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7 days 7 products – Frizz Control

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April = Summer = Humidity = Frizz+Dryness

You don’t have to be a math genius to understand this equation. As we inevitably progress towards the hotter days in April, rising humidity levels and hours spent in air conditioned indoors can make our hair frizzy and dry.

Frizz occurs when the cuticle layer of your hair is raised, allowing moisture to pass through and swell the strands. As a result, your hair appears dry and frizzy instead of smooth and defined.

Simply put, you remember those times when you left home or the salon with perfect looking hair, but by the time you reach your destination – it appears blown away and tangled? I’m talking about that hair that you despise and hate even more to touch.

As every necessity is followed by an invention – we have several products available in the market that claim efficient frizz control. I shortlisted 7 products and tried them over 7 days to help you choose, what can potentially give you great looking hair all season.

Day 1

Kerastase Masquintense

Kerastase Masquintense claims to provide complete and intense nutrition for dry hair. It deeply penetrates the fiber with nourishment from mid-lengths to ends. I used the Kerastase Bain Satin 1 shampoo, followed by Masquintense. Apply a quartersize amount to wet hair (mid-lengths and ends) after shampoo and massage through. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

While my hair was still damp, I noticed the same frizz with lots of fly-aways. However, after a few hours my hair was significantly glossier, tangle-free and more manageable. They also felt beautifully smooth to touch.

What worked:
• Luxurious packaging
• Leaves hair amazingly soft, shiny, tangle and frizz-free

What didn’t:
• Average fragrance
• Directions for use not mentioned on the pack
• Expensive

Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Day 2

Mark Hill KERAsatin Conditioner

KERAsatin conditioner contains Keratin Proteins to help strengthen hair, along with a luxurious blend of antioxidant rich ingredients to moisturize and control each strand. Being Sulphate-Free, the product claims to leave hair smoother, softer and easier to style with no frizz. I would like to describe Mark Hill products as olfactory delights. The frizz expert KERAsatin range from Mark Hill reminds you of taking a stroll on freshly cut grass.

The KERAsatin conditioner works best if used along with the KERAsatin shampoo. This range is not the best for taming frizz, however it did leave my hair shiny and voluminous.

What worked:
• Sulphate free
• Great fragrance that lasts
• Economical
What didn’t:
• Not the best at eliminating frizz

Overall rating: 3/5

Day 3

Lush Jasmine & Henna Fluff Eaze

While we’re still talking of olfactory delights – the Jasmine & Henna Fluff Eaze from LUSH is definitely a great option to consider. This preshampoo mask from LUSH contains the nutritive goodness of organic jojoba, almond, Brazil nut and extra virgin coconut oil and is made for those with fluffy, frizzy, dry, or outof- control hair.

What is most striking about this product is its strong jasmine smell with a hint of henna. I applied a generous amount of the mask on my dry locks 20 minutes before washing with Lush’s Curly Wurly Shampoo. Finished with the R&B hair moisturizer – I was left with soft, shiny and frizz free locks that looked and smelled great for days!

What worked:
• Organic, natural ingredients
• Fragrance
• Free from animal testing
What didn’t:
• The strong smell could be overpowering for some

Overall rating: 4/5

Day 4

Phytokeratine Extreme Mask

The Phytokeratine Extreme Mask is a regenerative treatment for ultra-dry, brittle, and damaged hair. This melt-in formula envelops each hair fiber in nutrition, thereby increasing manageability and detangles them for smooth, lustrous strands.

I’m incurably in love with the Phytokeratine mask and recommend it to everyone. I have received compliments for my hair right from the first wash and I would recommend that you invest in the entire range for best results.

What worked:
• Soft, shiny, frizz-free, healthy looking hair
• Luxurious packaging
• Mild and pleasant fragrance

What didn’t:
• Expensive

Overall rating: 5/5

Day 5

Pantene Pro-V Oil Replacement Daily Care/Classic Care

A leave in conditioner from Pantene’s kitty – the Oil Replacement Daily care is to be used after washing hair and
conditioning with the Pantene range. It nourishes your hair after a shower and creates a protective layer before heat styling.

I tried this product starting with a small dollop on damp hair – concentrated on the tips, slowly moving upwards on the length. Once dry, my hair felt soft, sleek, straight, manageable – and yes, absolutely frizz free!

What worked:
• Mild and pleasant fragrance
• Effectively controls frizz
What didn’t:
• No natural ingredients

Overall rating: 4/5

Days 6

Rahua Finishing Treatment

The Rahua Finishing Treatment is a reparative styling treatment for damaged hair. Its key ingredients include
Ungurahua oil, quinoa and green tea leaf extract that give it unusual botanical smell that will be fascinating to some—and maybe too weird to others. Best used when preceded with the Rahua shampoo and conditioner, the Finishing Treatment has a mousse-like texture and works best on those with extra-voluminous hair, who want to achieve a soft, sleek look.

What worked:
• Made with organic ingredients
• Free of synthetics, parabens, sulfates and 100% vegan
What didn’t:
• Cuts volume

Overall rating: 4/5

Days 7

Sachajuan Finish Cream

The Sachajuan Finish Cream is an after wash leave-in conditioner that controls, moisturizes and creates definition. It adds shine without greasiness owing to its ocean silk technology.

What I like about the product is that it can be used on damp as well as dry hair.

So, even if you notice a bit of dryness and frizz halfway through the day, a small amount applied on the ends can return the sleekness in a jiffy!

What worked:
• Light, pleasant fragrance
• Corrects frizz, even when used on dry hair
What didn’t:
• May make your hair greasy if used in excess

Overall rating: 3.5/5