January 08, 2012

Fighting Frizz

I've been asked a few times what my recommendations are for fighting frizz.  And although I am a hair product junkie, many of my tips don't rely on tons of products.  Here are my easy tips for ensuring healthy, moisturized, frizz free hair:

1.  Condition!
  • Conditioning your hair is so important.  Even if you think your hair is already too oily, etc, conditioner is good for your hair.  I promise.  I had mentioned before that conditioner has the same pH balance as your skin and will help close down the cuticle of the hair strand.  An open cuticle is one of the main culprits of frizz.  If you have conditioned, moisturized strands, you will have the appearance of healthy hair.  So how do you get that?
    • Deep condition hair once every 2 weeks.  Shampoo like normal and then towel dry hair.  Apply a liberal amount of your favorite conditioner or a specialized deep conditioner, and wrap your hair in a warm towel.  Let sit for 15 minutes and rinse with tepid water.  Your hair will feel like silk!

2.  Know Your Hair
  • As a hair stylist, my job is to make you feel good about the hair you have, not the hair you wish you could have.  Trust me, my friend has gorgeous, stick straight hair that is so thick.  I would give anything to have wash-and-go hair, like she has.  But I don't; so I work with what I have!
  • Figure out if your hair is dry or oily, coarse or fine, thick or thin, straight, wavy, or curly.  
  • Those with dry, coarse, thick, and wavy or curly hair tend to be vulnerable to frizz.  It's just the nature of the hair.  But conditioning, laying low on heat, and working with your texture can help.

3.  Lay Low on the Heat
  • If you have to have straight hair, then skip the blow dry.  Or if you absolutely must blow dry, then use a heat protectant before drying and after.  All the protectant will be dried up and gone after blow drying so you will need more.
  • Make sure your hair is completely dry before styling!  And it's even better if you wait a few minutes after drying to let the hair settle before using the iron.
  • Check the labels of your heat protectant too.  You want the "alcohol" to be low on the list.  Alcohol will just dry out your hair even more.

4.  Work Your Texture
  • This kind of goes with number 2.  We all have different hair and forcing our hair to do something it doesn't want to, will result in damage and frizz.  For example, my husband has insanely curly hair.  Sometimes he'll ask me to straighten it, and after his hair is straight, it just looks...yuck.  You know what I'm talking about.  And unfortunately I just have to tell him, you have to stick with your curly hair.  It's just you.
  • So if this sounds like you, work that curl, girl!

So, I hope this helps any of you out there fighting frizz.  The answer is to get down to the problem of it instead of alway using the serums out there.  Figure out where the problem lies (weather, hair type, damage), and fix what you can!  Happy hair days!


Virgit said...

awesome post sweetie love it thanks so much for sharing
and I use a canon 550D with a canon lens EF 50mm 1.4
have a great start of the week dear kisses

Joandy said...

my hair is super straight, so instead of straightening, i have to learn how to curl my hair:)) great post anyways!!!

thenauticalwheeler said...

I have curly hair and of course wish it was stick straight lol. Is there a deep conditioner that you recommend? Also how do you feel about leave-in conditioners? I've been wondering about those. From Brooklyn with love ~jen

Ash Louise said...

Thank you soooo much for these tips! I have curly hair, but I dye it, so the bleach kind of makes it come out really frizzy actually... I go to a professional to bleach it, but it still is a lot dryer than it would be if i left it my natural color. So with the bleach I get dry and frizzy hair, I normally blow dry it on low heat, and then straighten it. But these are such good tips to know.
I freak out at the idea of it getting ruined by so much hot irons or products... I try to take care of it, and give it an oil treatment every once in a while. But I can't manage to get it any softer. I will try the conditioning for 15 minutes... but do you have any other suggestions besides these?
Thanks so much for the advice though.. I will definitely follow, rinse and repeat ;)

thenauticalwheeler said...

I just wanted to say, thank you so much for getting back to me! I love Organix, especially their tea mint shampoo. I'll definitely be trying the Moroccan oil. From Brooklyn with love ~jen

Megan said...

I have curly hair and am constantly battling frizz. Thankfully over the years I think I've found my routine that works... but it took a LONG time.