Silicone. The reaction to this ingredient by women with Natural hair varies along a wide spectrum; some despise it for the seemingly stifling coating and others love for the resulting silky strands. However you feel about silicones, you know that it is very rare for them not to be listed as a major ingredient in heat styling products. After all, scientists have identified silicones to be the one ingredient that slows the conductivity of heat on hairs’ outer surface, while products like water and mineral oil speed up the conductivity. Read more about that here in How to Prevent Heat Damage When Flat Ironing Natural Hair.
Putting all that science aside, for some, silicones are simply not apart of their manes’ diet and the cosmetic industry has catered to that consumer. Here is a list of Curly Girl friendly heat protectants which do not contain silicones of any sorts.
Aveda Brilliant Damage Control ($24)
Product Claims: The foundation for any hair style, use this spray as a pre-styling tool to protect your hair from the hazards of combing, heat styling, and sun damage.
Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Heat Protect Leave-in Conditioning Cream ($13)
Product Claims: Our all-natural conditioning cream provides all-day straightness and shine, while protecting hair from heat styling damage. Heat protection, moisture retention. Arabian honey and macadamia nut oil moisturize, repair and protect scalp. Black seed oil rejuvenates and balances hair and scalp with its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and healing benefits. Babassu oil strengthens hair and preserves elasticity. Carrot oil helps protect against thermal damage. Keratin helps repair damage and nourishes hair, leaving it smooth and silky
Pure Elements Smoothing Blow Dry Creme ($4)
Product Claims: Soft Hold Tames Frizz Even In High Humidity. Helps Prevent Damage From Blow Drying. Enriched With Pure Bamboo Extract. Smooths Hair While Adding Body. Color-Safe Formula.
Sedu Volumizing Heat Protecting Boost ($13)
Product Claims: Volumizing Heat Protecting Boost from Sedu brings a new dimension to hair styling. Suitable for all hair types, it enhances the effectiveness of your blowdryer while protecting your hair from heat damage.
Mixed Chicks Straightening Serum ($17)
Product Claims: Thermal protectant for heat styling. Temporarily smooth and straighten naturally curly, frizzy or relaxed hair with this humidity resistant formula that cuts drying time in half and creates a sleek look. Great for wet sets and blow drying styles.
Giovanni Straight Fast ($8)
Product Claims: Ultimate hair straightening elixir; Smoothes and soothes hair for the ultimate sleek style- Straightens hair temporarily until your next shampoo- Certified organic botanicals protect hair from heat styling.
Have you tried any of these products? Do you know of any cone-free heat protectants?