Having long, straight hair means plenty of heat damage and inevitable static once the puffer coat comes out. But this season, I've finally found a way to nourish my hair without the added grease that easily builds up on my finer strands. Ojon Rare Blend Oil Rejuvenating Therapy Lightweight Texture ($35) has three lightweight oils: Tahitian monoi, jasmine, and the brand's signature ojon oil. Shake it up and add a couple drops to wet hair before you style for added protection. Plus, the fast-absorbing formula can even add shine and tame my hair's flyaways when it's dry. As a beauty editor who fears hair products, I think I've found my match.
If your hair leaves something to be desired, then a hair oil serum may be the secret to reviving your strands. The oil adds in lost moisture, smoothing the hair cuticle in the process, while the serum protects your hair from natural elements (the sun) and manmade elements (your hair dryer). Plus, even fine, thin hair can benefit from a hair oil serum. We have recommendations that you (and your hair) are sure to love.
Want to know what Jennifer Aniston uses on her hair for that sleek blowout? It's the Living Proof Satin Shine Serum ($29). But just because it's her favorite doesn't mean that we automatically buy the product lock, stock, and barrel. This is one hair treatment that lives up to all the hype, because it's formulated without oils or silicone — a rarity for hair serums.
At first touch, Satin feels just like all the other serums on the market: silky and slippery. However, you'll notice the difference when you're done blow-drying. Hair won't be weighed down or overly shiny. In fact, you'll have that hair-in-fan flowing effect with only a dime-size amount (or less for short hair). Plus, it won't leave a sticky burn spot on your flat iron, when you touch up your blowout. For women with coarse, curly hair, you'll finally have a blowout last a second day. Thank goodness this serum launched just in time for Summer's most humid days.
Frizz happens to pretty much all of us no matter our hair type, but luckily there are a whole slew of products on the market that are reasonably priced and work. We're rounding up our top picks from the drugstore shelves that keep curly, straight, damaged, and dry strands in check. Click through and kiss fuzzy strands goodbye.
Blowout bars have taken the country by storm, and Drybar has recently launched its own line of products so you can get professional results at home. While all of Drybar's products are made to be lightweight and the perfect building blocks to a flawless blowout, the 100 Proof Treatment Oil ($35) is the star of the collection. This dry oil concoction is everything that you'd want from a hair serum. It enhances shine, controls frizz, tames flyaways, and seals damaged ends. But unlike most oil treatments, this one absorbs so fast that you don't even feel a film on your hands after you use it. And because it's full of nutrient-rich oils like sunflower seed, watermelon seed, and olive oils, you even get a splash of nourishment with every voluminous blowout. Shiny, happy hair, indeed.
Does it seem like hair serum is just one more useless product clogging up your bathroom counter? Not so! Serums can be a saving grace for dry, brittle hair. These products are concentrated formulas meant to seal in moisture and protect hair against the elements (like the scalding heat of your blow dryer).
While a leave-in conditioner adds moisture, adding a serum on top can help your hair retain the hydrating ingredients. This product will also help keep out unwanted moisture that can cause hair strands to swell (also known as frizz). In addition, serums' sealing properties work to disguise split ends, protect hair from heat damage, and aid in straightening coarse hair.
Even though serums usually come in the smallest packages, a little goes a long way. You only need two to three drops for your whole head (too much could create a greasy feeling and a stringy look). Warm the product in your hands first, so that it will spread evenly. Then, use serum on wet hair from midshaft to ends with a raking motion to cover every strand. Proceed to your blowout. Reapply serum after styling to add extra shine and tame flyways.
Have we mentioned it's red week enough times yet? Here are some of my favorite anti-frizz formulated serums that are packaged in...red! To apply: after washing and conditioning your hair, while it's still wet apply a few drops of serum starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots. After you blow dry, if you need to control any fly-a-ways, dab just a little bit into the palm of your hand and then use your finger tips to smooth out your already set hair. Keep in mind that too much product will make your hair limp and greasy looking, so use sparingly.
Glare Smoothing Serum, $15.95, is so shine enhancing everyone will be asking what you've done to your hair! Really, it's addictive. This serum is heat activated so apply when hair is wet and blow dry away.
Wella Color Preserve Seal & Shine, $12.31, smells great and believe it or not, this little bottle will last you a better part of next year! It helps to not only fight frizz but it shields colored hair from oxidization while adding shine.
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