Ever since I asked my stylist to hack a few inches off my wavy hair earlier this month, I’ve been wearing it straight pretty much daily (it’s a Lloyd Christmas thing). I started looking for hair straightening products sans silicones, scoping beauty aisles and reading labels, and quickly realized that they’re few and far between.
Even though I’m not totally against using hair products that contain silicone, I find that with products where they appear way up high in the list of ingredients, they tend to weigh down my hair and eventually lead to even worse frizz down the road. Plus, I like to keep my hair guessing by switching up my routine.
I found Living Proof’s Straight Spray ($29 for a 5.5-oz. bottle) last weekend at Sephora (it’s exclusive to the store). It’s a lightweight aerosol styling spray designed to straighten and protect hair from damage without the use of silicones, oils or resins. Instead, it relies on a molecule called PolyfluoroEster, which Living Proof claims prevents water from finding its way into the hair shaft and messing with your straightened ‘do.
It’s supposed to work on wet or dry hair, but the directions recommend applying to hair that’s clean and wet. Just mist hair evenly for 5-10 seconds holding the bottle 6 inches away. Then comb through and style with a blow dryer or flat iron.
I try to keep heat on my hair to a minimum, so what I like to do is shower at night, and then let my hair dry while I sleep. In the morning, I’ll spray it with Straight Spray, then use my Sedu flat iron to smooth out the waves.
So far so good, although I haven’t been able to tell if it does a better job of protecting my hair from heat damage than my budget $5 go-to from Tresemme. I think it does beat my budget love, though, when it comes to straightening prowess and longevity, as it seems to keep my hair straighter for longer periods of time, and I don’t feel like I have to touch up with my flat iron as often between washes.
I’ve also noticed that when I let my hair down after I shower with it up in a ponytail, my hair looks straighter than it usually does when I use other products.
Oh, and the scent? Love. It’s like a mix of lavender flowers with sweet tea and mint.
Living Proof Straight Spray is pricey for a hair product, but if you straighten your hair often and would like a silicone-free spray, it might be worth the splurge.
PRICE: $29 for a 5.5 oz bottle and $17 for a 1.8-oz. bottle
AVAILABILITY: Available exclusively at Sephora
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. It’s that time again, Kate Spade fans. Sample sale time! From now through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on September 1, select items are up to 75% off. All sales are final, and the discount varies, but on some items, it’s HUGE! Might be a good opportunity to get in a little early (admittedly very early) holiday shopping.
I’m just sayin’.
Oh, and for what it’s worth, attack the shoes first (learn from my mistakes!); then hit up the accessories. Those seem to go fastest.