You walked out the door this morning with a well-tamed, sleek head of hair. Within an hour? Frizz-central. Blame humidity, or blame genetics (hello, curly hair!) – nearly everyone experiences frizzy hair days at one point or another.
But here’s the 411 on frizzy hair: As your hair loses moisture throughout the day, your cuticle (the outermost layer of your hair shaft) lifts and lets in outside air. Dry, porous hair sponges up the moisture in the air, swelling the hair strand.1 Your beautiful mane can turn into a thousand flyaways or transform into one big pouf.
Luckily, there are ways to manage frizzy hair. Here are some tips that will help keep your locks looking flawless:
1. Use a Leave-In Conditioner
If your hair is curly or dry, a good leave-in conditioner is your number one weapon. Hair that’s prone to frizz tends to be drier. A leave-in conditioner will lock moisture into the hair strands, sealing the cuticle so that it doesn’t fray out later. If your hair is thick, look for a leave-in conditioner that’s extra moisturizing and heavy on natural oils. For fine hair? Look for a lighter-weight product that won’t weigh your hair down.
2. Spray on Some Heat Protection
Heat styling can give you the look you want, but if you don’t take precautions, it can wreak havoc on your hair. Focusing all that heat directly onto your hair dehydrates the strands, making them more prone to damage and frizz.2 So, before you go anywhere near a blow-dryer or flat iron, generously spritz on some heat protection spray.
3. Try an Ionic Blow-Dryer
Traditional blow-dryers use heat and force to get your hair dry. Ionic dryers do that too, but they have the added benefit of ionic technology, which breaks down water molecules – cutting down the time it takes to dry your hair. And less time heat styling means less damage. And that little “cool” switch on your hair dryer? Press that when your hair is about 80 percent dry. The shot of cool air will seal in your cuticle, giving it shine and making it less likely to dry out during the day.
4. Get a Haircut
As hair grows longer, it tends to dry out at the ends. These dehydrated strands are prime territory for frizzy hair to take hold. And if you have split ends? Those can contribute to the frayed hair look too.
To keep hair looking smooth and healthy, make a standing appointment with your stylist for a trim every month or two.
5. Brush Your Hair
The simplicity of this tip might sound too good to be true. But hanging your head upside down (yes, it sounds odd) and brushing your locks can do a lot to help combat frizzy hair. Gravity and brushing will moisturize the hair by distributing your hair’s natural oils from the scalp down through the rest of the hair shaft. This is especially helpful if you have curly hair since your natural oils are less likely to travel very far down the hair shaft.3
Choose a gentle brush with boar bristles, as regular brushes can be too harsh and cause damage, and brush your way to shiny hair.
6. Sleep On Satin
This tip is fit for a queen. But it turns out that sleeping on silk or satin pillowcases is a necessary luxury. Cotton pillowcases tend to cause friction with your hair, leading to damage and breakage. Cotton will also soak up your hair’s natural moisture, drying out your strands. Silk and satin are better options for your hair’s health. The natural smoothness of satin will minimize friction and breakage and the pillows won’t soak up your hair’s moisture, allowing your tresses to retain their silkiness.
7. Deep Condition
You already know that keeping hair well-moisturized is of utmost importance in the fight against frizzy hair. Using a deep conditioner at least once a week will give your hair a hydrating boost. Be sure to work the conditioner through small sections of your hair, and massage in well to reach each strand. And let hair absorb the conditioner for at least five minutes to get maximum results before you rinse.
8. Use a Smoothing Serum
Need some product help to tame your mane? A little serum will boost your hair’s shine and silkiness and will help protect your hair’s cuticle from humidity and heat. Heavier serums are great for coarse, curly hair, while fine hair benefits from lighter formulas.
Want to make your own? Combine these ingredients in a blender:
- ¼ cup pure aloe vera gel
- 2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
- 2.5 tablespoons rose water
- 1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
Then, add 12 drops jasmine essential oil.
Store the serum in a dropper bottle and apply a few drops to clean, damp hair.
9. Moisturize From the Inside-Out
There are a lot of things you can do to help your hair retain moisture from the outside-in to avoid frizzy hair. But don’t forget – you can also improve your hair’s moisture from the inside out, too.
To encourage hydrated hair, eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A. Both these nutrients work to keep hair strands moisturized and prevent unnecessary dehydration.4
Some great sources of omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, walnuts, and flaxseeds.5 For a vitamin A boost, try leafy greens, sweet potatoes, squash, and carrots.6
10. Give Your Hair a Break
Another way to manage frizzy hair? Give your tresses the day off. Heat styling dehydrates your hair, causing it to reach out into the air to find moisture. Using less heat will allow your hair to retain some moisture. And try taking a break from high-alcohol styling products, like hairspray or certain hair gels or mousses. Alcohol dehydrates your hair strands, which can lead to a serious case of frizz.
Farewell to Frizzy Hair
Ready to face the humidity and dance? These tips will help keep your mane frizz-free and full of shine.
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