Shanaya Kapoor has undeniably got all the genes of a budding star. Her skin has a luminosity to it and her hair is somehow impeccable whether it’s pulled back or left loose. And like every star, the diva who is yet to make her debut follows a strict regimen to look as good as she does.
But it hasn’t always been that way. Like the rest of us, Shanaya has made some blunders, skipped a few steps, and has had to deal with damage along the way, especially with her hair. Earlier, if she was in a rush, “I would skip heat protectant and quickly blast-dry my hair and dash,” she told Vogue. It sounds like a hairstylist’s worst nightmare come true!
Why You Should NEVER Skip Heat Protection
On a more serious note, don’t be like Shanaya. While she might have changed her ways now, heat protection in spray, serum, or cream form is the only way to protect your hair from the damage caused by styling tools (hair dryer, curler, straightener, etc.)
Regular use of heat styling tools can really burn out your hair and cause it to break, split, and dry up. This kind of damage takes ages to reverse. Damaged hair also leads to frizziness, premature greying, and, inevitably, hair fall. All of which we’re already struggling with, thanks to the amount of pollution in the air.
What Heat Protectants Do For The Hair
- Coats the hair to create a barrier between your hair and the hairstyling tool you’re using.
- Traps moisture in the strands, therefore preventing moisture loss.
- Controls frizz.
- Keeps cuticles soft and smooth.
The Best Heat Protectants In The Biz
The Kerastase Genesis Défense Thermique Blow Dry Primer offers heat protection up to 230°C. It also prevents split ends, boosts shine, and leaves the hair silky and smooth to the touch.
Another safe bet is the Redken One United Multi-Benefit Leave-In Treatment Hair Serum. It is a leave-in conditioner that works on all hair textures and also offers heat protection of up to 230°C while simultaneously controlling the frizz and adding shine.
A product I love and can’t get enough of is the Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Grip Extreme Hold Mousse. It’s my holy-grail product since it not only acts as a heat protectant and adds shine, but it also boosts volume and holds the hair in place for hours together. A one-stop solution to all my hair concerns!
If you’re on a budget, the MyGlamm SUPERFOODS Onion & Moringa Serum is a must-try. Not only does it offer protection from heat styling tools and UV rays, but also boosts hair growth thanks to the presence of onion seed oil, moringa and argan oil.
A product that can easily be called a fan favourite, despite it being launched only this year, is the Tresemme Gloss Ultimate Hair Serum. Not only is it the most affordable of the lot, but it’s also travel-friendly, protects the hair from heat of up to 230°C, adds shine, is lightweight and doesn’t feel greasy, and prevents frizz.
It is a step that takes no longer than a minute, so there’s literally no reason for you to skip it!
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