Are you one who gets big hair some days – just not the good kind? You know more frizz “up there” than what you know what to do with?
Some days it is so bad you can almost feel the hairy halo puffing up.
Other days you just don’t know where to turn to find relief from this beauty drama.
If any of that sounds familiar then you should know you are not alone with it comes to struggling with hair issues like this.
That’s right. You are not stuck with it or merely have to live with it.
There are ways to fight back.
The three videos below could each provide you with an “aha” moment.
One shares ideas for taming frizz.
The second offers a way to blow dry your hair to minimize the problem.
While the third gives you an easy to whip up at home mask that will hydrate your hair thwarting frizz in its tracks.
Each is good by itself. Combined they should make it all the more unlikely you’ll have to deal with this on an industrial scale any more often than you like.
So the perfect starting point might be some ideas on
How to Tame Frizzy Hair
Because if you suffer from fizz it can be very disheartening to say the least.
Some may feel cursed.
Others may not yet know what is wrong with their hair or what can be done to tame it.
Forget ravishingly romantic, is it too much to ask to have is hair that is “normal” like everyone else?
But take heart. You do not have to put up with hair that poofs up whenever it wants. Nor do you have to limit which hair styles you choose to wear.
Then I was thinking, maybe a little better understanding of what is going on with your hair may help. Yeah, what makes hair frizzy?
Okay so the makeup of your typical strand of hair includes
If your hair tends to curly or wavy then by its very nature it is going to be naturally dry.
Anytime you are talking hair that is dryer it will be more prone to poufiness.
Your strands will turn to the moisture in the air to make up for the hydration they lack naturally. In other words humidity isn’t your friend. All the effort you put into getting some sleekness to your strands via styling tools can pretty much go out the window – just like that.
Also this explains why after bleaching or coloring your hair or getting it processed to straighten it you may notice a greater tendency towards frizziness.
Both of those treatments will leave you with dryer hair.
To make matters worse, the chemicals can fray the cuticle some and that provides another opening for water to enter the hair shaft which will cause it to swell in the process. And you know how that story ends.
The trick is to simply learn how to treat this problem. I know. Easier said than done. Still while you may not be able to put an end to frizz forever you can minimize how often it strikes and how bad it gets.
For example if you have curly hair, you want to keep your hair brush far away from it once it is dry. Otherwise you are just asking for a hard to handle, frizzy mess where your lovely locks used to be.
That’s not to say you shouldn’t ever take a brush to your hair. For instance when you first get out of the shower, you might want to gently towel dry your mane, then you can brush it some starting from the bottom and working your way up.
Another technique, which you’ll see demonstrated in the next video, is to blow dry your hair with a round brush. Why is this so important? You are smoothing the cuticles settling them down so you are left with a lovely, glossy mane. Silky smooth and all that no doubt.
Still the best way to put this hair care problem to rest is with the application of moisturizing products. That’s because parched hair is looking in all the wrong places for hydration. And if you don’t provide it, the humidity in the air will do just fine. Fine until your hair ends up looking like a hair ball your cat threw up.
Another solution to try would be to do a deep condition each week using a product that is loaded with shea butter. (You can read more about that here.) This should help quench those thirsty locks.
Then let me ask you. Is your hair an alcoholic? It might be. Read the labels on the hair products in your bathroom. Do you see anything that might be alcohol like on the ingredient list? We both know that’s drying. Adding products that are drying to dry hair is certainly not the way to cut down on the pouf.
Yet something you do not want to do is leave regular conditioner in your hair rather than rinsing it out thinking that will help fight the frizz. Not so. Turns out that will actually further dry out your hair. Perhaps there’s that alcohol thing again?
This is where argan oil can come to your rescue. When you are done blow drying, rub a dab between your palms and spread that throughout your hair. This might also add some extra strength to your tresses.
While on the topic of oils another cult favorite is Moroccan oil.
Either way if you have fine hair take care to apply this mid shaft down only. Otherwise you risk winning the battle against frizz but losing the battle for more body.
If this almost does the trick but you still see a few unruly renegades you might reach for your hair wax and use tiny dab of that to delicately bring them in line. Your hair will be weighed down just enough to leave you with an ultra smooth ‘do.
And should this problem start to get the better of your hair later in the day you can always touch things up with either the wax or argan oil.
One other emergency trick is to see if simply wetting your hands with nothing more than tap water and running them over your budding halo effect helps. It may not but you won’t know until you try.
Oh and before I forget you may also find beach time is prime frizz time. To keep it at bay when looking for fun in the sun and sand, try running some coconut oil though your tresses and then loosely braiding them. Olive oil can work too. Not only will this help manage frizziness but it can also leave you with glossy strands with more than enough cute beachy wave to them.
DISCLAIMER: You may have to experiment a bit to discover the best oil for your hair. Some will tell you coconut oil is best for those with thick dry hair. Or that argan oil works best with finer strands. These may be rules of thumb but like all such suggestions, your experience may be different and the only way you’ll know is if you try and see how your very own hair type reacts.
There, that was surely worth six minutes of your time to watch, don’t you think?
Next up let’s see how a blow dryer, and how you use it, can keep you ahead of this nagging problem.
How To Blow Dry Frizzy Hair Smooth
- Fekkai Glossing Cream
- TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer
- Arganics Argan Oil
This blow out technique starts with applying a dollop of the glossing cream maybe the size of a dime throughout your hair. You just want to remember to focus primarily on the ends. That is followed by an application of the heat protectant spray to shield the strands from the heat from the blow dryer. Doing so will minimize any cuticle damage that can lead to more problems than the blow drying solves.
Okay so you will want to start by sectioning your hair. When she blow dries she divides her hair into three parts. Initially you’ll be tying the top two thirds up and out of the way leaving lower section of hair to be dried first. The lower section is further divided in half and if your hair is long enough pull each half over each shoulder.
Notice that the nozzle is on the end of the dryer to better control where the hot hair goes.
Using a medium sized round ceramic brush the hair is taken up and away from her face. The initial emphasis here is to get the hair to dry rather than necessarily working to cut down on any frizz your stands may come by naturally.
IMPORTANT POINT: You want to make sure the hair is completely dry because damp hair, even if just a bit damp, tends to frizz up more easily.
Ceramic brushes may let you get a better grip on your strands so they don’t fall off the brush or leave you with a knotty mess.
Once the hair is dry, power down on the heat. Wrap a section of hair around the brush, switch to the cold setting on your hair dryer and blast away to close the cuticle and seal it up nice and tight. Do this as the final step with each section.
Again the key is to be sure any section of hair is completely, 100%, dry before moving on to the next. Not achieving total dryness is a common mistake that can lead to problems with your hair when the outside, moisture laden air, hits it.
Once you’re dealt with the lower portion, unclamp what you clamped up before, and take half of what’s left and turn your attention to drying that.
This middle section will involve the hair that frames your face. So she steps down to a smaller sized round brush taking a section and pulling it towards her face but hitting it with dryer air aimed away from her face. Keep tension on the hair the entire time. The video probably does a better job of demonstrating the technique used than I’m doing explaining it.
When it comes to the remaining top section that is divided in two, a front and back part. For the hair in the back that is blow up and away, not towards the root to volumize the hair a bit. This will add some lift which as you know can make your hair appear fuller.
Finally the hair dryer is turned on the front section. She wraps the hair around the brush towards her face and blasts it with the dryer, then wraps it away from her face for more hot air time.
Notice how glossy her hair gets.
The final step is to finger comb a small amount of Argan oil through the ends of her hair.
Tot up the total time and it comes to maybe 40-45 minutes of dryer time. That’s a lot. (Obviously the longer your hair the longer it will take.) So this 10 minute video was clearly the condensed version. All the more reason why you want to avoid washing your hair daily if you can get away with not doing so if nothing else than to save 45 minutes of your life for other things. Dry shampoo would be your styling product of choice to stretch it one more day if you can.
Anyway this video puts you 10 minutes closer to hair diva-dom.
Now it is on the home made mask.
DIY Hair Mask for Frizzy Dry and Damage Hair
So by now you are a mere 5 minutes away from being closer to hair diva-dom that doesn’t involve frizzy hair. Because once you watch this, or read what I gleaned from it, you’ll have a recipe to use to create your very own hair mask that can help you solve this problem by coming at it from the point of view of eliminating dryness.
Because this is a great mask for dry, frizzy or otherwise damaged strands.
- raw honey (2 tablespoons)
- BENEFIT: Conditions and moisturizes your hair. Plus it’s going to make your hair look shinier and feel softer.
- olive oil (depending on the length of your hair – 3 tablespoons if your hair is long 2 if it is medium length to one if it is short)
- BENEFIT: Nourishes your hair and prevents breakage. Olive oil will also make your hair more pliable, manageable and will help it grow stronger.
- coconut milk oil (one cup)
- BENEFIT: Stops hair breakage can penetrate the hair shaft itself to condition and moisturize.
Add your coconut milk oil, olive oil and honey to a bowl and mix well. Pierce each of the three vitamin E capsules and squeeze the contents into your mask. Mix one last time.
Apply to your most damaged sections of hair first (read the ends) using either a hair dye brush or a cotton pad. The brush would probably work better for most. The more hair you have the longer it will take to apply obviously.
Once you have saturated your lower strands, then turn your attention to your scalp. Apply the mask then spend a few minutes doing a first rate scalp massage. This will encourage better blood circulation to the follicles which can’t help but stimulate healthier, and perhaps faster, growth.
Simply part your hair, apply at the root level.
Then part again maybe an inch or so and apply.
Then part again another inch or so away from the last part, and apply.
Do this all around your head.
Note too that you’ll probably want to wear a top you no longer cherish especially if your hair is longer. Because it may get coated with the mask, or at least have some of this mix splashed on it.
Top the whole process off by twisting the hair and wrapping it into a loose bun that you clamp to the back of your head. To insure you get great results wrap with plastic wrap or a plastic bag or something to trap the heat coming off your scalp for as long as an hour. That will help with the penetration of all those wholesome ingredients into the hair shaft.
The result of this salon caliber pampering looks to be luxurious locks that are brimming with shine, feel silky soft and look just awesome. Or hair you might see on a hair product model.
Anyway there you have it – a frizz beating mask that can do all sorts of wonderful things for your hair.