Q. How do heat-activated products protect your locks?
A. They coat the strands with a protective film so the heat of your blow dryer or curling iron won’t burn or dry out the hair shaft.
Q. Do they also aid in styling?
A. Many of these products are formulated to melt and blend out over the hair in reaction to heat. More of the strand is covered, which works to lock a style in place and protect it from humidity.
Q. Are there any drawbacks to using heat-activated products?
A. Since they coat the cuticle with a protective film, there is a potential for buildup. This is easily reversed by using a clarifying shampoo for a day or two.
Some heat-activated hair products to try: Pantene Pro-V Heat Activated Conditioner, Paul Mitchell The Heat styling spray.