Dove Heat Defense Therapy Series: Heat Activated Protect & Shine Mist Review

This is Part I of the Dove Heat Defense Therapy Series on this blog. I will be reviewing the Heat Activated Protect & Shine Mist. What a mouthful, eh? It is basically a heat protection spray that gives your hair shine while protecting your tresses from the damaging heat of curling irons, blow dryers and other hair gadgets that strip your hair of its lustre and health. Here are some more information on the product, how heat damages the hair, and how the Dove Heat Defense Therapy System can help:

Heat Defense Therapy System

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., May 5, 2009 – In a world where women spend an average of 30 minutes daily on damage causing activities such as brushing, coifing, and styling hair, it is surprising that nearly nine in ten U.S. women still believe their hair has little or no damage . The truth is all women have hair damage but most do not realize it. Whether it is split ends, frizz, breakage or even lack of body, damage is preventing women from achieving the beautiful locks they desire. Instead of struggling with damage or drastically altering their daily habits, women can find simple solutions with Dove Therapy System shampoos and conditioners, which contain unique serums to help repair, protect and moisturize hair resulting in beautifully smooth hair from root to tip.

“Daily hair routines cause the damage that stands between women and beautiful hair,” says celebrity stylist Gretta Monahan. “Achieving better hair days does not have to be a struggle, women can fight damage starting in the shower. Dove Therapy System shampoos and conditioners are made with unique serums that precisely target damage where hair needs it most, leaving hair looking smooth from root to tip.”

All Hair Has Some Degree of Damage …
Women are knowingly and unknowingly inflicting damage on their hair every day. On average, their daily hair routine takes almost 35 minutes, 30 of which are spent on damage causing activities. Whether hair looks healthy, shiny and smooth or suffers from symptoms of damage like frizz and dryness, warding off the damage should start with recognizing the everyday activities that harm hair.

• Hair Brushing: 82 percent of women brush their hair daily or more, which can cause up to 23 percent more damage to hair
• Ponytail Holders: Nearly half of women hold their hair in ponytail holders once a week or more, which can cause up to 20 percent more damage to hair
• Heat Styling: 60 percent of women heat style (includes blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons) their hair once a week or more, which can cause up to 33 percent more damage.

There Is Good News …
Women do not have to change their daily hair routines to reduce damage. Dove Therapy System shampoos and conditioners with unique serums help repair and protect hair. Each serum seeks out and repairs damaged hair by depositing gel-phase conditioners and fine silicone droplets in an even layer, leaving hair with a conditioned, clean feel without weighing it down.

Dove is committed to providing consumers the best products to repair and protect their hair damage. To prove it Dove created the Dove Hair Repair Challenge. Customers who are not convinced that Dove conditioners repair hair damage can receive a full refund (up to an $8.00 value). Visit for more information about the Hair Repair Challenge and the Dove Study Results.

About the Dove Hair Care Study
All statistics are a result of the September 2008 Dove Hair Care Global Study conducted by Strategy One, an applied research consulting firm. The online survey was completed by 1,000 women in the U.S. between the ages of 18-64. Margin of error is +/- 3 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

About Dove
The Dove mission is to make women feel more beautiful every day by challenging today’s stereotypical view of beauty and inspiring women to take great care of themselves. Dove, manufactured by Unilever, is the No. 1 personal wash brand nationwide. One in every three households uses a Dove product , which includes beauty bars, body washes, face care, anti-perspirant/deodorants, body mists, hair care and styling aids. Dove is available nationwide in food, drug and mass outlet stores.

What is Dove Heat Activated Protect & Shine Mist?

Lightweight Heat Activated Mist helps defend the internal structure of your hair from the damaging effects of blow dryers, flat irons & curling irons. Leaves hair feeling conditioned, soft and shiny.


Water (Aqua), VP/VA Copolymer, Dimethiconol, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, TEA Dodecylbenzene Sulfonate, Trehalose, Polyquaternium 6, Glycerin, Dimethiconol/Silsequioxane Copolymer, Fragrance (Parfum), Laureth 23, Cyclomethicone, PEG/PPG 20/15 Dimethicone, Ammonium Carbonate, Adipic Acid, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylisothiazolinone

See the full review and link to get free samples after the jump!

MY TAKE: I have fine, color-treated hair that needs a volume boost every day. That said, I always use a hair dryer to add more volume to my hair and to just give a polished, taken-care-of look to it. I realize though that constant blow-drying can strip the hair of vital nutrients and just make it look dull and lifeless, and basically fried to death. My dilemma however was finding a heat protectant spray that won't bog down my already limp hair. As much as possible, I don't want to use too many products on my hair as I notice that too much gunk on the hair just make it look and feel weighed down. If I am aiming for volume, that is not a good thing.

I tried this new Heat Defense Therapy Heat Activated Protect & Shine Mist from Dove and I really was pleasantly surprised with this product. I spritz it on my hair before I expose it to the brutal heat of the blow dryer, and it just gives a natural shine to my hair without weighing it down, AND it protects my tresses from the heat. How cool is that? It doesn't leave a sticky residue, and the hair really feels soft to the touch. It also controls static while giving the hair a lovely soft sheen. It does have a light fragrance to it, but I hardly notice it.

I guess the best thing I can say about this product is that it does what it says, and yet doesn't bog my fine hair down. If only for that, I give it two thumbs up! If you have frequently styled hair with regular exposure to curling irons, blow dryers, hair straighteners and such other heat-aided styling gadgets, this product is a must have, I believe. Not only will it protect your hair from the punishing heat, it also gives a nice sheen to the tresses without leaving sticky, icky residue.

You can purchase your Heat Defense Therapy Protect & Shine Mist from drugstores and other retailers nationwide, or online at You can also get free samples of these at the Dove website.

Watch out for Part II of the Dove Heat Defense Therapy Series featuring the shampoo and conditioner!

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