Note: this is NOT a paid or sponsored post, just a girl sharing hair products that she’s found to help manage frizzy locks. The search continues so please share any product tips you have in the comment section.
My hair can look decent in many cities except our beach town. It knows how to be courteous, smooth and polite in Atlanta, Denver, Vegas, New York, Boston and even hot + steamy Birmingham. But unleash it from a ponytail here, and it practically hisses while coiling itself into a bird’s nest of frizzy mane madness. So here is my list of hair products that work well (and NOT so well) with dry textured, partially wavy, partially straight, fine, voluminous hair.
I would also like to note that I cannot tolerate using any kind of hair product that smells like a man’s cheap cologne. So Aveda products will not be discussed, hee hee. Here we go.
SHAMPOOS – my YES list
Product: Trendstarter Aloe Chamomile Shampoo & Conditioner. Found at the ever-so-glamorous grocery store.
Review: Can you believe my husband stumbled upon this? He was picking up a shampoo for the kids and I used it one night and loved it. It’s the knock off brand of Bumble & Bumble and I love the conditioner for moisturizing and calming the hair. If you have thick curly hair, or even fine frizzy hair, this is your shampoo. And it’s cheap!
Product: Trendstarter Thick Shampoo
Review: The bomb. They did not mess around when making this stuff. If you struggle with fine, thinner hair, try this and be amazed. It made me feel like I had twice the amount of hair. I wasn’t as impressed with the Trendstarter Thick Conditioner, I would use the Trendstarter Aloe conditioner instead.
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SHAMPOOS – my “DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY” list
Product: Kerastase Bain Oleo Relax Shampoo
Review: Eh. Big pricetag, little to no difference in relaxing the curl and frizz in a humid climate. But it smells amazing.
Product: Fakkai Protein Shampoo
Review: Drying. Uneventful. Overpriced. This did nothing for my hair except make it feel dry. Didn’t even like the fragrance.
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STYLING LOTIONS + GELS – the YES list
Product: Sally Hershberger Go With The Blow Thermal Styler. Find it here.
Review: I cannot live without this at the beach! This stuff REALLY works on frizz, just be sure and apply when your hair is still wet. It activates with heat as you blow dry and smoothes the hair like a dream. And it’s only $12!! You can even style it with wave if you want to control your frizz. Note: a little goes a long way, only use the size of a dime. If you have fine hair, do not use too much because it will make it feel thin and stringy. Thank you Mallory and Paige for tipping me off to this line!
Product: Sally Hershberger Shagg Style Primer. Found some here.
Review: I think this would be a great product for super thick hair with curl because it tremendously tames the volume. For some reason this made my hair group together too much and appear somewhat lifeless, even when only a small amount was applied. I don’t recommend this product for those with fine hair.
Product: Kerastase Volumactive. See it here.
Review: Great for styling with waves, remarkably unimpressive for thickening. I like to mix a dab of it in my wet locks strictly for the smell. High price. It adds a teeny bit of volume but just enough to make it hard to blow your hair out smooth and straight. This product is appropriate if you want a loose curl or wave effect. That divine fragrance makes me feel like my hair is so clean.
THE THINNING HAIR TOPIC:
After sharing about my lovely thinning phase in the part one hair post, I received many emails from those of you who are still struggling with this issue. It’s a very powerless and frustrating feeling, I completely empathize.
Fortunately Sam, my stylist, got me back on track with my hair. I kept thinking the thinning was my imagination. Until I sat in his chair for a cut one day and he picked up my hair and said, “you literally have half the hair you used to have.” I was mortified. But knew he was right. My hair was coming out in masses when I washed or brushed it. It was so paper thin that he had to chop it to shoulder length level. I remember crying in the changing room after he was done – not because of his cut but because I was scared it wouldn’t stop falling out. What was I going to do?! It was a very scary feeling. Sam explained to me what stress can do to hair and I finally figured out that was the culprit.
So I made some lifestyle changes to reduce the stress and tried a topical product Sam has in his salon. It’s a line out of Paris and worked like a charm – not expensive. They have two lines: one product that works with hair loss caused by stress and another product that helps hair loss caused by hormone issues. It’s a once a week 12 week serum you apply to the scalp. No it’s NOT rogaine, ha ha! I think it was $67 for the whole 12 weeks. It took about three or four months but my hair came back thick and shiny. Feel free to call Sam if you’d like to try some yourself. His number at ioSalon is 770-643-1471 or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.