Frizzy hair happens. No one, regardless of hair type, is exempt from the effects of frizz. Unless you’re literally going to live in a bubble, you can’t avoid it. However, you can tame it. Frizz is the result of environmental changes: namely, humidity. When humidity levels change, each strand of hair will expand, and then reshape — and the shape is rarely aesthetically pleasing.
How to Fight Frizz?
When it comes to taming the frizzy beast, hydration is key. Too much or too little can simply feed the frizz, so balance is your end game. With this in mind, these are your top tips to preventing and managing your halo of frizzy tresses.
1. Intense Hydration
Once a week, use a super intense hydration product once a week. Your best bet is a pre-shampoo treatment, like an oil treatment. Unless your hair is really dry, confine the treatment to mid-shaft to tips. This will ensure your hair doesn’t get unnecessarily oily looking before your next wash.
2. Shampoo the Roots
You probably know by now you should only wash your hair two or three times a week, since washing your hair every day can strip it of its natural oils — oils that protect and nourish your hair. So, don’t shampoo too frequently, and when you do shampoo, only shampoo the roots, massaging the product into your scalp. This will cleanse away dirt and grime, without removing necessary oils from your tips.
3. Go with the Blow
While you might think the heat of blowing drying would cause your hair to frizz out, the reverse is true: it can actually shut and seal your hair’s cuticle, leaving your locks smooth and beautiful. Just bear in mind that a heat-protection spray is essential to protecting your hair from the heat of styling – whether you’re using a blow dryer or other hair stylers.
Pro styling tip: Blast your hair with some cool air once it’s dry. This will fully close the shaft, which will prevent it from being subjected to the ravages of humidity.
4. Brush Better
Rather than using metal brushes which can break and damage hair, leaving it more susceptible to humidity changes, opt for the gentle TLC from a boar bristle hair brush.
5. Sleepytime Success
Tame your frizz as you snooze by wrapping your hair in a silk scarf. This will minimize static electricity and friction, so you can wake up with smooth, glossy locks.
6. Mask Magic
For intense, long-lasting hydration, ditch your conditioner and use a quality hair mask. You’ll want to leave it on for a little longer than your usual conditioner, so give yourself some time. Schedule a little extra R&R. Shampoo your hair, but then soak in a tub for 20-30 minutes while your mask works its magic.
Use these simple tips and save your hair from the torments of the dreaded frizz. It may take a little extra work, but it’s worth it for glossy, smooth and stunning locks. In fact, these tips won’t only combat frizz, but they will also strengthen and rejuvenate your tresses, leaving you with not only more beautiful hair, but healthier hair.