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Reviewing IGK Mistress and Ouai Wave Spray for frizz

Quick Tips for Taming Hot Weather Hair

The weather is definitely heating up, and with it goes the volume (ahem, fluffiness) of my hair.

As someone whose hair when left to its own devices is what can only be described as ‘frizztastic’ (not a word but should be), I’m constantly on the prowl for any product to manage it.

And there are two particular products I first bought last summer that have been helping me control my mane.

So here are some ways to use them (and one definite way to avoid) to control hot weather frizz.

Ouai Wave Spray (from £10 for 50 ml, Feel Unique)

In terms of beauty lines that are so aesthetically-pleasing you’re not sure the products will actually live up to the looks, Ouai so fell into that category for me that for ages I was almost nervous to order anything of theirs.

Thankfully, those dark days have been behind me for some time now and I am happy to report that- for my hair at least- their products deliver on their claims.

On the Hair

This rice protein enriched spray is essentially a texturiser designed to offer hold and volume.

But since my hair is already enormous and it was roughly 100,000 degrees when I first tried it, instead of using this to create bigger waves I decided to try this out as an at-root volumiser.

And the results…? You’ve seen the film There’s Something About Mary right? Well, due to some overzealous spritzing and ruffling on my part the first time I used this, my hair genuinely ended up with more volume than it has ever had.

Yes, just think of me as Cameron Diaz just without the cheekbones, bank account or acting ability.

And although I’ve definitely scaled back on the amount I spritz on since then (!), if I’m looking for volume or hold this is one of my absolute go-to products for its sheer efficacy.

Great for: Natural-looking volume.  Also the scent- a gorgeous blend of of lemon, cedarwood, magnolia, lily and blackberry.

Not-so-great for: The slightly sticky texture this leaves in hair after use (kind of wishing I hadn’t used that Something About Mary reference now…). It’s no worse that the finish from an average hair spray though so it doesn’t bother me particularly.

IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm (from £14 for 50 ml, Space NK)*

My second summertime favourite is another gorgeous smelling product, this time a serum-leave in conditioner combination from US brand IGK.

Containing coconut oil, shea butter and argan oil, this is both moisturising enough to rehydrate hair that is dry from swimming/sun, as well as heavy enough to weigh down my enormous hair (no small achievement).

Vegan, paraben, sulphate and mineral oil-free, this balm is also cruelty-free and provides UV and heat protection.

I’ve included the full list of ingredients of this (and Ouai’s Wave Spray) at the bottom of this post.

On the Hair

This leave-in conditioning balm has a slight silicone feel on the hands (which makes sense since it does contain them), but absorbs quickly, leaving hair soft and with a subtle sheen.

It also smells lovely- with a warm, almost honey-like scent.

In terms of hydration, I have lots of very fine, dry hair and my highlights addiction means I need a lot of moisture.

So while I do find Mistress hydrating on dry hair, just after washing I still use another leave-in conditioner alongside it.

For me, though, its strength lies more in its ability to add control and shine while reducing frizz. For those with less damaged hair, however, I suspect this would be very moisturising on its own.

As an added bonus, the balm’s bright and sunny packaging makes it a welcome addition to my bedside table collection.

Great for: Controlling frizz and adding shine.

Not-so-great for: Adding lots of moisture to very dry hair like mine (but probably enough for less damaged hair types).

The Takeaway

While summer makes my hair does some pretty weird things, increasing volume at the roots while defrizzing the lengths and ends keeps my strands from returning to their natural (triangular) shape.

*Denotes PR sample
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The full list of ingredients:

Ouai Wave Spray: Water, Isobutylene/Ethylmaleimide/Hydroxyethylmaleimide Copolymer, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Polysorbate-20, Propanediol, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Glycerin, Panthenol, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Esculentus Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Cystoseira Compressa Extract, Hydrolyzed Linseed Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Protein, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Arginine, Alanine, Glycine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Threonine, Phytic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, PCA, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Parfum (Fragrance), Polysilicone-15, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Pentylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, BHT, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citronellol, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).

IGK Mistress: Water, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Laureth-7, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Benzyl Salicylate, BHT, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin

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  • I could see myself enjoying the hydrating hair balm! I have straw hair that tends to get all sorts of poofy and frizzy 😀 I currently use argan oil, which helps quite a bit. A little extra shine would be a nice touch!

    17th June 2020

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