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When temperatures rise, most of us become lazier. Luckily for our locks, amikaTM’s Straight Up Smoothing Balm is actually activated by heat to get the job done. The lightweight straightening balm creates a sleek, long-lasting look by defending against heat damage and minimizing frizz (in part by warding off humidity). While it’s perfect for dry, frizzy, and unmanageable hair, it works on all hair types, including color-treated.

How it Works

The balm is infused with obliphica (sea buckthorn berry) oil, which features a laundry list of powerful ingredients: antioxidants, vitamins, healthy fatty acids, omegas 3, 6, and 9, and omega 7 (generally found only in fish oil). Together, they moisturize and strengthen hair, repair split ends, enhance shine, and restore hair’s natural balance. Plus, the balm is paraben- and sulfate-free.

How to Use

Apply balm to damp hair. Separate into sections, and blow-dry one by one. To up the straightness factor, finish by flat-ironing.

Water/eau (aqua), cyclotetrasiloxane, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, peg-40 castor oil, stearalkonium chloride, polysorbate 60, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil, panthenol, prunus serotina (wild cherry) bark extract, arnica montana flower extract, silk amino acids, fragrance (parfum), cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, triethanolamine, citric acid, butylphenyl methylproponial, limonene, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene, carboxaldehyde, hydroxycitronellal, citronellol, coumarin.

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An accidental favorite...

I (accidentally) received a full size of the Smoothing Balm in my last Birchbox order and upon trying it out, I found that I really love it. It gave average results on Day 1, but kept my hair IMPECCABLE on Day 2 as well! My hair is not greasy whatsoever, flyaways have been tamed, and no need for flatiron touch-ups. A true miracle worker and must-have for DIY blowouts.

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This product is really good for blowing out your hair. I am always worried something is going to make my hair greasy, since I have straight hair. This product feels silky and amazing and adds shine to your hair. It protects against fly away. It also does not make your hair look greasy after a few hours! I love this product and would highly recommend , and it smells great!

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