In the summer, all I have to do is step outside and my curls turn into a frizzy mess. Frizz, with curly or straight hair, affects so many of us. Why frizz? A lack of moisture in your hair can cause the follicles to “lift up” and give your hair a halo of fuzz. Too much moisture can leave your hair a flat and oily mess.
Check your shampoo and conditioner. Are you getting enough moisture from those? If you’ve been using the same product in the shower and you are still experiencing less than smooth hair, it might be time to change. It can take some hits and misses to find the products that work best. I recommend trying travel sizes or going to your stylist for free samples so that you can really find what works for you. Also, switch up how you use your shampoo and conditioner. If your hair is on the sensitive side, shampooing every other day but conditioning daily can help your hair stay both clean and smooth. If you’ve only been washing your hair every other day and have frizz, it might be time to scrub your hair daily. Whether your hair is curly or straight, or somewhere in between, make sure that you work your conditioner through your hair fully and work out any knots slowly with your fingers. NEVER break a snarl or knot with a brush or comb. Broken hair is frizzy hair.
Your after-shower routine is also incredibly important for the health of your hair. With curls, a vigorous towel dry, followed by a thorough finger combing, not brushing, can go a long way to combating unruly frizz. Towel drying and brushing straight hair ONLY WHILE WET is also recommended. If you want your hair dryer, faster, a light mousse or moisturizing spray can protect your hair from the heat of the dryer or the curling iron. Always blow dry your hair from the roots, and if you really want to avoid split ends, leave them a little damp. If your roots are dry, the rest of your hair will dry quickly.
All this morning preparation doesn’t always prepare your hair for a full day, and there is nothing like looking in the mirror mid-afternoon and seeing a hair metal band member staring back. For a quick soothing refresher, an inexpensive and easy fix is children’s detangler. It’s lightweight and can help you avoid an oily look, the other side of frizz. With straight hair, a few spritz of detangler and a light brushing will smooth your locks without weighing them down. If you have curly hair, finger combing the detangler through will give your curls definition and shine, with no frizz. After using the detangler, you can always add a little bit more of your styling product to refresh your poppin’ look.
Frizzy hair can be vanquished with patience and moisture, giving you smooth and shiny locks to turn heads wherever you go.