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Save your hair and your money by making this homemade natural heat protectant for hair. This recipe is simple, effective and easy to make. You’ll never go back to the store-bought stuff again!

A bottle of natural heat protectant spray

If you use heat styling tools on your hair, you’re probably aware that all that blow drying, curling and straightening can be really tough on your hair. Heat damage is a real thing! It can leave your hair feeling damaged, dry and dull. It also makes your hair more prone to breaking and split ends, which is no good.

There are lots of commercial heat protectant sprays for hair on the market, but have you seen how expensive they are?! They’re also full of chemicals and artificial fragrances. Because of this, I prefer to make my own version.

My homemade heat protectant spray is much less expensive and it’s really easy to make. In fact, you probably have most of the ingredients on hand right now.

The ingredients in this recipe are also all natural and customizable to your individual needs and preferences, which I love.

Best of all, it works and keeps all the hair in my household looking and feeling healthy. And between myself and my 3 teenage daughters, I can assure you it’s gotten plenty of testing 😉

A woman sprays her hair with a small spray bottle

How Heat Protectants for Hair Work

Heat protectants work by coating the hair shafts to create a barrier between your hair and the heat from styling tools. It prevents your hair from getting too hot and scorching. This heat protectant barrier also helps prevent moisture loss from the hair, thus preventing it from drying out.

The ingredients in heat protectants don’t just prevent moisture loss, but they also add moisture to your hair. They can smooth out the hair cuticle with light conditioning agents and leave your hair feeling smoother and more hydrated after use.

That means you not only prevent heat damage when you use a heat protectant, but you also get the benefit of less frizzy hair. I love that part!

Ingredients and Supplies to Make this Natural Heat Protectant Spray

My DIY heat protectant spray is simpler to make than you might imagine.

For supplies you’ll need:

  • A small spray bottle – I like to use a small bottle for this spray. I feel like it’s easier to thoroughly mix the ingredients in a small container, but you can scale this recipe up to a larger size if desired.

This recipes uses a simple formula of only 4 ingredients:

Almond oil, aloe vera gel, rosemary essential oil and lavender essential oil arranged on a table

The carrier oil and the essential oils are where you get to really customize this heat protectant spray to your liking. You can choose the ones that best meet your personal needs.

When choosing a carrier oil, keep in mind that they all have different smoke points, which is the temperature at which the oil will start to break down and produce smoke.

It’s best to choose a carrier oil with a high smoke point. You want your oil’s smoke point to be higher than the temperature settings on your heat tools.

Carrior Oil Suggestions

For carrier oils I recommend:

  • Avocado Oil (smoke point 375-520 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Sweet Almond Oil (smoke point 320-420 degrees Fahrenheit)
    • This is my preferred oil because it is lighter and less greasy feeling.
  • Olive Oil (smoke point 320-375 degrees Fahrenheit for extra virgin olive oil, 390-470 degrees Fahrenheit for refined olive oil)
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil (smoke point 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Grapeseed Oil (smoke point 420-485 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Argan Oil (smoke point 330-350 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Sunflower Oil (smoke point 440-450 degrees Fahrenheit)
Sweet almond oil, olive oil, fractionated coconut oil and aloe vera gel together on a table

Essential Oil Suggestions

Essential oils all have their own health benefits. You can use one, all or a combination of the essential oils listed below, depending on your preferences. For essential oils I recommend:

  • Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender essential oil is soothing and stress relieving. It contains antioxidants and antimicrobial properties. It’s great for calming itchy scalps and preventing dandruff. Lavender oil promotes good sleep. It’s also moisturizing and helps prevent hair breaking and splitting while promoting healthy hair growth.
  • Clary Sage Essential Oil – Clary sage essential oil is a also calming and great for relaxation. It can help strengthen hair and stimulate good blood flow to the scalp. Clary sage oil can help moisturize hair, balance oily scalps and reduce skin inflammation.
  • Rosemary Essential Oil – Rosemary essential oil is invigorating and great for mood boosting. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s great for promoting scalp and hair health. Like the other oils listed here, it’s also helpful in soothing itchy skin and preventing dandruff.
  • Geranium Essential Oil – Geranium essential oil is great for relieving stress and boosting moods. It is moisturizing to the hair and nourishing to the scalp. It’s another essential oil that can sooth irritation, reduce dandruff and balance the skin’s natural oils.
Bottles of rosemary and lavender essential oil on a kitchen counter

How to Make Your Own Natural Heat Protectant for Hair

Making this natural heat protectant spray couldn’t be any easier! All you’ll need to do is combine your water, aloe vera gel, carrier oil and essential oils in a small pray bottle. Make sure you leave a little head space at the top of the bottle. Shake the bottle thoroughly to combine before each use.

Printable Heat Protectant Spray Recipe Card

I’m including a printable recipe card for this heat protectant spray. Remember that you can customize this recipe by choosing the carrier oil and essential oil of your choice!

An amber spray bottle with homemade natural heat protectant spray for hair

Natural Heat Protectant Spray for Hair

Created by TIDBITS & Company
Save your hair and your money by making this homemade natural heat protectant for hair. This recipe is simple, effective and easy to make. You'll never go back to the store-bought stuff again!


  • Small spray bottle


  • About 2 oz water
  • 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil of your choice (see recommendations below)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure Aloe Vera Gel
  • About 20 drops essential oils of your choice (see recommendations below)


  • Combine all ingredients in a small spray bottle and shake right before ready to use.
  • Spray on wet or dry hair. Mist lightly to avoid making hair too greasy.
  • Spray right before blow drying or styling with heat tools.
  • Style your hair as usual.


Remember to re-shake the bottle before each use!
Recommended Carrier Oils: 
Olive Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Avocado Oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Grape Seed Oil
Argan Oil
Sunflower Oil
Recommended Essential Oils:
Lavender Essential Oil
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Geranium Essential Oil
An amber spray bottle with homemade natural heat protectant spray for hair

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How to Use Your Natural Heat Protectant Spray

Using your heat protectant spray is super easy. You can spray it on either wet or dry hair before using a blow dryer, curling iron or straightener.

Simply shake to combine or re-combine the heat protectant mixture. Mist lightly all over the hair. If you have areas of dry or damaged hair, you can use a little extra on those strands. Style as usual and enjoy your healthy hair!

A woman sprays natural heat protectant on her hair

Where Can I get Supplies and Ingredients for Making This Natural Heat Protectant Spray?

I love getting my herbs, oils and natural supplies from Mountain Rose Herbs because of their great quality. However, you can find a lot of these supplies at Amazon as well.

To make your shopping easier, I’ve put together a one-stop Natural Products Moonsift page that will have links to everything I used in this natural heat protectant recipe as well as other natural products you might want to try. Check it out for more details!

More Natural Living Ideas to Try

If you’d like to try a natural heat protectant as part of your hair care routine then you must give this recipe a try! It’s one of my family’s favorite go-to hair care products.

Being able to make this heat protectant quickly at home with natural products is awesome and the cost savings are the cherry on top!

An amber spray bottle with homemade natural heat protectant spray for hair

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  1. Coconut oil is a very good deep conditioner. Just get your hair wet, rub in about a tablespoon everywhere except your roots. Wrap in Saran wrap, put a towel on your shoulders, and sit for up to 30 minutes. Then shampoo and condition as usual. It always makes my hair soft. Recommended once every two weeks.