I naturally have a little bit of a curl and wave to my hair, but I rarely wear it that way. The reason? Frizz — is like my archnemesis, someone I'm constantly battling no matter the day. I've found a few shampoos and conditioners that help me cut down on the issue and even a few smoothing formulas that work when I blowout my hair, but it wasn't until I tested a frizz-fighting mask for the 2023 POPSUGAR Beauty Awards that I found a product I could consistently rely on. Allow me to introduce the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Frizz-Fighting Hydrating Mask ($36).
About the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Frizz-Fighting Hydrating Mask
- The Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Frizz-Fighting Hydrating Mask promises frizz-free, defined curls.
- The formula works on all curl types but is ideal for medium to thick hair.
- It protects against heat and UV damage through a dedicated UV filter.
- Ingredients include vitamin C and castor oil.
- It's free from silicones, sulphates, parabens, gluten, and phthalates.
- It's cruelty-free.
What I Like About the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Frizz-Fighting Hydrating Mask
Using this mask before wearing my hair with my natural waves is an absolute must. It leaves my hair feeling soft and hydrated, and it cuts down on frizz immensely. While I still see some at the roots of my hair and around the crown, the area from my mid-lengths to ends is essentially frizz-free.
It also helps reduce static and frizz even when I don't wear my hair curly — it's my secret weapon for a smooth blowout. It's been raining a ton where I live and I've been using this mask before doing my hair to go out at night and it's kept it hydrated and silky.
I'm also a sucker for a hair product that smells good, especially if the scent is long-lasting. There's nothing better than getting a whiff of clean, delicious-smelling hair throughout the day. This mask has notes of melon, blue agave, and sweet basil — a mouthwatering combination. I've found that even though this is an in-the-shower mask that I rinse out, it still leaves my hair smelling great throughout the day.
How to Use the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Frizz-Fighting Hydrating Mask
The brand recommends using this mask as needed in the shower after shampooing. After wringing excess water from your hair, apply the mask from the mid-lengths to the ends using a wide tooth comb. Leave it on for up to five minutes and then rinse. Once you exit the shower, the brand recommends following up with a curl-styling product like the Featherlight Styling Cream ($26).
I like to use this mask whether or not I plan to wear my hair wavy or blown out. I use a quarter-sized amount and run it through my hair using just my fingers (there's no room in my tiny shower for me to store a comb, TBH). I let it sit for three minutes, then rinse it out. Occasionally I'll follow up with conditioner if I feel like my hair is extra dry and in need of even more TLC — otherwise, I skip it altogether.
After getting out of the shower, I'll either follow up with a curl-defining product like the Ouai Curl Cream ($32), or I'll use a heat protectant and blow my hair out smooth. Either way, I've found that this mask helps cut down on frizz, especially when it comes to the mid-lengths to ends of my hair.
What to Consider Before Trying the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Frizz-Fighting Hydrating Mask
Something I learned early on about this product is that a little goes a long way. I have thin hair, and if I use too much, it weighs my hair down. I recommend starting with a small amount the first time you test it. Then work your way up to a larger dollop if needed.
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