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Any hair care expert will tell you that in order to prevent hair from becoming damaged and broken, it is crucial to apply some sort of heat protectant, like a heat protection spray, serum or cream. You've missed a step if you subject your strands to high temperatures from irons and dryers without one.

Here's what happens: Blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons weaken and destroy vital proteins in your hair, as well as deplete your hair's natural oils. That means frequent use of them requires extra maintenance. So, to help you help yourself, we've combed through the highest-rated heat protectant products (according to Total Beauty readers, of course) and added in some editors' picks as well. The result? This list of the best heat protection sprays and elixirs on the market — ones that boast tried and true heat protecting properties to help hair stay healthy and strong through all that heat styling.

The best part is that these products don't just keep your hair from getting fried — they also add shine, de-frizz and help straighten and smooth your hair texture. Once applied, you can heat style your hair with confidence.

Without further ado, count down to the best heat protectant products for your hair and stop the abuse, once and for all.

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Best Heat Protectant No. 12: CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protecting Spray, $16

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 7.5*

Why it's great: This popular heat styling product helps seal the cuticle to keep your hair safe. "CHI's Iron Guard is a product that helps protect my hair from the stresses of heat styling (curling iron, blow dryer), but doesn't weigh it down like other products can," says one reviewer. Other users agree, though be warned that a little goes a long way with this one.

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protecting Spray here.

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Best Heat Protectant No. 11: Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist, $18
TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.2*
Why it's great: Reviewers love how this spray helps give hair body and hold its style, but is "never sticky or flaky." One reader writes, "Hot Sets is just what I need for my fine, sometimes limp, hair. Makes my hair hold a curl or [stay] straight all day. Never flakes, never tacky or sticky."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Redken Hot Sets 22 Thermal Setting Mist here.

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Best Heat Protectant No. 10: Garnier Fructis Moisture Lock 10-in-1 Rescue Leave-In Spray, $4.89

TotalBeauty editors' pick

Why it's great: "10-in-1" sounds about right. This leave-in spray does just about everything you could ask for in a hair styling product, from your standard conditioning and detangling all the way to some bonus heat protection. Plus, it retails for roughly the price of a deli sandwich.

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Best Heat Protectant No. 9: Kenra Platinum Hot Spray, $22

TotalBeauty.com average member rating: 8.5*

Why it's great: This heat styling product doubles as a hairspray, making it especially good for voluminous (yet sleek) styles that last. "As a hairdresser, this is my go-to spray for clients who love curls," says one reader. "I spray a little on before I curl each section and it not only protects the hair but also adds a hold so that the curl lasts all day."

Agree? Disagree? Write your review for Kenra Platinum Hot Spray here.

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Any hair care expert will tell you that in order to prevent hair from becoming damaged and broken, it is crucial to apply some sort of heat protectant, like a heat protection spray, serum or cream. You've missed a step if you subject your strands to high temperatures from irons and dryers without one.

Here's what happens: Blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons weaken and destroy vital proteins in your hair, as well as deplete your hair's natural oils. That means frequent use of them requires extra maintenance. So, to help you help yourself, we've combed through the highest-rated heat protectant products (according to Total Beauty readers, of course) and added in some editors' picks as well. The result? This list of the best heat protection sprays and elixirs on the market — ones that boast tried and true heat protecting properties to help hair stay healthy and strong through all that heat styling.

The best part is that these products don't just keep your hair from getting fried — they also add shine, de-frizz and help straighten and smooth your hair texture. Once applied, you can heat style your hair with confidence.

Without further ado, count down to the best heat protectant products for your hair and stop the abuse, once and for all.

Image via Imaxtree
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