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Frizz no more!

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Living in the northeast where frigid, snowy winters are a cold, hard fact of life, I pretty much start counting the days until summer right after Labor Day.

Warm weather, sunshine, barbecues, and trips to the beach… what’s not to love?

Well, actually, there is one thing about summer that doesn’t exactly rock my world – all the nasty frizz that it causes in my hair.

If you’re like me and wind up with a frizzy mess every time the humidity goes up, here are a few tips that will allow you to enjoy all the best that the summer has to offer with a smooth, shiny head of hair.

 Don’t Over Shampoo

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Hair tends to be become frizzy when it’s dry, and washing it every day can strip it of the natural oils that help keep your hair moisturized and frizz-free. Don’t shampoo your hair more than every other day. If it looks greasy in between washes, use a dry shampoo to help absorb excess oil and freshen your ‘do.

Keep It Conditioned

Every time that you wash your hair, make sure to follow up with your favorite conditioner. A good deep conditioner leaves your hair coated, so the humidity can’t get in and cause it to frizz.  Apply the conditioner from your ears down, and let it sit on your hair for at least three minutes to make sure that it really has time to penetrate.

Use an Anti-Frizz Serum

If you wake up with a head full of uncontrollable frizz, take a little help from an anti-frizz serum.  These products usually contain a heavy dose of silicone to coat your hair shaft and leave it smooth and frizz-free. Most anti-frizz serums can be applied to damp or dry hair, so you can make it part of your shampoo and conditioning routine and use it on in-between days as well.  For the sleekest results, comb the serum through and style your hair with a blow dryer.

Protect Your Hair

Using a curling iron or straightener often helps smooth frizzy hair, but heated styling tools can also damage your hair, leaving it dry, brittle, and even more prone to frizz.  If you plan to use a heated styling tool, be sure to start by spritzing your hair with a heat protectant spray that forms a protective coating to prevent damage from your favorite curling iron or straightener.  Using a hairbrush that’s too rough can also cause breakage that leads to frizz.  Swap your usual brush for a wide-tooth comb that can still get rid of tangles but is much gentler on your hair.

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Jennifer Blair
By: Jennifer Blair

Jennifer Blair is a freelance writer and self-professed beauty junkie. A former beauty consultant for Clinique and Bare Escentuals, she enjoys road testing new products, recreating celebrity looks, and passing on tips and tricks that she's picked up along the way. Jennifer has written for several hair, makeup, and fashion websites, and maintains a blog, There's Always Time For Lipstick , to share her love for everything related to makeup, hair, and skin care. In her spare time, she enjoys taking in baseball and hockey games, and trying to convince friends that life isn't complete without a good red lipstick.