Curly hair + the tropical weather, means that frizz is a fact of my life. It’s become such a permanent fixture that I barely notice it anymore. It’s just sort of there: like the sun, like the sky. Every now and then, however, I decide to fight back and go on a hair product purchasing bender scouring the earth for something that will tame the mane. This includes both drugstore and “salon”/high-end products, when I can afford it. Recently, I acquired (as gifts with purchase) some trial sized Living Proof hair products to put to the test (you know how I love collecting deluxe samples).
Living Proof hair products are at the higher end of hair care in terms of price point. According to the company, the brand was born out of science – the science of achieving results through the use of non-traditional, innovative ingredients. The brains behind the brand is the highly accomplished Professor Robert Langer of MIT who, along with his team of scientists and beauty experts, have applied their scientific and beauty knowledge to the products they bring to the market.
The main component of Living Proof’s anti-frizz products is the patented molecule OFPMA which claims to be a superior alternative to silicones and oils. OFPMA forms a residue-free, weightless shield around each hair strand to smooth and protect the cuticle, while adding vibrant shine. All of the Living Proof’s products are sulfate and silicone-free. So, all science aside, did I personally experience a hair revolution?
Before I get into each product, for reference, I used the Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner, as well as the Satin Hair Serum for about four weeks. I wash my hair 3 times a week and rarely take heat to it.
Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner
The claims about the No Frizz shampoo and conditioner are almost exact so I won’t repeat myself. Both promise to offer a “weightlessly hydrating formula [that] gently cleanses the hair and effectively blocks humidity for truly sleek locks”. The key ingredient is PolyfluoroEster (a synthetic polymer) which creates “an invisible shield on the hair to lock in moisture-proof smoothness and repel dirt and oil, so you can go longer between washes to break the frizz and damage cycle”. The Living Proof No Frizz Conditioner is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner. Both shampoo and conditioner retail for $24.00 USD.
For optimal results, Living Proof recommends that you use both products together, advising that the longer you use the system, the more resistant the hair will be to frizz-causing humidity. Both products smell light and refreshing. As the shampoo is sulfate free, you won’t get major suds – if that’s something you’re use too. Also, as the conditioner is free of silicones, you may find that there is not as much “slip” to it as most drugstore brands. As such, I found myself having to use quite a bit of the conditioner to get tangles out.
Living Proof Satin Hair Serum
According to the company, the Satin Hair Serum is “powered by a Sera-Smooth Complex, which offers superior smoothness, eliminates frizz, provides natural movement, leaves hair [that] is manageable, and faster and easier to achieve a desired smooth style”. Notably, it smooths without silicones and oils, promising not to weigh hair down and create product build-up.
I really enjoyed this serum which, true to claims, did not feel oily or greasy. Moreover, I could layer it for several days in a row without experiencing significant build-up. Retails for $29.00 USD.
Overall assessment of the system
When I first starting using these products, I didn’t pay much attention to how they performed because, honestly, I’d not intended to review them. And, full disclosure, I don’t pay that much attention to my hair in general (other than the thinning that I’ve spoken about in the past). Most days, I just tie in back in a hair claw and that’s me done. Since moving back home, it’s just become so much more difficult to keep my curls tamed due to the humidity. I can’t cope with the the little “frizzies” that stick up all over the place (curly haired girls will know what I mean) and it’s easier not to be bothered with my hair at all.
Anyway, sob story aside, back to business. Two weeks into using the Living Proof hair products, I did notice less “frizzies”. But, initially, I attributed it to the weather which has been cooler of late. About a week and a half ago, however, I randomly took my hair down from its permanent home on top of my head to take a good look at my curls. I was shocked. They looked so smooth and clean! And the tendrils were bouncy and shiny. Even more impressive was the fact that it had been three days since I washed my hair.
After that, I took more notice of how my hair felt and looked healthier. The minis are almost out (I’ve got some of the hair serum left) and my conclusion is this: I’m going to purchase the full sizes. As soon as I finish what’s currently in my shower/stash, and the budget allows, these babies are coming home with me!
What’s your perspective on investing in pricier hair care items? What’s you preferred brand?
All products featured in this post were purchased by the author with the author’s own money (samples received as gifts with purchase). All opinions are the author’s own honest opinions. No affiliate links. See Disclaimer here for more information.