You Need to Try This $10 Frizz-Fighting Hair Balm

As part of our series, Hair-apy Sesh, we’re asking the hair industry’s most-trusted mavens to divulge their secrets about what products get lifted from their kit, their idea of the most overrated and underrated hair tricks, plus their favorite high-price-tag and drugstore buys that confidently carry them through their bustling careers.

Below: Dominic Seeley @domseeley

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What’s the most stolen product from you kit?

The OUAI Finishing Créme. I’m obsessed with it because it works on all hair types, protects against heat and acts as a moisturizer to get that healthy-looking glow like we get with our skin. It polishes brunettes and makes blondes look fresh and youthful without weighing hair down. Last but not least, it extends the life of your blowout!

What’s the most underrated hair hack or tip?

A technique I picked up doing runway hair backstage. Take some simple cotton thread (get it at any Haberdasheries or craft stores) and a blunt plastic needle (not sharp)—together they can create an ‘I just put my hair up’ look without the fuss. It’s like a 30 minute updo in two minutes. You can get the cotton thread in so many colours and it’s easy to find one what matches your hair colour. Create the base or foundation of how you want to do your hair up, gather hair where you want it to sit then get sewing! It’s that easy. It’s secure but still lets the hair breath and move to look effortless and chic.

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What’s the most overrated hair hack?

Sticking to one shampoo and conditioner. It’s true that your hair never remembers what it was previously cleansed with but we’re in a colour generation where more people have colour-treated hair and we’re styling and doing so many things to it. So I always tell my clients to address the different situations with their hair and take a more prescriptive haircare approach. If they have oily hair, I love OUAI Clean Shampoo, but if they have “balayage or ombre” hair, they could use OUAI Repair or Smooth Shampoo on the mids and ends. It’s about addessing your hair needs. Doing so will cut down your blowout and product spend in the long run as you won’t need to mask the problems, because a good foundation is the key to great looking hair. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.

What’s one expensive product that’s worth every penny?

My Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer. It changed my life and my work. I can’t speak highly enough about it. It’s pricey, coming in at £299 uk and $399, but it’s worth every penny. It’s so quiet and lightweight, which is important as to not strain my arms and wrists. It has multi-button settings to create the perfect blowout and really tailor your blowout to your hair type, which is genius. Plus, it targets all ethnicities and hair types as it comes with two nozzles and a diffuser, so there’s no excuse for any woman/man to have bad hair days anymore! Another bonus: It’s impossible to burn or damage your hair with the built-in technology. It’s changed the game for me and eliminated the need for hot tools so I can get sleek, wavy or textured curly hair— all with my Dyson.

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What’s the most underrated drugstore product?

Dr. Paw Paw Multi-Purpose Clear Balm. It’s a multi-use hair balm for everything—hair, skin, nails, brows and lips—but it’s amazing for sleek partings and making pesky flyaways smooth. I also love it for edging and detailing hairlines.

If you only had time to use one product on a client, what would it be?

I think what benefits every single client and hair type is Olaplex, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. It can be used in normal haircare routine, before going to a workout or creating a sleek bun. It’s great before getting a colour too, as it prepares and protects your hair for what’s to come. I love using Olaplex as a styling pre-blowout, but I also use it in high ponytails, buns, braids and wet looks. I always keep Olaplex No.3 in my kit and like to apply it on models after we wrap to help repair their hair from all the heat styling.

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