To start, I couldn't find the "What can't you live w/out" thread on LJ in order to reply to your question. I hadn't used LJ before the great blackout incident, so I couldn't figure out how to make a new thread. So, I hope you find this...
The de-frizz stuff I use is a Matrix product called "Glow Trix." It's in a small red bottle that has an orange plastic cap. It's usually around $15.00 a bottle. I love it b/c you can put it on when you hair is wet or dry and it always keeps the frizzies under control for me without buying a whole set of de-frizz products.
The wait is over: DS 9/16/08
Waiting for #DS2: 08/05/10
Is this becoming the curly girl thread? Or maybe we should start one.
I've been to Ouidad, but now I go to Devachan. Their salon is amazing, but their products are even better. They cut curly hair dry there so the shape is closer to what you actually deal with when your hair dries!
The program is called Curly Girl (some folks shorten it to CG) and it advocates using fewer products, to simplify your routine, including a non-sulfate cleanser (instead of shampoo).
Same boat as you...usually straight but curly when rainy.
I have to blow dry straight everyday. I alterante shampoo between Garnier Fructiss, Herbal Essense, Salon Selectives and Thermasilk. I use the Fine Hair Formula.
I let my hair air dry for maybe 10 minutes, then add in this order
Dove (its a clear gel in an upside down bottle)
Bead Head (something straighening--it is hot pink gel)
Some type of Mousse for fine hair
Dove Straight & Soft (another upside bottle)
then clip into sections and blow dry out and set curl with curling iron...then finish off with
Dove Anti-frizz (it is a pump)
I got the Dove stuff as a free sample from a board on WC and I liked it. I use to be obsessed with KMS flat-out. It is very hard to find and kinda pricey. I think the dove is the same consistency as KMS.
I have curly hair and hate it. I've been straightening since high school. I haven't bought a CHI straightener yet because when Hot Tools came out with their ceramic one, I just didn't like the results.
I use a professional curling iron to straighten mine! First I make really loose curls, and then gradually striaghten them.
I love BioSilk Silk Therapy...but I'm onto a new product: Bumble&Bumble Straight. It's all I use along with hairspray and I love it!
SoCo - just wanted to say you have gorgeous curls!
I'm a curly/wavy girl too, and I've started wearing it natural much more than I used to. For going straight I really haven't found anything I love. Aveda smells heavenly though. I love the Curls Rock for curly days!
My hair is super curly. I hardly ever straighten it because I don't feel like wasting that time...I wash my hair every day.
But when I do straighten on that rare occassion, I have to let my hair dry a bit before using anything (straightener). I can NOT use a blowdryer....forget it! I usually pull in a pony tail and let it dry that way. Then I use a curling iron to straighten, although I do have a ceramic straightener. As far as product, I really don't use much....although from the looks of my bathroom cabinets, you would think otherwise. I just hate having sticky hair!