Protecting your hair during heat styling is absolutely essential. No excuses. You may think your hair can cope with a little straightening every now and then but every time a heat styler touches your hair it’s doing damage. Finding a heat protection product for your hair isn’t hard these days, nearly every styling brand has one but a lot of them are marketed as a specialist product for either straightening or curling. But I mix up what I do with my hair all the time so I prefer a heat protection product that can be used for anything and everything, without any additional hold factor or fancy benefits.
Supermodel (and my own personal hair role model) Heidi Klum can relate, being a model jumping from makeup chair to makeup chair her hair is whipped into all kinds of do’s. It’s those experiences with hair styling that lead her to collaborate with Schwarzkopf on a small range of products – Heidi’s Heat Styles. The heat styling spray is said to be exactly what I look for – an easy, versatile product to be used with any hair tool. My review tells you what I thought of its performance.
- The tall, slim bottle is made from hard plastic, contains 250ml of product and fitted with a bright pink trigger. The bright pink won me over pretty easily, and it’s colour coordinated to the label. I’m such a packaging whore, I can’t help it. The trigger mechanism works beautifully to dispense the liquid as a mist. On the stem beneath the trigger there is a little dial that you can turn to lock it, so that’s great if you need to travel with it because it will stop the spray from dispensing in your bag.
- One spray covers a large space so I only use roughly 2 sprays on the top side and then flip my head over to deliver 2 sprays on the underneath. As I’m sectioning my hair I will do another spray from a further away distance if I feel it didn’t get any coverage from my initial sprays.
- It takes a few seconds to dry in the hair but it’s important you let it dry otherwise it will sizzle when you apply the styler. It’s absolutely fine to blowdry your hair while the product is still wet though.
- The product isn’t sticky or drying on the hair but if you spray it on your skin you will feel it get that dry coating just like when you get hairspray on your skin. This is due to the alcohol and completely normal. Just don’t put it on your skin, obviously.
- It’s very lightweight so it’s perfect for my fine hair. I always prefer a spray heat protectant because I find it spreads out more evenly and doesn’t weigh my hair down like a cream-based product. Weight is very important when heat styling fine hair so this gets big ticks from me.
- It’s designed to protect hair up to 220°. Few hair styling tools on the market get hotter than that but if you have one that gets to a higher temperature you must be aware of this limitation. It will still protect you more than not using anything but damage will still occur. There really is no need to use hotter than 220° anyway.
- After using this product every time I used a heated hair tool I found my hair was smoother, less frizzy and a little more shiny than when compared to not using a heat styling product. It doesn’t provide me any additional hold nor did it impact the lastability of my styled hair, I still required additional styling products for that but that’s exactly what I was looking for anyway. I prefer to apply specific products that fit my need at the time.
- There really isn’t a fragrance to mention but if anything I would say it has a slightly salty scent.
- The product brushes out easily andI found no evidence of it building up in my hair.
What Schwarzkopf say ….
– Perfect hold and up to 220 degree heat protection.
– Protects against moisture loss for styles created with blow dryer, straightening or curling iron.
– 24 hour hold, anti-frizz & natural shine.
– Lightweight, without stickiness & easy to brush out.
Australia $6.99 from Priceline, supermarkets and independent retailers.
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