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I have curly/frizzy hair and have had it straightened one way or another since high school. I started with Japanese straightening which killed my hair. Then I chopped it all off and started the Keratin treatment and most recently, the Brazilian Blowout. The BB is the least effective but the least damaging, so I plan on sticking with it. It eliminates frizz but not as much of the curl, so it’s not as easy to manage but is better in the long run.

I wash my hair every 2-3 days, depending on my workout schedule. Blow drying short hair is pretty fast, but styling short hair is not my thing. I use the Brazilian Blowout shampoo, Sebastian halo mist shine, Bumble and Bumble spray de mode & just purchased the Izunami straightening iron [recommended by my stylist]. Best. Iron. Ever.

This leads me to a few questions for all of you!

What type of hair do you have?
Have you ever tried dry shampoo? Do you use it when you work out?
What are your favorite hair products & treatments?
  • Chelsea

    I am obsessed with dry shampoo. Love the powder versions by Stila and Oscar Blandi. I have sad straight fine hair. It's whatever. At least I can try different styles out on it. I would say that teasing is my best tool! xo

  • AdeOla @ JostWrite

    I am black woman so our hair types are probably different and might require different products…lol. My hair type is 4c and made up of tight coils with zzzz pattern curls. #teamnatural.

    I have never used dry shampoo,but have thought about it because I love a good run. My favorite hair products so far is from curl.biz and I am in love with their Curls Milkshake mostuirizer…it smells oh so good.

    Best treatment ever is a protein treatment…you can either get a product from the beauty store or plain old egg and mayo works just fine. Do no judge me…lol

  • Viviana

    My hair is very straight, but it gets greasy very easily so I wash it every day. I've tried dry shampoo and just didn't like it. My favorite/go-to products are Kerastase and now the Andalou Naturals tangerine and mango shampoo and conditioner. I try to switch shampoo and conditioner every so often and I find that helps too!

  • Brittany {Gallery No. Eight}

    I have pin-straight hair with not a natural wave in sight haha I really like the Tre Semme dry shampoo, but I've never tried their curly hair line. I'll use almost any shampoo, but I have to use mousse and hairspray if I want to curl my hair, or it just won't hold.

  • Stephanie Shepherd

    My hair is naturally curly but I dry it out straight and mostly use a curling iron for styling. Two products I love which also tend to help with frizz is Redken Extreme Anti-Snap which is a protective hair care treatment and also a round boar bristle brush while drying. The brush adds a lot of volume if you like big hair like I do! πŸ™‚

  • Ashley {styleash}

    My hair is naturally pretty straight (with a slight kink in it). I also highlight it very blonde which causes a lot of damage. My favorite products to use are a deep conditioner weekly and PHYTO Scalp Stimulant once a week as well. I wash my hair about as frequently as you do and I would die without dry shampoo- my favorite is by Furterer.

  • Jackie {York Avenue}

    I have wavy but frizzy hair. I wish I could just wear it wavy but it never looks right, so I just do the flat iron every day. I use the T3 Bespoke flat iron, it works well but I might look into your's! I did the Brazilian blowout a few summers ago and literally LOVED it. I save it for summers because that's when the humidity just turns my hair into a frizzball, flat iron or no. I never would've known you had curly hair, it looks so straight and sleek in all of your pictures!

  • Sara

    I have super straight, thin, naturally blonde hair.. I'll admit, I really do nothing to it other than using shampoo and conditioner every day! (And I witch it up between between different brands so I don't have build-up). I don't even blow dry it unless I have to go outside in the cold right away!!

    Although, it is one of my NY resolutions to learn more about hair (and make-up!) and be better at styling!!

  • Lindsay

    I have super thick mostly straight but semi wavy hair. It's not wavy enough for me to rock a natural wave though. Since my hair is so thick, dry shampoo is my savior. I've tried countless brands. Klorane is the best but Batiste is what I usually buy since it's very similar and half the price (only 8 bucks opposed to 18).

    I use Jonathon Dirt to tame my frizzes and Aquage Sea Salt Spray to bring out my waves.

  • seanandmckinze.com

    Since I live overseas and don't have access to the things I'd normally use to style my hair, I had to get creative. I asked a stylist friend what I should do with my hair should I have no electricity. He suggested twisting it up in a bun on the top of my head before bed. Let it dry over night and in the morning it'd be wavy / curly.

    And you know what? It totally works. Easiest. Style. Ever. And pretty cute! For the second / third day, I just spritz it before bed and twist it up again, which gives it even more wave / curl. Even when I'm stateside I might stick with the style for lazy days!

    McKinze

  • Britt @ A Southern Bee DIary

    I have straight/long/dull/flat hair. I tried my hardest to get volume, but not much helps. I usually put hot rollers in my hair before bed to keep it fluffy the next day and that usually works. I use Eufora products, but it's so expensive. BUT, they work. The Eufora products really help with the frizz, A LOT!

    xo. A Southern Bee Diary

    πŸ™‚

  • Grace – Stripes and Sequins

    Sounds like we have similar hair. Mine is thick, wavy, with a tendency to frizz… I keep mine long to weigh it down. I get blow outs every so often as a treat, and when I do, after the 2nd/3rd day, I use a little dry shampoo (faves are Oribe's texturizing mist which smells heavenly… and Oscar Blandi's, which is clear so won't leave any white residue.)

    My favorite hair products? Oh boy. Love Kerastase's pink line for shampoo + conditioner, Arrojo's shine mist, Morroccan Oil's hair creme… Finesse mousse (bargain buy!) for wavy days… I could go on – I have way too many products… if I bring any more into the apt, the bf may have me committed!

  • Heather (Live.Love.Laugh.)

    My hair is a mix of straight, curly, wavy. Or nappy in the back as my stylist says.

    I use 5 diff shampoos, I switch each time. I wash my hair every 3 days.

    I bought a ghd flat iron, best $200 I've ever spent. I have a salono hair dryer, recamended by my stylist and I love it!!

  • Susan

    I have to say I am the most low key person when it comes to hair. I have extremely thick hair, which I blow dry only in the wintertime, because I hate having a cold head! But usually I just air dry it and it's gotten pretty wavy. Occasionally I straighten it to show layers, but I just use Suave when I wash it (see low maintenance, low budget!). I probably should do more with my hair, but so far I'm ok with it all! If it's not down or clipped, it's in a bun.

  • vmacandcheese.com

    Sounds like we have similar hair but honestly? Reading the book No More Dirty Looks changed my entire outlook on how I approach haircare. Since going completely natural, my hair is way more predictable and easy to manage. Their research into the Brazilian Blowout might interest you…check this book out!

    Last night I did an oil treatment with organic almond oil and a little bit of tea tree oil (the former for moisture, the latter for scalp health). Mixed it myself, combed a ton through my hair, and let it sit in a bun while I ate dinner. Washed it out and today my hair is ridiculously silky. Minus chemicals. I'm a fan.

  • L.A. in the bay

    Sounds like you know your stuff about hair.
    I have gone through so much with my hair over the years, from extensions, to super short hair, to tons of treatments. I've tried a lot.
    As of right now, Kerastase is the best treatment I have found.
    I also use Kerastase Ciment Thermique before I blowdry my hair for protectant, and it smells literally amazing!
    I happen to love dry shampoo. I have only tried two. The one I am using right now is called "pssssst"
    I find it to work super well for my oily hair. Definitely makes it look refreshed. Although there are some dry shampoos like Tresemee for example that I do not like and feels like hair spray. Also some dry shampoos when you spray it turn your scalp white. But when that happens you just want to brush it through, and it will go away.

  • Karleen

    I have very fine straight blond hair. I get highlights so my hair is often dried out. I try to wash my hair every 3 days and use dry shampoo inbetween. I've made my own mix of 1/2 baking soda, 1/2 baby powder and I use a blush brush to put it on the roots without making a white mess. I also like the psssstttt brand of dry shampoo. I also love the Macadamia nut hair masque & Moroccan oil.

  • One Stylish Day at a Time

    My hair, aka horse tail, is very long and thick with a slight wave and varying texture throughout. I've pretty much worn it the same way forever except recently went from blonde to chocolate brown and love it. As far as product, huge fan of Pureology and Moroccan Oil- you should try them both- great for smoothing! Just wanted to mention to be careful with those Brazilian Blowouts! They've actually been outlawed here in Oregon for having formaldehyde in them.

  • birdie to be

    Great post… because I need to know too. I have done the Keratin twice. The first time worked fabulously! The second, not so great. I can barely notice a difference. But I did switch shampoos… With that being said, I am currently using Biosilk.

  • Gaby [The Vault Files]

    My hair is naturally straight and I really can't complain about it, the only thing though, is that after having Matthew (my 20 mo) my hair got really dark and I HATE it. The thing is, I've never done anything to my hair, I got my first blow dryer just 2 years ago!!!
    Now I'm in desperate need of something, anything! As soon as I get off the island I'm booking an appointment with my hairdresser in Toronto πŸ˜‰
    Oh, products? For 2 years I used L'Occitane verbena shampoo and oh wow, I honestly felt like those chicks on shampoo commercials, it is AMAZING!
    And the Serum Oleo Relax by Kerastase works wonders, in my opinion, those products are really worth the price πŸ˜‰

  • Gaby [The Vault Files]

    My hair is naturally straight and I really can't complain about it, the only thing though, is that after having Matthew (my 20 mo) my hair got really dark and I HATE it. The thing is, I've never done anything to my hair, I got my first blow dryer just 2 years ago!!!
    Now I'm in desperate need of something, anything! As soon as I get off the island I'm booking an appointment with my hairdresser in Toronto πŸ˜‰
    Oh, products? For 2 years I used L'Occitane verbena shampoo and oh wow, I honestly felt like those chicks on shampoo commercials, it is AMAZING!
    And the Serum Oleo Relax by Kerastase works wonders, in my opinion, those products are really worth the price πŸ˜‰

  • {Emily} Simply Southern

    I used to have long curly locks, but now that i chopped all my hair off it stays straight ALL the time!
    xo emily

  • Tara

    I have fine crazy hair. It does ringlets on the bottom, waves in the middle, and straight on top lol. I am a hairstylist and use Kertain complex on clients. My mom who is also a stylist does brazilian blowouts on her clients.

    I also love dry shampoo. I've used many brands and have only found one I like. Its Serge Normant meta revive dry shampoo. It smells AMAZING! I use it for days I don't want to wash my hair, but never after the gym. Only because I hate knowing my hair is sweaty. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

  • BrittanyLibra

    What about embracing the curl? I also have frizzy, very curly hair and the best thing I ever did was stop fighting it. For me, the key to eliminating frizz has been keeping my hair very well moisturized. I don't blow dry when I can avoid it and I do a coconut oil treatment once a week. I only shampoo every few days (the other times I just condition), and when I do shampoo, I use "No Poo Shampoo" by Deva. For styling, I use Paul Mitchell Serum and the Sculpting Foam. I have curly friends who swear by the styling Deva products, but I've never tried them. A break though for me was also getting my haircut by people who really know curly hair. (I now only do a dry cut). Their are so many websites dedicated to reviewing curly-friendly hair stylists.

  • natasha {schue love}

    I have really fine hair which is limp half the time. I LOOOOVE baby powder as an alternative to dry shampoo. It's cheap and it does the trick!

  • {katrina}

    I have super thick & oily hair. It's heavy and I can't normally go a day without a shampoo.

    I use Aveda Shampure Shampoo and Conditioner.

    I use dry shampoo after my gym sessions and my favorites are Rockaholic by Tigi and Got2Be Rockin' It. I've tried several brands and these can conquer my greasy head!

  • elembee.com

    I have curly hair. I recently discovered Moroccan Oil products and am in love. I never straighten my hair, it takes too much time and I'm just not that coordinated, so I let it air dry instead. I occasionally use dry shampoo, but I haven't really found one I like yet β€” it may make my hair look better, but it feels gross!

  • S.E.Minegar

    I have naturally curly hair and I only air dry it. I usually shampoo daily, but am trying out daily conditioning and shampooing every other. I love josie maran argan oil and pantene curly gel. My stylist taught me a nice trick to keep my curls nice and shirley temple perfect. I apply product to sopping wet hair, scrunch, then dab my hair dry with a towel. As it airdries, I add product as needed.

    here's my mop: http://megustaensalada.blogspot.com/2010/05/weekend-warriors.html

  • RosaLovesDC

    I have extremely curly hair too but wear it straight most of the time. I basically use Phyto products, particularly the Phytospecific line. I also use Moroccan oil twice a week.

  • ashley nicole catherine

    omg you know way more about hair than i do.. i need to get smart. i have no idea what to do with mine. it's thin and limp. sexy right? i just ordered kevin murphy's born again and i'm super excited to try it. i've heard the best things about his products! xo

  • christin

    I could devote a blog series to my mane. My hair is kinda ridiculous. It's coarse, thick and wavy/curly. When I was little people said I had a jew fro. Yes, I cried. And now I laugh at those jerks with their lame hair. Ok, moving on. I use the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo because its clear but my other pick is the B&B in brown. There is a mask from Whole Foods that is AMAZING and its $10. I can't remember what it is but I'll look it up. Lately I've been playing kitchen beautician and mixing up some avocados with a few drops of essential oil and using that as a mask.

  • Jordan

    I have wavy/frizzy hair, but also very oily hair. So, I usually wash it every other day. I'm a big fan of dry shampoo, but since my hair is blonde…I sometimes use baby powder! When I have to blowdry it I have to use a large round brush and blowdry in sections so it's not quick and easy unfortunately!

    I don't use a whole lot of products, but sometimes before blowdrying I'll use a John Frieda thickening serum even though I have a lot of hair it's very fine so it helps make it look a little fuller! And when I use a curling iron to make waves, I use a little bit of the John Frieda curl gel πŸ™‚

  • Clare Christine

    Hi Danielle! I have hair a little bit similar to you. I have always left my hair relatively short-mid length (never much longer than my shoulders) I have medium brown hair…once blonde, but I have left it dye free, virgin hair hahaha. My hair is quite wavy and has a lot of volume, the longer it gets, the less "defying gravity" shaping it takes though. I am thinking about letting my hair grow out a little bit more though! Still playing with it. I don't use products, nor straiten my hair (I think I have once) I tend to leave it in its natural wavy state and hope for the best πŸ™‚ Hope you're having a wonderful week!!

  • moxiemandie

    I have super thin/fine hair. the one dry shampoo that I have used wouldn't disappear & was visible in my darker hair, so I quit. I proba wash my hair about 4-5 days a week & am trying to find a different dry shampoo so I can move that # down to 3-4 times, weekly. I use aveda shampoo & conditioner & ocassionally b&b styling creme.

  • Colette

    I have superthick wavy hair. In an annoying-Nick-Nolte-mugshot-messy-wavy, not supersexy star at the Oscars wavy. If one more hairdresser tells me they've never dealt with hair like mine, I might stick their hairdryer… nevermind.

    I've been straightening it for years, but can't get the wave to go straight, so I've given up and let it dry wavy then go over the top with a curling iron. Happiest I've ever been.

    I've also started using Unite products (for blondes) to keep my highlights from getting brassy. Looove it!

  • Stephanie Farah

    My hair is really thick & wavy. Fortunately, my sweet mother took me to a wonderful stylist when I was pretty young who introduced me to the flat iron. As of now the only product I use on my hair is Agadir Argan Oil. It smells heavenly and lasts forever. I do still straighten my hair because I still just haven't found a way to tame my waves. My favorite shampoo/conditioner is by Renpure Organics. I can't say enough good things about that brand! I like the Brazilian Keratin shampoo. Sometimes I use the 14 Day Straight treatment before I blow dry and straighten my hair and it's amazing! It doesn't actually keep my hair straight that long, but I think it's because my straightener doesn't reach 450 degrees (the instructions say it needs to reach that temp). Anyway, just discovered your blog through Pinterest & I just love it!

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