hair post [part two]

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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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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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.


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

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  1. I love this post. My hair is thick and I will be using your recommendations. It’s strange how the more expensive products aren’t always the best!

  2. j says:

    Couldn’t have emailed Sam’s salon quick enough! Thanks for the tip on the “magic potion”!

  3. MaryBeth says:

    My hair was super thick, wavy and frizzy. I would always loss tons of hair every day but like I said it was thick so it was no big deal. Then stress took over (absolutely nothing I could do about the situation) and then a horrible thyroid condition (I truly believe one caused the other) and suddenly I am losing hair by the handful. My niece was in my bathroom with me and she actually asked me if I had cancer and the chemo was making it fall out. I looked sick but felt sicker because of this situation. It has stopped falling out but I will call Sam and discuss since I have both stress and hormone problems and see what he says. Maybe this warrants a trip to Atlanta. Thanks for sharing! MB

  4. pve says:

    You always have such great tips. I rather like that you always seem to know what works best and does not cost an arm and a leg or selling off an off spring!
    I hope you will consider reviewing products on a regular basis.
    Now what sort of family soap do y’all use. We have a big debate in our house over which soap cleans best!

  5. pve says:

    Have you tried Kiehl’s products? Just love to know your take….

  6. Love this!!! My hair is stick straight, but we have our very own geography issues. I live at the beach as well, and my hair never looked better than on a trip to London this spring. Not sure why, but I was holding body like nobody’s business!

    And AMEN to smelling like a musky man. Agree wholeheartedly!! I don’t even let my husband use ‘man’ products, too cheap cologne smelling! Axe? Nooooo!! I do use one single Aveda product that isn’t so bad…the damage control spray.

  7. Ginny says:

    Great post! love the product review, keep them coming. I will be calling Sam too and trying the trendstarter shampoo. thank you!!

  8. susan anneheim says:

    My hair is really wavy in the back and sides. But the front ….stick straight. Frizzy and dry as well. Between stress and hormones it has thinned out ALOT. Talk about a mess…thats my mop. I use Pureology Shampoo and Conditoner ( lavender bottles, hydrating) And I also change it up with the shampoo. I like their clarifying shampoo and also use a lower end shampoo. Usually Suave coconut. And when I blowdry it I put a drop or two of Pureologys shinemax smoother. And I like “Its a Ten” also. Both applied to wet hair before I blowdry. Im gong to go out and get a few of these products you use because you have great hair. When you have time I’d love to get more of your holy grail beauty products. Like mascara, blush, foundation…. your makeup always looks amazing:))

  9. Thank you so much for posting this! I have fine, curly hair that looks like I stuck my finger in a socket most of the time. Can’t wait to try your recommendations. I love Macadamia Oil…have you ever tried that? Smells heavenly and leaves my curls so soft. xo

  10. Regina in VA BCH says:

    Thank you for posting this! We too live at the beach, and our 16 year old daughter’s hair has become very frizzy. We’ll be sure to try your recommendations!

  11. Marianne says:

    Thank you for the recommendations! I have wavy/curly hair too and it does not do well in humidity or the rain. I straighten my hair just about every day and always love to find new products, especially when they are less expensive. I will be on the lookout for these!

    P.S. I saw The Help last night with a friend and loved it as much as the book!

  12. Ellen says:

    Seleta, I am enjoying your blog. My secret for losing the frizz is that I have been skipping the shampoo this summer. I rinse my hair with water, massage conditioner in and really work it in, and then rinse again. I know it sounds bizarre to use conditioner only, but try it! It works! I shampoo lightly only about once per week to ten days. This really cuts down on the frizz.

  13. Natalie says:

    I don’t remember if I’ve ever commented, but I’m an interior designer in mobile so I love all your related design posts. BUT I’ve never heard my hair more accurately described so you better believe I’ll be heading to the nearest grocery store for that shampoo and conditioner :). Fingers crossed it helps my kinda wavy but mainly straight, frizzy in the humidity but great out west, baby fine but I gotta lot of it hair. Ha!

  14. Kathysue says:

    Seleta thank you for always being such a generous blogger and sharing your beauty regime. I so appreciate it. I love to try new products and I am seriously thinking about calling your stylist about the hair loss. Kathysue

  15. Robin says:

    Apparently you and I (and Natalie above) all dropped out of the same hair tree. I literally have spots on my head where the hair is curly and others where it is stick straight, and heaven forbid there is humidity in the air. I live and die by the “humidity” section of the app on my iPhone. I can’t wait to try out these products and see if the beast can be tamed! You win for Most Useful Post Of The Day (if there is such a thing).

  16. kelly says:

    Where oh where do you find the Bumble and Bumble knock offs? I didn’t know there was such a thing. How exciting! And I totally feel you on what is maybe the one down side to living at the beach. As soon as we moved here, I knew I was in for a lifetime of hair troubles!

  17. Debbie says:

    Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the first hair post with the recommendation on Sam and his cutting abilities! You were so correct! I was looking for a new stylist and promptly made an appointment for myself and my 24 year old daughter. She has hair about your length, and I have a bob. We both could not have been more pleased. The real test was after we have been washing and styling our own hair….it falls perfectly in place! The cut is absolutely precision…and Sam knows blonde hair shows every little snip. My daughters hair is stick straight, and mine has a wave that comes out in humidity, and twists and curls on its own daily whim! I can say I’ve been in so called great salons from Marietta to Buckhead, but I can honestly say I’ve never had a better cut. Sam was so warm and welcoming, and said we had only missed you by one day from your last trim. Many thanks for giving us Sam…..we will be returning! I too would love some more advise on your beauty routine. We can all learn from one another. Blessings!

  18. MorningT says:

    I agree with you on the Bain Oleo -Relax products by Kerastace, a waste of money! Funny you should mention Aveda as I just picked up the Clove shampoo and conditioner and I love them both. They’ve made quite a difference in covering my grays in between salon visits. I’ve been trying to use more organic shampoos lately and have loved each one I’ve tried from Whole Foods.

    Nothing better than the sharing of beauty tips and secrets~ thanks Seleta!

  19. Rita says:

    Some of us must be triplet daughters of different mothers. You have described my hair perfectly. My main go-to shampoo and conditioner is Redken Smooth-Down. The conditioner is a leave-in product and it works like magic. I also use a Biolage spray called Shine Milk that is a leave-in as well. I don’t use any Aveda products AT ALL because they dry my hair out. My stylist just advised me to put Argan oil in my hair once a week as a deep conditioner, which I’ve just started to do.

    Thank you for sharing your beauty tips.

  20. Thank you for saying that the Fekkaki is overpriced! I have always seen this and have been so tempted to try it. I got a sample and it was no bueno for my curly hair. I really like Costco’s new shampoo and conditioner. It’s not exactly cheap, but in classic Costco style, you get a lot! It has a lot of moisture so I don’t have to use as much product, which is nice.

  21. Taylor says:

    Thanks for the great info. I have been having problems with hair loss every since I went away to college…. and that was 7 years ago! I am slowing starting to see the damage, as my hair is now very thin. I do not live in your area, so I am unable to purchase from your salon. Can you give me the name of the product you used so I can find a salon in San Antonio that sells it? Thanks again!

  22. julie says:

    i will try the trendsetter shampoo and condioner. thank you! i have thick curly hair. BUT if you have curly hair ,then i am guessing you have tried every gel, mousee etc. out there. Hands down the best is ouidad. you mix their climate control gel with thier moisture lock leave-in condioner and it does wonders! Will never use anything else! Definitely pricey, but worth it. As well as a ouidad hair cut which is designed curly hair. You can check it all out on their site. I will save on the shampoo and conidioner by using your recomendation for the shampoo and condioner so i can save up for the Oudiad gel! Just wanted to share. :)

  23. seleta says:

    LOVED everyone’s comments! Thanks for the extra hair product tips.

    Also enjoyed a laugh knowing I have some hair sisters out there ; Natalie, Rita and Robin. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in my everlasting hair drama ; )

  24. Aunt Kathi says:

    Thanks for all the hair tips. I definitely needed it. Aunt Kathi

  25. sarah says:

    Can you please share where you can buy the trendstarter shampoo?? I noticed it for sale online but would love to find it in stores!! Thanks : )

  26. Seleta says:

    Hi Sarah, it’s at grocery and drug stores. We found ours at Publix. You’ll really enjoy it.


  27. debbie says:

    Hello, I am a fan of your blog and just happened to read about your hair thinning problem.Do you remember the name of the products? If not,I can always call the salon.I live in Massachusetts.Thanks

  28. Seleta says:

    Hi Debbie,

    Sure just call the salon, they can speak better about the product and its details than I can. They’ll be happy to help!


  29. Michelle says:

    Couldn’t help but tell you I ordered these products and just received them! I tend to lose hair when I am under intense stress. Unfortunately, that’s been happening a lot lately, but I remembered this post and decided to do something about it. I spoke with the nicest lady named Heather. I can’t wait to see how it works. I will report back with the results.

    Oh, and I just spent two hours on your pinterest page… your style :)

    Hope you and your sweet family are doing well and surviving the Spring Break crazies.


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