When your hair is damaged, dry, or chemically treated, the outer layer of the strand (called the cuticle) rises, allowing for moisture to enter the strand, fatten it up, and create frizz. . Whether it’s the humidity or heat damage, or even for seemingly no reason at all, we’ve all experienced a moment where our hair went all frizzy on us at the worst possible time. Naturally curly or wavy hair has the tendency to be dry, the hair frizzes at the first sign of moisture. If you’re wondering what you can do about your frizz issue, here’s a couple of suggestions.
Get the Right Shampoo
Shampoos with sulfates strip and dehydrate your strands, which is the opposite of you want when looking to maintain moisture. When selecting a shampoo, look for products with glycerin listed high up on the ingredient list. The closer glycerin is listed to the top, the more concentrated it is in the product. Glycerin helps combat frizz by penetrating the hair and hydrating it from the inside out.
Condition Your Hair
The power of a good conditioner is often underestimated. Ensure you use conditioner every time you shampoo your hair to keep the cuticle hydrated so moisture can penetrate deep into each strand. Apply it from mid-shaft down to your ends, keeping it away from your roots, and wait at least five full minutes. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy you can also use leave-in conditioner to seal in the moisture all day long.
Dry Your Hair Properly
As you know, your hair is at its most vulnerable state when it’s wet. So, using the wrong towel can literally make (or break) your hair, making your fabric choice that much more important. Try using towels made of microfibers. Letting your hair air dry 90% before blow-drying is a stylist’s secret weapon and it is truly life-changing! By letting your hair partially air dry, you are allowing it to dry without disrupting the hair strand, which helps to keep it smooth. While the heat of a blow dryer can cause damage, using a blow dryer when your hair is already mostly dry minimizes the risk.
We hope these tips will help you achieve the frizz-free hair of your dreams. With the colder seasons around the corner, we hope you have enough to fight the frizz off.