Will A Heat Protectant Really Protect? Discover This Hair Care Truth

It’s a common question: “Should I use a heat protectant?”

I’m asked this all the time! Hair trends come and go (hello curtain bangs and shags!), but hot tools and blow dryers are often the key to achieving the latest look.

Sadly, it’s a long-standing marketing technique for conventional companies to promote “heat protectant” products. Typically, heat protectant products are loaded with silicones and plastics  meant to cosmetically add shine to hair. However, consumers (that’s you!) often don’t realize how damaging these thermal styling products can be.


A conventional heat protectant is designed to coat the hair and secure it, much like plastic wrap secures food. But, that leaves hair unable to absorb moisture. Instead of being protected, hair is dehydrated and starved for nutrients, then blasted with heat, which further dehydrates and damages. Yikes! This is a recipe for unhealthy hair, which is the exact opposite of what you want, right?

Styling your hair smarter – and without the nasty silicones in a conventional heat protectant – is the difference between starved, thirsty hair, and the hair of your dreams.

I like to speak in terms of “preparation” rather than a heat protectant. Why? Because hair is like plant energy, it needs hydration, water and nutrients. As a stylist, I know hair can withstand a certain amount of heat styling on a regular basis with proper preparation.

Clean hair care thermal protectant
Hair Love Prep Spray debuts February 3, 2020.


We created Hair Love Prep Spray to set the foundation for styling and prime the hair. Enriched with Vitamin B and rice protein to restore strength and shine while plumping hair from roots to ends, baobab and angelica root provide care for thermal, UV and environmental exposure. Finally, amethyst crystal connects us to our crown chakra!

Take these 3 steps to stop the unhealthy heat protectant cycle.

Healthy hair care starts in the shower. That’s why you should read labels and choose clean hair care free of silicones, sulfates, parabens and plastics. And whatever you do, don’t fall for the heat protectant hype. Do these 3 things instead:

1. Take inventory of your hair health and answer these questions:

Do you use one or more heat styling tools? Are you color or chemically treating your hair?

What status is your hair currently in? Is it dry? Do you have breakage?

How is your general health, nutrition and stress level? Are you drinking enough water?



2. Hydrate your hair, then, hydrate some more!

Hydration isn’t just about choosing clean hair care with nourishing ingredients and emollients. It also includes lots of water! That means applying clean hair care products to typically very wet hair, with very wet hands, and bringing the products alive in your palms before application.

3. Remember, when hair is hydrated, there’s no need for a conventional heat protectant.




Fully hydrated, moisturized hair has the nutrients it needs for heat styling! Now that you’re a savvy consumer, you can keep your hair healthy while showing off those curtain bangs or that barrel roll or even that stick straight fringe!

My picks for heat styling according to your hair type:

Fine Hair

Medium Hair

Coarse Hair or Heavy Chemically Treated Hair


I hope this blog was informative and eye opening for you! Have you struggled with the heat protectant myth? And how did you finally say NO to silicones and yes to clean, pure beautiful hair? Wishing you lots of hair love, ~ Joanne Starkman, founder Innersense Organic Beauty


  • Jasmin Addarich says:

    What is a good shampoo and conditioner for hair that is weak and is falling out a lot when I wash my hair. I am on medications like metforman and thyroid meds and I hear that that attributes to hair loss. Can anything on your list of shampoos and conditioner help me. Thank you in advance.

    • Keya L Cooley says:

      Hair loss from medications can’t be resolved using shampoo and conditioner. If you can fix the problem like not having to take medication because the health problem has been corrected.

  • MinimalAssembly says:

    For those with coarse African-American hair who use flat irons to straighten between 350-400 degrees, would you recommend applying the curl cream and the oil before or after using the flat-iron?

    • Innersense Tribe says:

      Hi there,

      Thanks so much for your question! We would recommend that you make sure that the hair prior to being dry for you to straighten that the hair is as hydrated as possible. This means that the hair was full of water and that all that water was locked in and hair was nourished with the Quiet Calm Curl Control and Hair Love Prep Spray before dried. It’s all about the preparation when the hair is wet that is crucial to maintaining hair health before irons come into the mix.

      Following the flat iron, a little bit of the Harmonic Healing Oil can be a nice replenishment to the hair, but only use about 1-2 drops to start as it’s richly concentrated. Use more as needed, but be mindful of using too much making hair then appear oily.

      Thank You!

  • Vanessa says:

    I’m African American with fine hair that has a semi-silky texture. Will using a leave-in, prep spray and curl control weigh my hair down?

    • Megan Krieg says:

      Hi Vanessa,
      Thanks so much for your question! All of our products are light enough to be layered on top of each other and also great for finer hair types. Make sure your shampoo and conditioner is the right kind for your hair type. We recommend our Pure Harmony Hairbath and Pure Inspiration Daily Conditioner for those who have fine to medium hair types. I’d recommend you using those two or possibly our Color Duo.
      Thank You!

  • Perfect timing for this post! Appreciating the time and effort you put into your website and in-depth information you offer. You’ve really covered up almost all the possible info that every female should follow. Worth sharing! Please do continue sharing updates! Thanks!

    • Megan Krieg says:

      Hi Brooke,
      Thank you so much for that thoughtful comment. We love spreading the hair knowledge as much as we can to our community! Stay tuned for more 😉 Sending you lots of happy, healthy hair love!

  • Alida says:

    My Remington damage protectant blow dryer with diffuser has micro conditioner technology. Is this depositing silicones on my course hair?
    Cant find much information on this.
    Thank u

    • Innersense Organic Beauty says:

      Hi Alida,
      I would considered looking up reviews on this particular blow dryer. I am unable to comment on particular products and claims that may or may not be true. We did do some light research to better understand your question and found the website does state there is a micro-particle being released. There is also a warning label referring to ingredients. If you have concerns with the dryer I would contact the company to see what ingredients are being released. Sending you lots of happy, heathy, hair love!!

  • Tabitha says:

    People have no clue that fast hair growth amino scalp therapy shampoos (of course with no sulfates, no parabens, no DEA) are even a thing. Hair styling enthusiasts now may possess longer hair and enjoy more possibilities. For sure worth considering.

    When you’re considering alopecia, damaged hair, preventing hair disorders, hair growth, hair and scalp health generally, the same thoughts become relevant.

    Generally, you should try to steer clear of hair treatments and products that use chemicals such as parabens, DEA and sulfates.

    What’s beneficial for your hair is good for your skin as well.

    It goes without saying the content above is so useful for many reasons. It steers away from the accustomed pitfalls and mistakes so many fall into- buying bad alternatives. Thank you so much!

    • Innersense Organic Beauty says:

      Hi Tabitha,
      Yes we completely agree! We are pleased to hear this blog has resonated with you. Sending you lots of happy, healthy, hair love!

  • Kelly says:

    Hi – I’ve seen what you’ve listed above but I can’t tell if you’re saying to use every single product listed for coarse hair? Or generally these are best for my hair type.

    For reference I bought the smoothing blow dry lotion but don’t see it listed above and unsure if I can use it along side the prep spray.

    Thank you!

    • Innersense Organic Beauty says:

      Thank you so much for reaching out! The list we’ve provided are some of our favorite products for more coarse hair textures. There are always other factors that may come into play as to what may work best for your hair goals. You can definitely use Serenity Smoothing Cream with Hair Love Prep Spray. They work similarly as they both prepare your hair for heat and add extra moisture and hydration. They both provide U.V. protection as well. However they work differently as Serenity Smoothing Cream works to smooth the cuticles of your hair while Hair Love Prep Spray plumps your hair strands with B vitamins. Great benefits on their own or used together! Serenity Smoothing Cream may not be listed due to the date of the blog post. Serenity may have been developed after the post came out. We invite you to log on to http://www.innersensebeauty.com and chat with one of our professional hair stylists to decide which products would work best for you – they are very knowledgeable and always happy to help!

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