The frizzies happen when the cuticle of your hair – which looks like a row of roof shingles – is disrupted, making it take on the dreaded frizzy appearance.
Any hair type can get frizzy, and the solutions can vary. Read on for our best plan to fight off frizz:
Start with rich, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner to keep the cuticle smooth. When you shampoo, wash just the scalp. Don’t shampoo the ends because this removes moisture and can cause frizz. (The ends will get cleaned when you rinse the shampoo).
Here’s a little-known trick: Before you apply conditioner, wring out your hair as much as possible in the shower. Why this step? When you condition sopping wet hair, the water dilutes it and your hair doesn’t receive as much nourishment. If your hair still needs an extra dose of moisture after, use a deep conditioning treatment or hair mask once a week. More moisture means less frizz!
Use the proper brush for your hair type to help prevent frizz.
- Curly hair: Gently detangle with a wide-tooth comb.
- Straighter hair: Use a natural bristle brush to help smooth your strands.
- All hair: Brush from roots to ends to disperse your scalp’s natural conditioning oils.
Now comes the drying… If done the right way, it can work magic against frizz.
- If you have curly hair and want to blow-dry, use a diffuser on medium heat. Don’t use a brush – just hold the diffuser underneath your hair and move it up and down without manipulating the hair with your hands.
- If you have straighter hair, dry from the roots downwards, angling the dryer vertically along hair to smooth down the cuticle. Don’t shoot it straight at the strands or you risk more frizz.
Use a product designed for your hair type to get the best results. Remember to work it through the ends of your hair, and not on the scalp.
- Curly hair: Use a rich, cream-based product on wet hair to smooth and seal the cuticle.
- Thin/straight hair: A light leave-in conditioner on wet hair can help smooth down frizz.
- All types: Use an oil treatment, such as argan, on dry hair to seal down the cuticle. If you use both oil and cream, one trick is to mix them together in the palm of your hand, and then apply to wet hair to get the full benefits of both products.
- All types: Avoid alcohol-based products because they dry out hair and increase frizz.
Split ends can make frizzy hair become worse, so stay up-to-date with trims. Also, sleep with your hair in a ponytail or bun to protect the cuticle from getting roughed up against your pillow. Or, use a silk pillow case, which is much gentler against hair.
Coloring your hair can also help prevent frizz. Why is that? When you apply color, it smooths down the cuticle to seal in the pigment. This makes hair more resistant to frizzing up.
eSalon makes it easy and affordable to color your hair at home. And it’s already ruffling the feathers of hairstylists across the country.
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Instead, eSalon provides custom blended hair color like you’d get in a salon. They use salon-grade ingredients that leave hair soft, shiny and provide excellent gray coverage. The personalized pigment even has your name on the bottle, because it’s made for you and no one else.
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