Money Wise--Putting Frizz Tamers to the Test

It was pouring outside today, which means many of you may be experiencing a common hair problem: the frizzies. It can be extremely frustrating for those who do, but the good news is some special products may help. Cold, wet weather can really cause hair to frizz. So the Good Housekeeping Institute tested several products designed to help avoid that finger-in-socket look.

Good Housekeeping's chemists applied the anti-frizz products to hair swatches, then put them in a special chamber, where the air could be tightly controlled. humidity levels were set at 80 percent. The results? Pantene's Moisturizing Curls Shaper anti-frizz crème did the best job keeping hair from frizzing up. The pricier Redken Outshine Anti-Frizz Polishing Milk was a close second.

Karen Rauen, GHI's chemistry director, said, "We found that the Redken product and the Pantene product both reduced frizz dramatically. We were very satisfied with the results. It's almost like wearing a raincoat on your hair."

Amy Keller, Good Housekeeping's beauty editor, has another bit of advice: "First you spritz your hair with a light styling mist and then wrap it into a loose ponytail. Go out in the rain, get back indoors, take your hair out of the ponytail, rub your strands together with your palms and oddly enough, the mix of styling spray and water will actually smooth your hair and get rid of the frizz."

A lot of people think that heat causes hair to frizz. But good housekeeping says: it's not the heat, it's the humidity. If you don't want to spend money on products - try buying some new sheets instead. Some experts say that sleeping on satin helps reduce frizz.

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