Wish you could venture out when there’s even just a hint of humidity in the forecast without the fear of frizz?
Tired of shelling out for all kinds of expensive salon quality products that do not deliver on their promise of a mane free from the curse of the frizzies?
Has your frizz prone hair had you on a perpetual wild goose chase for some less pricey alternative to a Brazilian blow out?
Rebecca Gehfeld surely wanted help with her frizzy hair. The attractive 22 year old had just one problem with her appearance – untamable frizziness. “I see all these women walking around with shiny smooth hair and I go ‘ooh I want my hair to look like that too’,” she complained. “Why can’t I have frizz free hair all day?”
Who can’t understand her urgent desire to achieve shiny, straight, or well behaving strands that are free from this plague?
Yet all is not lost. Either for Rebecca or you.
If you are losing more than you winning your ongoing battle against this exasperating proglem there are some proven tactics you can try, tools to include in your arsenal, or ammunition you can stock in your bathroom in the form of products that just might turn the tide.
Or as Gehfeld puts it, “I set out to find out various ways others controlled their frizzy hair.” She continued, “And I think I’m finally done in my quest for a solution. My hair is more manageable and softer now too. Along the way I learned some girls fight frizz with styling products, others have specific styling tools that work, others still turn to remedies they concoct at home.”
How To Take Back Your Hair: Getting
Badly Needed Help for Frizzy Hair
Okay so it should come as no surprise that when it comes to beauty complaints, unwanted frizz, is there any other kind?, ranks right up there near the top of the list. It produces untold heartache, embarrassment and disappointment that has to be survived on a daily basis.
Yet the secret for avoiding this plague is to get your hair’s cuticle as smooth and as calm as you possibly can. Plus as Rebecca pointed out you can get there with either the right mix of styling products, treatments, or tools. Let’s look at your options.
Beat This with Styling Products
No one would be surprised if you said that you feel like your hair is always only a styling product (or two or three) away from becoming an untamable poofy mess. Or as some put it if their frizz could have frizz, it would. And how bad is that?
This is especially true if you have curly hair. Which is naturally parched to begin with. And any hydrating oils your scalp does produce have a hard time traveling down those twisting and turning coils of yours.
Result? Your thirsty hair turns to self-help. And by that I mean it sucks in all the moisture it can from any humid air. This swells the strands and leaves you with what we know as a terminal case of frizzy hair.
But it’s not just curly tops who suffer.
For example say you color or bleach your hair. Did you know that doing so, especially the going blonde part, puts you at greater risk of a frizfest striking your fine, formerly stick straight hair?
Why is that?
The process of coloring tends to leave the cuticles (your hair’s outermost layer) a bit tattered and frayed. Any such ruffled cuticles are easy targets moisture which gains entrance and again swells your strands. Any “look” that results, well isn’t pretty.
I’d hope it’s not a news flash that the frizzies typically are telling you that your mane is damaged in some way. Or that damaged tresses are an open invitation for frizz. But the better news is there are products that actually do more than sell hope. Some even work as promised. The trick is to find those that work on YOUR hair.
The even better news is you’ll find anymore there are styling products to fight this that are formulated for various hair textures.
- Sprays are good for fine hair and work without weighing things down.
- Medium strands can be treated with lotions and serums.
- While those with thick or coarser manes will want to use creams or oils.
Weekly deep conditioning can also help keep those follicles smooth and calm. Especially if you insist on regular hot tooling then this is pretty much a nonnegotiable part of your beauty regimen. Few products beat Aussie 3 Minute Miracle. Or if you’re looking for more of a weightless leave-in, Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner is often mentioned favorably too. Plus it won’t make your hair greasy looking either.
Also some use hot oil treatments to stop frazzled hair in its tracks. You might want to pick one with jojoba oil should you decide to take that approach for a test drive some weekend when you’ve got nothing better to do.
Curls and Hydration
Naturally, frizz avoidance, especially for those with curls, starts with hydration to quench thirsty locks of yours. Use a moisture-replenishing shampoo and if you can a hydrating leave in conditioner that will drench your hair with moisture which can stop the poof effect that happens when humid air hits your hair. All the more if the label indicates there is silk protein, or vegetable proteins like wheat, soy, rice or others to help strengthen your hair.
A cold-water rinse is good too.
You might also want to use a frizz fighting cream like Living Proof Frizz Styling Cream. How much to use depends on how much hair you have. Think dime to a nickel sized dollop and work it through your strands using a wide tooth comb or your just your fingers before blow drying — from the bottom up please. If your hair frizzes later on during the day, try more next time. By the way, Elle magazine claims the hair care magic involved here not only repels humidity it also repels grime. Making it easier to go longer between washings.
Basically you want to keep your hair’s cuticle flat and the strands well hydrated. But unfortunately there is no styling product routine that works for everyone. Which is why some with more defiant hair turn to power tools for help.
Fight Frizziness with Tools
Knowing the tools to use and how to use them as always gives some a leg up on others who seem to be grasping at straws. (Or is that straw-like…hair?) So let’s see what ideas can be gleaned in your war against frizz from this video.
Guess you could look at this as letting the tools do the hard work for you.
The perspective here is that having a great blow dryer can make all the difference when it comes to frizzy hair.
And it goes without saying that if you use a dryer you’ll want a good round brush. In this case the weapon of choice is a huge barreled Ionic Ceramic Brush. By the way, the bigger the barrel the more volume that results when styling your hair. Also with ionic brushes the brush itself heats up, so in a way it’s like blow drying and straightening at the same time. Plus these brushes help distribute the heat more evenly giving you tons of volume without poofiness.
The recommended blow dryer here is an Elchim. The claims to fame of this professional grade tool are that it is designed for heavy duty use, it cuts drying time – a lot, plus it delivers a smooth blowout that has to be seen to be believed. Yes, real professional looking results. You get all this without it sounding like a 747 on takeoff despite the amazing air flow it puts out.
Still to avoid a frizzy takeover on a humid day you really need to protect your hair against the dryer heat. Especially if you already use too many styling tools. Because as has already been pointed out, the slightest suggestion of cuticle damage can open your hair up to all sorts of frizz.
You likely have your favorite heat protectant. A good lightweight one is mentioned in the video – Tresemme Heat Tamer. It protects while producing locks that are silky, sleek and shiny. And all without leaving you with tresses that are sticky or with too much yucky build up.
As you would anytime you’re blow drying you want to section your hair and clip the rest out of the way.
Also if you need to blow-dry, see if you can get away with doing so like every other day and on the lowest heat settings. This will protect your cuticles best you can. Knowing you want to keep them smooth and calm.
Those with straight hair can use the nozzle attachment to direct the air flow down towards the tips of their hair.
Curls are best blow dried using the diffused and dried from underneath. Cupping the ends in your hands and gently lifting them as you blow dry them.
Just don’t forget that any strands left even the slightest bit damp are most vulnerable to frizz. So be certain your hair is completely dry before heading out the door into the elements if you’re worried about maintaining a frizz free ‘do.
You can also
Combat Frizz with DIY Home Remedies and Treatments
This video offers three homemade masks including …
- #1 Lime Juice/Coconut Milk Mask. Apply and cover with a shower cap for at least an hour.
- #2 Plain Yogurt/Honey. This one both smooths and moisturizes. Let this one stay on your hair at least 15 minutes.
- #3 Your Daily Conditioner and extra virgin olive oil. Heed the warning about going easy on the olive oil however.
To close things out a few tips were offered.
- Prevention beats cure. Every time. Heat can be hard on your hair, causing split ends and frizz. Constant heat will make your mane drier and therefore more likely to frizz.
- Try drying your hair with a t-shirt rather than a towel.
- Re wet your curly hair after you get out of the shower after detangling your hair.
- Always rinse with cold water. The heat of the shower opens up your cuticles. The cold water seals them tightly shut.
Finally, Banish Frizzy Hair With More Proven Tips
More frizzy hair tips anyone?
Oh, yeah, who am I kidding? Knowing that frizzy hair is the bane of millions of us of course you want more tips.
So many of us struggle like Rebecca and have spent more time than we care to admit in search of a shortcut to smoother, more manageable, more silky strands it’s not funny. So yeah, bring on more tips already.
- When done styling don’t touch your hair. This is kinda important.
- Resist towel-drying hair especially rubbing your hair with one. This just agitates the cuticles. Instead blot your hair and then wrap in an absorbent towel.
- Carry a conditioning spray around with you in your bag to fix any problems as they arise. “I keep my spritzer handy in my handbag at all times for instant damage control,” revealed Rebecca. “It’s working pretty well too. Sometimes a quick fix is all you need when it comes to help for frizzy hair.”
- Silicone serum is another way to tame frizz break out in a pinch. Just rub a dime sized bit on your palms and starting at the tips, lightly coat your strands. This will do two things. Smooth the cuticles of your hair while avoiding any grease overload.
- Don’t touch your hair.
- If your locks are prone to frizz think about your cut. Is it laden with short layers? Does your stylist use a razor? You might want to rethink this as neither is a good move with frizz prone hair.
- Remember shampooing too often can dry out your hair.
- After distributing it throughout your hair, give your conditioner time to soak in. It does your hair no good circling the shower drain too soon.
- When done don’t touch your hair. You getting this?
Of course if you want a second opinion, surprisingly Web MD offers some ideas for taming frizzy hair as well.
Anyway, the war on frizz can only have one winner. Either you or your troubled locks will come out victorious. Here’s hoping you prevail and achieve the glossy, silky soft, manageabe strands you are seeking.