The Haircare Products I’m Loving Right Now For My Frizz-Prone Hair
Last week I confessed on Instagram that despite taking the haircare world by storm, Olaplex No6 and No7 have left me a bit disappointed. I’ve been using them both for about three months at this point, and I’m missing my much loved, less trendy (but actually better for me) alternatives. So I thought I’d share a few of the haircare bits that I *do* really love. I’m not one for making a tonne of effort when it comes to my hair, all I’m really after is healthy (read frizz-free and shiny) hair that looks nice and neat without trying too hard, the dream, right?
I have naturally straight, but very frizz-prone hair so my product choices tend to revolve around adding moisture, reducing frizz, and keeping everything as sleek as possible. I’d been colouring my hair for over a decade when about three years ago I let my colour grow out and then did a massive chop and I haven’t touched a bottle of dye since. Since I’ve gone back to my *literal* roots and swapped bright blonde for my natural dark brown, I’ve felt like my hair is thinner and less willing to hold a style, which I recently read was apparently a thing?! I thought I was making it up to try and justifying going back to blonde… Don’t know if it’s factual or not, but I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels like that.
Joico K-PAK Colour Therapy Oil – my first bottle of this took me about two years to use up. I was so scared of making my already flat hair look like an oil slick that I was using the most minuscule amount imaginable – I’m certain it was making next to no difference to my hair. But once I found the courage to be a little more heavy-handed with it I saw great results. I apply it to towel-dried hair and then clip my hair up for a while before I dry it (usually just let it air-dry or rough-dry with the hairdryer). My hair is sleeker when I use this and I find I can get a ‘straighter’ result with just a hair dryer.
Joico Intense Hydrator – back when I was a bottle-blonde my hairdresser recommended using this in place of conditioner when I washed my hair and I immediately fell in love with it. It’s designed to be a rinse-out, five-minute mask, but I apply it in the shower and leave it in for a minute or two and still see great benefits from just that. My hair feels less dry and frizzy when I use this compared to a traditional conditioner, and it doesn’t weigh my hair down like a lot of specific hydrating conditioners do.
Kerastase Discipline Fluid – I’m not entirely sure why, because this product is so good, but it was recently pulled from sale in Australia. You can still order it online from other countries and from e-retailers that ship here though, so that’s what I’ll be doing in the future because I really don’t want to be without this stuff. It’s a slightly opaque, silky liquid that is housed in a plastic spray bottle so you can spritz it directly on to hair, but I tend to spray it into my hands and then run it through the lengths of my hair while it’s damp to evenly distribute. When I use this my hair is softer and less frizzy and I’m convinced I’ve had less split ends too.
Silk Pillowcase/Scrunchies – these truly make a difference, but I don’t believe you need to pip for crazy expensive silk. I have a silk pillowcase from Go-To which I love and would buy again in a heartbeat. I’ve had mine for almost four years at this point, they’ve been washed upwards of two hundred times and they still look and feel fantastic. I think they’ve greyed slightly over time, but they were off-white to begin with so it’s hard to tell. On the off occasion when I wash them but forget to hang them out (the one downside is they’re air-dry only) I use standard cotton pillowcases and my hair is much frizzier in the morning and has more kinks than normal. As for the scrunchies, I opt for the inexpensive alternative that kmart stock. I’m not even sure what fabric they are, but they’re really soft and they do the job of holding up my hair without pulling any out or leaving crease marks. I also find them much more comfy than traditional hair ties, even when my hair has been in a top-knot all day. I opt for the ‘oversized’ variety and they work a treat.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer – I have a full review over here, but in short I *really* like this hairdryer. It’s faster than anything else I’ve ever used, it’s lightweight and it’s really powerful. I don’t use it nearly enough to justify the retail price but I got an insanely good deal on it so I don’t feel too bad that it only gets one or two uses per week. I tend to air dry my hair most of the time, but I love having this for when I need a quick dry or feel like a sleek and straight (frizz-free) end result.
Silicea Tablets – I tend to shy away from talking about anything medicinal, but it would be remiss of me to talk about hair and not mention that I take a specific hair and nails supplement. I love the Silica brand of capsules, I genuinely think I can see a difference after I finish a box of these in terms of how quickly my hair has grown and the reduction in ‘broken’ strands of hair around my hairline. But it could just be all in my head. Either way, I’ll keep taking them just in case!