Now that the weather is warming up on the east coast and the humidity is steadily rising, there’s one major hair concern I can’t ignore: frizziness. Whether your hair is straight, wavy or curly, you’ve probably had to deal with frizziness more often than you’d like. If humidity was the only cause of frizziness, controlling it wouldn’t be such a daunting task. But with factors like washing, drying, combing and brushing your hair all playing a role, taming the frizz isn’t always easy. However, all hope is not lost. Before you reach for the hat or ponytail holder, check out my five must-have products for frizz-free hair.
A great conditioner is key to healthy, moisturized hair. No matter what kind of conditioner you use, you’ll definitely want to use more of it if frizziness is an issue. I recommend adding a regular conditioner, deep conditioner and leave-in conditioner to your hair care regimen. A regular and leave-in conditioner are great to use after every shampooing, while a deep conditioner can be used once or twice weekly, depending on how often you wash your hair. I also suggest filling a spray bottle with leave-in conditioner and cold water to spray on your hair throughout the day. Unlike warm or hot water, cold water smooths the cuticle and allows hair to lay flat.
After washing your hair, the best way to avoid frizziness is by allowing your hair to dry naturally. To help things along, bypass the standard terry cloth towel in favor of a microfiber towel. Not only are microfiber towels more absorbent than terry cloth towels, they also help your hair dry faster, and reduce the friction that causes frizziness. For best results, scrunch your hair with the towel instead of wringing it.
If air-drying your hair isn’t an option, skip the blow dryer and use a hooded dryer instead. Although both tools can be harsh on hair, blow dryers are harsher since they provide hotter, more direct heat. That type of heat often cause frizziness, split ends and breakage. Blow dryers also blow hair around while hooded dryers typically don’t disturb the natural hair pattern — which is especially important if you have wavy or curly hair.
Brushing your hair too often is one of the most common causes of frizzy hair. But since most people don’t listen when I tell them to throw away their brush and buy a wide-tooth comb, I’m providing you with an alternative to your regular bristle brush. A vented brush is the best type of brush to use because it has widely spaced ball-ended pins that are safe for styling and detangling. And because vented brushes allow more warm air to circulate through the hair, they also decrease the amount of time it takes wet hair to dry.
Gel or Pomade
I’ve heard of women using everything from body lotion to petroleum jelly to combat frizzy hair. Don’t do that. Neither of those products are good for your hair and they actually do more harm than you may think. The alcohol found in hand and body lotions will dry your hair out, make it hard and weigh it down. And while petroleum jelly does make your hair shiny and help it to lay flat, it also blocks moisture from penetrating your hair — which only makes your hair drier. Your best option is to use an alcohol-free gel or silicone-free pomade when styling your hair. Cream-based moisturizers are also effective for taming the frizz. When possible, apply styling products to wet hair instead of dry hair. That usually stops frizz before it starts.