Fall is on the horizon, which means we can officially take a break from box braids.

With temperatures falling back to lower digits, we can finally rock sleek undisrupted hair. From pressed ponytails to silk press, the options are smooth, silky, and endless.

And while these aren’t protective styles per se, they’re still pretty safe when using a heat protectant.

Whether it’s a serum, cream, or spray,  the following nine products are a must-have for prepping your hair for heat styling and preventing singed strands. To defend your hair from the damage this fall, use one of these top-rated heat protectants before applying heat.

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