You can love your waves, you can love your curls, you can love your sleek, straight hair, but it’s tough to find anything to love about frizzy hair. The outer layer of your hair, the cuticle, is like a roof with tiered shingles. When your hair is smooth, the shingles lie flat, but if your hair is not in top condition, or if mother nature has a say in things, your hair can get frizzy. Humidity in the air can naturally make your hair absorb moisture, making the shingles “lift” and your hair frizzy.
To fight the frizz, start with your cleansing and conditioning routine. Look for shampoos that have natural moisturizers in them. Natural oils are better for your hair than synthetic oils because, well, they’re natural and they are absorbed better into the hair than synthetic oils or moisturizers. The same goes for conditioners. Look for conditioning products that contain natural oils and moisturizers, as well as protein. A protein-infused conditioner will not only help you manage frizz, it helps create shine, too. Some products I’m loving now . . .
Ouidad Products are renowned for, and devoted to curly and frizzy hair. Ouidad’s Tame Line is specially designed to calm frizzy hair, her mission is ” to help you to love your curly hair”. Love her products!
To help get rid of frizzy hair in the styling process,
– Start by gently squeezing moisture from your hair with a towel. Avoid rough drying it, which roughs up the cuticle making it more frizzy.
– Apply a leave in conditioner and finger comb wet hair or use a wide tooth comb to help prevent breakage, which is another thing that makes your hair frizzy.
– While it may seem counter-intuitive, since humidity and moisture in the air can make frizzy hair worse, try to keep as much moisture as possible IN your hair while styling it; the dryer your hair is the more it will absorb humidity and frizz.
– If you need to dry your hair only dry the roots – let the rest of your hair air-dry.
– Avoid styling tools with heat, like blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons and electric rollers. Add a bit of frizz fighting styling gel from the middle shaft to ends of your hair, scrunch it and let it be. But if you can’t keep your hands off of your blow dryer learn how to use your diffuser to minimize frizz.
– And if your frizzy hair is really crimping your lifestyle (yes, pun intended!), you can always try a Keratin treatment. While Keratin treatments are a huge drain on your wallet – upwards of $500 in some areas, and take a big time commitment, and a true commitment to specialized products, it really works. Keratin treatments lock protein into the hair, add shine, reduce frizz and help reduce styling time.
Whatever your budget is, don’t let your frizzy hair make you crazy. A little effort and a little know how can help tame wild hair and help you get the healthy, shiny look you want.