The rain in spring or the humidity of summer can leave you on a mission to banish the frizz from your hair. Whether you’re naturally prone to unruly strands, moody curls or have fine hair that doubles in size the minute humidity hits, I’m here to help.
There are two types of frizz. Surface frizz is down to a lack of moisture in the outer layers (cuticles) of the hair causing a ‘frizzy halo’ – people like myself and Dani with curly or wavy hair types are more prone to this, especially in humidity. The second is damaged hair caused through sun exposure or harsh treatments this creates raised cuticles throughout the hair, resulting in dull and frizzy hair.
Here are my tips to help you fight frizz.
Use the correct shampoo and conditioner
People don’t think a shampoo and conditioner is as important as a styling aid. Unfortunately for your bank account it does really help to use a specific shampoo and conditioner for frizzy hair. The correct shampoo with a lightweight formula will hydrate without heaviness. The correct conditioner will leave your hair nourished and much more resistant to breakage. The perfect cleaning pair will also help protect your hair from environmental aggressors and help to ‘weatherproof’ the hair. One of the other tips I have for curly frizzy hair is to always use a conditioning treatment instead of a regular conditioner. It will have a quicker and more intense result especially if your hair is extremely brittle, coloured or grey.
Does co-washing help?
Co-washing (also known as conditioner-only washing) is a real breakthrough for curly, wavy, dry, coarse and frizzy hair. Cleaning your hair with only conditioner (lather-free cleansing) is the gentlest way to clean your hair and scalp, leaving it smooth and frizz-free. You may find it builds up after a while - if so try just washing your roots every week or two if needed. I wouldn’t recommend co-washing for very fine hair as it will just weigh it down and will leave it looking lank.
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Use a pre-styling treatment
This is a must when it comes to frizzy hair. It protects against heat and penetrates to rebuild and regenerate each hair fibre, restoring elasticity, strengthening hair and most importantly filling in those cuticles. Your hair will also detangle easier, and become easier to style. All this means most of your frizz will be controlled.
Blow drying tricks
The most common mistake people make when drying their hair is to direct the airflow up the hair shaft, lifting the cuticle which causes frizz. When drying your hair, you should always have the hot air blowing down the hair shafts from root to tip. This will flatten the cuticle and help promote frizz-free, smooth hair.
Most overnight recovery comes in the form of an oil and will help any frizzy hair. These restorative oils have ingredients that help to hydrate, nourish, and regenerate the hair and scalp while protecting from environmental factors and sun damage. Apply a small amount oil to dry hair from root to tip (if needed) before you hit the pillow. You’ll wake up with smoother, more resilient hair. You’ll usually find that overnight oils will replenish your curls and will give you an extra day off from having to wash and style your hair again.
Have a regular trim
One of the major causes of frizzy hair is dry split ends. Regular trims help slow down the process of splitting hair. You should book in for a trim every six to eight weeks and make sure your hair is cut just above the split ends. I use to think my hair would never grow until I started having it trimmed 4/5 times a year. Now it’s never been stronger or healthier. Turns out the only reason it never grew was because the ends were just constantly splitting off.