Before we start, I’m going to take you on a little journey and offer a brief history of my hair.
Don’t worry, I won’t bore you all with details about the overzealous hairdresser who gave me a 1cm fringe, or the horror of finding my first stumpy, wiry grey – but this article needs a preface so that you can understand how good these anti-frizz hair products really are.
Until I was about 5 years old I looked like Shirley Temple, much to my mum’s delight. But it all went downhill after that. My insanely tight ringlets soon became a metre of large, triangular frizz, and it never went back to being curly.
I rocked a permanent halo of frizz unless I attacked it with a pair of ghds, and I later made the idiotic decision to both get a bob and bleach the shit out of it for two years.
So now being able to wash my hair and let it air dry – AIR DRY!!! – is a modern-day miracle. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still left with the volume of an ’80s music video extra, but it’s frizz-free and feels soft.
Here are the 3 anti-frizz hair products that have save me hours on hair wash day.
Maria Nila Stockholm Luminous Colour Masque
Maria Nila Luminous Colour Masque, £14.93, Amazon.co.uk
As a fake ginge, my hair has an added layer of dryness – although thankfully, it’s doesn’t look like blonde candy floss anymore. Nonetheless, I wanted to try the Maria Nila Stockholm Luminous Colour Masque to see if it could not only get rid of that slightly stiff feeling of freshly dyed hair, but also give me silky locks once it dried.
Amazingly, it did both and quickly became my go-to hair mask during my luxurious Sunday shower. Pop it onto shampooed hair for 5-10 minutes while you shave all your bits and it’ll quench your thirsty lengths.
Other things to note
- The packaging is gorgeous, simple but playful, with each line of the range bottled up in a different pastel hue
- I used a generous scoop once a week and it lasted me around two months
- It’s vegan, and sulphate and paraben free
TIGI Bed Head Calma Sutra Cleansing Conditioner
Now this came into my life accidentally, but it was the first conditioner I’ve EVER used that does exactly what it promises and smooths unruly waves. When using Calma Sutra my hair doesn’t need a mask because it’s saturated enough with moisturising goodness, and it smells delicious, too.
For the first time in 27 years, I was able to wash-and-go after one use – and, even better, it looked liked I’d actually styled my hair into glossy waves. Big win.
The only issue with this conditioner is that they don’t do it by the litre.
Other things to note:
- Name and packaging follow the signature TIGI style, bright and punny
- The pump can be a little temperamental
- It’s sulphate free. Praise be!
Percy & Reed Totally TLC Hydrating Mask
Percy & Reed Totally TLC Hydrating Mask, £22, Percy & Reed
This is an intensive treatment that genuinely makes my hair feel nourished from root to tip, and – importantly – leaves it frizz-free if I don’t have time to whip the hairdryer out. Part of reason it leaves my hair feeling satiny soft is because it comes with its own shower cap to keep the heat in while the hydrating mask works its magic.
All in all a delicious smelling product (thanks to the inclusion of coconut oil and marshmallow) that gives my naturally unruly hair a good seeing to.
Other things to note:
- I leave my hair in the cap for about 20-30 minutes so it really sinks in
- A small dollop goes a long way, and it’s lovely and thick
- It’s vegan and paraben free