Haircare Favorites For Fine, Frizzy Hair

I have had terrible hair my whole life. Which is why I have so many haircare favorites, and need to sleep on a silk pillowcase. I am always looking for the next best thing in hopes of one day having perfect hair. So far, that day has yet to come. However, I have found quite a few products that help manage my fine, frizzy hair that started out as naturally curly hair.

Missy also has fine, frizzy hair, but it is not as naturally wavy as mine. We have similar tastes in favorites so, I rounded up our favorites, most available at Sephora, some available in other places.

You don’t have to wade through all of my past childhood trauma that comes with having bad hair. Haha. Just jump to what you want to read about by using the links below.

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My Journey to Frizzy Hair Acceptance

Naturally wavy, frizzy, color-treated, greasy and fine thin/hair

I have always had a complicated relationship with my hair. It was something I was always bullied for growing up as it was always short and frizzy. My mom did not know what to do with it. I really did not start experimenting with what would work well for it until I was 15. Our hair was cut at Great Clips. We saw a different person every time. It was hard to find someone who could help until I went to a professional salon in college and regularly saw the same person.

I have had to learn to love my hair for what it is in order to love myself. One of my biggest insecurities has turned into something I tolerate, and even like at this point. My best friend is an artist and made a painting of me when I was in college. It said ” My hair can be curly or straight.” It was true. I could do whatever style I wanted, and that was pretty cool.

Then I got pregnant. And my hair completely changed. I lost most of my natural curl. It was mainly straight and fuzzy, with the exception of my hairline — where it was still very naturally curly. When it was not falling out. Of course. Just when I was starting to love my hair.

Frizzy Haircare Routine

Below is what my haircare routine looks like throughout the week. It significantly changed during COVID because I was not going anywhere:

  • Wash my hair every 2-3 days
    • I have oil trained my hair. It does not matter how much I let my hair go in between washing, my hair oil never decreases.
  • Use Olaplex #3 once a week
    • A lot of people think this is a conditioning mask. However, it is not. It is a repairing mask that helps repair bonds in your hair. I use it because I bleach my hair for balayage. If I do not use it, the bleach just fries my hair and makes it like straw.
  • Purple Shampoo/Mask once a week
  • Clarifying shampoo or scrub once a week (only if I used dry shampoo throughout the week)
  • Shampoo and Condition once a week

Frizzy Haircare Favorites

I have used a lot of different products. I do not use all of these products at the same time, but they are the ones I have re-purchased or find myself using the most.

Shampoos
  • Shampoo:
    • Raincry Regenerating Shampoo, $35/ $26 after discount- always 25% off with code: SISTER
      • I used to use Pura D’or to help with hair shedding, but it was just too drying on my hair so started to use Raincry after Vanessa at Goals to Get Glowing posted about it. I love it. It smells good. It helps with hair shedding and it does not dry out my hair. Sulfate free and all that jazz.
  • Clarifying Shampoo:
    • Ouai Detox Shampoo, $28
      • I use this once a week to get all of the product and hard water build up out of my hair. This really feels like it cleans my hair without stripping it. I used to use the Living Proof Detox shampoo and it was just too stripping and dried my hair out.
Conditioners
  • Conditioner:
    • Raincry Repairing Conditioner, $38/$28 after discount – always 25% off with code: SISTERTHIS CONDITIONER IS SO GOOD. It makes my hair so soft. It does not weigh it down. As soon as I wash it out, my hair feels like silk under the water. In that brief moment, I pretend like I am in a Salon Selectives commercial from 1999. Whose that lady? ME. I am that lady.
  • Conditioning Masks
    • Olaplex #3, $28
      • I know I said this is not a conditioning mask in an earlier paragraph, but I am not sure where else to put it. I have seen considerable improvement in hair texture and softness. Just apply to wet hair and leave it in. It recommends for 10 minutes, but I read it can reach maximum effectiveness after 45.
    • Amika SoulFood Mask, $28
      • One of my holy grail masks. It is so good for the price. Softens hair. Does not weigh it down too much. SMELLS AMAZING.
    • Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask, $71 – never pay this much for it.
      • Smells like the inside of your grandma’s purse, but man does it make your hair so soft. I have not used in a while because I am trying out other things. I really miss it! Best place to buy is on SkinStore, but they are out of stock.
    • Christophe Robin Shade Variation Mask (Blonde Mask), $53/$39 after 25% off with code SISTER
      • A Kathleen Jennings Beauty recommendation. It is a great purple mask. It helps brighten and cool blondes and leaves your hair feeling almost as soft as the Christophe Robin mask
    • L’oreal Paris Hair Elvive Total Repair Mask, $6
      • A follower recommended this mask to me and it is a pretty good mask for $6! It is great at softening my hair. It does weigh it down a little, so I cannot use a lot. However, I do think this would be a great option for anyone with thicker hair. Or if you have fine hair, only apply mid-shaft to bottom.
    • L’oreal Paris Hair Elvive 8- Second Water, $8
      • This is not really a conditioner. Not really a shampoo. It definitely helps soften your hair and make it nice and shiny if you are using a heat after your shower. You really need to use heat afterwards to see the full effects. Fair warning — it has a STRONG fragrance. Smells like perfume. It does not smell bad, but if you are sensitive to fragrances, it could be hard to use.
Style Treatments
  • Frizz Fighters
    • IGK Good Behavior 4-in-1 Prep Spray, $27
      • I use this most for my daughter’s hair. It is great at detangling! I will also use a couple sprays in my hair when I am not using any other type of styling cream. It helps control frizz, conditions, and protects hair up to 450 degrees!
    • IGK Good Behavior Protein Anti- Frizz Spray, $32
      • If you use this before straightening your hair, it will make it considerably less frizzy for at least the night. It is supposed to last a few days, but I never find that to be the case. I use sparingly because I read putting too much protein in your hair can cause it to break off.
    • Pop and Lock Frizz Control and Shine Serum, $20
      • Helps with flyaways. Makes your hair SO shiny after styling.
    • Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil, $28
      • The lightest hair oil you can find. Does not weight down hair, lasts forever and helps with frizz and shine.
      • Verb Ghost Oil, $18 is $10 cheaper and just a smidge heavier than Olaplex. I think it is a great alternative if you are looking for a more budget-friendly option.
  • Volumizers
Style Extenders
  • Living Proof Dry Shampoo
    • If I am working outside of my house, I could go two days max without washing my hair before it became too greasy. This dry shampoo was my first line of defense. Not too strong that it dries out my hair, but strong enough to absorb oil
  • IGK First Class Detox Dry Shampoo
    • These are the big guns. A Things I Bought and Liked recommendation. It is so good for third-day oily hair. But it. is. drying. I try to only concentrate at my roots as to not dry out my ends.
  • IGK Anti-Social Conditioning Mask
    • This is a really cool one. When your hair is starting to feel like it is getting too dry, but you still need like 2 more days before having to wash your hair, apply this at night. Sleep in it. Wake up. Your hair will feel a lot better. It does have a strong fragrance to it, but I like it?
Hair Tools

Brushes

  • Kristin Ess Detangling Hair Brush, $10 – I like the round handle of this – makes it easier to grip and get the tangles.
  • Mason Pearson Popular Nylon/Boar Brush – I did not pay full price for this, however it seems it is sold out every where that would have it for a discount!

Heat Tools

  • Dyson Airwrap
    • Life changing for fine hair. I will have another post that will go into further detail. Just trust me that it does the job it needs to do without burning your hair off.
  • GHD Platinum Hair Straightener
    • Does not get past a certain heat, but still straightens hair as good as something with high heat because of how many heat sensors are in the plates.
  • T3 1 Inch Curling Iron
    • I like this because it is not easy to accidentally turn it off while using it.

There we have it! A full breakdown of my haircare products. Whew. That was exhausting! I will ensure to do mini breakdowns in the future. I always receive so many questions about what I use and when, and thought the explanations could help someone decide what they should get.

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