Three to try: Heat protectant sprays from Giovanni and Kevin Murphy

Giovanni Argan Keratin mist review - flat iron styling mist

Good: Giovanni 2chic Ultra Sleek Brazilian Keratin & Argan Oil Flat Iron Styling Mist

This Giovanni mist smells, to me, like a softly-scented, old-timey salon; vanilla with a hint of nuttiness and a whisper of hairspray. It’s part of the same range as this oil-serum that M and I love, but has a different, much more subtle scent. It’s made from 100% vegetarian ingredients, and the brand doesn’t test on animals, which is nice to note!

Giovanni says this mist is good for all hair types, but it contains denatured alcohol high up in the ingredients list, and amodimethicone later on — so I’d say skip it if you have really dry hair, are concerned about using body-safe products, or have a silicone sensitivity.

The Giovanni Keratin & Argan Oil Flat Iron Styling Mist ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, SD Alcohol-40B, Argan Kernel Oil, Brazilian Cocoa Keratin Extract [Phyto-Keratin], *Rooibos Tea Extract, Coconut Oil, *Macadamia Seed Extract, *Shea Butter Extract, Sorbitol, Amodimethicone, Panthenol, (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Benzyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Natural Fragrance.

Giovanni Ultra-moise avocado oilive oil review - leave-in spray

Better: Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Moist Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Dual Action Protective Leave-In Spray

Even better than Giovanni’s Keratin & Argan styling mist, though, is their Avocado & Olive Oil leave-in spray. Silicone-free and formulated for dry, damaged hair, it’s designed to be both a leave-in conditioner and a heat protectant — all bundled up with a low scent profile and an easy-to-use mist pump.

Unlike its nutty, vanilla counterpart, this leave-in spray smells bright and rather synthetic, like a light, fruity hairspray — but while the formula leaves your hair feeling soft and smooth all day long, the scent fades quickly. It’s full of hydrating and soothing ingredients like aloe, avocado oil, olive oil, and shea butter, and is definitely my top pick for a silicone-free mass-market heat protectant spray. 

The Giovanni Avocado & Olive Oil Leave-In Spray ingredients: 

Water, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Glycerin, Vitamin E, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, *Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, *Avocado Oil, *Lychee Chinensis Fruit Extract, *Olive Fruit Oil, *Chenopodium Quinoa Flower/Leaf Extract, *Shea Butter, *Sunflower Seed Oil. 

Kevin Murphy Damage Manager

Best: Kevin Murphy Damage.Manager Instant Heat Shielding Spray

Despite what your salon may tell you (I’ve had not one, but two separate stylists in different salons lie to me about this), the Kevin Murphy line is not 100% silicone-free. Rather, the line uses “functional silicones” that rinse out easily (this is coming from the brand itself), which I interpret as meaning that they use water-soluble silicones whenever possible — ones that are lighter and less hydrophobic than traditionally heavy, slick silicones like dimethicone.

That said, Kevin Murphy does a ton of products that are silicone-free, and Damage.Manager is one of them. (Their Angel.Wash and Angel.Rinse are, too!) Damage.Manager protects your hair without weighing it down or leaving it even the slightest bit sticky, and it smells amazing — both complex and unisex, like the perfect whirlwind of vetiver and woods, with a tenacity that lasts right through your next shampoo.

I can’t for the life of me find an ingredients list for this online, but I promise that it’s paraben- and silicone-free. The formula features arnica root extract and allantoin alongside the KEVIN.MURPHY X-HP Complex, and it protects the hair up to a whopping 220ºC (428ºF).

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  • scoo06

    Hey Rae! The Kevin Murphy one sounds pretty good! and if you say its silicone free then you must be right because you are allergic to it! correct?
    We do get Giovanni products here but only the basic hair care line and non of the styling products.. Will look for KM online if I get!
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    • Correct! I'm slowly trying to refer to it as an "allergy" rather than a "sensitivity," as I've been calling it — I figure if high amounts of silicones make my skin red, itchy, and inflamed within hours, it's probably a little more than a sensitivity >.<

      It might be easier to find Giovanni online, to be honest! I think the Kevin Murphy one is fantastic, but the brand is crazy hard to find outside of salons!

  • Thanks for the mini-reviews! I have actually been looking for a new heat protectant. I will see if I can get these products here. :)
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  • meganjoy

    Kevin Murphy has a good anti-frizz product called Easy.Rider. Also the Redken Pillow Proof is a great heat protectant and also acts as a primer that helps your hair dry faster!

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    • Thanks for the heads up, Megan! I'll have to have a look at their ingredients lists :) Pillow Proof sounds just like a product that I used to love from Bumble & Bumble — I think Tonic?

  • I never really use heat tools on my hair, which is why I don't have heat protectants. But my mom does, so I'll show her this little list :-)

  • scriptmaddy

    this post has come in real handy
    thanks for the post :)

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  • Alison

    I'm (thankfully) not allergic to silicone (I can't imagine how hard it must be to find completely 'cone free color and base products!), but I definitely don't like the occlusive feel of it, and I find that it makes my hair duller and drier (since switching to Caroline's Wash – which is SLS free, silicone-free, paraben free and… pretty much everything-free, my hair isn't amazing [what chronically sick person's hair is?] but it is definitely an improvement) so I think when I eventually get back to heat-styling (not a priority right now, obviously) I'll take note of this! The Kevin Murphy sounds so lovely, and I love that the scent is gorgeous, too!

    I know this sounds completely vain but one of the things I miss is looking pretty and having nice hair!


      SO HARD.

      I feel you on the hair thing — logically, it's really silly to be upset about something so "vain," but it's definitely one of those things that really hits home. It's like, I can hide my fibro, but if my hair is patchy and thin (side note: my methotrexate is no longer making all of my hair fall out! \o/), strangers are going to be able to see it; your friends are going to see it; you're going to see it.

      Anyhow. I'm sending you lots of spoons, as usual :), and I hope you love the Kevin Murphy when you start feeling better! <3

  • Alison


    Poor Rae! @_@

    I know what you mean. I think that it's one of the many things that just drives the fact that you're unhealthy home: the fact that you look in the mirror and don't even look the way you did before you got sick. Besides, it's just a nice pick me up, being able to have clean hair (I can't remember the last time I had nicely cut, freshly washed, nicely styled hair!) or look brighter or fresher or to be able to take that extra moment to put on something nice, some nice clothes or eyeliner or something. It's something that you miss. To people who have never seen me before, I find they tell me that I don't look sick, but when people have known me from before I got healthy they're surprised how pale and strangely green I look. I think it's nice being able to hide your illness when you choose, but in a way it'd also be convenient if people could always see exactly how you felt, too!

    ;) I'm sure I will, lovely Rae! <3

  • meganjoy

    Kevin Murphy has some awesome products. I'm currently using a protectant spray from Redken, and now I can't go without it :)
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