sabino Lok and Blot
Protecting your hair from heat damage is important, but finding a spray that will also moisturize your hair is even better. Getting popular blogger Curly Nikki's approval, Sabino Lok and Blot protects the hair from heat damage and gives your tresses tons of moisture and hydration. It also smooths hair at the cuticle, so you're left with a sleek and straight style. In addition, this product makes your strands shine beautifully.
Cantu Shea Butter Oil Sheen Spray
Another favorite of "Essence" magazine, Cantu Shea Butter Oil Sheen Spray is almost an accidental heat protectant. The spray is made mainly to add gloss and shine to finished hairstyles. But it also works as a very effective heat protectant. So, you can end up with hair that maintains its health -- and also looks absolutely lovely and glossy.