Philip Kingsley Preen Cream Available at philipkingsley.com and amazon.com ; $34 for 3.38 ounces ($29.03 at Amazon) The pitch: "Developed to simulate the effects of duck preening, which leaves each feather smooth and shiny yet protected. Preen Cream smoothes, shines and reduces the appearance of dry ends. Ultra lightweight hold & UV protection for fine to medium textured hair types." The skinny: News flash: It's humid in Florida in the summer! (And the spring, and the fall, and sometimes in the winter.) And that means frizzy hair most of the year. Add in the damage from the sun and swimming pool, age, years of coloring and heat damage - and, yes, we're all looking for products that can keep our hair from looking like cotton candy.
I've tried a few, with limited success. Philip Kingsley Preen Cream is my favorite so far. I straighten my hair, but on humid days it still can have a mind of its own. Preen Cream keeps it from getting too poofy, and it cuts down on all those irritating flyaways - especially on the top of my head. You can and should use this cream before and after styling. (That's the best thing about the product; with most creams it's either/or.) I rub a few drops between my palms and smooth it on before I blow-dry my hair - starting toward the middle and working my way down to the ends. After blow-drying and straightening, I use a tiny bit more to tame those fuzzy little flyaways and add some shine. This product is a bit pricey, but you really don't need to use much - especially when applying it to dry hair as a finishing cream that also protects. Now, when I come inside on a hot, sticky day, I'm happy (and still a little surprised) to see that my hair hasn't grown exponentially larger. Kim Franke-Folstad