Our girl Jennifer Aniston debuted a new haircut recently. The future Mrs. Theroux's signature just-below-the-shoulder tresses have been cut into a cool, messy bob, and like most things Jen does, it looks fantastic. It's a nice change of pace for Aniston, who seems to be just one of the many celebrities chopping off their locks lately.
However. The reason Jen went for the ol' snip-a-roo wasn't to be on trend. It's because her hair is fried and falling out after getting a Brazilian Blowout. You know those amazing salon hair treatments that can make the thickest, frizziest hair Pantene commercial-esque? Yeah, don't do them. They're really bad for you.
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A few years ago, I got a Brazilian Blowout. There was a Groupon for a salon in the East Village, and I thought, "You know what, Nicole? Treat yo' self." And it was amazing. It really, really worked. After years of living in hot, dry Southern California, where the hair is always sleek and frizz-free, this was the perfect antidote for the humid, sticky, bad-hair-day-weather of NYC. But something happened after the honeymoon period with my Brazilian Blowout ended. My hair was super dry and it seemed to be falling out. For a little over a month, every time I'd take a shower, there were (a lot) more clumps of hair in my hands after rinsing the shampoo out than I was used to. Needless to say, I never got the treatment again. And my hair went back to being its unruly self.
However, after a few years of testing out products and desperately seeking something that would smooth out my frizzy hair (did I mention I have bangs?), I've found a few things that really, truly work (no, this isn't a sponsored post). They may not make your hair as wash-and-go as a chemical-smoothing treatment, but they won't break the bank or make your hair fall out. So that's a plus.
Okay, here's what I've found.
Living Proof's No Frizz. Ironically, Jennifer Aniston is a spokesperson for this line. And guys? It works. Better than anything else I've ever tried. I use the spray and it has a bit of a weird smell, but it creates a barricade between any and all moisture and your hair. I used it on my hair before my wedding. Which was outdoors. In Florida. And when I look back at photos, there's nary a flyaway in site.
Living Proof's Style Extender. Okay, I realize this is starting to seem like an advertisement, but it's not, I swear! You know how you buy a product at the drugstore, thinking it's actually going to do what it advertises to your hair, and then it doesn't and you're pissed? This line doesn't do that. It's a little pricey, but it was created by MIT scientists, and what the products say they're going to do, they do. And their Style Extender is no exception. Simply smooth a dollop of the product onto your hair before you put on whatever smoothing serum or spray you like, and it really does make the style last an extra day. Swear. I'm not one of you lucky ladies who can go without washing my hair for days on end, but with this, I can definitely avoid showering and washing my hair an extra day.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3-Day Straight. This product gives you straight, frizz-free hair for three days (in my case two good ones). In fact, my advice with using this product would be to do your hair at night and sleep on it. I've found that right after using this my hair feels a little "sticky," but after a few hours have gone by, it looks really good. Hence, sleeping the stickiness off.
Lastly, I've noticed that when I use a "cheap" shampoo and very little (or no) conditioner in humid weather, my hair stays frizz-free much longer. Not everyone can get away with this (looking at you, lucky, thick-haired ladies), but for gals with finer hair, it's a pretty good quick fix.
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