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johnfriedaStacy B here! Is there anyone in the country not experiencing crazy weather right now? I’ve been hearing of devastating tornadoes, droughts, rivers overflowing and tons of rain. I’m in the middle of the fourth day of a possible 10 day stretch of rain and solid-as-a-rock humidity. yuck.
Show of hands: Whose hair looks flawless in 90% humidity? Anybody? Nobody? I thought so. Humidity is hair’s nemesis.  Some of us can work the humidity to our advantage with some heavy duty products, but not many of us. I happen to be able to get away with a little back-hand upside humidity’s head, but it usually whacks me back after a few days. Humidity and I are frenemies at this point. I need a little humidity for some curl, but if I want straight hair, the air needs to be dry as a bone. Too much humidity, and instead of fun, bouncy curls, I have stringy waves. Pretty.
My hair is naturally wavy. And thick. And I have A LOT of it. So much that if I decide to color my hair, they usually need to double the amount of dye and even then sometimes the bottom pieces miss out on the color.
The good thing about that is that I can straighten my hair with a blow dryer and flat iron, or I can use some curl spray and a diffuser and it’s pretty curly. So some people tell me I’m lucky that I have both options. But the other side of the story is that no matter what style I choose, I have to style it. I can’t just shower and go. My hair doesn’t ‘air-dry’. I’m not kidding when I tell you if I let it air dry, the front half would be wavy, the middle would be lumpy and the bottom would be wet. ALL DAY. Once, I showered on a Saturday morning, went to the beach with my hair in a clip, took it out for some sunbathing, put it back in the clip at night and woke up the next morning and the underneath hair was still damp. 24 hours later. No joke.
Needless to say, I need something that really works when I want some curls. A few months ago, Meg generously sent me a package of Profound Beauty Tropical Curl and it’s AMAZING. But expensive. I’m rationing this stuff like a Survivor contestant. It’s like my fancy underwear…special occasions only! 🙂 In the meantime I needed something that would work, for under $10. Because with enough hair for three people, I have to use a lot of products and it runs out fast.
I have been using John Freida’s Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecting Spray. I really like it and have been using it for years. If I want tighter curls that stay in place all day, I use it with some curl gel and a diffuser. If I want beach-y waves that aren’t frizzy or sticky I use it alone with a diffuser. Sometimes I use it without any diffusing help on really hot beach days when I don’t mind if my hair stays wet all day. It’s cooler anyway! Then the top and middle layers settle into nice soft waves and the bottom is like my own natural air conditioner. 🙂
I really like it because it’s not sticky, you can use it at the end of the day before a big date to reactivate your curls, it can be used alone as a softer product, or layered for a more planned look. It washes out clean and isn’t that expensive if you use it a lot, like I do. It does have a bit of an alcohol smell, but it’s not overwhelming. My husband tells me it makes my hair smell nice. How sweet! (disclaimer: he really likes beer so maybe the alcohol scent is appealing?)
This is a product I truly stand behind because I’ve been using it for years. I’ve probably been using twice as much as a normal head of hair, but oh well. It works!

What scent do you like in your shampoo or haircare products? I’ve been asked by a company so please help me out and let me know! What scented shampoo is your favorite? Do you like a subtle scent or to really smell it? Please let me know!

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