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Oscar Blandi Pronto Gloss Instant Glossing Cream — A Smooth Move

For years, I had a handful of glossing and smoothing creams that received top shelf treatment: the Fekkai Smooth Hair Hydrating Hair Cream, the Arrojo Frizz Control, and the Oscar Blandi Seta Silk Polishing Cream.I first discovered the Oscar Blandi Seta Polishing Cream around 2006, on a humid day when my curly hair was acting particularly cantankerous, with frizzy strands springing up and ruining the low ponytail I had tried so arduously to make appear sleek and refined. Fed up with the situation, I walked into a Sephora and conducted my own experiment, testing out several balms and creams meant to control unruly strands, eventually stumbling upon this product. I was so in love with how smooth and shiny my hair looked that, the next day, I bought two bottles. Done and done.

Years elapsed before I had to think of replenishing my stash and then, on one tragic day in 2009, I finally squeezed every last creamy drop out of the last Oscar Blandi Seta tube. I quickly ventured out to Sephora to purchase a new tube when, to my dismay, the product was nowhere to be found. I walked out frustrated, figuring I needed to try another Sephora store. When I did, I was disappointed all over again. Needless to say, I turned to the Internet, only to discover no retailers selling my beloved smoothing cream. What happened? Had Oscar Blandi abandoned me, left me to drown in a sea of frizz and pesky fly-aways?

Far from it. In fact, the brand had discontinued the Oscar Blandi Seta Silk Polishing Cream but only because it had developed a superior formula, employed in its new Oscar Blandi Pronto Gloss Instant Glossing Cream ($11 at Sephora.com). Now, given that I was so devoted to the Oscar Blandi Seta Silk Polishing Cream, I had extraordinarily high expectations of the Pronto Gloss Instant Glossing Cream. The bar had been set so high that I figured the Pronto Gloss would inevitably fall short. I figured it would be like pitting Jeremy Lin against Michael Jordan at the height of the latter’s career — sure, Lin is a skilled player, but Jordan is a basketball legend, so the mere set-up is unjust.

Fortunately, the Pronto Gloss reminded me of how important it is to explore new things, to give the perceived underdog a shot. This lightweight cream features a number of ingredients that nourish and condition, fight frizz, boost shine, seal in moisture, safeguard color, protect tresses from heat styling tools and UV rays, and smooth hair without weighing it down. Among the ingredients in the Oscar Blandi Pronto Gloss Instant Glossing Cream, you’ll find: jasmine flower extract which, in addition to smelling delicious, boasts antibacterial properties and can soothe dry and itchy scalps; sunflower seed extract, which conditions hair, seals in moisture, prevents breakage, and protects hair color from fading thanks to its high concentration of polyphenols, vitamin E, and linoleic acid, which fend off UV rays and provide heat protection; panthenol (or pro-vitamin B5), a commonly used conditioning agent; camellia extract, rich in antioxidants and vitamin C that help to smooth hair; aloe extract, a natural soothing agent and UV inhibitor; wheat proteins and wheat amino acids, which strengthen and moisturize strands; silk proteins, which feature tiny molecules than can penetrate the hair cuticle and soften strands without weighing them down; keratin proteins, which strengthen and restructure the hair cuticle (the outer layer of hair); and hydrolyzed keratin, which can penetrate the hair shaft, going beyond the cuticle to condition the hair deep from within, making it appear softer and smoother.

Though the Seta Silk Polishing Cream contained some of these ingredients — among them panthenol, wheat proteins, and aloe vera extract — it did contain propylparaben (which the Pronto Gloss does not) and it lacked such superior hair smoothers as silk proteins, keratin and hydrolyzed keratin proteins. It also didn’t contain jasmine oil, sunflower seed oil, or geranium extract, which make a significant difference  — particularly the sunflower seed oil since it really does make your hair color look vibrant and helps to prevent split ends from surfacing.

To use the Oscar Blandi Pronto Gloss Instant Glossing Cream, you simply need to squeeze out a nickel-sized amount (or more depending on how much hair you have and how long it is) and apply to damp or dry hair, working it through the hair evenly. The fact that it can used on dry hair, not just damp hair, makes it that much closer to my heart since sometimes all a girl needs is a quick fix to her already clean and styled hair.

Bottom line: get this pronto!

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