In the past year, all of my trips to Ulta involved spending time in front of the Living Proof products display. It was a line that I was not familiar with, but that piqued my interest. Just the simplicity of the bottles was enough to catch my eye. The anti frizz Nourishing Styling Cream tempted me, as a good frizz fighter is my dear friend, BUT each time I revisited it, I talked myself out of splurging. After all, it was a 4 ounce bottle for $26…. not the best deal in town. Finally, on a recent Ulta run to buy some new mascara and dry shampoo, I couldn’t resist anymore. Without a second thought, I plucked the stout little bottle from the shelf and threw it into my shopping bag without taking time to rationalize the purchase. I may have also plucked a bottle of shampoo too, but I will save that story for another day…
I timed my test run perfectly. The early summer Charlotte weather has been very humid this week, with frequent rain showers; and it meant walking the dogs in the elements, in my shower cap. Yes, true confession that GHDG weatherproofs her hair with a pretty teal shower cap, in public. My neighbors and the neighborhood passerby’s likely think I am a nutcase, but I won’t ruin a blowout to save face. Anyhow, aside from stressing out my dogs, who hate precipitation the rain seemed to provide ideal conditions to REALLY test an anti frizz product’s success.
Upon “hair-washing day” (it only happens once or twice per week, so I have to schedule my product trials accordingly) this past week, I was ready for the trial of my newest product. After my normal wash/condition routine, I combed my hair out with a wide-toothed comb. I squeezed about a quarter size dollop of styling cream into my palm and rubbed it between my hands and then proceeded to apply into my damp hair, concentrating more so on the ponytail area than the roots.
The smell of LP’s styling cream was very nice…citrusy with a little hint of spice. I prefer a scent like this to something overly sweet. The consistency of the product was as the name implies, a cream. It wasn’t very greasy though; and didn’t have the effect that a Moroccanoil or other oil based product might have. After applying the cream, I did what I always do with damp hair- wait. I like to give my hair 20 minutes or so to air dry before I blow-dry it. I sectioned it off, per my normal routine. As damp hair goes, it felt no different with the anti frizz cream applied, but it sure smelled great. Using my big ole’ round brush, I blew it out, section by section.
The results were frizz free locks that were softened and smoothed. Again, unlike oil I usually go for, it didn’t weigh my hair down. My hair still had great body, but was just really nice and smooth.
Aside from the price, another shortcoming of this product became apparent post blow-out. It seems the cream doesn’t combat- and may even create a static effect. I needed to run a dryer sheet through my hair to remove the Albert Einstein-esque style. That isn’t typical for me, and considering the weather has been humid, I am thinking it’s a legit side effect of the product and not just mere coincidence. Anyhow, the good news is that a dryer sheet was all it took and I was back to well-behaved, soft and shiny hair.
The other post styling observation is that I noticed was that my hair had much less volume on day two and three after my blow-out. Since I am not an everyday washer, I like a product that smoothes, but doesn’t rob me of volume. Thankfully, dry shampoo and the bleach that keeps my natural color hidden allows me to resuscitate the body a bit, but it’s something to consider if you have hair that needs volume.
Personally for me, LP’s anti frizz cream works pretty well. I’d say it’s a keeper. If you have tried any of their other products, please let me know what you think. What other frizz fighters work best for you? Now that summer is here, anti humidity/frizz products are in high demand!