(or: I’m not straight, but that doesn’t mean my hair can’t be)
I’ve been obsessed with smooth, shiny hair as long as I can remember, likely because I don’t have it naturally. When I leave my hair to its own devices, the roots stick to my head while my lengths curl in some places and hang limply in others. I’ve tried all the haircuts that promise a “wash and go” experience, but I just don’t seem to have “wash and go” hair. Without a blow dryer and some sort of product, I look like I crawled out of a swamp.
That said, I’m also pretty lazy, and I really hate the idea of blowing out my hair every single day, so I need a product that’s going to keep my blowout on point between shampoos.
I bought this stuff on a whim a couple of years ago, solely because I love their hairspray so much. I was somewhat unconvinced of the “Straight for 3 Days” promise on the back of the bottle, but figured that if it provided heat protection, it was good enough for me.
My skepticism was totally unwarranted. The spray easily keeps my hair straight and frizz-free for three days. In fact, I went up to a cottage for a few days recently, and I didn’t wash my hair the whole time I was there (please don’t judge). When we got back on Monday, I was still rocking Thursday’s (at-home) blowout, which didn’t look any worse for wear.
It also stands up to humidity. Shortly after I started using it, we were interviewing for a new writer at work. We hired her, and she later told me that she found me intimidating, partially because my hair was so sleek even though it was crazy humid outside. (She was very kind and didn’t mention anything about my massive case of resting bitch face when she shared this anecdote.)
Some observations/tips I’ve collected after two years of consistent use:
- The three-day promise is true, and it might even be an understatement.
- If you have fine hair, be really careful to avoid spraying this on your roots.
- Similarly, a little goes a long way. In the event that you do spray too much, soak up the excess once your hair is dry using some dry shampoo.
- Although the Volume version is really great at plumping your hair, it doesn’t provide any frizz control. If you need volume and sleekness, I’d suggest spraying the Volume version near the roots, and the Straight version through the lengths of your hair.
- I still use this even if I’m doing wavy or curly hair. I find my hair turns out better if I start with a straight base and then add texture.
Note: I wasn’t paid to post this; I seriously just love this stuff so much that I wanted to write a blog post about it.