I’ve mentioned in another story that I have frightfully frizzy hair, but over the years I’ve discovered some tricks to combat this wiry nightmare on my head. For any of us who have really frizzy and curly hair, the daily battle to keep your hair neat and looking good can be a real chore. If you want to keep your hair in check and straightened to perfection, here are a few useful pro tips to try.
Alternate your washing days
Hair requires the natural oils that your scalp produces to help combat frizziness. Washing your mane every day will deprive your locks of all of that good stuff, and you might end up with dry and frizzy hair. The solution? Stagger out or alternate the days on which you wash your hair – a good rule of thumb is to wash your hair no more than four times a week. If you have really oily hair, try managing it on off days by sprinkling on some dry shampoo.
Dry your hair the right way
When drying your hair, never rub the towel into your hair. Instead, gently use the towel to squeeze out water in the direction of your hair growth. This will leave your locks less prone to frizzing up.
If you need to blow dry, apply your leave-in conditioner while damp and let it sit for a minute to soak in. You should ideally be drying your hair with a diffuser, which can be attached to your hair dryer. Make sure that you keep the setting on your dryer as low as possible, as higher heat means a greater possibility of damage and frizz. You can then blow dry your hair while combing, but stop while it’s still damp and leave it to air dry after that. This minimises breakage and prevents the dehydrating of your hair follicles.
Conditioners are your best friend
Conditioning is so important, both in the shower and out. In the shower, I recommend using deep conditioners at least once a week, like Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture conditioner or the Kevin Murphy Repair-Me Rinse conditioner. Here are some of our favourite conditioners for dry hair.
After you’re done, you’re going to need some leave-in conditioner to keep your hair hydrated and protected throughout the day. Use conditioners like Aveda Smooth Infusion style-prep smoother, that are specifically formulated to protect against humidity, which is the primary cause of unflattering frizz in our climate. The good thing about this leave-in conditioner (which is my absolute #hairessential) is that it also protects against styling damage.
Straightening with a flat iron
If your hair is frizzy and dry, using a flat iron may only serve to damage and frizz it up further. However, if you’re someone like me who can only leave the house with nothing but the straightest and most manageable hair, using a flat iron may be unavoidable. The thing is, applying heat to frizzy hair can be especially dangerous and should be done only when you’ve prepped your hair the right way.
One way to have your cake and eat it, so to speak, is to prime your tresses with a product that offers heat protection. My personal favourite is Pantene’s Style and Protect Heat Defence spray (which smells so very good). Distribute the product evenly into your hair and let it soak in and dry before straightening.
On combing and touching your hair
One thing to remember is to never comb your hair when it’s bone-dry, especially with a rough bristled brush. If you must, use a wide-toothed comb that’s been dampened under the tap, or simply comb your hair while in the shower. This is actually a great way to apply conditioner, as combing your conditioner in ensures a wonderfully even distribution of product.
Most importantly, avoid touching and playing with your hair. Trust me, I know it’s supremely tempting, but the more you fiddle with it, the more you’re going to undo all that hard work you put into making it manageable.
My secret tip
This tip only works on shorter hair, but it’s incredibly effective. After you finish blow-drying or straightening your locks, pull and tuck it into a baseball or snapback cap. After maybe 20 to 40 minutes, take your cap off and you would have effectively locked in your straightened hair for the day! This may not work for everybody, but it’s certainly worth a try.
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