Summer Hair Heroes

Summer Hair HeroesFeeling the frizz? It’s feeling nearly 40 degrees celsius with the humidity here in Toronto, and that means a mission to try to keep your hair hydrated.  After many a rescue attempt with endless balms, masks and leave-ins, these are the heroes that have been tried and tested – and the most true – after a few rounds in the great Canadian heat.

First up! To give hair a real break from any form of heat, ‘Dont’ Blow it’ by Bumble and bumble is a hair cream that’s meant to help tame your air-dried strands. Now, it must be said, I never air-dry my hair, as my fine follicles tend to just stick to the side of my head and stay wet until the next time I wash my hair. But this cream wasn’t heavy, smelled wonderful and actually gave my hair some body and texture (even a bit of a beachy wave!) – although it didn’t fully keep the frizz away. The directions say to apply to towel-dried hair and scrunch, but I just ran it through damp hair, slept on it, and was able to just get up and go.  One-step summer hair solution in my books – without the heat!

Looking for a UV protectant, I tried out the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer by Bumble and bumble which says it helps with frizz as well as providing protection from heat and UV radiation. All true. This is an absolute mainstay product and one of the best hair products I’ve tried this year hands down.  It smells like summer in a bottle and while it still doesn’t completely ban the frizz, it definitely makes hair more manageable and noticeably softer without leaving any kind of residue. Did I mention the heavenly smell?

Lastly, if your hair has already been frazzled by the heat and humidity this summer and is in need of some repair, the Repair Blow Dry by Bumble and bumble is supposed to help seal split ends, protect against UV damage and maintain styles for up to three days.  While I didn’t give it the three day test, it did massively help tone down the infamous post-blowdry frizz  that tends to affect those of us with thin, fine hair as well as keep hair smooth throughout the day.

What are your summer hair heroes?

xo Coco

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Thrifty Finds for Fine Hair

Fine Hair Finds

Less is more – that goes for both the price and the number of products when it comes to hair.  If you’re on a mission to clear out the hoard of hair products that’s taking over your bathroom counter, here are some finds that have helped towards a major minimization of products for my fine, frizzy and flyaway follicles.  While I haven’t been brave enough to give the whole “no ‘poo” movement a try, my own minimizing mission began with cutting out conditioner (and majorly cutting down on shower time/water usage as a bonus!) and only washing my hair with a light shampoo (Live Clean Healthy Balance Shampoo) which is SLS/sulfate free, Petroleum Free, Paraben Free, Dye Free, Phthalate Free, Phosphate Free and Vegan.

Besides that, there are only three products (all drugstore finds) that I am keeping around that all multitask to extend, volumize, condition and style. Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo is great for us fine-haired girls who need a quick refresh with a bit of volume – without rocking a Marie Antoinette full-blown powdered ‘do.  It’s not the only the cheapest, but by far the best dry shampoo I’ve found, although you can’t ignore the legendary Batiste version. L’Oréal Total Repair 5 Repairing Spray gives you all the benefits of a conditioner and detangler with just a few spritzes and is really handy for smoothing out fine, tangly hair without weighing it down at all. Finally, for those stubborn flyaways, especially around the hairline and part, Herbal Essences Set Me Up Hairspray helps things stay put sans the stickiness or stiffness.

Have you tried any of these products? Have they worked/not worked for you?

xo Coco