Frizzy hair can be a nightmare. We’ve all seen the classic sitcom Friends. Remember the episode where the gang travels to Barbados? It’s the vacation of a lifetime. When one friend, Monica, arrives at the resort, everyone stares at her hair. Thanks to the humidity, Monica’s hair became incredibly frizzy.
“I don’t want to alarm anyone,” Rachel says. “But Monica’s hair is twice as large as it was when we landed.” As the trip progresses, her hair only grows frizzier. Her own husband compares her to the singer Weird Al.
Don’t be a Monica. Keep your hair smooth and frizz-free with these tips.
When your hair is causing you problems, you should always investigate your styling products first. What you’re regularly using can be wreaking havoc on your strands. Go ahead and grab your bottle of shampoo or conditioner and check out the ingredients. Is there alcohol in it? Do you see sulfates on that list? Both ingredients are bad news because they dry hair out. Opt for a more hair-friendly option. I love products with shea butter.
Likewise, you should probably shampoo less often. We all want clean hair, but a day without shampoo won’t hurt. A few times a week, skip the shampoo and only use conditioner. This is called co-washing (conditioner-washing). It works because conditioners do contain small amounts of the cleansing detergents typically found in shampoos. Go ahead, skip the ‘poo! We recommend our Hydra Shampoo and Hydra Conditioner when you do wash to keep your hair cleansed and hydrated.
You may like it hot, but your hair does not. You need to start the cool down in your shower. Yes, near-boiling water in a shower may feel nice, but your hair suffers. Hot water can strip your hair (and skin!) of its natural oils. Stick to a lukewarm stream. If you must turn up the temperature, direct the shower head away from your hair.
Once your hair is all washed, avoid the temptation to immediately grab your hairdryer. Believe me, I don’t enjoy sitting with dripping wet hair either, but it’s what your hair wants. You should let your hair air dry 80 to 90% of the way before turning on the dryer. Wet hair is vulnerable hair.
Speaking of vulnerable, are you using a heat protectant product? Tell me “yes” to make me feel better, even if it’s a lie. If you don’t use one, run – don’t walk – to the store and pick one up. A heat protectant holds in your hair’s natural moisture while you use heat tools. We recommend the Jon Renau Heat Treat Thermal Spray - it's amazing! Oh, and while you’re at it, turn down the temperature on your straightener or curling iron. Believe it or not, you actually don’t need to use the highest setting to achieve the look you want. Keep all styling tools set below 350 degrees.
In the relationship between your hair and you, you’re the bad guy. Stop mistreating your tresses and change your ways. Your hair deserves better. First and foremost, stop touching your hair! You might even be touching it as you read this post. It’s one of those mindless habits we all have. Your fingers steal away those valuable hair oils and can cause breakage and frizz.
You need a silk pillowcase. This isn’t about luxury though. Your hair spends 8 hours pressed against your pillow. Most fabrics are rough on hair and can cause friction that leads to breakage. A silk pillowcase keeps your hair smooth as you dream away.
If you thought your pillow was the only bad fabric, think again. Your bath towel is probably too rough for your hair as well. No, I’m not about to suggest a silk towel. You can use a simple cotton t-shirt to dry your hair, post-shower. Also, don’t sit around post-shower with your hair wrapped up in a towel or t-shirt. More friction, more frizz. Free the hair!
With all the work and time you put into your hair, it can be hard to believe it would betray you with frizz. A few simple changes can give you the best hair of your life. Of course, if the battle of the frizz becomes too much, maybe it’s time to consider extensions. It doesn’t get much easier (or smoother) than a set of clip-in extensions. Think about it!
How do you fight the frizz? Let us know your tips and tricks in the comments!