Do you put heat protectant on wet or dry hair? It can be applied both ways

heat protectant for dry hair

  • Heat protectant can be put to both wet and dry hair.
  • Heat protectant oil or serum works best and is easy to distribute on damp hair.
  • In turn, heat protectant spray is more advisable on dry hair to maintain its shine and body.


As you can see, a heat protectant can be put on dry and wet hair.


One key piece of advice: if you put a heat protectant on wet hair, you should wait for it to air dry before using heat tools, whether it’s a flat iron, curling iron, or hair-dryer.

That way, you allow the silicones to form a film that protects the hair from the high temperatures of the styling tools.


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That being said, remember these two tips when using a heat protectant.

  • You should distribute it evenly throughout your hair from roots to ends.
  • You should consider its consistency to choose whether to use it on damp or dry hair.

So, what type of heat protectant do you use?


Although they have the same objective, their application process is different. And that’s what I’ll talk to you about next.

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Heat protectant oil or serum is applied to damp hair

protect hair during drying

And this is a pro tip, especially for those women who need to make the most of their time with hair products.



If you only have five minutes to apply the hair protectant, oil, or serum on wet hair will be easy for you to distribute.

Remember that  you need to cover all of your hair to prevent the high temperatures of the styling tools from damaging your hair. 


Before using any heat tools, you should wait for your hair to air dry.

Instead, if you use the blow dryer and want to flat iron your hair afterward, you’ll again have to apply the heat protectant.


To apply the heat protectant to damp hair, place a small amount of product in the palm of your hand, and distribute it from root to tip without rubbing.


Let’s see the step-by-step guide:

  • Comb your damp hair to detangle it.
  • Divide your hair into four sections, from forehead to nape and from ear to ear. You can clip them together if that’s more comfortable for you.
  • Place an almond-size amount of protectant on the palm of your hand and distribute it on one of the sections you separated from root to tip.
  • Massage gently with your fingers until completely absorbed.
  • Repeat on each of the four sections.
  • Let your hair air dry.


If you follow these steps, every part of your hair will be protected, and you’ll be able to style it with either a flat iron or curling iron once it’s dry.


The heat protectant spray is best applied to dry hair

heat protectant spray on dry hair


Because the heat protectant spray is lighter than oil or serum. By putting it on your dry hair, you’ll maintain your hair’s shine and body.


Instead, if you applied the oil or serum heat protectant to your dry hair, you’d most likely find it hard to distribute evenly.

As a result, your hair would be heavier, greasy, and stiff.

Do you know how to apply the spray protectant?


Here’s the step-by-step:

  • Comb your dry hair to detangle it.
  • Divide your hair into two sections, from forehead to nape.
  • Spray one of the sections ten centimeters away from your hair. Be sure to divide this section of hair into different layers to cover the entire surface.
  • Repeat the procedure to the other section.
  • Comb through your hair and reapply the hairspray to the top sections.
  • Let your hair dry to absorb the heat protectant.


The advantage of heat protectant spray on dry hair is to clearly identify the parts that lack product.



Applying heat protectant oil or spray depends on whether you do it on dry or wet hair.

If you prefer the spray heat protectant, use it on dry hair. In turn, if you opt for the serum or oil, it’s best to use it on wet hair.

Remember to wait for the product to air dry before using heat tools.

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