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    Jane

    I have the exact same hair as you except mine is long. I also live in a super humid climate, so I’d recommend the following for frizz:
    – Find a hairdresser who specializes in curly hair. A lot of them treat all hair types the same.
    – Braid or bun wet hair and only de-tangle with fingers or a wide-tooth comb
    – None of the anti-frizz products have ever worked for me. I use organic coconut oil – it’s cheap and lasts forever (or at least 2.5 years and going in my case)
    – To keep curly, just spritz with an anti-humidity hairspray and Aquage (a very light shine/control spray). A small can of Aquage also lasts forever.
    – I only wash hair every 3 days or so, and use Batiste dry shampoo if needed between. Shampoo roots, condition ends.

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    SpaceySteph
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    Well I’ve discovered that my shampoo has all kinds of sulfates, and my conditioner and the goop I’ve been putting in after shower has Alcohol as the second ingredient. So… I need to go shopping.

    Jane– what do you do with the coconut oil? Put it in for the daytime? Put it in overnight before you shower in the am? I’m thinking it would make my hair greasy if I wore it in there during the day…

    #742309 Reply
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    Jane

    @Spacey – I just put a dime-size amount on my hair after washing and de-tangling, and I only put it on the bottom half-2/3 of my hair (definitely not near the roots). It keeps things under control for a day or two without feeling greasy. I’ve never used it on dry hair though, and I have only ever just used the cooking oil (so it doesn’t really smell like anything).
    With the sulfates, etc, I recently switched to pureology (had used Joico moisture before). Seems to work well with a little less dryness.

    #742332 Reply
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    Ange

    I have very curly hair and I follow The Curly Girl Method to make sure I do everything right and use the right products. There’s a very active Facebook group for Americans which has product lists, techniques, all that good stuff so you don’t have to drive yourself mad wondering which ingredients are no good. You guys have an amazing array of products that don’t have any of the silicones, parabens or drying ingredients that cause frizz and they’re all listed. If you find that group I think you’ll be set! Even if you’re not that curly I think the products would be great for anyone.

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    SpaceySteph
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    Thanks Ange, I’ll check it out.

    I ordered myself some Devacurl (travel size to try out), a clarifying shampoo, and some overnight mask thing. We’ll see how it goes!

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    K

    I’ll have to look into some of these…I’m wavy between 2A and 2B, and my hair has gotten frizzier and worse-looking in the past few years. I always air dry it and use mousse, but need to start trying other stuff. I also need to try a clarifying shampoo.

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    anonymousse
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    Sephora makes kits of like, 5-10 products for frizzy hair, or the best beach sprays, or favorite hair masks, etc. They are always pretty reasonably priced vs. buying the products separately, and I’ve found a lot of holy grail products that way. Be gentle with the frizz! I have been mainly just washing around my hairline and using conditioner everywhere else.

    I hate to plug super expensive products, but Christophe Robin makes amazing things. Specifically, I love the volumizing rose shampoo with clay, and the volumizing conditioner. (I also use one of the color conditioners on occasion.) It’s a light conditioner, so it doesn’t weigh my fine hair down. It smells like old ladies, and pretty beautiful, if that makes sense? And I justify the cost, because if I hadn’t found those items, I’d be cycling through ten bottles of cheaper stuff anyway. I’m a product hoarder.

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    Kate

    I have to agree with you on expensive hair products. I’m all about drugstore makeup and skincare, and think they often have the same ingredients and formulations as prestige brands, but I haven’t found the same to be true for a lot of drugstore hair products, for my type of hair. There are some exceptions, but a lot of them are full of harsh detergents and silicones that don’t do frizzy, wavy, color-treated hair any favors. A lot of the expensive stuff is worth it.

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    ktfran
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    I’m with Kate and anon on more expensive hair products. When I’ve used drugstore brands in the past, my hair has always felt course and dry. Maybe formulas have changed? But I don’t bother trying. Luckily, now that I have my pixie cut, a bottle of shampoo and conditioner lasts six months plus, so the splurge doesn’t seem so bad.

    I have no advice on products that tame frizz though. My hair is wavy, course and thick. Maybe not thick, but I have a lot of it? Also, it basically grows out, not down. I had triangle head in my early teen years. Not a good look.

    #743817 Reply
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    Ange

    This is why it’s good to be involved in curly hair groups, somebody has already done all the research and there will be a list of products you can buy at any price point that don’t have silicones, sulphates or parabens in them.

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