Most people fantasize about having some type of hair they weren’t born with. People with straight hair want curly hair and people with curly hair want to have straight hair. But when it comes to hair, the one attribute no one wants is frizzy hair. Frizzy hair is hard to deal with, especially during the summer months, and can be difficult to mask no matter how hard you try. If you have frizzy hair and just can’t seem to tame it, follow these 10 tips to get sleek-looking tresses.
If you wash your hair every day, you’re stripping it of its natural oils, making it dry, brittle and frizzy. Instead, try washing your hair every other day or every three days to keep your hair moisturized. When you do wash your hair, use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically designed for frizzy hair and don’t be afraid to use large amounts of it. Stay away from volumizing or thickening shampoos because they are designed to puff up the hair shaft, which makes hair frizz even worse. Wash your hair in lukewarm water instead of hot as it can dry out your hair.
Drying your hair with a towel can cause the hair cuticle to stick up instead of lie flat, which gives your hair that frizzy look. Rubbing your hair with a towel also causes friction, which can break and damage your hair. If you like to let your hair air-dry, squeeze out any excess moisture with a microfiber towel. If you don’t have one, use an old T-shirt or some paper towels.
If you prefer to have your hair dry a little faster, use an ionic blow dryer to get the job done. It dries hair faster than a regular blow dryer and seals the cuticle so it won’t puff up when exposed to moisture in the air. If you don’t want to buy a new blow dryer, consider getting a diffuser attachment for your regular blow dryer. This will also help cut out the frizz, and is especially useful for curly hair.
If you’re prone to having frizzy hair, stay away from brushes with synthetic bristles. Try brushing your hair with a boar’s bristle brush instead. Your hair’s natural oils stick to boar’s bristles more readily, making it easier to distribute those oils throughout the hair.
Curly hair is especially prone to becoming frizzy, so if your curls often frizz, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to heat up the curling iron. Redefining your curls will make them look sleek and can tame the frizz that comes with naturally curly hair.
But before you use any heated styling tools on your hair, make sure you protect it with heat protectant spray. If you don’t, the heat can damage your hair and leave it looking fried, which is much worse than frizz. If you’ve run out of heat protectant spray, mix a bit of conditioner with water in a spray bottle and use that to coat your hair before curling it.
Most people have baby hairs and flyaway hairs that tend to stick out from the rest of the bunch. Tame those stray hairs with a light shine spray or even with a dab of leave-in conditioning spray. Just use a bit of the spray on a large toothbrush and use it to set the stray hairs in their place.
A lot of hair care products, such as hairsprays and mousses, contain alcohol. Alcohol tends to make the hair cuticle swell and can also dry out your hair. So the next time you find yourself in the hair care aisle, check the product’s ingredient label for alcohol before buying it. If it has alcohol in it, don’t buy it. Or, discontinue using that product as part of your daily routine.
When you wash your hair, use a deep conditioner or an extra moisturizing conditioner and leave it in for at least five minutes. Deep conditioners coat the hair, making it tough for the hair to swell up with the excess moisture in the air, which is the cause of frizzy hair. If you don’t have a deep conditioner, just use your regular conditioner but don’t wash it out of your hair.
Doing hot-oil treatments regularly can keep your hair moisturized, reducing frizz. Use a hot-oil treatment with jojoba oil to keep the cuticle strong. Or, use a hair mask, which is a bit thicker than a hot-oil treatment, for the same effect.
Silicone serums can tame and smooth any type of hair, no matter how frizzy, and can even add a little extra shine to your tresses. Just remember to apply the serum while your hair is soaking wet to avoid a greasy feeling.
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