This Shampoo Has Been Made For Frizzy, Unmanageable Hair

As someone with thick and curly hair, my hair care regimen is something I rarely mess around with.

That’s because the margin of error between a Good Hair Day and a Oh-God-What-Is-It-Doing Day is tiny. A cat’s whisker. A frizzy baby hair. A split end.

With curly hair (2C) that I’ve learnt to love (after years as a teenager spent straightening and/or then recurling to a more ‘acceptable’ wave) I’m always on the quest to find the best shampoo for frizzy hair.

And I think I may have just found a serious contender.

Fellow frizzy-haired pals, make some space in your shower for the Goldwell Kerasilk Control Shampoo and Conditioner.

Created to tame frizzy and somewhat unruly hair, it contains keratin to strengthen hair and liquid silk to smooth.

After using the pair for a few washes, my hair felt noticeably softer and shinier without being fluffy. It also helped minimise my usual halo of fuzz around the front of my hair. If you’ve had (or are planning to have) a keratin treatment from the salon, this duo is the perfect at-home accompaniment to make sure you’re getting the most out of it. 

And even if you’re not, like me, it’s good enough to stand-alone.

What Is A Keratin Treatment?

Admittedly, when I saw ‘Keratin’ on the bottle, I got a little nervous. I may get cranky when my curls don’t dry right or frustrated when they flatten out into a frizzy, knotty mess, but I want to enhance my curls with product, not straighten or eliminate them entirely.

If you’re the same, then let’s clear up what we’re actually talking about.

“A keratin treatment is a chemical process that repairs dry, frizzy hair so that it becomes smooth, shiny and easier to manage,” explains Joey Scandizzo, award-winning hairstylist and co-creative director of Eleven Australia.

“Salon keratin treatments dive deep into the hair follicle and add permeable areas with keratin, a crucial hair protein needed for good hair health.”

Is Keratin The Same As Chemical Straightening? 

“It’s definitely the biggest thing people get confused by - no, keratin will not straighten your hair,” says Danielle Robertson, salon manager at Avaia Hair.

As it reduces frizz, she does flag that it may affect how curly your hair is, but the most it will reduce is 20%. And although it doesn’t straighten your hair, it will make it easier to straighten if you want to.

Keratin is the protein that makes up your hair, skin and nails. Keratin treatments use it alongside amino acids and heat to repair and rehydrate hair. Chemical straightening uses thermal energy and chemicals to actually re-arrange the hair bonds.

At-home keratin products obviously won’t give you the same results as the in-salon treatment, but they’re crucial to extend its results, as well as beneficial for your hair in its own rights - particularly if you’ve got frizzy hair.

“Keratin treatments can be for all hair types. Because it’s not a chemical, it can be done on everyone, even blondes,” says Danielle.

“It’s designed for people who want to style their hair easier. However, it’s probably not suited to someone who has really damaged hair.”

Why Is My Hair Frizzy In The First Place?

Frizz isn’t just restricted to those with curly or thick hair. Frizz is the result of dry hair - which can come from many factors, including humidity, colouring and heat damage.

“Coarse hair that is curly or grey is generally the most frizzy. Finer textures usually go fluffy rather than frizzy and thin hair that is lacking moisture or pigment generally gets frizzy at the ends,” explains Joey.

“To tame frizzy hair, you need to pack the hair with protein and moisture. Protein is important because if there is no protein in the hair, moisture has nothing to hold on to.”

As well as a frizz-fighting Shampoo and Conditioner, I like to use a hair treatment for an extra hit of moisture. The Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment has been one of my go-tos for years - working for all hair types and getting right into the hair shaft to seriously moisturise, which in turn helps the frizz.

Here's my hair after using the Goldwell Kerasilk Control Shampoo and Conditioner.

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What’s So Special About Goldwell Kerasilk?

As an impatient person, I LOVE it when I can actually see the results after a product after just a few uses. This is one of those instances. I kept the rest of my styling regimen exactly the same, so I could easily see if there was a difference.

After a few days too long in a bun and dry shampoo, my hair felt deliciously clean. It was noticeably softer, silkier and less frizzy, particularly around my hairline. When I’ve tried new shampoos in the past, my roots have felt oilier after a few years. Not this one - it gently cleanses without leaving behind unwanted residue or product build up. The smell is also subtle and pleasant without being overbearing.

Paraben and gluten free, the shampoo works on all hair types that have frizzy tendencies, from straight to curly and all those in-between.

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