Monday, February 9, 2015

Fix It: Frizz

The number one issue I have with my hair is dealing with frizz. If you are like me then you know that frizz comes with the territory of having naturally wavy and curling hair. However, even those with straight hair can become the victim of this troublesome issue. Frizz happens because our hair isn't well hydrated. When it’s not well hydrated, our hair will soak up all the moisture within the air, which causes it to swell and result in a frizzy mess. There can be a number of tips out there to help combat frizz, but I decide to just write about the techniques that are so simple and can often be over looked. These are tips that have helped me to control my frizz so I’m sure they will help you as well.

Don’t wash every day. If you wash your hair every day then you are stripping it of the natural oils that your skin creates. These natural oils will actually help fight frizz by keeping your hair moisturizing and hydrated. Try and just wash your hair every few days. If your scalp feels greasy the use a dry shampoo to soak up that extra oil. If your ends are feeling dry then you can add conditioner but only to the ends.

Stay hydrated. Using a deep conditioner, or even a hot oil treatment, once or twice a week will help to keep hair hydrated. The extra dose of moisture these provide will coat the outer layer of the hair and make it harder for any moisture in the air to sink in and cause the hair to swell. When applying the conditioner or oil, stay away from the scalp because it can weigh down the hair and leave it looking flat.

Towel dry correctly. When you dry your hair, squeeze hair dry rather than rub it with a towel. The rubbing motion will rough up the cuticle of the hair and it won’t lay flat which causes hair to look frizzy. It’s also best to use a microfiber towel because it’s more absorbent and gentle. I've read you can try an old t-shirt but I tried it once and I didn't notice any difference. I really like the microfiber towels better.

Blow dry correctly. If you want to blow dry your hair straight then make sure the air flow is going in the same direction as the cuticle. The cuticle of the hair is like a shingled roof. When the shingles lay flat then the hair will be smooth but if the air is going in the opposite direction it will cause the shingles to be raise which results in frizz. If you have curly hair, then use a diffuser. A diffuser distributes heat evenly and quickly so it doesn't disturb the natural shape of curls which results in frizz.

Protect. Since frizz comes from hair being dry, you not only want to make sure it’s hydrated but that it’s healthy in general. If your hair becomes damaged it only makes the frizz ten times worse so make sure you take care of your hair properly. Make sure you are using heat protectant when styling your hair with hot tools and don’t over process your hair with chemicals.

These tips may not seem so important but they really can make a difference. Of course you can use a frizz fighting product, but I personally don’t always like to apply product to my hair. I’d rather change the way I do certain steps in my routine to reduce frizz, over adding another step by apply product. Hopefully these tips can help you reduce frizz as well. If you have any other tips on how to reduce frizz then I would love to know so I can try them out!

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