Abba Smoothing Blow Dry Lotion


I don’t blow dry my hair often because it usually ends up a big frizzy mess, and then I have to use a flat iron or curling iron to tame it. Which ends up being an hour-long endeavor, so I just skip the blow dry and let it dry naturally (which results in other issues, but I digress).

But on the rare occasions I do blow dry, I need to use some sort of product to keep the frizziness down. I had a bunch of weapons at my disposal before going cruelty free, but now I don’t have many options for good hair styling products that aren’t tested on animals.

My one go-to is abba’s Smoothing Blow Dry Lotion. It really does make my hair smoother looking, reducing fly aways and making the ends of my hair look “piece-y” instead of like straw. I use it on my towel-dried hair before blow drying and sometimes after, just on the ends to make them look healthier. The big plus to this is that it’s a lotion. I’ve had pretty bad luck with cruelty-free sprays, gels, etc. because they make my hair feel sticky (you’ll hear that complaint a lot when I review some more hair styling products down the line). This product is a must have for those of us with big hair.

Abba Gentle Conditioner

Abba makes plant derived hair care products that are only sold in salons. It is one of the very, very few salon products that is not only sulfate free, phthalate free, and paraben free, but also 100% vegan (no animal testing and no animal products). To get an idea of how rare that is, google “cruelty free hair salon products” and see what you get. It’s pretty much only Paul Mitchel, Giovanni, and Abba.

The only Abba hair care product I’ve tried is the Gentle Conditioner. And it’s probably the only one I will try because I love it so much. I bought it as a set with the Gentle Shampoo, which was okay but didn’t give me a squeaky clean feeling (in other words, it seemed to weigh my hair down, which is a common failing of sulfate-free shampoos in my opinion). But the conditioner is perfect for me. It’s very light and seems to absorb into my hair immediately. I use it every day as a leave-in conditioner after I get out of the shower as the last step in my morning hair regime.