Leave-in conditioner tips for creating soft, no-frizz waves.

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Dear Rebecca: 

I'm a relatively new wavy hair girl, type 2a/2b depending on how my hair wants to behave that day!  I don't use heat styling tools or any chemical treatments on my hair, so there's no damage.  After battling with loss of elasticity and a horrible brittle feeling, I learned that my hair hates protein. Anything with protein in it will leave my hair feeling damaged with little to no bounce.  Silicones make my hair feel slimy or waxy and they remove most of the wave.

Down to my question: I'd love to have a lightweight cream type styling product for days when I just let my hair air-dry. Something that will help hold the wave without crunchiness or stiffness, and that will help keep my no-frizz style.  My only difficulty is that every time I find a promising product, it either has proteins, silicones or both. Do you have any product recommendations for me?


Dear Hair Twin:

It sounds like you are in need of a good leave-in conditioner (this I’m all too familiar with because seriously, we are hair twins). A good leave-in conditioner will provide moisture to your hair, help eliminate frizz, and add definition to your waves. You’ll instantly be able to tell the difference in your hair when it air dries.

I recommend a creamy leave-in conditioner like Design Essentials Hydrate Leave-In Conditioner. Apply the product after your hair has been cleansed and conditioned. Apply a nickel to quarter size amount depending on the length of your hair, and gently comb it through your strands. Allow your hair to air-dry.

The result should be soft, silky no-frizz hair! If you find you are in need of something lighter, try a spray leave-in conditioner. I heart Design Essentials HCO Leave-In Conditioner. It gives the right amount of weightless moisture to any type of hair. Just lightly mist, comb, and go! I think you will be extremely happy with your hair.

Good Luck, Twin!

Rebecca Mariolis

Yes, the silicones are water soluble, but watch out for polyquats! They can build up, and I don't know of a fix for that...

The silicones in both products are water soluble, though the first product, has hydrolized keratin (aka protein) at the bottom of the list.

I have been using the Sedu Anti frizz product on my daughters curls and it has done a great job eliminating frizz. Its a silicone product but this one is really lightweight and her curls were bouncy and beautiful.

Both product recommendations above contain silicones.

I'm confused because I've read here to avoid any products with "cones" and the product recommended has dimethicone. So has the previous recommendation changed?