Why you should use heat protection spray on dry hair

Since I went back to platinum hair last week, I’m like a helicopter mom trying to shield my child (in this case, my hair) from any potential damage. Part of this protection plan is heat protective spray, but not the kind you spritz on wet hair before blowdrying. Instead, I’m convinced a product designed for use on dry hair is much, much better—and here’s why.

First, any other styling products you use can dilute the heat protection spray making it useless. Second, I want my spray to step in and its job when I’m about to glide a 300-degree flat iron down my already-compromised strands. Now we all know that ironing wet hair is a big no-no, so it may seem counterintuitive to spray a product on it right before. Chalk it up to a mystery of modern science, but that’s not the case here. And don’t be surprised if your sections seem to be ironed into chunks… This goes away once the hair cools and you run your fingers or a brush through it.

I’ve been using Oscar Blandi Dry Heat Protect Spray and so far so good. I’ve noticed little to no breakage despite blow-drying and flat-ironing, and my style holds for at least 3 (usually 4) days without added greasiness. It has a fresh scent and the nozzle makes it easy to spray exactly where I need it, making this a major winner in my book.

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