Bad hair days abound when you have frizzy hair. Whether your hair has frizzy texture due to damage or genetics, some simple methods can help. Getting the coveted shiny, silky locks of those blessed with frizz-free hair requires a willingness to try new techniques and products. Frizzy hair will be a vaguely remembered nightmare while you enjoy your new smooth do.
Check the ingredients of your usual hair care products. You may need to switch to other brands if yours contain ingredients such as alcohol and silicone. Look for humectants for moisture retention and absorption. Ingredients, such as glycerin, honey, panthenol and sorbitol, act as humectants, according to the Naturally Curly website. If you have curly hair, consider a curl enhancer to help tame some of the frizz. For straighter hair, a frizz control serum can help. Keep a spray-on conditioner, frizz serum or curl enhancer handy to use when away from home, especially during humid weather.
Hair has a similar structure to skin. You wouldn’t skip your moisturizer for your face, so don’t skip it for your hair either. A lack of moisture causes frizz and dulls hair. A penetrating moisturizer absorbs into the hair, conditioning it. Oil-based moisturizers coat the hair. While this offers some protection, it builds dulling residue on the hair. Use a hair cream or leave-in conditioner designed to reduce frizz and lock-in moisture.
Regular trimming keeps split ends at bay and helps prevent some frizz. “Marie Claire Magazine” reports that New York stylist Alan Tosler recommends a trim every six to eight weeks. If your frizzy hair has a lot of curl, look into following the “no-poo” method as described in the book, “Curly Girl” by Lorraine Massey and Deborah Chiel. The method eliminates shampoo from the hair care routine and outlines other ways to keep your hair healthy. All frizzy hair types should at least reduce the use of shampoo. While you may have the habit of washing your daily, the shampoo strips natural oils that protect your hair. Try only to wash your hair as needed.
Styling your frizzy hair often just increases the problem. Avoid hair dryers because the heat dries and damages hair. Touching your wet hair can increase frizz, so don’t style until your hair has dried. Friction also causes frizz. When towel drying your hair, squeeze rather than rub with the towel. A flat iron or curling iron can help smooth the hair. Use on the lowest heat setting that works for your hair. Test out different styling products to find one that balances your frizzy hair.
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