Frizz and fly-away can easily cause a bad hair day. And, it can get worse with a bit of rain, humidity or even sweat. Fortunately, there are ways to tame unruly hair strands and restore smoothness and shine to your crowning glory. How, you ask? Before we get to the solutions for controlling frizzy hair, let’s first understand what causes it. Here are the most common factors that make the hair frizzy and dry.
Hair, whether curly, wavy, or straight, is sensitive to moisture levels in the air. Too much exposure to the sun or changing temperatures caused by indoor heaters and air conditioners can strip the hair of moisture, making it prone to frizz and fly-aways.
Many of us have developed a relationship with heat styling tools. Your hair stylist might have warned you many times to cut down on using heat styling tools, and for good reason. Too much heat not just makes the hair dry and frizzy, it also weakens the hair strands, making it brittle and prone to breakage.
What you eat and drink – or don’t – can also affect hair health. Your hair needs nutrients from the inside to keep it healthy and hydrated. It is important to include food rich in calcium and vitamins, including B Vitamins and Vitamins E, A, and C in your diet. Drinking plenty of water will also help moisturise your hair from the inside out.
Now that you know what are the common culprits that cause frizzy hair, let’s now move on to the different ways that you can do to nurse your hair back to its smooth and lustrous glory.
Minimising Frizz Starts in the Shower
Use gentle shampoos and conditioners and refrain from using products that are heavily formulated with alcohol as alcohol strips the strands of its natural oils. Avoid taking a hot, steamy shower especially if you plan to use heat styling tools after. Also, skip towel drying your hair as rubbing causes friction and static which leads to frizz.
Avoid Using Heat-Heavy Styling Tools
Try to avoid blow-drying, straightening, and curling your hair every day as it makes your hair suffer from too much heat. If using heat-heavy styling tools is necessary, let your hair air-dry for a bit or use a microfibre towel to remove excess water before you blow-dry your hair. To reduce potential damage, protect your hair with a styling product, like a hair cream, before applying heat on slightly damp hair. Styling creams also add shine and make your hair softer and smoother.
Brushing Properly Reduces Static
If your hair is dry and frizzy, comb it with wet hands to remove static. Use a large round brush to gently smoothen your hair without damaging the strands. You can also use a leave-on conditioner or hair oil to tame unruly strands, but don’t brush anymore after application.
Moisturising Regularly can Work Wonders
Your hair constantly needs moisture. In addition to shampooing and conditioning your hair, you can also add a weekly hydrating hair mask to your routine. Hair masks restore lost moisture and protect the hair from environmental stressors such as heat and pollution.
Reducing frizz is a matter of changing up your hair care regimen. When it comes to hair care, sometimes, less is more. This means that fussing over your hair less and using heat styling tools less frequently can help reduce hair frizz and fly-aways.