5 Best Natural Heat Protectant Oils for Natural Hair

5 Best Natural Heat Protectant Oils for Natural Hair

September 08, 2021

Yes Sis! You can use hair oils that are probably already in your cabinet to help protect your curls during heat styling. But you do have to use it a certain way, or you may not get the results you expected.

What we love most about using oil as a natural heat protectant is that it also helps prevent the drying effect that heat styling tools have on your hair. When it comes to application, you can apply the oil on your hair after washing and before drying. This way, the oil has the ability to lock in the moisture from your damp hair.

While these oils can be used to help protect your hair from heat, we have to watch out for the smoke point. This refers to the temperature that an oil begins to smoke and disintegrate, which can end up causing more harm than good (like harmful chemicals and free radicals). These smoke points are crucial to remember. As long as the oils are not being heated to or beyond these temperatures, you’re in the clear!


Coconut Oil

Smoke point: 350˙ºF

Can someone please tell us what coconut oil can’t do? This oil is one of the most popular natural heat protectant options out there. There are so many ways you can use coconut oil to protect your hair against the effects of heat-styling tools. Since coconut oil can make your hair a bit on the oily side, we recommend applying just a few drops to your strands. Start by combing the oil through your hair with your fingers. Begin at the midshaft of your hair, and then working down to the ends. Make sure to avoid your roots so your hair doesn’t look greasy.


Grapeseed Oil

Smoke point: 420ºF

If you haven’t used grapeseed oil as a natural heat protectant, you’re truly missing out on its benefits. Grapeseed oil has a high smoke point at 420ºF, it can withstand high heat. Like coconut oil, grapeseed oil can create a super oily finish on your hair, so a few drops are all you need.


Argan Oil

Smoke point: 420ºF

 Argan oil has been the go-to natural heat protectant for years. This lightweight oil has the ability to protect hair against high heat. Plus, it leaves you with a smooth style and shiny finish.


Shea Butter

Smoke point: 420ºF

Not only is shea butter great for adding moisture to your strands, but it has a high smoke point and makes for a great natural heat protectant. Shea butter creates a heat barrier similar to popular products that contain silicone, making it just as effective as an “official” heat protectant.


Almond Oil

Smoke point: 430ºF

Almond oil has one of the highest smoke points, making it an obvious choice for those who need a higher heat setting when styling. While this oil protects your hair, it’s also infusing it with Vitamins E, D, B, and A, helping your strands grow stronger and stay healthier.

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