My daily battles with my crazy mane of hair have been well documented here at BettyConfidential. During my tenure here, I’ve found a number of products that work really well for it; it continues to be an ongoing science experiment, though, largely so I can share my findings with all you other Bettys out there with equally difficult-to-manage locks. And guess what? I’ve got some new research, and with it, some fab new products from Alba Botanica that will solve a whole passel of your worst hair problems with minimal fuss and maximum style.
The key to any frizz-free look begins in the shower, so I was more than willing to try out Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Deep Conditioning So Smooth Gardenia minute mask ($8.99, albabotanica.com). I’m not always super fond of deep conditioners; they have a tendency to weigh hair down and leave behind a nasty residue. This one, though? LOVE. Mango, papaya, argan oil, and plant-sourced keratin help this 100 percent vegetarian mask infuse every strand of your hair with moisture for smooth, silky locks—all the while imparting a lovely tropical fragrance to your shower. Just work it through your hair after you’ve washed it and leave it there for about two to five minutes before rinsing it out. Voila! Instant, weightless hydration. Just what my summer-parched mane needs!
If you style with heat a lot like I do (guilty as charged—what can I say? I’ve got to tame my unruly hair somehow!), odds are you make some sort of nourishing, protecting product a regular part of your hair routine. My advice? Get rid of everything you’ve got taking up space on your bathroom counter and replace it with Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian Drink It Up Coconut Milk leave-in conditioning mist ($8.99, albabotanica.com).
The coconut milk, argan oil, and fruit extracts in this easy-to-use spray will give you all the taming power you’ll ever need, weather you’ve got crazy curls or just a general frizz problem. I’m a big fan of spritzing it in and combing it through damp hair; once your mane is dry, it’ll be ridonculous soft and fabulously frizz-free. It’ll stay that way all day, too; I used this stuff before my Day of Madness during New York Fashion Week, and although I was exhausted with messy makeup and aching feet by the end of it, my hair still looked great. You can also use it on dry hair to bring fading locks back to life—plus, did I mention how amazing it smells? It’s so delish that my cat kept trying to eat my hair after I spritzed it on. True story.
The newest offerings from Alba Botanica’s Hawaiian line also feature a second mask, the Deep Conditioning Real Repair Cocoa Butter minute mask ($8.99, albabotanica.com), and a frizz-fighting finishing elixir, the So Smooth Gardenia anti-frizz serum ($8.99, albabotanica.com) ; all of the products are available online, at Whole Foods markets, and at natural food stores nationwide. I can’t sing their praises enough: Not only are they super effective, but at $8.99 a pop, they’re amazingly wallet-friendly as well. Oh, and they’re also all totally free of icky things like parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, petrolatum, artificial colors, and phthalates. What’s not to love? Give ‘em a shot—you’ll never look back!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.