8.14.2013

Humidity Defying Hair Care





After quite a few conversations on Twitter about how I tame my mane, I've decided it's probably time to share my frizz-free secrets. Because I've lived with a curly mop on my head for  a good 24 years now, I figured I'd share some secrets and some of my favorite products to beat the ridiculous humidity.

· Use a good shampoo + conditioner. Something that is great for smoothing and hydrating, something that won't dry your hair out (so sulfate-free is your best be). Sulfates are even more awful for naturally dry and damaged hair and will leave your locks with less to be desired. The Pureology Hydrate range and the L'Oreal EverCreme range are two of my current favorites.

· Prep your hair! Seriously, this is important. What you put in your hair right after you wash it will determine how it's going to act. Aveda is the new love of my life. I've always liked their products but after switching to an Aveda salon I've been introduced to some seriously amazing things. Their Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother is 100% holy grail. It claims to protect against humidity for 12 hours (thanks to organic tapioca) but I've gotten easily 48 hours out of this stuff. It helps set your blow-out, especially when followed by a cool shot and it smells of that oh so lovely Aveda smell. It's also a heat protectant! Light Elements Smoothing Fluid helps tame any flyaways and adds a bit of shine. I sometimes mix this with my Smooth Infusion before drying my hair, but I also use it on dry hair, to protect from frizz even more.

· If/when you blow-dry, make sure your hair is completely dry. Any leftover damp areas (especially close to the root) can end up fluffing up a bit more than you'd like. Ending your blowout with a cool shot will help seal the cuticle, set the hair, and add a bit of shine.

· Style with products that will add a little texture or add a little more protection. Bumble and bumble Brilliantine is one of my all-time favorites. You can use it on wet hair to smooth your locks down or on dry hair to ruffle up a sexy bed head. For a little UV protection, conditioning, and dry action, Oribe's Soft Dry Conditioner spray* is what I've been reaching for. It's got argan oil and hydrolyzed silk to make your midshaft and ends chill out when the going gets a little tough. It's perfect on second and third day hair — freshening up and softening at all once.

· Treat it with care. It's a 10's Miracle Leave in Conditioner is my go-to at the moment. It's got heat protectant, helps control frizz, detangles, adds shine, conditions, the list goes on and on and on. I sometimes use this on wet hair but it's really awesome the night before I know I'm gonna wash my hair. I drench my ends, and in the morning when I wash it out my hair feels incredibly soft. I really do think this helps calm my curls a bit.

So basically this is what I've been doing for quite a while to keep that extra unwanted moisture + puffiness out of my hair. Most importantly I always prep, condition, and use the cool air when finishing off my hair. What seem like trivial little details are actually the biggest steps in my hair routine, especially in this 80% humidity.

Would you be interested in more haircare tips? What are some of your fail-proof frizz-proof steps?

*PR sample

22 comments:

  1. Lovely post! The fact about the sulfates is so true, but it's so hard to find options.

    xo Lillian from parisiantobe.com

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    1. It's not as hard as you think! My favorite drugstore brands are Organix and L'Oreal; as for higher end I'll always love Pureology as I've been using it for years and years. xx

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  2. Pureology + TRESemmé Keratin Mask + Ojon Rare Blend Oil + Phyto 7 minus blow drying & brushing = THE MOST AMAZING HAIR I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

    Seriously, I'm so arrogant about my hair now it's ridiculous.
    I thought straightening was causing the damage but it was actually blow drying and brushing - ESPECIALLY brushing - it was just killing my hair. Using the right combination of products mean I roll out of bed, shake my head, and I'm D O N E.

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  3. I could probably fill a page in a little notebook with just Bumble and Bumble products I want to try. Brilliantine is definitely on the list. I love a good messy, effortless look.
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  4. The Bumble and bumble Brilliantine sounds amazing! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

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  5. Yes x10000000 to the Smoothing Infusion Style Prep! That stuff is magic in a bottle.

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  6. Great post! I see so many good reviews about the EverCreme shampoo I'm starting to want to try it.. and probably will check out some of the Aveda things too

    from isabela at fusels.com | bloglovin

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  7. Thanks so much for this post, I've been wondering about this forever! I can't wait until I'm no longer a broke college student and I can afford to try some of this stuff out!I have hair just like yours minus the curl, and it's a freaking nightmare. It takes so long to blow dry and straighten that I've just given up on it for the most part!

    Right now I'm using John Freida Frizz Ease Hydration shampoo + conditioner and the Frizz Ease serum on wet hair, with Sebastian Liquid Gloss serum on dry hair as needed. It's the best hair I've ever had, but it's a far cry from what I'd like it to be!

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  8. I definitely need to save this post for my naturally curly frizz prone hair! Right now I'm using the Fredric Fekkai shampoo and conditioner from the Shea Butter line. Then I follow it with jojoba oil on wet hair and Living Proof Prime Style Extender on damp hair when I'm blow drying. I also swear by the Living Proof Hold Flexible hairspray to keep my hair frizz-free during the day when I have my hair down or in a ponytail.

    I have been wanting to try Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine, so I'm glad that you like it!

    -Nita
    xsimplynitax.blogspot.com

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    1. The Living Proof Style Extender is nice but I prefer the Aveda one because it seems to work better + it's a heat protectant as well. Fekkai has a nice Shea mask that I've been using! The smell is super interesting. Also, I find that hairspray dries my hair out which in turn makes it more frizzier in the long run which is why I tend to use things like Brilliantine and the Conditioner Spray. Let me know if there are any other hair tips you're lookin' for. Always down for helping another curly girl out xo

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  9. I get such frizzy hair so this post was really useful, thanks! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  10. I'm excited to try these out - it looks like our hair is very similar (in other words, actually CURLY!) Nothing worse than reading a "curly" hair product recommendation from someone who really has hair that's closer to wavy. Thank you!

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  11. Thank you for this post! I'm definitely going to try some of these out! My hair seems to be pretty similar to yours, so I'm sure that these could help me out a bit.

    Dina
    lovelettersandlace.blogspot.com

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  12. SUCH a great post, Chelsea! Super helpful tips that I'll definitely be keeping in mind! I'll for sure be purchasing some of these products, I especially like the looks of the two Aveda products.

    xo Emily | Honey Loaf

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  13. i love kevin murphy young.again oil!
    your blog is so very great!
    xx

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  14. great post! i don't have overly frizzy or problem hair so i generally just wash it with whatever, let it air dry and use a nice oil on the ends and a de-frizzing serum on the rest of it, but i've been thinking about amping my haircare routine lately and i think starting with a good shampoo and conditioner at the very least is a good place! i've heard a lot about the loreal evercreme range so i think i'm going to have to check that out.

    little henry lee

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  15. These are such good tips! Living in Vancouver I totally get your humidity issues... Follow my beauty blog! -- http://mellahful.blogspot.ca/

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  16. I love the It's A 10 leave in conditioner! My favourite conditioner is the Rituals Shikakai Secret conditioner, it smells amazing and leaves your hair so soft. Also, the Joico Restorative Styling Oil is a miracle worker, and the Intense Hydrator is lovely too. Hair posts are my favourite! I'm always on the lookout for new products to try. Pureology shampoos are next on my list.

    poppywithlove.blogspot.com

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