If your hair frizzes at the first sign of moisture (or sun, wind, or pretty much anything imaginable), you’ve come to the right place…
First things first – have you ever wondered why people with oily hair don’t have frizzy hair? That’s because frizz is mainly the result of hair that lacks moisture. Your hair then attempts to absorb moisture from the surrounding air, and next thing you know it’s frizz central. This is the same reason hair frizzes more in humid weather conditions.
That means, beating frizz is all about getting the right moisture balance and keeping that moisture on and in your hair. Here’s how to do that:
1. Use the right kind of shampoo
If your hair is prone to frizzing, you should opt for a low-foaming, moisturising shampoo. Your shampoo should contain nourishing oils and hydrators like glycerin.
2. Never skip conditioner
You should condition your hair every single time you wash it. Conditioner delivers your first line of moisture, and for frizzy hair it should possibly contain some keratin to maintain the protein/moisture balance in your hair too.
3. Avoid friction
Friction is the enemy of smooth and silky hair. Especially avoid being rough when you towel-dry your hair (rather leave the towel on your hair for 10 minutes and then brush through with a detangler or a wide tooth comb), and again when you dry your hair.
4. Don’t brush dry hair
Once your hair is dry, avoid brushing it again. What you can do when you need to tame frizzy hair is to comb through it with your fingers. If you have curly hair, use wet fingers. Although it may seem counterintuitive, moisture in the form of water applied to frizzy hair helps to tame it. You can also use wet fingers on naturally straight hair, but it’s not ideal for straightened curly hair.
5. Use leave-in products daily
Use a leave-in moisturiser or conditioner on damp hair, and use a finishing oil or silicone serum on dry hair every day, whether you’ve washed your hair or not. These all help to deliver additional moisture and to seal your hair, which in turn also keeps outside moisture where it belongs – outside.
6. Say no to heat
Try to let your hair air dry, and only use heat to actually style it. This way you’ll cut down on about half the heat exposure, which means half the damage and half the moisture loss too.
7. Embrace protective styles
Whether your hair is naturally straight or curly, occasionally wearing protective hairstyles can be beneficial to simultaneously give your hair a break from heat styling and protect it against the elements. Protective hairstyles are usually different variations of braids and buns, depending on your hair type.