Sleek, shiny hair does not always come naturally. Many people deal with frizzy hair, which has a variety of causes. These flyaway hairs can be difficult to manage and maintain, but that does not mean you are stuck with an out-of-control mane for life. Several products and treatments are available to help tame the frizz, allowing you to achieve the vibrant, shiny hair that you’ve always wanted. Understanding the cause of the frizzy hair is key in helping you to eliminate it.
If you have ever watched your blowout turn into a frizzy mess as soon as you step outside, you know that the weather plays a big role in the condition of your hair. Humidity is the primary cause of frizzy hair, which tends to be drier than other hair. High humidity levels mean more moisture in the air. That moisture comes in contact with the hair’s hydrogen bonds, which are responsible for keeping your hair straight and smooth after a blowout. The moisture weakens these bonds, returning your hair to its natural look. So, if you are prone to frizzy hair, a humid day can exacerbate the problem.
Brushing your hair can encourage frizz as well. Brushing lifts the cuticle of the hair, or the hair’s top layer, which normally stays flat. This lifted layer represents that dreaded frizz. Further, overuse of heat-styling products or too many chemical treatments can contribute to frizzy hair. Such hair care techniques can create dry and damaged hair, which goes hand in hand with some frizz. Finally, some people are more prone to frizzy hair than others. Curly, coarse hair is likely to have more frizz than stick straight hair.
Fortunately, frizzy hair is not an untreatable condition. You can make a few changes to your hair care routine to create sleek, smooth hair. First, eliminating dry hair can combat frizz. Using a daily conditioner as well as a deep conditioner once a week can restore moisture to your hair. You can also choose a leave in conditioner product which stays on your hair to provide continuous moisture. Do not brush wet hair; instead, run your fingers through wet hair to separate any tangles. Do not over-dry your hair when blowing it dry, and dry your hair with a round brush, which can help smooth your hair.
Add a smoothing serum, mousse, gel or cream to your daily hair care routine to tame any frizzy, flyaway hairs. Finally, avoid the blow dryer, curling iron, and hair straightener when you can. Your hair will be less damaged—and therefore, less frizzy—when you reduce the use of heat-styling products. When you do reach for the heat styling tools, choose a dryer with tourmaline technology which reduces seals the cuticle, thereby reducing frizz. It also creates less damage. Choose a flat iron with ceramic plate for a smoother look with less damage.
Specific ingredients can help treat frizzy hair as well. Choose a conditioner with protein in it, which can help smooth your hair. Select alcohol-free hair products, from shampoos and conditioners to gels and mousses, as alcohol can lead to dry hair and, in turn, frizz. Natural oils, including ones you can find in your kitchen, can combat flyaway hair. Olive oil is a dry oil that does not leave any buildup in your hair but reduces frizz. Argan oil, which includes Vitamin E and antioxidants, is another effective way to eliminate frizzy hair. Kendi oil also has a smoothing effect while adding shine and moisture. Simply massage the oil into the ends of damp hair, and style as usual. The natural ingredients in various oils create sleeker, shinier hair. You can also find these oils in various hair products.
If over-the-counter products just are not fighting the frizz, turn to professional treatments. Keratin treatments promise to reduce frizz and curl, leaving your with silky smooth hair every day, even without a blow dryer. Like other salon treatments, keratin treatments have to be repeated every few months, but they can fight extremely frizzy hair. Some salons can wash, treat, and blow out your hair to give it some shine. Finally, look into deep conditioning treatments at salons, which can add much-needed moisture to your hair to help tame the frizz.
Frizzy hair is a common hair ailment, but it is not without a solution. Simple changes to your hair care routine can help fight the frizz. Combine these changes with over-the-counter anti-frizz products or even powerful salon treatments, and you will enjoy sleeker, smoother hair day after day. Your hair type might naturally be frizzy, but you can find many ways to create more manageable hair. Find the solution that works best for your lifestyle, and enjoy the results.