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Living-Proof-Straight-Making-No-Frizz-Styling-Cream-for-Medium-to-Thick-Hair.jpgThe longest name for a product in the world aside, we’re completely head over heels for Living Proof Straight Making No Frizz Styling Cream for Medium to Thick Hair. This innocent-looking bottle contains one of the best styling creams we’ve yet to come across in all our years of playing with hair products … and that’s really saying something!

Our hair falls on the thick, coarse side of things, so we always need to use a cream like this to tame the frizz and make it more manageable while blowdrying. Living Proof’s styling cream targets both humidity and friction—so no matter what the weather or the time of year, hair is left looking silky, shiny and completely frizz-free. This is thanks to PolyfluoroEster, which settles on the hair in a single perfect layer to smooth each and every strand.

We also love that the formula isn’t heavy. It has almost a gel-like consistency within the cream, so it doesn’t weigh down the hair or leave it looking and feeling greasy. It’s even meant to repel dirt and oil, so you can go longer between shampoos! (And, yes, we’ve tried this and gone close to 5 days without washing … and it actually worked!)

Living Proof Straight Making No Frizz Styling Cream for Medium to Thick Hair retails for $14-$95, based on the size, at sephora.com.

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Recently, on a trip to Sally Beauty Supply with a friend, we stumbled across a shampoo and conditioner we remember using in the past with satisfactory results, and decided to pick up two 32-ounce bottles for a whopping… $6.49. Yes, we had stumbled across a BOGO. A beauty junkie like us simply cannot resist 64 ounces of hair product for under $7, especially when we’re used to paying at least four times as much!

Well, we’re here to tell you not to let the weird, horse-marked, cheap labeling distract you from the full-hair-to-be glory that awaits. After a few days of use, our hair is thicker, shinier and more texturized. 

Reviews online point to signs of being drying, though we haven’t really noticed any drying in our locks. We were sure to leave the conditioner in for about three minutes, though, so maybe that’s the difference. And though we were a bit thrown by the human and animal directions on the bottles (this was traditionally used for horses, evidently), the super rich lather and the light, clean scent of the shampoo took away our skepticism.

After applying a little serum to our wet strands, we blow-dried our hair with a flat paddle brush, and had head-turning results (we promise, we’re pretty sure people’s heads were turning!…well, maybe.) This diamond in the rough is definitely worth a try. $6.49, sallybeauty.com
Alterna-Bamboo-Smooth-Anti-Frizz-Shampoo.jpgAt an event for Alterna this past week, we were introduced to their brand new Bamboo Smooth line. We must say we were quite excited to try the shampoo and conditioner, not only because our hair is unbelievably unruly left to its own devices, but because — to be honest — we were well past “wash our hair day.” So we lathered up with the BambooSmooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, and here are our thoughts.

First off? The shampoo and conditioner smell amazing. They’re rich, fresh and not at all coying — and they make us feel as though we’re in the midst of a rainforest. They’re each formulated with pure Organic Bamboo, which works to boost hair’s inherent strength and renew its ability to protect itself from environmental damage. They also contain Kendi Oil, which has Omega-3s and tocopherol to seal the cuticle and make it straight, smooth and frizz-free.

What they’re formulated without? Parabens, sulfates, gluten, sodium chloride, Phthalates, petrolatum, mineral oil, synthetic color and PABA — so they’re perfect for color-treated hair because they won’t strip the color.

But now down to the nitty gritty … what did we think of the products once we tried them? While the shampoo did leave our hair feeling softer and more manageable — it’s definitely one we would include in our weekly hair washing routine — the conditioner actually did not perform as well. We were pleased to discover we didn’t need as much of it as we might with some others (our hair is so thick and coarse, we’ve been known to use well over a palm-sized amount of conditioner at a time), but it just left our locks feeling a bit straw-like. We definitely needed to use a leave-in conditioner and styling treatment on top of the shampoo and conditioner to tame frizz.

After blowdrying, our hair was noticeably less frizzy than with other shampoos and conditioners we’ve tried. We still needed to flat iron it — it was far from straight — BUT we didn’t even have any little frizzies after working out later that day!

Our final verdict: at $20 each, it’s a bit pricey. But we definitely think the frizz factor is noticeably reduced.

Purchase Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner at lockandmane.com for $20 each.
FreshStart.jpgWe wanted to love TRESemme’s FreshStart Dry Shampoo. We really did. Five bucks and change for a drugstore dry shampoo that would lend us a helping hand on a busy (or lazy) morning? Yes please! ::sigh:: We were sadly disappointed, however. 

On our first day with the product, our hair was freshly washed, so we coaxed a greasy-haired friend to be our guinea pig. Just as instructed, we shooooook the bottle up, held the nozzle six inches from her scalp and started to spray her roots. Now, just for reference, our friend has thin, straight, highlighted light brown hair that gets oily just by breathing too deeply around it. We went a little crazy on that first application, applying way too much of the FreshStart Dry Shampoo. We had essentially shellacked her head with a wet spray that quickly transformed into a white, powdery mess. “Surely, this is what needs to happen for it to work its magic,” we said, waiting patiently as instructed before brushing and styling as normal. 

After brushing out the powdery residue, her hair was…well…not as greasy, but as dull as unfinished wood. We chalked it up to over-application. 

A few days later, we purposely didn’t wash our own hair (which is straight, semi-thick and oily, and dark), to give this stuff another go (we believe in second chances, after all.) We started at our oily bangs, and moved to the flat, weighed down roots at the back of our head. Following instructions, and applying a more appropriate amount this time, we noticed the white powder build-up again. Though the clay in the product is to cause for this, we assumed it was soaking up the second-day oil. Well, long story short, our hair wasn’t as greasy, but it definitely wasn’t fresh, and the cheap suede texture FreshStart left in our locks was pretty icky. We’d give it a 4/10 if we had to rate it, even for the price. Honestly, we prefer cornstarch-based baby powder for a quick oil touchup (soaks up some oil, without the nasty residue and texture), or the pricier (but more effective) Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo for $11 (1 ounce) or $19 (2.5 ounces). Sephora.com


Pantene-Pro-V-Medium-Thick-Hair-Solutions-Silkening-Detangler.JPGIf your hair borders on unmanageable, we’ve got the perfect product for you: Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Silkening Detangler. Yes, the name is a mouthful — but look past that and your coarse, unruly mane will thank you.

To start with, this leave-in conditioner takes the form of a spray rather than a cream or gel. It’s extremely lightweight and sinks right into the hair shaft with no unsightly residue. Hair becomes softer and smoother upon impact — even ours, which is admittedly hard to style and even harder to get a brush through without at least two conditioning products every time we wash it. We’ve found that about 10 spritzes throughout the hair, then working the product from the roots all the way down the hair shaft, leaves behind unbelievably shiny and silky tresses.

Not to mention we just feel like a true Pantene model after blowdrying.

Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Hair Solutions Silkening Detangler retails for $3.39 at drugstore.com.

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