This post should probably be prefaced with a quick backstory: I’m really, really low maintenance when it comes to primping. Despite the fact that I’m writing an entry for a beauty blog, and I love my gorgeous friend Chi Chi (who also happens to co-run this blog) to death… I just can’t ever bring myself to spend more than 5 minutes on making myself look “good,” especially on a daily basis. At least with makeup anyway…. Most days I can’t even be bothered to put on eyeliner or mascara before work. Yeah, I wasn’t exaggerating. But there is one thing I can justify breaking my 5-minute-primping rule for: straightening my hair.
I must say, it took awhile to truly appreciate it, but I do love my hair. Naturally curly, it grows fast and fairly strong but not too thick. It’s curly enough that if I let it dry naturally I’ll get volume and some ringlets but nothing crazy; yet, it’s not so finicky that I can’t straighten it in under 20 minutes and notice a huge difference between my natural hair. Like my makeup, I normally can’t be bothered to spend more than 5-10 minutes on a hairstyle before pulling my hair back in 2 clips and calling it a day. But, for whatever reason, I’m decidedly less careless about my hair than my makeup. To see the rest of the review and pictures, please click the cut!
I’m actually… kind of crazy when it comes to using products that damage my hair. I’ve come to really love it, you know? And I don’t want to mess it up. I’ve never been interested in dying or perming it, and it just kills me to use hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons on it. I don’t need to curl my hair and the irons terrify me anyway, so I never use those. I’m never in such a hurry to dry my hair that I can’t let it dry naturally and just pull it half back (have I mentioned I’m low-maintenance?), so I probably bust out my hair dryer once or twice a year. But straightening it? When I just want to look good for a special occasion and not have to worry about how it will look after a day or two? Straightening it is. I can justify doing it by the fact that I won’t do it more than once a week.
But I still feel bad, you know? And so I started doing research. And I found out they made hair-protecting sprays specifically for fussy people like me who want to look good but feel absolutely awful about torturing their hair in the process. I spent probably 10 minutes in the hair aisle debating between brands (funny how I say that, yet can’t be bothered to spend that much on primping…) and finally decided on the TRESemmé Heat Tamer Spray.
Since I don’t straighten my hair much there’s times I forget to use it. But then when I do! Man oh man! I’m almost considering straightening my hair more because of this stuff. That’s how well it works! When I’m finished, I just can’t stop touching my hair, it’s so soft and smooth. Frizz is a big issue for me that I’ve learned is rather pointless to try and battle, but it all disappears using the spray with my straightener. My hair smells incredible and shines…. I just can’t say enough good things about it!
You can use it on wet or dry hair. Obviously if you have a normal straightener and you spray it on dry hair, you’ll want to wait for a minute or two for it to dry before straightening. But I’ll do maybe 4-5 sprays, then flip my hair upside down and spray a few more times, then brush my hair through to evenly distribute and get the last few snarls out. Then I’ll wait for my straightener to finish and voila! Instantly smooth, wonderful smelling, not heat damaged hair.
The moral of the story here is that if someone as low-maintenance as me can spare an extra 30 seconds of her <10-minute routine to protect her hair, so can you! I think it retails for around $5 but it lasts you forever (maybe less if you use heat products daily) and is absolutely every penny. Highly recommended!