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Five Best to fight frizzy hair

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Dry or Brittle Hair, Limp Hair, Dull Hair
Reviewed by Marta July 29, 2011 10 Comments

With the recent heat wave, my hair is pretty much a lost cause. I’ve even been fantasizing about a buzz cut. The fight against frizz has never been harder, but after kissing a few frogs (including Peter Lamas Avocado and Olive Ultra Smoothing Shampoo and Free Your Mane’s Hydrating Masque), there are some princes amongst the hair tamers. As summer’s temperatures and humidity levels continue to climb, here’s the Five Best for taming frizzy hair.

Sedu Revolution TGR 4000i Hair Dryer ($159). 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 three 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.

Oribe Creme For Style ($29). I bought this last year and there’s still loads left and I have been reaching for it frequently during this hot spell. 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

Living Proof No Frizz Styling Cream ($14.50 for 4oz). 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, a smoother look. Read the full review by Emily

Alterna’s Caviar Seasilk Antiaging Moisture Conditioner ($32). Rich and creamy. I suspect that thick, unruly hair will respond to its unctiousness very well. For fine, flyaway hair such as mine, a little goes a very long way if you don’t want to get too weighed down. On sticky and humid days this does a better job of fighting frizz than almost any other conditioner I have tried. The ingredients list is absurdly long, but includes some gems such as antioxidant rich wasabi, algae and fennel.  To be conventional conditioning agents and silicone, but the good outweighs the bad.  Read the full review.

Shielo Volume Bounce Style ($15) There's no need to sacrifice hair health for the sake of hold. This styler for curly hair adds bounce and volume, while taming frizz and is packed full of nourishing botanical ingredients. Now I’m not saying it is squeaky clean, there are a few chemicals including controversial propylene glycol. But the good far, far outweighs the bad. Tresses will like hydrating sodium hyaluronate and antioxidant algae and laminaria. Ginkgo biloba is associated with hair growth, as is analcyclys pyrethrum. Maidenhair fern (adiantum pedantum) has long been used as a hair tonic. I especially like the inclusion of quillaja japonica bark extract, this is a very practical botanical that removes grease (in its native Chile it is used for washing clothes). Just don’t ask me why there is black walnut shell extract.

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

Ingredients in Alterna

Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Wasabia Japonica Root Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare Seed Extract (Fennel), Chondrus Crispus Extract (Carrageenan), Hydrolyzed Algae Extract, Algae Extract, Caviar Extract, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (Linseed), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus Seed Extract (Sunflower), Saccharomyces Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces Zinc Ferment, Super Oxide Dismutase, Lactoferrin, Daucus Carota Sativa Root Extract (Carrot), Retinyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Corn Oligosaccharides, Copper Lysl Oxidase, Acetyl Methionine, Acetyl Serine, Amino Acyl tRNA Synthetase, Phytosphingosine, Ganoderma Lucidum Tyrosinase (Mushroom), Lentinus Edodes Tyrosinase, Glycine Soja Seed Peroxidase (Soybean), Peptone, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycine Max Symbiosome Lysate (Soybean), Pikea Robusta Extract, Adenosine Triphosphate, Niacinamide Polypeptide, Ascorbic Acid Polypeptide, Pantothenic Acid Polypeptide, Papain, Bromelain, Melanin, Melanin Silantriol, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG Propyl Silanetriol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cinnamidopropyl Trimonium Chloride, Jojoba Esters, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetrimonium Bromide, Glycereth 26, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG 1 Trideceth 6, Polyquaternium 37, Polyquaternium 10, Quaternium 91, Amodimethicone, C11 15 Pareth 7, C12 13 Pareth 23, C12 13 Pareth 3, Laureth 9, Trideceth 12, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde, Linalool, Limonene

Ingredients in Salty Dog

Aqua, Alcohol denat., Magnesium Sulphate, Sodium Chloride, PVP, Glycerin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Parfum, Citric Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol.

  • October 21, 2011

    by anne

    Is there anything out there that replaces the result of the Kronos overnight treatment?
    I was so excited to try it and just read the post about the chemicals:(

  • August 5, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Pamela, this is a wild guess, but I wonder if it has do to with more/less negative/positive ions in one location rather than another.... Anyone else have any theories?

  • August 5, 2011

    by pamela

    I have extremely curly hair, surprisingly fine. I have found (I have lived on 5 continents) that my hair is best in warm humid climates. I spend a couple of months a year in Thailand and my hair always looks as though I have just visited a hair salon, although I do nothing except wash it daily with shampoo and a little conditioner. I come home to California and it becomes out of control and continually needs lots of potions and lotions to try to tame it.
    Go figure!

  • August 3, 2011

    by Ann

    I'm so happy to see your recommendation for Living Proof. Last year I turned 50 and my hair went wavy and frizzy. I started using Living Proof products and love them! I especially appreciate that they have products for fine, wavy hair. I feel that a lot of the curly hair out there is very heavy whereas mine is fine so this really is the best product for my hair. I urge others tom give it a try!

  • August 3, 2011

    by Pam

    I have salon-highlighted hair that frizzes so much in the hot humid weather down South. I found that the SURFACE (Babassu) hydrating line works great for me (bronze containers).

    It provides immense moisture and has all the good stuff in it. My hair is finally in control without the occlusive ingredients and silicones that are normally in the anti-frizz products. Also, no sulfates, no sodium chloride, etc, so that my blonde maintains it's beautiful color from one appointment to the next and my hair is in strong, great shape. (I tried Living Proof in the past and really wanted it to work, but did not work for me.)

    Here's a list of what I use - excellent for fuzzy, frizzy hair and for damaged, dry hair:

    Surface Bassu Hydrating Shampoo

    Surface Bassu Hydrating Conditioner (Rinse Out)

    Surface Bassu Hydrating Masque (Treatment - Rinse Out)

    Surface Baba Hydrating Oil or Surface Bassu Gold Hydrating Oil (Applied on wet or dry hair, especially the ends)

    For styling I use:
    Surface Bliss Smoothing Cream (in the blue container) - doesn't weigh the hair down or make it look dull

    Surface Impulse Finishing Spray
    Both the Smoothing Cream and Finishing Spray also protect hair during heat styling.

    I had to share this since I've had a huge problem with fuzzy, frizzy hair my whole life. This stuff makes my hair healthy and beautiful while getting rid of the frizz.

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