Living with frizz can be one of the most frustrating things on the planet, especially when you have curly hair. You put in so much effort to make your hair look perfect before you walk out of the house. Only 2 minutes later you catch your reflection in a shop’s window, and all you can see is a bird’s nest where your hair used to be. It’s not an uncommon place to be and a whole lot of us, including me, have been there.
Many of us brush it off, blaming it on natural texture, but that shouldn’t be the case. Frizz is a result of a lacking hair care regimen, and that’s why a little extra attention is all it takes to tackle the problem head on. This doesn’t mean that you have to spend money on expensive products and salon treatments, all you need is a little insight on what is causing your hair to frizz up, and a few ingredients from your kitchen to deal with the problem.
So What’s Causing The Frizz?
In short—dryness and damage. Your hair is constantly thirsty and when its hydration requirements are not met, the cuticles (the outermost part of your hair shaft which is made up of dead cells that keep your hair healthy and protected) rise to let moisture in. The excess moisture from the atmosphere causes your hair to swell up and, you’ve got it right, frizz. Constant dehydration leads to damage, leaving your hair frizzy and lifeless.
How To Tame Frizzy Hair?
Frizz is a cry for nourishment and moisture. There are many things you can do to tame it, starting off with ensuring that you are eating right and drinking enough water. Once you have those two things down, you need to treat your hair to some good old fashioned TLC with regular oiling and hair masks. Below I have put together a list of 6 ways you can use to treat your frizz.
1. Select The Right Conditioner
Select the right conditioner for your hair. The right conditioner can be the best way to put moisture back into your frizzy curls. Use an anti-frizz conditioner with keratin protein. There are rinse-out and leave-in conditioners available in the market, choose your conditioner according to your lifestyle.
2. Systematize Your Hair Wash Routine
Washing hair too often can result in a loss of natural oils which help in keeping your hair nourished and hydrated. Aim to wash hair only two to three times a week. Look for a sulfate free, chloride free, Paraben free and TEA DEA free shampoo. It increases moisture retention by gently cleansing your hair & scalp and hydrating it from inside out.
3. Hair Taming
Hair taming or Keratin treatment rejuvenates hair strands while relaxing hair for up to 5 months. Hair Taming is much more natural and uses way fewer chemicals than rebounding or hair smoothing.
4. Brush Your Hair The Right Way
Brushing disrupts the hair cuticles; it can also stretch the hair and cause breakage. Towel-dry your frizzy hair after a shower and finger-comb it while it’s still wet. Then, add a small amount of serum or soothing conditioner. If you need to comb your hair, do so with wet fingers. Finger combing can help tame frizz and de-tangle your hair, you may also use detangle comb for the same.
5. Dry Your Hair Before Blow-drying
This is a stylist’s trick and it is honestly life-changing. Let your hair dry naturally a bit before using the heat of a blow dryer to avoid any damage to your hair and don’t forget to apply heat protection cream or serum before using any heating equipment.
6. Trim Your Hair
Sometimes damage from split ends adds to unhealthy looking hair. The more splits you have, the more you’ll suffer from frizz. The easy solution is to get a haircut or at least trim the split ends every six months, it would help in getting the desired look.