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Haircare

Best Hair Straightening Cream

If you have wavy, coarse, curly or frizzy hair, you know how difficult it is to obtain smooth and straight style; however, it isn’t impossible. There’s a range of products out there, and hair-straightening cream is a simple, temporary way to get a sleek coif.

These five hair-straightening creams were chosen because they protect hair strands from heated styling tools, help control frizz, and are from brands that are recommended by hair stylists. These products also work well with flat irons and blow dryers, because with truly unruly locks you need to use some tools to get them straight, unless you want to use semi-permanent products.

Kiehl's Silk Straightening Cream

The Kiehl’s brand has been around for years, and prides itself on testing products until the perfect formula is created. This light hair cream has a unique formula and contains silk powder extract, sunflower oil, soybean and sesame seed extract that helps coat the hair strands, making them incredibly silky and smooth. It conditions hair so it retains moisture long after the product is gone while protecting against split ends as well as over-drying from heated tools. In addition to giving your hair incredible shine, this cream also locks out humidity so it’s ideal for individuals with frizzy hair living in humid climates.

L'Oreal Studio Line Heat Hot & Smooth Straightening Cream

L'Oreal Studio Line Heat Hot & Smooth Straightening Cream

This is a top product among women seeking the best in hair-straightening creams. L'Oreal Paris Studio Line Hot Straight Thermo lasts for up to three days, even through washes. Ideal for those with naturally wavy or frizzy hair, this lightweight cream smells amazing and protects hair strands with thermo protect technology. The second you smooth a hot iron over your hair, it immediately goes straight and sleek for a polished and natural look.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Cream

Let the famous John Frieda brand name make you feel confident with John Frieda Frizz Ease. This product contains Hydrolyze milk protein, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil to condition your hair while straightening your style. Not only does this straightening cream make the texture of your hair incredibly silky, the lightweight formula keeps hair moisturized and straight for up to 24 hours. The unique ThermaGuard Complex protects against heat damage plus the product smells amazing from the addition of gardenia oil.

Marc Anthony Style Straight Instant Straightening Cream

Marc Anthony is one of those drugstore brands that truly delivers with products costing under $10. While you can get the ultimate sleekness by using straightening cream before blow-drying and ironing, it also smoothens out your hair when used on its own. You can smooth the product on damp hair and brush it straight to get a sleek, non-frizzy style. It locks on shine with a silicone formula absorbs deeply into the hair strand’s cortex. Plus, hydrolyzed silk proteins wrap around hair cuticles to ensure frizz is repelled and moisture is locked in.

Matrix Total Results Sleek Lisse Iron Smoother Spray

This product is ideal for those with fine or thin hair, because it straightens hair while bulking it up with a little volume. The spray itself is very light and leaves hair feeling silky, never sticky. It helps keep your style straight for up to 12 hours with no greasy side effects. Plus, the product is formulated with shea butter and ceramides, which helps fight humidity and gives hair a glossy finish. As only a little bit of the product is needed at each use, a bottle lasts a long time, making it worth the price tag of around $15.

Lauren Wise
Over the past 10 years, I have held such titles as Managing Editor at the international Runway magazine (yes, like in "The Devil Wears Prada", and Editor at Where Phoenix+Scottsdale magazine, Where Denver magazine, and Where Tucson magazine. At all of these publications, I routinely reviewed new beauty, style and fashion products on the market, as well as sampled hundreds of brands. I love organic products with as little additives as possible, and absolutely cannot live without my philosophy shampoos (an Arizona beauty brand, of course), Burt's Bees night face cream, Sally Hansen magnetic nail polishes, Obagi toner and Elta|MD face sunscreen. I stay up-to-date on the newest beauty and health products in order to provide a better way of life for myself and readers with products that range from simple and healthy to edgy and daring.
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