This stuff is magic

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My hair gets big and fluffy—in a decidedly not-good way—when there’s any humidity in the air at all, and that makes me cranky. So I was excited when I was last at the hairdresser and she whipped out R+ Co’s Moon Landing, and gave me a spritz. This stuff somehow keeps things from getting all frizzbo, I know not how. What’s the magic potion that makes your hair do what you want it to? Please share in the comments.

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    Mimi A.
    8 Oct 2020
    12:07pm

    Where have I been? I’ve never heard of R+ Co, but the Watermelon Wave Spray sounds interesting. I have slightly wavy, fine hair and do everything I can to turn my waves into curls. Humidity is the best thing that can happen to my head, but I live in a dry climate. I have a shortish, layered cut, somewhere between a bob and a shag. When it’s wet I squoosh in Oribe Curl by Definition Creme and DevaCurl Volumizing Foam or Ultra Defining Gel, depending on the season. I blow dry my bangs, then when my hair is dry I use a 3/4″ curling iron here and there. I love Kevin Murphy Plumping Wash and Plumping Rinse or Odele, an inexpensive volumizing shampoo from Target. One of my early Covid projects was cleaning out my graveyard of unwanted hair products but there’s still a big drawer full. My most valuable tool is the QRedew hair steamer, which revives my second, third or fourth day curls and even restores hat or helmet hair after skiing.

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    Shosie
    7 Oct 2020
    10:00am

    I have fine stringy hair and I swear by IGK’s Good Behavior line. Big fan of all their products but the Good Behavior 4 in 1 is amazing.

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    Betsy Palmer
    7 Oct 2020
    10:12am

    Love R+Co Gemstones shampoo and conditioner. I also use a dot of leave in conditioner and a dot of Davines oil on my dried/flat ironed hair to control the curl/frizzies.

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    Wendy
    7 Oct 2020
    11:26am

    Always thought I had ugly waves (straight at top,wavy midsection, straight ends) but since using Kevin Murphy’s Resort Spray followed by a dab of his East Rider I’m rocking’ some pretty good beach waves in October 🙂

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      Mamavalveeta03
      7 Oct 2020
      11:45am

      His products are GREAT and the scents are blissful!

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    Joannawnyc
    7 Oct 2020
    11:13am

    I’ve been using LUS Brands LUC (“Love Ur Curls”) system for wavy hair for a month and it’s been working well! My hair has been curly instead of frizzy and it’s pretty low-maintenance too. Hope it lasts for a while (my hair likes it when I switch products around; the effects last longer for some that others. Before this I had a good run with Living Proof).

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    Jasmine
    7 Oct 2020
    11:15am

    I have very fine hair that gets straight and shiny after washing no matter what shampoo I use (but Davines Volu shampoo is my fave). Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray adds just enough rough texture to make my short haircut look the way it’s supposed to.

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    Lisa
    7 Oct 2020
    11:12am

    Heard about L’Oreal Paris’ 8 second Wonder Water on a podcast. Game changer! It’s a lamellar rinse-out (whatever that is) and it crushes the frizz but not the curls. And it’s less than 10$!

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      RebeccaToo
      7 Oct 2020
      12:13pm

      We love this one too! For my daughter’s extremely thick, straight hair and my overgrown, fine fluffball. I also like the Raw Sugar deep conditioners that come in the tub. I typically don’t shampoo. I just condition, air dry, and use a wide pick. To refresh I use whatever silicone-free spritz I have on hand. Silicone is the enemy of my fine hair.

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      jo
      7 Oct 2020
      1:24pm

      yes, i love the wonder water product too!

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      LisaC
      7 Oct 2020
      1:35pm

      Hey, Lisa, I was going to mention this one too. I have thick, coarse, somewhat wavy hair and this product smoothes & straightens while reducing dry time. I’ve replaced all of my Kerastase products with the L’Oréal Elvive line and I haven’t missed Kerastase one bit.

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      kimbersam
      7 Oct 2020
      3:33pm

      I use the 8 Second Water on occasion also. Because I’ve got some serious blondy-blonde, I follow it with whatever oily conditioner I have on hand.

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      Ramonaquimby
      8 Oct 2020
      12:50am

      Yes Fat Mascara podcast hosts love it. Have been dying to try.

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    Candy
    7 Oct 2020
    10:49am

    I love Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray. It uses a silicone product, like most anti-frizz products, to coat hair against moisture. It smells good but not overpowering, doesn’t leave my thin, fine hair sticky or coated — just soft, straight and not frizzy.
    Dermstore carries it: https://www.dermstore.com/product_Dream+Coat+Supernatural+Spray_73073.htm

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    Kay Erikson
    7 Oct 2020
    10:35am

    Oribe Fiber Groom Elasctic Paste. This stuff is magic on my short fine hair. I rub a little on palms and fingertips of my hands when its wet then “style” my hair and I am out the door. No blowdrying needed, and I am ready and out the door in the morning in 20 minutes. Of course my expensive haircut which is regularly maintained might help too.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    7 Oct 2020
    10:27am

    A small amount of Davines This Is An Invisible Hair Serum worked in and then combed with my Kent detangling comb after washing my hair prevents my hair from reverting to its ThunderCats Lion-O default mane. The Kent detangling comb is the only comb that has ever worked for my fine, wavy hair https://kentbrushes.com/collections/ladies-combs/products/handmade-womens-detangling-comb-a-21t (I got mine from Amazon, but the images on Kent’s site best illustrate how the comb’s design differs from more conventional ones.) Side note: I have rediscovered a lip product popular in the previous decade that seems to be the answer for me with masking: balm stains. I apply the balm stain about thirty minutes or so before I mask up and then wipe away the balm part right before I don the mask. I get some color, but not the painful, drying effect of a liquid stain.

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    LMM
    7 Oct 2020
    10:31am

    My hair is very fine and slick, but there’s a lot of it, so it can get really lank. Verb’s Sea line is great for getting texture into hair like mine – it doesn’t gunk it up, but it texturizes and holds the style. I use the shampoo, the styling cream and the salt spray and I love it all.

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    kimbersam
    7 Oct 2020
    10:30am

    My hair is wavy and since I WFH, and have platinum streaks, I have relaxed my must-blowdry rule. Hence, I am on an endless quest for the perfect airdry. Right now I use IGK, Rich Kid and IGK, Mistress, and a squirt of whatever oil I have handy. The products are fine, but I won’t rebuy.

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      Ashley
      8 Oct 2020
      8:48am

      Have you tried Bumble & Bumble’s Don’t Blow It? I sometimes mix it with a dab of IGK Mistress.

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    Liz
    7 Oct 2020
    10:03am

    The product that completely transforms my hair is also my biggest splurge – Shu Umera’s Essence Absolue oil. I have straight hair that poofs and frizzes and has some dryness from dying it, and this oil makes my hair super soft and silky like the hair I had as a teen. It also smells amazing. I used to use Shu Umera shampoo, conditioner, and the oil and my hair never looked better but it’s just way too pricey, so now I stick to just the oil. I like R&Co, so maybe I’ll try this stuff next time I run out.

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    Cara
    7 Oct 2020
    10:04am

    Also a fan of R+Co’s. I use “Analog” on my fine, highly processed colored hair. Shampoo and conditioner in one.

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      LMM
      7 Oct 2020
      10:28am

      That Analog shampoo/conditioner is AMAZING!

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        Linden
        7 Oct 2020
        10:41am

        And it smells so good! I also use R + Co’s “Television” shampoo.

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    cw
    7 Oct 2020
    11:37am

    I only wash my hair with shampoo once a week (Saturday). I use Ouidad’s VitaCurl balancing shampoo followed by the same in conditioner. I towel dry a bit then use Ouidad’s Advanced Climate Control Gel mixed with Ouidad’s VitaCurl tress effects styling gel. On Tuesday I “wash” my hair with the same conditioner as I do on Friday’s. Otherwise, on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday I just dampen my hair and let it dry. If it’s humid I might add some extra Climate Control Gel. My hair is curly/wavy longish and I don’t use any hair coloring etc. It sounds complicated when I write it all out, but truly, it’s a very relaxed regime and keeps my hair from frizzing out too much. I don’t like ALL the Ouidad products, but I do like the ones I use. Sidenote: I was shipping off some UPS packages and was parked next to a car I wouldn’t own, but thought was uber cool––a vintage Mustang convertible in bright yellow. As I was starting my car admiring the Mustang a woman walked up to it who was older with long hair wearing an outstanding vintage plaid blazer with full gaberdine trousers. I have always thought (because someone told me!) that older women shouldn’t wear vintage, but I’m here to say this woman looked soooooooo cool/beautiful/outstanding! Made me come home and pull out a couple of vintage pajama tops that I used to wear ALL the time, but stopped when I turned 50.

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      Jennie
      7 Oct 2020
      6:23pm

      YES! Older women should definitely wear vintage (and whatever the hell else they feel awesome in).

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    Meg
    7 Oct 2020
    11:41am

    Radical acceptance when applied to my hair is the only thing that seems to work.

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      kimbersam
      7 Oct 2020
      3:36pm

      Best comment ever!

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        Kim France
        7 Oct 2020
        6:59pm

        Truly.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    7 Oct 2020
    11:43am

    I’ve really gotten into R + Co’s products lately – I’ve got a whole drawer full of them! I started following Ashley Streicher, celebrity hair stylist and product creator for R + Co, for her air-dry Instagram TV videos which lead to trying the products. Now I’m hooked. I’m a huge fan of Suncatcher and Watermelon Wave Spray, plus, they smell AMAZING and allow me to air-dry my hair sans frizz.

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      DeeSee
      7 Oct 2020
      11:51am

      +1 on Suncatcher! That stuff works MAGIC on my weirdly slightly wavy, dry-but-also-oily (HOW?!?) hair, and I desperately hope that they never discontinue it.

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    Hanna
    7 Oct 2020
    11:44am

    1: Moved to California. NY humidity is no joke. 2: Got a curling wand. It tames the top layer of old lady frizz. 3: Nubi Hair Serum on the ends to kind of set it. Plus it smells incredible. I’m 51 but my sister says my hair looks 38. I’ll take that!

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    Lorna
    8 Oct 2020
    4:38pm

    In March when I was limiting my time outside and mail was delayed I ran out of hair stuff, i picked up hair oil at Trader Joes and I really like it. It’s larger and cheaper than what i got from my hair dress, and while it doesnt smell as good as my previous hair oil it doesn’t smell bad.

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    Tara
    11 Oct 2020
    4:29pm

    Kim, I think you said (on the podcast) that you have thin hair, so I must ask: who is your stylist because it’s never looked thin to me! Help another thin-haired girl out, please! <3

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    Allison Kalsched
    7 Oct 2020
    12:16pm

    I have thick wavy hair and I am loving Davines LOVE curl controller to get rid of frizzy stuff

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    HickfromStyx
    7 Oct 2020
    12:17pm

    A toque. That works best for my unruly hair. I can’t wait to see what kind of warm, woolly winter style is coming for big hair and big craniums.

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      Lesley
      7 Oct 2020
      12:38pm

      I love toques. But since I have curly hair, once I put one on, that’s it for the day. My hair is a disaster when it comes off.

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        RebeccaToo
        8 Oct 2020
        12:30pm

        I live in Chicago…where a winter hat is a terrible necessity. I have founf a couple that are lined with satin and leave your hair reasonbly undestroyed. I also like wool berets for warmth but less destruction. And, honestly, come February, I am wearing that hat 24/7!

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    Daina
    7 Oct 2020
    1:07pm

    I swear by Olaplex everything. I color my hair monthly (relentless greys!) and Olaplex is the only thing that actually does what it says it will do: restore dry, brittle hair. I use the whole line: shampoo(No. 4) and conditioner (No. 5) and add the at-home treatment Hair Perfector (No. 3) once a week. The leave-in smoothing cream (No. 6) and styling oil (No. 7) make for sleek blowouts and zero flyaways. LOVE LOVE LOVE and worth every penny.

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      jo
      7 Oct 2020
      1:26pm

      yes i love Olaplex in moderation

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    Ann
    7 Oct 2020
    1:55pm

    I’m with the Olaplex girls, and yes, moderation is key. I let my gray start growing in two years ago and it’s finally reached the full-length, just beyond my shoulders. A cold rinse in the shower is essential, and it’s not as torturous as you’d think. Then a pea-sized pearl of Olaplex 6 Bond Smoother and blow dry. Totally controls the horrible gray frizz. I can’t air-dry anymore because of my gray; it just doesn’t look good on me because I have weird, random waves and a massive cowlick thing. It is possible to get smooth salt & pepper. You don’t have to have Brillo hair!

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    Tahe Z
    7 Oct 2020
    1:50pm

    I stumbled upon the Curlsmith shelf at Ulta and decided to try it out. I have a meh/hate relationship with my hair. It’s mostly fine with some coarse hair thrown in and I have a frizzy, curly, wavy curl pattern. I even somehow get this weird, inexplicable knot of hair that develops every so often on the right side of my head. Im 46 and I still don’t know what to do with my hair. Anyhoo, the Curlsmith conditioning shampoo and moisture memory reactivator seem to be the only thing that works for me.

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    Laura
    7 Oct 2020
    2:26pm

    Hairstory Hair Balm for airdrying, and then for pre-zoom touch-ups for flyaways:TIGI Bedhead hair stick. The combo in high humidity allows wavy curls and enough texture in fine hair.

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    liz
    7 Oct 2020
    2:52pm

    I never blow dry my hair. I have a lot of hair and find that argan oil works on wet hair. I hate frizz and dry ends. My colorist still says I have oily hair based on my scalp. I guess it is just its nature (that will not change) because I wash my hair every day and color roots every 4 weeks. I also trim my ends all the time.

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    Emily TL
    7 Oct 2020
    3:00pm

    I have relentlessly dry, fine hair worsened by decades of being “blonde.” I came across Briogeo’s “Don’t Despair, Repair” mask as a sample from Sephora and it is incredible with instant results. I also love their Scalp Revival shampoo and tea tree scalp treatment for my relentlessly dry scalp. I was pleased to learn that this is a black-owned company after I was a convert and recently featured on the Breaking Beauty EIF podcast!

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    7 Oct 2020
    3:48pm

    I have naturally wavy hair with major frizz potential. I don’t use shampoo, only conditioner, in the shower. I brush with a paddle brush when wet, then scrunch in Mielle’s Brazilian Curly Cocktail Curl Cream and avoid touching my hair for the rest of time.

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    LisaR
    7 Oct 2020
    4:06pm

    Some time back, I commented on this blog that my “save” purchases are my hair products. Back then it didn’t seem to matter much what I used. I’m not sure what happened — my aging hair requiring more help or maybe I’ve just become more picky, but these are now my go-to products:
    R&Co. Twister Curl (for soft curls)
    Verb Curl Cream (when I want stronger hold)
    OUAI leave in conditioner (I use alone or mix with the Verb Curl Cream)
    L’Oreal Serie Shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair (from the salon)
    Nexxus Humectress Conditioner (on non-shampoo days, I “wash” my hair with this in the shower)
    Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream (when my hair is late-afternoon frizzy, a drop or two of this miraculously forms the curls back into shape)

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    Mouse
    7 Oct 2020
    5:30pm

    What makes my hair work is nothing. No blow dry, no products, no processes. Since covid I’m cutting my own hair too, and I almost like it better than the salon cut. It’s not that my hair is so great; it’s that since I am now 60 I see it with different eyes. I’m with Meg on radical acceptance.

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    Debra
    7 Oct 2020
    5:44pm

    Inphenom Mist. My fine, healthy, short-ish hair recoils into a ball of twisted straw whenever it meets water. This product detangles, moisturizes and leaves my hair shiny and a bit fuller without ever weighing it down. I can use it everyday between shampoos without build-up (I rinse my hair every shower). I have no idea what’s in this stuff (packaging is in Japanese; no info online). I’m sure it’s not clean, but in this case I don’t care! I also really like Verb Ghost Oil as a finishing product. It makes dry ends look fresh and adds shine to lengths—use just a teeny bit at a time!

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