When you walk down the aisle, only you and your hairstylist will know how much effort actually went into your seemingly effortless hairstyle. (Do you think Meghan Markle just woke up with that "messy" bridal bun?) But whether you choose tousled waves, a romantic updo, or sleek straight locks, it’s probably going to take a lot of work—and a lot of heat styling—to achieve your wedding hairstyle. Unfortunately, all those hair trials and days spent styling your hair for your engagement party, the rehearsal dinner, and of course, the wedding, might take a toll on your tresses.
Excessive heat styling can be extremely damaging to hair, causing frizziness, split ends, dryness, and burnt strands. While avoiding heat styling is ideal, you're not going to achieve that wedding-worthy blowout without it. So the best thing you can do for your ‘do is prep hair with a heat protectant that will help prevent any damage.
Out of all the hair-care products you'll use on your big day, a heat protectant is probably the most important. Consider it a primer for your hair, with added benefits like fighting frizz, extra hold, moisture, and shine. We’ve reached out to wedding hair experts for their favorite multitasking heat protectants for every hair texture and every type of heat styling. Keep scrolling to see their picks!