There are those who are born with naturally sleek, smooth and brilliant hair…and then there are the rest of us. When the first drop of rain sprinkles from the sky, when humidity reaches an all-time high and when the season of ski and slope arrives—your hair is wildly unmanageable and frizz-tastic.
While many people scour the shelves for the best products to reduce scrunchy, unpredictable strands that go haywire, the solution is actually found not only in the right formula but in styling habits that can decrease common causes.
Luckily, leading hair experts have managed to tame even the most rebellious of hair types and have some helpful strategies that really make a difference. Here’s the scoop.
How to Tame and Prevent Frizzy Hair
1. Skip shampoo once in a while
While it might seem counterproductive to nourished, clean hair—experts warn against overdoing it on the scrub-and-rinse cycle. Because when we shampoo our hair too frequently, we strip any moisture and natural oils away from it. It’s also important to watch how you build up those suds, and of course, which product you choose to apply to your delicate locks. “While sometimes you want to get buildup out of hair with a clarifying shampoo that can strip not only moisture but your color as well. Avoid shampoos that have sulfates, as these will dry out your hair,”
2. Switch to a micro-fiber hair towel
Think about your after-shower routine. What do you do first? Likely you soak up any water on your skin with a towel and then scrub away at your hair until it isn’t dripping wet. Regular cotton towels can contribute to frizziness since they act like Velcro to the hair. Some expert suggests a micro-fiber towel that is gentle on static-sensitive strands.
3. Use a conditioning hair mask
Sometimes frizz can be caused by dehydration, your goal with your conditioner is to add more moisture. “The best way to do this is through a series of treatments that will penetrate the hair shaft, keeping it moisturized all the time”.
4. Sleep on a silk pillowcase
When was the last time you gave your pillow a glance? Or rather, when have you thought about the type of fabric you choose for your pillowcase? Bed head is the dance of hydrogen atoms and keratin getting tangled up in your sleep. Certain pillowcase fabrics like cotton can ‘catch’ your hair strands leaving it frizzy in the morning.
5. Use hair tools sparingly
How often you’re applying heat to your hair. Regular use of these products—from hair dryers to flat irons—can create static buildup in your hair, which makes it more likely to unveil frizz symptoms. Instead, use these only a few times a week.
6. Always use a heat protecting spray or oil.
If you intend to blow dry your hair, curl the ends or straighten throughout, Brown stresses the importance of using a heat protecting spray or oil before you push “on.” ‘This helps protect your hair from over drying or styling while adding moisture into your hair.”. Without this layer of protection, your hair is more likely to fray at the ends.
7. Consider using hair-smoothing products.
The next time you step out of your shower and towel off (using a microfiber wonder, of course), don’t forget another important step in your anti-frizz mission: hair smoothing products. A few spritzes of conditioning and hydrating formulas can make a huge difference in the texture and obedience of your locks.