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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.