Editor’s Pick: Smooth Hair Essentials

Written by Ashley

The ONLY Products You’ll Need to Keep Frizz At Bay.

My bathroom, and my coif,  wouldn’t be complete without my must have smooth hair essentials (especially for summer frizz fighting)

Liqwd Full-line

I’m a fan of the LiQWD line, and even go far enough to only use their Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner on special occasions, depending on the week and what events are happening. Any product that lives so rich, but rinses so clean must be coveted & cherished. As far as styling products?  My love for the Volumizing Catalyst spray is borderline obsession for in between washes, to revitalize & get a fresh scent.

But whoa, to get smooth resultsmy coarse, thin, dry hair… LiQWD’s Professional Smoothing Catalyst (pictured above second from left) tames frizz like nothing I’ve ever used before. No grease, no stiffness from blowdrying, and no long term heat damage can come from this bottle… just perfection in styling. According to LiQWD, exclusive Nano-Hydraspheresâ„¢ form a protective webbing around each hair, delivering essential moisture to the critical cortex layer and smoothing the surface for optimum light reflection. In other words… No grease, no stiffness from blowdrying, and no long term heat damage can come from this bottle… just perfection in styling. I can’t go a day without using this to blow dry, working in to my ends when dry & curly, or smoothing in when wet to keep fly-aways at bay.

LiQWD Professional Smoothing Catalyst $28[Shop Liqwd]

qzone_misikkoWhile I’m keepin’ this smooth train rollin’ all protected by my catalyst friend, it’s on to smooth hair’s dynamic duo. The dryer & straightener.

This virtually SILENT QZone hairdryer from Centrix helps every NYC working girl with 6 artsy unemployed roommates in a 2 bedroom apartment keep said roommates happy. It’s worth the extra dough, this thing will last forever, and allow you to rock out to musical jams without missing your fav NOW 4 track due to blow-dryer related noise interference. What’s better… is that is works like a charm, without scorching hair from hotter than hot temps.  Use the cool-blast button to set your dry strands to give your straightener a solid, mega-shiny base.

If you’re looking for the holy-grail of straighteners, the usual brands don’t even enter my mind these days. I’m all about the Hana Elite Flat Iron from Misikko. The ‘damp to dry’ aspect lets me get ready in a flash while I’m in a rush, or if the AC is broken and blowdrying is physically out of the question. The 100% ceramic plating has even heat distribution, and easier to clean than most. I’ve been using mine for a while, and have been able to get any product gunk off with a simple wipe of a damp cloth, to keep my strands free of build up. Oh, and this Marie Claire & Redboom Mag reader’s choice comes iron standard with its own Travel Pouch, Heat Proof Silicone Mat & Tin Case. Fixin’s to make your travel plans, and hair, smooth as silk.

QZone hairdryer from Centrix $250 $150 [Folica]

Hana Elite 1″ Iron $359 $230 []

Looking for more?  Check out BettyConfidential‘s list to tame summertime frizz-ation.

Disclosure: All products were provided for review. No monetary compensation was received for this review. All opinions belong to the author.

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a fun-loving, twenty-something living in Brooklyn. She spends most of her time absorbing all the life, tofu and whiskey that NYC has to offer. Her current obsessions? BDG High-waisted leggings, vintage boot shopping in Williamsburg, Katherine Kwei's sling bag and Melanie Marie's two-finger horn ring.

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