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Frizzy hair fighters tried and tested
The most successful was a real surprise: Ouidad’s Frizz & Flyaway Fighter Taming Shine Spray ($22). Ouidad’s products have had mixed reviews from Truth In Aging reviewers. The travel kit was dissed a couple of years ago, but Nisha gave the Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner a thumbs up - as well as teaching me how to pronounce the stuff (wee-dod). I always inwardly sigh when a product has more than one noun or verb, but Frizz & Flyaway Fighter Taming Shine Spray lived up to every single one. The product is a light spray that is applied on dry hair. It imparts a little shine, but didn’t leave me looking like an oil slick and my wavy hair was gently locked into light curls with no frizz or flyaways. All day. I shall repeat that, all day long in August, in New York.
The ingredients list didn’t make me shudder too much. However, Ouidad Frizz & Flyaway Fighter has a predictable quotient of silicones, the chemical UV filter butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (avobenzone) and preservatives. None of which I would want my skin to absorb, but I’m guessing are relatively harmless on hair shafts. They are mitigated by wheat, avocado, grape and olive oils. Overall, Ouidad is a keeper.
I also liked the effects of Phyto Phytolisse Finishing Serum. This is applied to damp hair prior to drying and left my blow out looking relatively sleek. For $30 it seems somewhat overpriced for what is basically two silicones, vitamin B and a smattering of token botanical marshmallow root (a Phyto favorite that is used in Phytodefrisant). Still it does the job of taming unruly hair and shielding it from the vagaries of humidity.
Which is more than can be said for Keratin Perfect Blowout Booster Styling Cream ($34). This is supposed to give you a better blowout deploying heat-activated keratin to tame frizz and flyaways. Not for me. I used Keratin Perfect, as directed on damp hair before blow drying using my trusty Sedu Revolution (read more on Sedu below). My resulting blow-out was far from sleek. It was perhaps smoother than using no product, but not by much. I resorted to spraying my dried, rather frizzy looking hair with my Ouidad frizz fighter.
Ouidad will likely elbow out my Oribe Creme For Style ($29), although this has been my daily tamer for a couple of years now. A thickish cream, it is very versatile and I find it can smooth down stray locks after blow drying or used to scrunch in curl. Botanical extracts are welcome, such as antioxidant green tea, follicle smoothing chamomilla recutita flower extract, hydrolized wheat protein imparts strength, geranium balances oil. It does the job but has its fair share of nasty preservatives and silicones. Read the full review
Then, of course, there’s Living Proof No Frizz Styling Cream ($14.50 for 4oz). This, like Oribe, stands the test of time, but is OK rather than great. The foe of frizz, something called PolyfluoroEster, was supposed to have been invented at MIT. Eshewing all that silicone that competing products rely on, Living Proof claims that its poly-whatsit blocks humidity and reduces friction—the two causes of frizz. And it does make a notable difference—less frizz, easier styling and a smoother look. Read the full review by Emily
Last but not least, there is my trusty Sedu Revolution TGR 4000i Hair Dryer ($159). I love my hairdryer. The Sedu promises to reduce frizz by 90%. And it does. At least for as long as it takes to get outside. With my old hairdryer, I’d finish drying and looked as if I was carry around my own, personal static force-field. When I bought it, I said it was the best $140 that I’d spent in a while. That was nearly four years ago and I still think that. Its all down to tourmaline, a silicate mineral. This is a natural source of negative ions and electricity. The negative ions counterbalance the positive ions that come with frizz. One of things that they do is break down water molecules so that some of them are small enough to enter the hair shaft and your locks retain moisture. The other great thing is that the Sedu dries hair in about half the time of a non-tourmaline dryer. Read the full review.
Finally, if all this silicone is not for you, check out Kristen’s video on fighting frizz with Yarok’s natural hair products. And if that inpsires you to get to know more about Yarok, note that if you buy any two full-size Yarok products you will get a free 2oz conditioner.
Ingredients in Ouidad: Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, C20-40 Pareth-10, Phenyl Trimethicone, Tocopherol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Ozokerite, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Water (Aqua), Synthetic Wax, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Polyethylene, Fragrance.
Ingredients in Phyto: Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Alcohol Denat, (Alcohol De Betterave), Panthenol (Provitamine B 5), Fragrance / Parfum, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Phytantriol.
Ingredients in Keratin Perfect: Water/Aqua/Eau, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba Gum (Guar Gum), Glyceryl Cocoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methicone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glycerin, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Fragrance/Parfum.
Ingredients in Oribe: Water, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, phenyl trimethicone, polyquaternium-55, behentrimonium metholsulfate, olealkonium chloride, glycerin, polyquaternium-7, lavender extract, geranium leaf extract, green tea, chamomilla recutita extract, panthenol, hydrolized soy protein, hydrolized wheat protein, hydrolized wheat starch, polyquaternium-11, benzophenone-4 PEG-12 dimethicone, fragrance, tocopheryl acetate, stearalkonium chloride, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, phenoxyethanol, chlorphenesin, citral, hexy cinnomal, limonene and limonool
Ingredients in No Frizz Straight-Making styling cream for medium to thick hair: Water, PolyfluoroEster, Myristyl Alcohol, Polyacrylate-13, PEG-8 Stearate, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Fragrance, Polysorbate 20, Sorbic Acid