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Although I've conquered frizz with the help of Moltebene's Clay Esthe Mask and a fabulous hairdryer called Sedu Revolution, I still find that my antennae automatically scan hair care lines for anything that looks promising as a smooth talker. Rene Furterer's Myrrhea Three Step Anti-Frizz kit seemed worthy of a closer look.
The three-step process requires a shampoo, 'silkening mask' and something called a 'fluid'. In all three, the main ingredient is myrrh, which is the stuff that the Three Kings carted around whilst following stars in search of baby Jesus. Although used in days gone by as an incense in churches, its main function is far less romantic. The bottom line is that myrrh is an antibacterial and is most useful as a mouthwash. Recently, however, researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey found that myrrh can kill cancer cells by inactivating a protein called Bcl-2.
All very well, but what's it got to do with frizzy hair? In resin-form, myrr shapes and flattens hair without weighing it down. Which is nice of it, but not really worth $70. Furthermore, a study on mice in Pakistan revealed that the essential oil in myrrh, furanoeudesma-1,3-diene, was a "persistent irritant".
Most disappointing is that apart from avocado oil and some glycerin, there isn't anything else to write home about. There are just the usual surfecants, sulphates and silicones.
Moltebene's Clay Esthe Mask
Sedu Revolution (the hairdryer that defies frizz)
Myrrhea Anti-Frizz Silkening Shampoo
Water, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate,
Glycerin, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide Mipa,
Behentrimonium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate,
Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract,
Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Isopropyl Alcohol, Lactose,
Methylisothiazolinone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil,
Myrrhea Anti-Frizz Silkening Mask
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sd Alcohol 39-C (Alcohol
Denat), Behentrimonium Chloride, Amodimethicone, Ceteareth-33,
Coco-Glucoside, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid,
Acid, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract (Commiphora Myrrha Extract),
Disodium Edta, Fragrance (Parfum), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium
Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Lactose, Limonene, Linalool,
Methylisothiazolinone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (Persea
Gratissima Oil), Trideceth-12.
Myrrhea Anti-Frizz Silkening Fluid
Water, Cyclomethicone, SD Alcohol 39-C, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium
Chloride, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Coco-Glucoside, Citric Acid,
Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract, Dimethiconol, Fragrance, Lactose,
Methylisothiazolinone, Avocado Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum.