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Best Heat Protectants or 4C Hair In 2024

Best heat protectant for 4C hair

When it comes to styling your 4C hair with hot tools, heat protection is key.

Because you want to prevent damage, breakage, and frizz caused by heat-styling tools, such as blow dryers and flat irons

But with so many different options on the market, it can be hard to know which one to choose.

In this post, I’m taking a look at some of the best heat protectants for 4C hair to help you find the perfect one for your needs.

picture of 5 different heat protectants

Here is a preview of some of the top heat protectants for 4C hair. For more details, read up on each product further below. 

Heat ProtectantKey FeaturesPrice
Cantu Thermal Shield Heat ProtectantPerfect for hair that needs moisture, thanks to shea butter.$15.87 on Amazon
OGX Protecting + Silk Blowout thermal sprayGives a beautiful smooth and silky finish, which will make feel soft and look beautiful.$8.59 on Amazon
SheaMoisture Anti-Breakage Heat ProtectantIdeal for fragile and damaged hair.$11.99 on Target
CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal SprayPerfect for extreme hairstyles that need to last long and use excessive heat. $12.00 on Amazon
Mielle Organics Heat Protectant SprayBest for type 4 hair. Especially if heat is used often.$7.41 on Amazon

Best heat protectants for 4C hair

1. Cantu Thermal Shield Heat Protectant with Shea Butter

The first heat protectant on this list is of course the one I use.

This spray is designed to shield your 4C hair from heat damage, by using shea butter, which builds a protective layer, and a blend of natural oils, which moisturize and strengthen 4C hair.

It is also my favorite natural hair care product brand, and not just because it is the most affordable spray on this list. 

Black hand holding a bottle of Cantu Thermal Shield Heat Protectant with Shea Butter with a white wall in the background

2. OGX Protecting + Silk Blowout thermal spray

This heat protectant spray is formulated with silk proteins and argan oil to help protect your 4c hair from heat damage while promoting a smooth, silky finish.

The weightless formula ensures that it does not leave a sticky or greasy residue on your hair, which is important when working with 4c hair. 

Bottle of OGX Protecting + Silk Blowout thermal spray against white background

3. SheaMoisture Anti-Breakage Heat Protectant Spray

Specifically designed for fragile, breakage-prone hair, this heat protectant spray from SheaMoisture helps shield your natural hair from heat damage while also strengthening and moisturizing it.

Its main ingredients are shea butter, Jamaican black castor oil, and apple cider vinegar, which all help promote healthy hair growth.

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4. CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Spray

This popular heat protectant spray is known for its ability to provide superior heat protection against excessive heat exposure.

As you may know, CHI is a professional hair care brand that is suitable for all hair types, including 4C hair.

It has a lightweight formula and is a long-lasting hold that keeps your hairstyle in place for longer periods of time.

Bottle of CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Spray with white background

5. Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Thermal & Heat Protectant Spray

Formulated with mongongo oils, burdock root extract, and other nourishing ingredients, this heat-protectant spray from Mielle Organics offers thermal protection while also hydrating and moisturizing your hair.

It is specifically formulated for type 4 hair with hydrating and moisturizing properties to help strengthen and nourish your hair. 

Brown hand holding bottle of Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Thermal & Heat Protectant Spray bín the air

How to use a heat protectant on 4C hair in 3 steps

Step 1: Prepare

Before applying any heat protectant, make sure your hair is clean and as dry as possible.

While you never want to use heat on wet hair, you can apply a heat protectant on damp hair to prepare it for your blow dryer. Once your hair is clean, detangle it thoroughly.

Step 2: Apply

Apply your heat protectant evenly throughout your natural hair, section by section. Make sure to focus on the ends of your hair, as they are the most vulnerable to heat damage.

Use a wide-tooth comb to distribute the product evenly. Do not apply too much product, as this can weigh down your hair and make it look greasy.

Step 3: Style

After applying the heat protectant, you can proceed with your flat ironing process. Make sure to use the lowest heat setting possible to minimize the risk of heat damage.

If you are using a flat iron or curling iron, use small sections of hair and move the tool slowly through your hair to ensure even heat distribution.

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Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Where is the info on the best heat protectant for natural hair?


Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Hi Rozey, updating the post. Will be up later this week.