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This is the one product that actually works on my thick, frizzy hair and I want to share it with the world

PRODUCT
Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm, 75ml, £18

THE HYPE
To be completely honest with you, I found a lil baby sample of this stuff in a gift bag I was given at the GLAMOUR awards maybe three years ago. I have a mild hoarding problem when it comes to beauty product samples (miniature things are adorable and they make me feel like a giant), which makes my boyfriend real mad.

Here are the promises that its inventors make, on the back of the pack:

“This miracle leave-in balm preps and primes your hair in readiness for all styling products and techniques. It’s all you need for beautiful, healthy looking and flawless hair.

However you style your hair, Wonder Balm will ease and speed up the styling process, giving you more control and better results that last longer. A miracle leave-in balm, to be exact, which helps give you (deep breath): moisture, shine, smoothness, definition, softness, light hold, high humidity protection and manageability.

But don’t just take our word for it – laboratory testing proves that Wonder Balm provides continuous protection from frizz and humidity for up to 72 hours. Just imagine, 3 days frizz-free. Perfect.”

REVIEWER
Kate Leaver, Freelance Editor

BEAUTY BIO
My hair is crazy-thick. Like, wild and frizzy and out of control. My hair wears me. I got it from my mama, who could get away with it in the eighties, but not so much now. I do not style it: repeat, I do not style it. I lazily chuck about a litre of hair oil into it from time to time, but otherwise I just throw my head upside down and rough-dry it for as long as I can be bothered. My untamed mane laughs in the face of most hair products; they do nothing. The usual “anti-frizz”, “smoothing” things are simply no match for what grows on my head.

THE REVIEW
You’re meant to put 3-5 pumps of this goo into towel-dried hair and work it through roots-to-ends with your fingers. I’m obedient and do as I’m told, but because I have the hair of three normal women, I help myself to a few extra blobs. I pull my hands through my hair as best I can, though doing that I usually risk losing my fingers in there for good. I flick my hair upside-down and blow-dry it until it’s dry to the touch.

Then, I do my secret weird hair ritual, which is whipping it into a bun and securing it with a bright yellow scrunchy while I put my make-up on. It’s how I give my hair some time-out after the blow-dry, which tends to make total chaos of my head. By the time I let my hair loose around my shoulders, I notice a genuine difference in its feel. It’s smoother. It’s smaller. It’s sleeker. Frankly, compared to my usual hair, it feels like pure, expensive silk. It looks like I might’ve actually blow-dried it properly, doing that thing where you divide it into sections and smooth it out using a round brush like they do at the hairdresser.

I walk around all day long, telling people about this little bottle of miracles. This feeling technically does last 72 hours, as promised, and that’s about how long I leave my hair between washes, so it works for me. I am practically showered in compliments, by which I mean that I put a selfie on my Instagram stories and women DM me heart-eyes emojis.

VERDICT
I want to bathe in this stuff now; just fill up a bathtub and wallow. I want to buy a lifetime’s supply. I want to kiss the men who invented it. All of which is to say: it’s very good.

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