8 Simple Ways To Combat Frizzy Hair
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We’re all acquainted with the hard parts of winter – one of them being frizzy hair, unless you’re one of those lucky people who wake up with perfect hair every morning (and don’t tell me who you are; no promises that my jealousy won’t jinx things). Due to lack of moisture in the air during winter (and who are we kidding, hats and hoods don’t help things either), frizzy hair is a problem that a lot of us need to contend with. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are a few easy tips to help fight the Battle of the Frizz (and hopefully win).
1. Conditioner For Frizzy Hair
By adding moisture to your hair, you can keep down the frizz which is being caused by dryness. Once a week, do a deep conditioning. It only takes 10 minutes, but it’ll help prevent frizzy hair for the week – so it’s worth the extra time. Spread your anti-frizz conditioner along all your hairs, especially the tips, and leave it for 10 minutes to do its magic; then rinse.
2. Use The Right Hair Care Tools
If you have frizzy hair, you probably know by now that it’s best to brush it when it’s wet. This gets rid of knots (if your hair is wavy/curly) far more easily. If you have to brush your hair when it’s dry, use a wide-toothed metal comb – a brush or comb with plastic bristles or teeth only makes your hair static and you really don’t want to look like you just stuck your head into the electric socket. Metal, on the other hand, fights the static, and thereby doesn’t cause your hair to frizz up like its plastic counterpart does.
3. Dry Your Hair As Gently As Possible
If you use a towel to dry your hair, don’t pull on or twist your hair – be gentle and dab it. You don’t want to lose that moisture. It’s best to use a microfiber towel, as regular towels are known to cause static. Using a blow dryer is better for frizzy hair since it smooths the cuticles, but make sure to wear heat-protecting spray and turn the nozzle downwards to prevent hair from sticking up (aka frizz).
4. Use Appropriate Hair Care Products
Make sure your shampoo and conditioner are suitable for frizzy hair and have anti-frizz benefits. You also might want to use a hair mask, which has oils like aloe, jojoba, or avocado oils that keep your scalp hydrated and lock moisture into your curls. You can easily create your own, using warmed oils like coconut oil or olive oil with a bit of lemon juice, or you can buy one that works for your hair. Massage the oils/hair mask into your scalp and leave for 20-30 minutes before rinsing with shampoo.
5. Spray Away Frizzy Hair
Often, your shower routine alone isn’t enough to fight hat hair. Spray your hair with anti-frizz spray or use gel, and you can also rub dryer sheets over your pillow or brush bristles to prevent static. Spray and gel have the added effect of making your hairstyle last but don’t use too much product – you don’t want your hair to be stiff as a board. Hold the bottle at arm’s length and spray lightly over your hair. This results in natural, lively hair, without the frizz factor.
6. Tie The Knot
Even with taking good care of your hair, you can still be afflicted with a bad hair day (it happens to the best of us). The solution for those days when your hair refuses all your pleas to cooperate? Tie it up – throw it in a messy bun or a cute braid on the side to keep the frizzy hair at bay – or at least, out of sight.
7. Wash Less, Frizz Less
Washing your hair daily can remove its natural oils, which causes your hair to dry out and get frizzy. Try to only wash your hair twice, and no more than 3 times, weekly, in order to keep your hair moist.
8. Warm Is Better, Hot Is Not
Yes, I know it’s literally freezing outside, but resist the urge to have that boiling-hot shower – your hair will thank you. A warm shower is best for washing your locks. My bathroom has a heater, which can be quite handy when it’s a super-cold night and you’re only having a lukewarm shower.
It’s true that winter can be tough on your hair. But like most things, if you take proper care of it, nourish it, and do your bit not to aggravate the situation, you can control and reduce your frizz this winter. So, give your hair the attention it needs – and it’ll repay you with beautiful, healthy, frizz-free locks.