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Beyond the Zone: Turn Up The Heat Protection Spray Review

  • Posted on June 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

“I’m one of those people who thinks that changing one’s hair is the only part of the body that you can change at will.”  ~Hilary Clinton

Beyond the Zone Collage

My hair is naturally thick and curly – but not the cute, ringlet type of curls – no way!  My curls are kind of all over the place, different shapes and sizes, and if I let my hair dry naturally it is a frizzy mess.  My hair is also very long; a good 2-3 inches below the bottom of my bra strap in the back.

Whenever I wear my hair down, I either straighten it or curl it with a curling iron, after blowing it dry.  I know that heat on my hair can be damaging, but you will get me to stop using heat styling tools when you pry the flat iron out of my cold, dead hand.  (I realize that was dramatic, but you get the idea).

I continually try different heat protection sprays, oils, and lotions.  I want my hair to be as protected as possible from all that the heat I’m applying to it without feeling weighed down, sticky, greasy, or thick.  I have used so many products, but haven’t found my holy grail yet.

Turn Up The Heat

Beyond the Zone:  Turn Up The Heat Protection Spray Review

I was walking around Sally Beauty Supply, searching for something else to try on my locks, when I came across this heat protection spray.  I figured I would give it a go.


The Claims

  • Leaves hair soft and manageable
  • Seals the cuticle for silky smooth looking hair
  • Creates slip for effortless heat styling


True Beauty Assessment

I need you to truly appreciate what I’m working with here.  I took a picture of my hair after blow drying it.  So bad!  As you can see in my BEFORE picture, it is a hot mess of frizzy nastiness.

My Hair Before

- My Process -

I have to section out my hair whenever I am curling or flat ironing it.  I take small sections, starting with the hair below my earlobe.  I pin the rest up out of my way.  When I am flat ironing my hair, I take 1-2 inch sections of my hair at a time (yes, straightening my hair is a time commitment haha).

When I spray the heat protector on my hair, I spray one pump on the ends only.  Beyond the Zone has a wide mist, and is very slippery/oily feeling when it goes on.  Once the product is on my ends, I use my fingers to pick up the excess and carry it up to the rest of the section, towards the roots.  That way the concentration of product is on my ends, which are the most likely to get fried from the heat.

I then use a fine-toothed comb to pull through the section before I run the flat iron through.  I tend to go over the same section 2-3 times at 370 degrees.


How Did It Do?

My Hair After

I read reviews on this product when I got it home.  It seems that people with thicker hair love it, while people with thinner hair find it to be too greasy.  I found that because of the amount of heat I apply to my hair, the initial greasiness of the product disappeared.  My hair was smooth, it didn’t feel weighed down or chunky.  It certainly gave my hair slip, which I always appreciate when I’m trying to run it through my flat iron.  I have tried products that were so sticky, the flat iron would snag instead of pulling my hair effortlessly through the plates.  Turn Up the Heat allowed my hair to glide through with no issues.

After all that, you’d think I would be more excited about this.  However, I noticed that my ends felt/looked a little crispy after using this, almost like it didn’t give enough protection.  It’s not something that I have experienced with every protection spray before, so I wonder if it just isn’t enough for the amount of heat I need to apply to get my hair to cooperate with a straightener.

I think I need to use it a few more times, but my initial response was kind of a shrug of my shoulders, like “I guess this will do in a pinch.”  I wasn’t over the moon for it, but it certainly doesn’t fall on my list of products I would never use again on my hair.

I also have to note that the smell is kind of candy-ish, like the edible candy necklaces from back in the day, or sweet tarts or… I don’t know how else to describe it.  The good news is that the smell didn’t linger on my hair, because that isn’t a scent that I would choose to rock as a perfume.


Bottom Line

You could definitely do worse than this product when it comes to heat protection if your hair doesn’t require a TON of heat to straighten.  If you have thin hair and use low temperatures, this probably isn’t going to work for you.  Is it my new holy grail?  No.  I will continue trying other products out until I find one that makes me trash all of the others.