What’s worse than messy, greasy hair? The flattened, frizzed out natural disasters that come as a result of high heat and moisture in the air — and dried out, poofed up locks. Frizzy hair is a perennial problem during Hong Kong’s warmer months, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are our top picks for hair styling heavyweights that can help smoothen, add shine and tame unruly summer frizz in Hong Kong.
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Founded by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, Ouai is loved for its high tech products (its dry shampoo foam is one of the brand’s bestsellers). It’s a lightweight cream that won’t feel sticky and oppressive in hot weather, and protects the hair from heat styling, smooths dry hair ends and makes it smooth and shiny — it’s particularly great as a colour lock. Free of parabens and phthalates and not tested on animals.
HK$205 from Sephora
Sephora’s own no-frizz cream has garnered rave five-star reviews online, and is great as a finishing cream or to protect your locks from blow-drying. It can be used on wet hair to help seal in unruly hairs or applied at any time on dry hair to tame frizz. A more affordable offering featuring a formula sans silicone.
HK$105 from Sephora
Part of a Farewell Frizz line — as you can tell from the name — clean haircare brand Briogeo has a whole three-step powerhouse routine to help banish frizz. If you’re just looking for a styling product though, this heat protectant/blow dry cream will do the trick — adding shine and smoothness to locks while also keeping it healthy with a host of coconut, vegetable, or plant derived ingredients.
HK$190 from Sephora
Japanese minimalist philosophy pairs with high tech clean formulations boasted as ‘skincare for hair,’ NatureLab’s answer to a defrizzing tool is a game changer a uses nutrient-rich plant stem cells, mixed with a blend of super-moisturising baobab, marula and argan oils to give soft, healthy locks that only get more gorgeous with time.
£15 (approx. HK$146) from Cult Beauty
Famously the hair genius who helped Audrey Hepburn heal her crunchy, overly hairsprayed locks, Philip Kingsley is considered one of the leading experts on hair and scalp care. This frizz-fighting gloss is perfect for those with vibrantly coloured locks and help them live another day, while also offering ‘mirror-like shine’, UV and heat styling protection.
£26 (approx. HK$254) from Cult Beauty
While we can’t quite hop on a flight just yet, this defrizzing styling cream is a kit you’ll want to stock ahead of your next long-awaited getaway. The flight-friendly tube by celebrity hairstylist Larry King is a versatile finishing cream scented like an exotic balmy holiday, and helps tame static and flyaways after your hair has been hauled through the exertion of cabin pressure. It also works for all hair lengths and textures, on wet or dried hair.
£17 (approx. HK$166) from Cult Beauty
Curly haired people need de-frizzing too, and natural haircare brand Rahua uses its signature Amazonian rahua oil to deliver tamed, shiny and hydrated results. This formula also features shea butter and molasses to help style your hair while keeping it soft and touchable even in the most humid environments. With a signature palo santo scent, your morning routine will be elevated into a spa-like experience. The formulas at Rahua are free from sulphates, parabens, and gluten.
HK$220 from Net-a-porter
Looking for something that will leave your hair smelling as gorgeous as it is smooth and shiny? Oribe is founded by industry legend Oribe Canales, who uses its signature ‘Cote d’Azur’ scent in every product. This leave-in conditioner and styling cream is designed for fine-to-medium and extra-long hair, calming flyaways, sealing split ends and also protects your hair from heat. Meant to work into wet hair before blow-drying, but you can use minimally on strays throughout the day.
HK$435 from Net-a-porter