Cut the Frizz: Does Redken Frizz Dismiss Really Work?

I’m always on the lookout for a product that will help me #fightthefrizz. It’s been a constant battle ever since I moved to Singapore a few years ago: thick, coarse Indian hair + 80 percent humidity is just not a good combination. Even on a good day my hair is frizzy. So you will understand why I want to try any product that claims to even reduce, if not completely eliminate frizz. Most often they remain just that, claims. Which is why I was pleasantly surprised with the Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame FPF 40.

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I chose Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame FPF 40 because that’s the recommended FPF (Frizz Protection Factor) for thick hair. The Frizz Protection Factor rating is unique to Redken and it offers products with lower FPF for those who have fine, thin hair as well.

The first time I used the product, it was a bit of a fail though. I think I went wrong on two accounts: 1. I applied it after an oil-serum that I normally use and 2. I applied it to almost dry hair. Since then I have found it works best when it is applied clean hair and when the hair is still about 70 percent wet.

The Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame FPF 40 as with all the other styling products in the range comes with something called Aquatoril that enters the hair cuticle and blocks moisture from entering.

It also has Praxi Seed oil and lightweight silicone that together make up Redken’s humidity resist complex. This is why you need to use it when the hair is more wet than dry, because once the moisture from the air is already in the cuticle it’s hard to get out and you end up looking like Monica (Gellar) in Barbados. No? Oh, just me then.

Once I’ve soaked off all the excess water from my hair with a T-shirt (here’s why) I comb out any tangles with a wide-toothed comb, and taking a small dollop of the product (I have a lot of hair) in my hands I rake it through the lengths with my fingers distributing it evenly on both sides. I don’t use it anywhere near my scalp because I have an oily scalp and I’ve found any and all products make that worse flattening my hair at the top.

I find the formula really light, and there is no trace of it once your hair is completely dry. More often than not I let my hair air dry, but when I choose to blow dry it, I don’t need to use a heat-protectant because this product provides heat protection of up to 230 degrees. I finish off with a serum, but that’s just out of habit, you don’t need to do the same. I find my hair soft, silky and smooth. I’d say on a scale of 1 to 10 my frizz is down to 5 – which in itself is great.

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