Living Proof No Frizz hair products: If it's good enough for Jennifer Aniston, it's good enough for me.
It's not often that I delve out hair advice, mostly because, despite 25 years of my best efforts, my own hair is a freaking mess.
Despite its length, I continue styling it exactly the same way every single day, which really limits my scope of expertise. My experimentation, however, comes in the form of trying new hair products that make hard-to-resist claims, a la Living Proof. (They invented new molecules? Really? Okay.)
You know when your hair won't listen to you, and you're like, "Um, excuse me?!"
I grew you myself?!
I gave you life?!
And this is how you repay me?!
Clearly, my hair and I - we don't get along. It's unpredictable, undependable and totally irresponsible, and if it weren't for its hard-to-resist security blanket effect and my never-ceasing hope, I would've been sporting a cropped, messy 'do a la the French a long time ago.
On the rare days when I have nowhere to go and no one to see, my hair is perfect – luscious waves, not a hair out of place. The minute I start to get ready for a date, or an event or that thing called work, it is as if the hair senses my imminent desperation and responds by way of frizz.
As if that wasn't enough nonsense to deal with, our relationship is complicated further by the notoriously humid Tennessee weather.
All that changed when Living Proof came into my life.
This concoction is amazing. The moment you open the shampoo bottle, you're transported into a Tahitian paradise, where the sun is always shining, the ocean is calling your name, and the phrase "bad hair day" ceases to exist.
Despite the absence of sulfate, the shampoo produces just enough lather to give you that pampered feeling of indulging in luxury hair products. Immediately after first use my hair felt smoother, more polished and substantially more manageable. Mind you, it's ridiculously expensive, but if you find yourself reliving the above scenario every morning, you won't regret the $48.00 splurge.
It's a setting spray, protectant, frizz tamer, conditioner, styling aid, security blanket and your personal therapist, all rolled into one 5.5-ounce bottle that costs $22.00.
Sounds too good to be true? It's not.
While it may not hold your curls or pump up your volume, it sure does what it promises: prevents your hair from exploding into a frizzy mess. Living Proof patented a molecule, OFPMA, which is in their No Frizz products and blocks humidity 70% more effectively than silicone by forming a thin and weightless barrier around each hair strand to repel humidity. Plus, the absence of silicones means that your hair isn't weighed down by a layer of gunk.
I recommend separating your hair into sections, spraying each strand and smoothing with the palms of your hands before curling or straightening. Then finish off with your favorite hairspray, and voila, you're good to go – unless, of course, you're me and absolutely obsessed with the smell, in which case you'll continue spraying it until you've used up half the bottle.
At a price of $26.00 for a 4-ounce bottle, I expected the end-all and be-all of hair products.
Like all other No Frizz products, the cream claims to repel humidity and reinforce the frizz-eliminating barrier around each strand of hair. The product instructions say to apply generously from roots to ends, which brings up the concern of how long the 4-ounce bottle will last...
Although the Nourishing Styling Cream is an aromatic addition to the overall hair care routine, I didn't notice a significant difference on the days when I purposely skipped this step.