If you can't tell already, I have ombre hair, which pretty much means that my hair is damaged like crazy. In order to get the color that I wanted, I had to bleach my hair at least 5 times, mainly focusing the bleach on my ends. It's left my hair pretty dead at the ends and a lot frizzier than it used to be. Not only that, but I curl my hair about 2 to 3 times a week. So not only have I inflicted enough pain on my hair by bleaching it, I also use heat on it. However, my hair has managed to not fall off and still look smooth despite all of the damage. I believe I've found some really great, affordable products that have helped fight the frizz and the damage on the ends of my hair.
|TreSemme Heat Tamer Spray|
One of the most important products for me and protecting my hair from further damage is a heat protector spray. A heat protector spray will basically act as a protective barrier between your hair and the heating tool you use. Direct contact with the hair could lead to unwanted frizz and damage. This TreSemme one is really affordable at about 5 dollars and works really well. One of my favorite parts about this product is how it sprays. I feel like a lot of spray hair products are really poorly made. The spray gets clogged up, and then the product doesn't spray out evenly. However, this distributes the product in an even spray and doesn't get clogged up. It also smells nice, which is a huge thing for me and hair products.
|Organix Light Moroccan Argan Oil|
Another important product for me is a light argan oil. This is the affordable alternative to the ever-so-popular Moroccan Oil that ranges for about 30 dollars. The Organix Oil goes for about 6 dollars and does the same job. I like to use this after I've used heat on my hair to just tame frizziness and add some shine back to my hair. My favorite thing about this product is that it's really lightweight, so it doesn't make your hair look overly oily or weigh it down. It's perfect for everyday use just to boost the look of your hair. And although it's a pretty small bottle, I've had this for about 3 months and I still have about half of it left. You only need a pea size amount at a time to run through your hair.
|Macadamia Natural Oil Leave In Cream|
Not only does this have really cool looking packaging, but it is also a really great leave-in conditioner. This is the most expensive product of the products I've listed with a price of about 25 dollars, but it's definitely the most concentrated and most effective. It's different from the Organix product above because it's a cream rather than an oil. The creamy consistency feels rich in your hair and works wonders. The instant I run this through my hair, it instantly feels soft and looks so much smoother. It's like the argan oil product, but a lot more penetrating and smoothing. It's great for those days where you feel like your hair is extra dry or dull and all you need is a pump or two or product.
|Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo|
One of my biggest tips for helping your hair fight the frizz and dryness is to switch your shampoo to a sulfate-free shampoo. Almost all shampoos have sulfates in them because they are the ingredient that create the lather when you shampoo your hair (they come in the form of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate). These sulfates dry out your hair and your scalp, which could lead to drier hair and frizzier hair. Switching to a sulfate-free shampoo will help reduce the dryness of your hair and help control the frizz. Sulfate-free shampoos also help color last longer, if you color your hair. And you can find sulfate-free shampoos anywhere now. They're a lot more readily available and affordable than they used to be, so this is the time to make the switch! Good hair starts with the basics, so I feel like the best step you can make to help the condition of your hair is to change your shampoo.
Any questions about these products? Feel free to ask as a comment!