??? for the perfectly-coiffed only!

May 15th, 2003, 09:27 AM
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??? for the perfectly-coiffed only!

A bit off-topic from pure travel, but here it is: I am getting married in the Caribbean next month and I would like some advice about hair products that combat humidity-induced frizz. Although I have decent hair that is basically straight with a fair amount of body, I am hair-challenged. Anything more complicated than a bob or a ponytail leaves me baffled.

I will be wearing my hair all one lenght, just long enough to tuck behind my ears and frame my chin. (Haven't decided about tiara or veil.) What kinds of products are there that can keep the frizzies at bay without making my hair feel like a helmet or look like an oil slick?
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May 15th, 2003, 09:45 AM
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I don't know if this will help you, but KMS Flat Out Relaxing Balm helps my hair some. Use very little!!! You problably want to try it first, although the climate and humidity where you live may not match the islands, which is what happens to me! Good luck, if I think of others I have used, will reply again.
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May 15th, 2003, 09:53 AM
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John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Finishing Creme. I read about this stuff in Lucky Magazine (they swear by it) and just came back from a frizz-free week in Hawaii. Best part - you can buy it at the drug store.
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May 15th, 2003, 11:15 AM
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I travel to the Caribbean A LOT.
What always works - no matter what - is to buy one of those flower-looking things that are attached to a small jaw clip and slick all the hair straight back (bangs and all) and clip it just above the nape of the neck. I spray the whole thing with a heavy duty hairspray and go have fun.
No need to worry about wind, frizzing, etc.
It's simple, elegant, and if you pick the right flower clip, it looks great in the tropics and with a tan, and would add to your "look" for your wedding. Plus, I don't know whether or not your wedding is going to be on the beach, but it can be VERY windy.
(You don't want to be picking your hair out of your eyes or mouth during your vows
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May 15th, 2003, 02:45 PM
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I agree with the previous post...John Frieda's frizz-ease products or that sort of serum are great. I have extremely frizzy hair and this works for me. While your hair is still damp, rub a few droops together on your hand then run fingers thru hair. When your hair has dried, if you like you can add a bit more. (Not good for a wedding but in a pinch once when I left my hair stuff at home I used a bit of ordinary hair conditioner which worked surprising well!)In the Caribbean it may take a bit more product to hold hair down. A really good blow-out at a salon helps too. Flowers are always nice and you don't have to go overboard. Diana's suggestion of a flower clip is good, or you could use one or two local flowers. Remember hibiscus droop fast though.
Congratulations and have a wonderful wedding day.
May 15th, 2003, 02:53 PM
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Try a few things before you leave, but my best suggestion is a good moose (spelling?), lol. My hair is short now and I find the stuff great for my hair also fine and straight.

Have a great time.
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May 16th, 2003, 07:33 AM
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I too am getting married in the Caribbean in July and have been experimenting with products for my frizz prone thick wavy hair. A great product is Matrix extreme, in the orange tube found in any salon for $11.95. Its a creme you apply before blow drying straight. Really locks out the humidity and makes your hair sof and manageable. Investing in a ceramic flat iron to keep it smooth, straight and silky would help greatly also!
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May 16th, 2003, 09:59 AM
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I agree with Diana. I live here, have long hair, and always keep it pulled back or up unless I'm in doors all day. The wind can be a really annoying factor when you are outside.
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May 16th, 2003, 11:19 AM
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I don't really have an answer to the question, but this reminds me of Friends last night!!! Monica should have gotten these products.

Good luck with you wedding hun, I am sure that the salon at the resort can help, and that one of these products will be perfect for you.
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May 16th, 2003, 11:24 AM
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lissaJ - that was exactly what I was thinking of!!! I didn't see the beginning, just the end, had no idea what the show was about - but Monica's hair - WOW
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May 16th, 2003, 12:38 PM
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I had to chime in to agree with Diana and Statia. Although you didn't ask, I'd really recommend a simple updo - especially for a wedding on a beach. Why not get a french braid at the salon and tuck in a couple native flowers?
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May 16th, 2003, 03:08 PM
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i have shoulder length straight hair and generally i give up on it during vacation. I normally curl my bangs but once i go outside, its to the pool or the beach and if that doesn't ruin my hair, the humidity flattens it soon thereafter. Of course, for a wedding, you will want a nice hairdo. I would suggest some sort of modified "updo" from the resort hair salon, or perhaps pin the sides back behind your ears with combs with flowers on them, or maybe a headband with flowers or a tiara to hold the hair behind your ears.
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May 17th, 2003, 05:48 AM
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This thread is really funny because I also saw the Friends show and found Monicas hair problems hilarious...but a little close to home! And in the May issue of Allure they recommended the same trick I've used: lots of gel in wet hair, slick back into a ponytail with the ends tucked in, let air dry, and you've got straight hair!
May 17th, 2003, 06:21 AM
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thanks for all of the great suggestions so far...

i would love to have a salon do my hair, but there's not one anywhere near where we're staying. that's one of the reasons i'm asking for advice. nor will my hair be long enough to put back into a low ponytail, otherwise i think i'd definitely opt for that.

last night i saw something in Cosmo that was a cross between a headband and a tiara. i liked the look on the model, whose hair looked to be similar color texture, but it was $200. ouch!

i'm going shopping this weekend for all of the hair products y'all recommend. i'll try'em out and let you know. thanks again!
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