Product Review: Frederic Fekkai Coiff Contrôle Ironless Straightening Balm


Last week, I ducked into Warren-Tricomi salon for a cut with Christine Symonds. Oh my gosh, I love her — she's fun, she listens, and she gave me the coolest haircut I've had in years. To maintain the style at home, I have to use a flat iron, but I couldn't get it to look quite as good.

Enter Frederic Fekkai Coiff Contrôle Ironless Straightening Balm ($25). It's up for a CEW Beauty Award, and all I can say is, it deserves to win. It smells fantastic, which is a plus. But the real draw is its smoothing, straightening power. When applied before blow-drying, it stops pesky flyaways and makes hair look sleek. I like to cheat and put some on dry hair before using a flat iron. The result is a completely wave-less, cuts-like-glass straightness that looks intimidatingly cool.

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