Best Drugstore Frizz Fighters

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Hi, I'm Elle. And let me introduce you to my hair. The bottom layer is super straight and fine. The top layer is naturally wavy and holds curl for days. And then, there are the sides. They are dry, coarse, and very, very frizzy. My hair has always grown in like this. And my goal is to make all of it look cohesive, and that means using something for frizz.

I scoured the drugstores for products designed to fight frizz. After months and months of testing, I can't wait to share my results. I tested these in winter, spring, and summer. I tested these on windy days, rainy days, humid days, super hot days, and even at the beach. I tested these in steamy showers. I tested these with certain kids who love to torment play with my hair. I'm tested out!

frizz hair products reviews
I tested a variety of frizz-fighting products like creams, serums, and oils. To make my hair straight and frizz-free, I prefer doing a blow out with a round brush, and I used that hairstyle when testing these frizz--fighters. Tutorial for easy blow out at home is here.

cream to fight frizz
L'Oreal Smooth Intense X Treme Straight Creme
  • Note: When I began testing these in November of 2014, this was still available. It has been reformulated as Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Perfecting Balm. I did test that and had the same results despite only using it a few times.
  • $5.97
  • B+ 
    • This worked decently at frizz (worked well at straightening my hair) but the 5 year old disliked the scent. ;)

john frieda smooth primer review

John Frieda Frizz Ease Beyond Smooth Frizz-Immunity Primer
  • Non silicone formula with pure coconut oil and frizz immunity comples that improves hair with each use
  • $10.49
  • F
    • I am a huge John Frieda fan, and after seeing such positive reviews, I had to get this. It was awful on me and made my hair on the sides even frizzier. It was the most expensive of those tested and I really disliked it.

tresemme keratin infusing smoothing serum review best frizz

Tresemme Keratin Infusing Smoothing Serum
  • Helps eliminate frizz and seals in shine for a polished, smooth look
  • $3.63
  • A
    • My hair usually dislikes serums and prefers creams, so I was shocked that I loved this one the most. It gave me shiny and smooth hair. It lasted the best through all of my testing. And it was the least expensive!

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Herbal Essences Bombshell Babe Blowout Smooth Creme
  • This multi-tasking creme also works to repel frizz and seal in moisture for super-smooth, virtually flyaway-free results. The lotus-scented styling creme hydrates for super-smooth, virtually flyaway-free results.
  • $3.99
  • C+
    • This had a great scent to it, but just didn't deliver enough for fighting frizz. 

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment review
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Oil Treatment
  • Sleek, smooth, deep conditioning of argan oil from Morocco without any oily residue
  • $4.99
  • A-
    • This smells amazing and gave me the shiniest hair. It worked well on frizz but it was borderline oily hair for me. In the pic below it looks amazing, but trust me my hair was really oily there. It did not work at straightening/smoothing my hair. It stayed wavy.

frizz products drugstore reviews best worst
Loreal, Tresame, John Freida, Herbal Essences, Garnier Fructis
Here are examples of each product after 1 week and after humidity exposure.
My two best frizz tips:

  • If a product has alcohol listed in the first 5 ingredients, skip it. I've found that alcohol dries out and frizzes my hair faster than anything.
  • I say this all the time, but I swear by a satin pillowcase. No friction. Here's a picture of how my hair looks when I wake up. Ignore the lack of makeup, hehe. And you should follow me on Insta already!

What do you use in your hair?

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Must-Try Beauty Buys: August

It's already August, y'all. There are kids that started school yesterday. I cannot believe it! August is also the month that I am done with a bunch of beauty experiments that I've been testing since January! I can't wait to share results in the coming weeks.

I've also been testing LOTS of beauty products that I received for consideration. I'm breaking it up into two parts, so you'll see the other half next week. Stay tuned and let's see what you must try for the month!

Million Dollar Tan Sheer Tan Glam--This is a do-it-all, skin-perfecting, tinted moisturizer. The unique two-side formula gives total control of color intensity while providing skin with skin firming, collagen boosting and fine-line smoothing power for an effortless youthful complexion.

See the triangles at the top? You move the nozzle to the level of intensity that you desire, so you can use this solely as a moisturizer, a tanner, or both.

Here's a closeup of the bottle so you can see the two-in-one. This gave me natural color--it's been in recent pics--and kept my skin hydrated. Unscented and not shimmery. LOVE. 
Price: $36 Availability: MillionDollarTan.com

Sugar StripEase--This is a cruelty-free, 100% natural sugaring hair remover.  It was recently launched at ULTA Beauty, so I thought you all would be interested in learning more!
Sugar StripEase is the only product in the market which is made from blends of pure sugar syrups giving consistency & longer shelf life, with no chemicals used in its formulation or during the process the product. 

Essentially, you heat it up, apply and use provided strips to remove. I've used this on myself, I've had friends who have never tried waxing use it on me and I've given them some to try. They all reported it was easy. I had no issues using this and loved the results.
Price: $19.99 Availability: www.sugarstripease.com or ULTA

Nano Facial Steamer  I know what you're thinking, what in the world? But hear me out. I have tried the old steaming-bowl-with-head-over-towel method and I'm too claustrophobic to do it. I admit it. A shower helps a little, but it's nothing compared to this facial steamer. 

A quick steam with this hydrates my skin, allows product to soak in, and I even use it to loosen makeup. I have bad allergies and this has been a lifesaver! The compact sized steamer uses ultra-fine, nano-sized particle steam to quickly replenish dry skin while simultaneously revitalizing complexion. It's an indulgence that makes my skin glow. And it's pink!! Price: $179 Availability: Panasonic EH-SA31 Facial Ionic Steamer 

Whish Body Butter in Black Cherry--This is part of the Soda Fountain Collection. I'm a huge Whish fan, and have shared several of their products on here. This one is no exception. Additional scents include ginger melon, key lime, orange cream. I was surprised at how much I loved the black cherry scent, so give it a sniff if you're in Nordstrom or ULTA. Not a fan of these scents? They have plenty of other ones to try as well as other Whish products. Price: $12

Which one would you like to try?

Extra Elle:
  • I just realized all the products were pink today. Ha!
  • I had a busy weekend--dinner with friends and I had fun at the Sephora VIB Rouge #BeautyBeforeBrunch event. And I locked my keys in my car. A first! How was yours?
  • I'm on Snapchat--I'll add you back! Just search for ellesees.


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