mark. Salon Straight Smoothing Balm

Okay so as you guys know, I got a new hair cut fairly recently. I can wear it wavy as long as I blow dry my bangs first, but it really looks its best when I flat iron it. I had been toying with the idea of a smoothing balm, and since I get mark. really cheap with my awesome rep discount I decided to give their Salon Straight Smoothing Balm a whirl. Even if you aren’t a rep, this stuff always retails for only $5.
Now, since the balm has “invigorating orange” in it, you might expect it to smell like oranges. However, the Salon Straight line has a more cologney smell. It’s quite strong. It doesn’t bother me, and it doesn’t seem to last all day, but that’s something to consider if you might want to try this. If you know you’re very sensitive to fragrance, you might want to try something else. My boyfriend, who is far pickier about scents than I am, says that it’s not bad just that it doesn’t smell “girly”.
Moving right along. It says to apply to damp or dry hair with fingers or a comb, root to tip. I’m always really cautious against putting anything right at my roots because I have a very sensitive scalp, so I cheated a little. I just ran it through with my fingers and then combed it out a little to be more evenly distributed, and proceeded to blow dry my hair with a small round brush as usual.
The result? I wouldn’t say this stuff did any actual straightening to my hair, which is what it says it will do. The first words on the tube are “Want straight?” and it claims to make your hair stick straight. Well my crazy wavy Jewish girl hair did not get that memo. (Yeah, Jew fro? Not just for the boys…). It did however tame down any frizz I would ever have had from blow drying. I had a lot fewer flyaways. That was pretty nice. :)
The product also claims to be light weight. That part of the product I did notice. I have pretty fine hair (but a ton of it) and it did not feel especially weighed down or anything, despite the fact that I usually avoid leave-in anything altogether.
Really, I’d say this is a pretty decent product at a great price point if you are looking to de-frizz and sleek-ify your hair. Don’t expect it to do the work of your flat iron, but it’s a nice addition to the routine.
Have you tried this product? I’d love to know how it worked out if you have hair different from mine.
Water, Glycerin, VP/VA Copolymer, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Silk, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Carbomer, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Soceteth-20, Parfum/Fragrance, Aminomethyl Propanol, Dimethicone Peg-8 Meadowfoamate, Dimethiconol, Phytantriol, Benzophenone-4, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol
Just a reminder that all mark. products are cruelty free. :) If you’re interested in checking out this product, try my mark e-boutique.


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