If you have something other than naturally straight hair, you're probably dealing with the frizzies day to day, especially in the all-humidity-all-the-time environment of Florida. "It's the No. 1 hair complaint we get from readers," says Victoria Kirby, beauty editor for Allure magazine. Here are some tips from Kirby for those who are frizz-fighting at home.
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• Living Proof No Frizz: A team led by an MIT scientist says a compound called PolyfluoroEster prevents humidity from penetrating hair more than a typical antifrizz ingredient, silicone. Plus it is said to coat cuticles to reduce friction. It's $24 for 4 ounces at sephora.com. The reviews are as rave as you're going to get from the frizz constituency. "Even the editors here, who are very hard to sway, say it's a miracle product," Kirby says.
• Drugstore alternative: John Frieda's Frizz-Ease product line gets props from Allure and Paula Begoun, author of Don't Go Shopping for Hair-Care Products Without Me. Frizz-Ease's makers say supermodel Gisele Bundchen uses Creme Serum Overnight Repair Formula. You apply it to dry hair before bed, two or three times a week. It's $8.99 for 1.69 ounces at drugstore.com.
• Even deeper conditioning: Kirby also urges a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Rene Furterer's Myrrhea line has a Silkening Mask ($23 for 3.4 ounces at sephora.com). Phyto has a Phytojoba intense hydrating mask ($38 for 6.7 ounces at ulta.com). Salon straightening treatments can be beneficial, but Kirby urges caution with those dubbed "Brazilian." Some use formaldehyde. "Ask your salon how the treatment straightens," Kirby said. "If it uses keratin, great. If they say something else, you might want to think twice about it."
• BRushes: Natural boar-bristle brushes help seal the hair cuticle of those who blow-dry straight, Kirby said. Many salon stylists like Marilyn brushes (themarilynbrush.com), especially compared with the price of Mason-Pearson (masonpearson.com). If you get pockets of frizz at the hairline, Kirby says run a toothbrush coated with a little shine spray over them.
• Dryers: Consider investing in a hair dryer that boasts buzz words such as "ceramic," which evenly distributes heat, and "ionic," which is said to help neutralize static and frizz. If you want to preserve curls, make sure the dryer comes with a diffuser attachment. One option: T3 tourmaline dryers (starting at $119, at ulta.com).
• Irons: If you use a straightening iron, ceramic and ionic remain key words. A beveled edge gives a more natural curve to ends. Sultra irons (starting at $145 at sephora.com) have auto shutoff. Maxius irons (starting at $69.95 at HSN.com) are good for coarse hair, Kirby says.
• The finish: Skip the hair spray! Instead, try either a shine spray between your hands, such as Citre Shine's Shine Mist Anti-Frizz Spray Laminator ($3.99 at drugstores), or skim a smidgen of antifrizz cream over the surface, such as Fekkai Advanced Brilliant Glossing Cream ($20 for 4 ounces at ulta.com).