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Monday, November 5, 2012

Thank the LAWD for Anti-Humectants!

Happy Monday lovelies!

Can you believe it's November already? 2012 has really flown by!

Anyway, for autumn and winter, I have resolved to straighten my hair 2x a month (wear my hair out and straight for 1 week, bun the next, wash, repeat). I gotta learn how to enjoy my hair more..otherwise, what am I growing it out for?

In the past, the biggest issue for me and straightening my hair was reversion. My hair would be straight immediately following a blow out but then..when I stepped outside with my locks a flowin'...that moisture would hit my hair,my hair would say 'haaaayyyy boo,' and then puff up.

It's extremely frustrating. Hours of work down the drain in a matter of minutes.

Recently, I found a way to prevent that: anti-humectants. Simply stated, anti-humectants block moisture from your hair (so you really have to take care to get the moisture you need to your hair BEFORE you apply this product). They are typically silicone-based so if your hair is sensitive to cones, take heed. All you have to do with anti-humectants is apply a little to your hair post flat ironing and BAM! Sleek hair!

I have only tried 2 anti-humectants thus far and they are:

Fantasia IC Frizz Buster: Now I have had this particular bottle of Frizz Buster since the beginning of my journey. I tried using it as a heat protectant and I don't recall being too thrilled with it. Recently, however, I have been using it as an anti-humectant. I LOVE it! I can get a good week of wearing my hair straight with minimal reversion using this product. I also love how it's readily available (you can find it in Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Target, etc.) and relatively inexpensive (costs about $8 or $9+tax). Make sure you get the serum and not the Frizz Buster in the jar though.

Mizani Thermasmooth Shine Extend Anti Humidity Spritz (Step 4): Now if you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I have sung the praises of Mizani Thermasmooth from the highest of mountaintops. I love that system for straightening. I really do--just the first 3 steps though. I have not been impressed by this spritz. I just think my hair needs something heavier (like a serum) and not liquid-y to keep it from reverting too quickly. When I use this spritz, I get a day or two of sleek hair and then it's back to light and fluffy. This is the only step of the Thermasmooth system that I'm 'meh' about.

I really REALLY want to try:

Aveda Brillant Anti Humectant Pomade: The innanets have been singing thee PRAISES of this you know I have to try it! It's a little pricey ($20) but I must try it! I've just been to lazy to go to the Aveda store to get it.

Bottom Line: Get a good anti-humectant! You won't be sorry!

What anti-humectants have you tried?


  1. I like GVP silk remedy. Does the job for me in my extra humid Lagos where I live. :)

    1. Very true--it is so thick that it would definitely do the job!. I find that it is too heavy for my hair though :(

  2. Great post! A fav of mine would have to be kerapro anti-frizz elixir. Has ceramides, & hydrolyzed keratin, and can be found at sally beauty supply. Loves it!