Heat protectant for CG?

I just had my hair cut yesterday by a good friend who is Aveda trained. She doesn't know much about curly hair, and I think she cuts it wrong, but my hair doesn't seem to be too concerned. I am a 2c/3a. I am CG.

She said that my hair overall was in good condition, but had a teensy bit of heat damage on my ends. She said it wasn't bad and I do go forever between cuts. She recommended using a heat protectant. Of course, everything she suggested has major cones in it. I don't dry my hair 100%. I do use a hair dryer and diffuser. I try to use low heat, but my hair just takes forever to dry so if I am in a hurry, I kick it up a notch. I do have a dryer with an ionizer.

Is there a CG friendly heat protectant OR is there another suggestion that you can give me?



  • jaclyn15jaclyn15 Posts: 227Registered Users
    Hi Becca! I use Generic Value Products heat protectant spray from Sally Beauty. It has no cones or ingredients that build up, though it does have one drying alcohol. I don't have an issue with that though since I only use heat stylers a couple times per month. So you know it's a knock off of the Chi 44 heat protector. HTH!
    My hair: 3b, corkicelli, medium porosity, medium texture, medium/thick density

    Co-wash: DevaCurl NoPoo
    Rinse-out: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: KCKT, Suave Naturals Coconut, or my rinse-out!
    Gel: SS FHG (my new HG!!)... I also like HESMU, AIF, CJ CQ, BRHG, CJ PP and the occasional LALSG

    Likes: Plopping!
    Dislikes: Glycerin

    CG and loving it! :hello1:
  • Curlee'smomCurlee'smom Posts: 81Registered Users
    Oh that is awesome!!! I already use the Conditioning Balm and looooove it. I haven't noticed any problems with alcohols. I'll give it a try and see how it goes.

    I did mean to add that I do a variation of the Pixie Curl method. In fact, this was how I dried my hair and then I read about it and thought "Huh....I already pretty much do that."

  • curlygirly224curlygirly224 Posts: 16Registered Users
    I use grape seed oil to protect my hair on the extremely rare occasion that I straighten it. It is supposed to protect up to 425 degrees and it is full of things that are good for you instead of things that are bad for you. It leaves my hair feeling soft, and not too oily. It's also pretty inexpensive.
  • guthak01guthak01 Posts: 195Registered Users Curl Novice
    so grapeseed oil works as long as heat tools are under 425 degrees?
    3a/3b, Low porosity, Medium Density
    Low-poo: Devacurl Low Poo
    RO: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Cantu Curl Activating Cream, LALSG, Pantene Curl Gel
  • CurlyCutie1394CurlyCutie1394 Posts: 348Registered Users
    Tresemme heat tamer spray
  • suns4i6esuns4i6e Posts: 77Registered Users
    I use Aveda Brilliant Damage Control as a heat protectant before diffusing.
  • triple_spiraltriple_spiral Posts: 249Registered Users
    I started using grape seed oil as my sealer specifically because it's supposed to be a heat protectant, too. I diffuse a lot.

    4a?? Maybe 3c...some 4b??? No clue

    tiny s-waves, coils, and spirals

    - Cleanser: CJ Daily Fix or KC Come Clean
    - Co-wash: Suave Naturals or V05
    - RO: GVP Conditioning Balm or Tresemme Naturals
    -Stylers: Garnier Pure Clean Gel, CJ Aloe Fix, KCCC

    "I remember your childhood hair....flowin' wild at the county fair" - kelley stoltz

    "and all the hours that you've been sitting at your vanity....may they carry you far from your misery" - conor oberst
  • hemera88hemera88 Posts: 8Registered Users
    Heads-up about oils:
    When people talk about certain oils being able to withstand certain high temperatures:
    1) the experts speaking on the matter are usually those within the culinary arts community and
    2) they are usually referring to the smoke point --the temperature after which the oil changes in taste and consistency.

    You may hear the terms "smoke point" and "heat stable" together. The term heat-stable is often mistaken for heat-absorbing in the CG community, but the two do knot mean the same thing. An oil that is heat-stable will not necessarily shield your hair from heat.

    For an oil to have heat stability only means that the molecular composition (which makes the taste of the oil) has a high tolerance for heat --it does NOT mean that the oil will not get hot!

    Think about how we cook: We apply heat to oils so that that heat can transfer to and FRY our food.

    That being said, the oil will not get any hotter than the source of the heat. Even so, 425degrees F is not child's play, as we all know.

    Keratin is NOT heat stable, so please, be careful with your heat-styling. Use your protectants when using high heats, not oils in lieu of them. Oils will not protect the hair.
    Natural life-long.
    Healthy as of yesterday.

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