Fix my Frizz!
With all the humidity in the air right now, my daily struggle with frizz is real.
February in CQ is renowned for its humidity . . . I know there are plenty of you out there in the exact same, frustrating boat.
In search of an answer, I sat down with Rebecca Dean , Senior Stylist and Manager at M Hair & Co to get the low down on tips to tame the frizz.
Why does my hair frizz?
Frizz is mostly caused by a lack of moisture in your hair, but humidity can also contribute to it.
Say you have dry hair, and you go outside when it’s humid - what happens to your hair? The hair is dry, and the air has a lot of moisture, so your hair literally wants to drink that moisture in! And then BOOM! – hello, frizz.
If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, then you already know that it has the tendency to be naturally dry. Naturally dry hair is prone to becoming frizzy a lot.
The awesome news is, there are 5 really simple things you can do to prevent it!
1. Choose a glycerin-packed, sulfate-free shampoo.
Look for a shampoo with glycerin high up in the ingredient list (the closer ingredients are to the top of the list, the more concentrated they are). Glycerin helps combat frizz by penetrating the hair and hydrating it from the inside out. It’s also a great humectant, meaning it creates a protective coating over the outside of the hair so it’s less likely to lose moisture. Winning!
2. Always use conditioner.
Keeping your hair topped up with moisture prevents the cuticle from opening up and letting moisture in, keeping it smooth. Look for a conditioner that contains glycerin, as well as other hydrating ingredients (like shea butter), and apply it from mid-lengths down to your ends. (Tip: keep it away from your roots to prevent oiliness).
3. Twice a week, only use leave-in conditioner on your hair.
You might think your hair needs to be shampooed several times a week, but it doesn't. Every two days, apply leave-in conditioner instead of shampoo. Conditioner contains a small amount of surfactant (what shampoo uses to cleanse your hair), and also the small amount of oil in the product attaches itself to hair oil cleaning it away.
4. Use a hydrating mask once a week.
Keeping hair hydrated helps prevent the hair opening up and letting in moisture contributing to the frizz (See tip 2!). Doing a mask of oil or a specialized hair treatments will keep hair moisturized and less prone to damage from styling. Look for masks containing coconut oil or castor oil; both amazing for hydration and will give your hair an incredible sheen when washed and styled also.
5. Let your hair air dry 90% of the way before blow-drying.
This is a stylist's trick and it is honestly life changing! By letting your hair 90% dry you are not disrupting the hair strand as it’s drying, which helps keep it smooth. It also means, as you then blow-dry with a brush you get a much sleeker finish as the heat is being directed down the hair. The bristles are also guiding the cuticle keeping it straight. Result – hello smooth, sleek hair!
Frizzy Hair hacks:
- When you get out of the shower, towel dry your hair very gently (pro tip: using a soft cotton t-shirt instead of a harsh towel) and start brushing slowly from the bottom of your hair moving up. Then blow dry your hair with a round brush. A round brush really helps to smooth the cuticles and take out the frizz.
- Use a little bit of argan oil after blowdrying and spread it evenly throughout the hair. If there are still some frizzy hairs left at the top, use a tiny bit of hair wax and smooth them down. Pop it in your bag so it’s with you when you go out!
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- If you’re having a hair emergency when you’re out, you can just take some water and pat the hair down. It’s a temporary solution, but hey, whatever works!