I have very long & thick hair that is cut into long layers–no, I’m not complaining. However, I do have two gripes when it comes to my tresses that I think affects most of us: flyaways & frizzy ends. You know what I am talking about; right after you spend too much time on your blowout and your part is full of stand up broken pieces. Or when your stylist gives you the perfect piece-y layers and then when you try to replicate, the ends of the layers look more like the edge of a broom—ick.  Well, fret not! A few years ago my style-savvy friend Sam introduced me to 2 products that solved  my issues: Emi-Jay hair ties & Kiehl’s Crème with Silk Groom.  Another confirmation these are AMAZING— I was flipping through this month’s InStyle Hair issue and they featured BOTH products in their ‘Great Hair A-Z’ article!

Why so great? Emi-Jay ponytail holders are the second greatest thing for hair damage since Goody eliminated the metal bits on their ponytail holders. One day two teenage pals from LA, Emi and Jay, decided to sell the elastic hair accessories they had been making for themselves. Now, it’s a stylist favorite.  I first saw these when Sam was wearing one on her wrist (she also hails from LA); I thought it was just another silly bracelet stacked amongst the others. When I was complaining about my ponytail dent over lunch, she pulled her “silly bracelet” off her wrist and handed it over.  From that moment on I was hooked & the next day I ordered a whole tub (see below). These simple ties have the perfect elasticity, don’t leave a pony dent and WON’T RIP YOUR HAIR.

Sam’s second hair rescue was Kiehl’s Crème with Silk Groom. This rich cream moisturizes and protects hair & although the directions suggest to apply it to damp hair before drying, I do the opposite. After I blowout my hair I apply the smallest pea-size amount to my hands, rub them together then apply lightly to the edges of my hair & my part. A little goes a long way with this non-greasy formula & it does exactly what its name claims: Silk Groom. It seems to close off and treat any tears in both the hair shaft and cuticle. Pretty simple, pretty amazing.

So, whether it’s static in the winter or humidity in the summer you can have hair as perfect as Emmy Rossum’s. Who would have thought no-damage was as easy as two products?!