How to control frizzy hair
If you are having difficulty with your frizzy hair, consider these suggestions.
Controlling frizzy hair isn't easy, and taming wild tresses is a job usually best left to the professionals. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to help your hairdresser tame your wild locks and bring shine and luster to your crowning glory.
Why Hair Frizzes
Hair frizzes when it lacks moisture. Chemical processing, winter weather and environmental stresses can all cause your hair to become dry and unhealthy.
For women wanting to banish the frizzy from their hair forever, the first step to take is to reduce the damage. Using a deep conditioning treatment once a week to help put the moisture back into your hair is a great step. Make sure to pick a cream conditioner; oil-based treatments will only dry hair further.
Reducing the Damage
In addition to weekly deep conditioning, it is important to use the right daily shampoos and conditioners. Choose a formula specifically made for dry and damaged hair. These contain emollients, which will smooth and nourish dry and damaged hair. Another healthy-hair idea is to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to wash away buildup. This will keep your hair clean and fresh and help reduce frizz.
If you can get away with it, don't wash your hair every day. Washing too often can remove the natural oils in the hair, sending shine and moisture down the drain. Use cool water when rinsing to calm and smooth the hair cuticle.
Once you've washed and conditioned your hair, pat it dry with a soft towel. Never rub your hair dry, as this will cause further damage and stress to the hair shaft. Next, comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb. This smoothes the hair without causing static or frizz. Wide-toothed combs are gentler on hair than hairbrushes, especially thick or damaged hair that tends to tangle easily.
Which Products to Choose
Product can make a big difference. A gel or pomade specifically formulated for curly hair will help the curls keep their shape and not frizz out of place. Place a dollop of pomade in the palm of your hand, and after rubbing your hands together smooth the product through your hair. Use your fingers to gently separate and twist the curls. This will define them and help them hold their shape.
If you often straighten your curls, perhaps it's time to embrace them instead. Straightening damages the hair follicle and only makes the problem of frizz worse. For those who use perms to curl naturally-straight hair, this should be avoided. Chemical processing causes damage to the hair follicle which results in frizzy hair.
If you have a style that allows you to let you hair dry naturally, do so. Blow drying is damaging and can make the problem of frizz worse. If you do need to blow dry, use a nozzle on the end of the dryer to reduce and concentrate airflow down the shaft of the hair and use a round brush with boar bristles to style the hair. This will help smooth the hair follicle, resulting in a shiny finish.
Cut Your Hair
Proper cut and style is important. Have your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks. This will stop ends from splitting and traveling up the hair shaft and causing hair to shift. It is also a good idea to have your hair professional style your hair in a way that requires minimal styling. To control frizzy hair, it is important to let curls do their thing. Not only does it look beautiful, it also results in healthier hair that is not stressed by being straightened or forced into styles that are not natural. Apply this rule of hair to straight tresses too. Constantly curling and perming straight locks is very damaging and will rob your hair of shine and health.
Following these hair-healthy rules will help control frizzy hair and bring shine and health back to your most important accessory.