Frizzy hair can be a real pain. We’ve all been there: one minute we’re feeling confident with perfect hair, and the next… those perfectly silky-smooth locks have been replaced with something resembling a lion’s mane. Thankfully, there are plenty of things we can do to keep frizzy hair under control.
What causes frizz?
There are several factors that contribute to frizzy hair. These can vary based on the natural condition of your hair, as well as the environment it’s exposed to - mainly moisture (or lack of it). Of course, when making the most of the sunshine and embarking on outdoor adventures, staying locked inside like Rapunzel to avoid the humidity isn’t really an option.
Dry hair tends to absorb moisture from the air, which explains why our hair often becomes frizzy near open water. Humidity is another major cause of frizzy hair, which can be a little more difficult to control unless you choose the right products.
If your hair is full of split ends, you’ll be more likely to experience the dreaded frizz. The best way to prevent this is to arrange regular trims with your hairdresser, although there are fantastic home treatments available which can help lock in moisture and repair damaged hair.
How to care for frizzy hair
If you’re desperately in need of some tips to help you calm your strands down, we’ve got the solution for you. We can all get caught off-guard with frizzy hair, and these simple remedies will help you get back to feeling more confident and looking your best:
Keep the heat low
As mentioned, hair lacking in moisture is hugely prone to frizz. Spending time in the heat will only deprive your hair of even more moisture, which could make the condition of your hair worse. As a quick fix when there are no other options (like a day at the beach or enjoying a barbecue), you should consider an up-do to keep your hair in place, as this will keep a large proportion of your hair covered and essentially help it retain moisture.
Don’t brush dry frizzy hair
If you brush hair that is already frizzy and you haven’t added a conditioner or serum, things are going to get a lot worse! This is because brushing without moisture can disrupt the cuticles of the hair. This causes the outer layers to lift, resulting in a much more unruly, untamed appearance. With a conditioner, you’re providing your hair with a protective layer which will also help to destress and detangle it.
When brushing, you should always begin at the bottom, and brush a little bit further up the hair with each stroke until you reach the roots. This will not only help to detangle your hair, but will ensure products are evenly spread.
What products should I use for frizzy hair?
Prevention is often better than a cure, which is why you should consider the following products to help avoid frizz. Each of these has been specially formulated to protect your hair against humidity, dryness and other frizz-causing issues.
1) Pureology Smooth Perfection Shampoo & Conditioner
Pureology products are designed to help smooth things out and restore manageability, particularly for frizzy and colour-treated hair. The soothing Pureology Smooth Perfection Shampoo provides a gentle natural cleanse, fights against frizz and helps your hair build a protective barrier against the elements.
Pureology Smooth Perfection Conditioner is a concentrated daily conditioner which features shea butter, camellia, woody, marshmallow accord and cocoa. With micro-emulsion technology, it is designed for quick and easy application and absorption. Both of these products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
To use these products, simply begin by applying a 10 cent coin’s worth of shampoo to wet hair, at the back of the scalp. From here, you should lather and work down to the ends of the hair, and repeat for extra cleansing if necessary.
You should then follow up with Pureology Smooth Perfection Conditioner, by adding a 10 cent coin-sized amount to shampooed hair while focusing on the ends and mid-lengths. Gently massage into the hair, wait for a minute or two, and then rinse.
2) Natalie Anne Gentle Wet & Dry Brush
This gentle and versatile brush is the ultimate detangler for fine hair, medium hair and even sensitive scalps. It can be used wet to help detangle your hair in the shower, or simply run it through dry hair to promote shine and waves. The Natalie Anne Gentle Wet & Dry Brush contains no animal hair, and is manufactured to extremely high quality standards.
3) Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Treatment
To restore damaged, dry and split hair, look no further than the Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Treatment. This all-natural hair masque contains powerful ingredients like argan oil and vitamin E which are thought to help reinforce the structure and resilience of hair fibres. When you give your hair the Silk Bloom Treatment, you can expect even damaged locks to become firm, shiny and smooth, without any pesky unwanted weight.
To use, apply a 20 cent-sized amount of the masque onto your palms. The product should then be massaged through wet hair from the ends to the mid-lengths and left for five minutes before being rinsed away thoroughly.
What ingredients should I avoid for frizzy hair?
The following ingredients are commonly found in shampoos and conditioners. They should be avoided where possible, as they could contribute towards frizz:
• Sodium lauryl sulphate (a key ingredient in traditional shampoos)
• Ammonium lauryl sulphate (a strong detergent found in many hair products)
• Sodium chloride (commonly known as salt, and found in shampoos as a thickener)
• Alcohol (used to help cleanse - has a drying effect)
• Cocamidopropyl betaine (a foam booster that can cause irritation)
• Parabens (preservatives used to prevent bacteria from growing in hair products)