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    Default Opinions on Heat Protestant

    Hi all.

    Maybe this a dumb question but I wanted to gather everyone's thoughts on heat protectant. I try to use heat as little as possible when styling, but I do use hot rollers about once per week.
    I am concerned about the alcohol content drying out my hair even more. I am currently using a cheap drug-store (I think Tresseme?) brand for Fine hair.

    Any advice would be very helpful.
    I am new to LHC and still learning

    (speaking of which, if anyone can additionally guide me on how to edit my signature, that would be highly appreciated as well).

    Thanks all!

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    Default Re: Opinions on Heat Protestant

    Heat Protestant or protectant?

    I can't help you out on that, but I can about your siggy. You can edit it once you can access your profile; you can access you profile once you have reached 25 posts. Here's a link to some commonly asked questions:
    http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/...d.php?t=114999

    Edited to add: Nice to meet you! I hope you find what you're looking for here.
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    Default Re: Opinions on Heat Protestant

    Hi! From what I understand, heat protectants somewhat work if you use a low temperature setting and minimize the duration of heat exposure. They don't prevent damage; they just lessen it a little bit. Unless you are using high temps and long exposure--then your hair will fry no matter what you spray on it. Certain ingredients are more effective than others as well. Here is an interpretation of a study on heat protectants. It can guide you on which ingredients to look for: http://www.brightestbulbinthebox.com...ling-heat.html.

    If you want to read the original article she is referencing, she pasted the address to the pdf at the bottom of the molecule diagram.

    As for your siggy, you don't have enough posts yet. I believe you need 25 posts before you have the ability to mess with it. You'll get there in no time!
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    Default Re: Opinions on Heat Protestant

    You mean when Martin Luther used a hair fork to pin his 95 theses to the door?

    In my personal experience, heat protectants don't help that much, but have you considered Caruso rollers? They're kind of like hot rollers, except they use steam to warm the foam rollers and they produce some very nice curls without damage from direct heat.

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    Default Re: Opinions on Heat Protestant

    IMO they're just a marketing gimmick tbh. All they do is make the hair smooth and give the illusion of damage prevention.

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    They create a thin heat resistant barrier that prevents moisture to evaporate from inside the hair shaft, hence the hair will be less dried out. Of course that only works to a certain extend, but i would highly suggest to use it. If the alcohol bothers you in the girst place, there are many options not containing any, like serums and even alot of sprays, like Elnett or Aveda.

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    Default Re: Opinions on Heat Protestant

    Depends entirely on the ingredients. Most are laden with silicones which give faux shine and slip, with a flat iron that slip should help the hot tool slide evenly and not focus heat on one spot. But AFAIK silicones have little or no research backing any direct reduction in damage. Alcohol may be damaging, particularly if applied to wet hair or used to drench the hair.
    http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.co...ir-sprays.html

    Some ingredients are proven to reduce damage: glycerin, propylene glycol, hydrolysed protein, a few polyquats. There is a longer list over on the Facebook Wavy Hair Community but I am not sure it is replicated anywhere else.

    Recent post on heat styling/ protection including a ton of linkies
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    Default Re: Opinions on Heat Protestant

    Guess Firefox gave you a good explanation.

    I have blunt bangs which I need to heat style every day/every other day. Heat protectants have done nothing for them, except making them greasy faster. So IMO, they don't work.






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    Default Re: Opinions on Heat Protestant

    One of our witty posters (sorry, I can't remember who) suggested spraying your skin with protectant and then applying the heated appliance to your skin to get a good idea of how effective the protectants are.

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    Default Re: Opinions on Heat Protestant

    Quote Originally Posted by HintOfMint View Post
    You mean when Martin Luther used a hair fork to pin his 95 theses to the door?
    You all make me not want to fix the spelling on the title.

    Regarding your signature, jackie_rapunzel, I think you're going to need to hit the 25 post mark before you can do much about it. (I know that's frustrating. Hang in there and you'll get to that point pretty fast.)

    No personal experience with heat protectants. I suspect that they might be better than nothing, especially since they add slip to speed a flat iron along, but hair that hasn't been heat-styled is going to be better off than hair that's been styled while using a protectant.
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