According to research, over 60% of women suffer from frizzy hair and how to control frizz is the number one question we get asked here at Lifestyle Salons. Whilst frizz can never really be completely cured, there are ways keep it under control, but before we look at those you need to understand the causes.
The science behind the frizz
Ever wondered why 5 minutes in the drizzle and your hair is looking like a massive ball of frizz? Well, in a nutshell, frizzy hair is caused by changes in humidity. As soon as your hair gets touched by moisture in the air it temporarily expands and changes its protein bonds, causing it to frizz.
So why, you may ask, do people blame the central heating? Surely that dries the hair? Yes it does, but unfortunately if your hair is dry and damaged it absorbs more humidity and, you’ve guessed it, that brings on the frizz.
How then can we keep the frizz at bay? Try these tips from the Lifestyle stylists
1. Keep your hair hydrated
Hydrated, healthy hair is much less likely to frizz than the dry, damaged type, so keeping your hair hydrated is absolutely key.
If you struggle with dry hair, be sure to use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner and then top this up once a week with an intense moisture mask. This regime will serve to repair any damage and then keep hair hydrated and healthy. We particularly like the hydrating range from Moroccanoil which leaves the hair feeling smooth and manageable.
Also, be sure not to over wash your hair – two to three times a week is ideal – as otherwise you are simply washing your hair’s natural oils and moisture away.
2. Be careful how you dry
If you’re struggling with frizz there are two golden rules when it comes to drying your hair.
Firstly, be sure never to rub your hair vigorously with a towel as this roughens up the cuticles and just gives your hair another excuse to frizz. Instead, squeeze hair gently with a towel and if you have time, leave it wrapped up for around ten minutes so the towel can absorb as much of the water as possible. Microfibre towels from outdoors shops are good as they are super absorbent.
Secondly, blow dry rather than air dry. Now this may seem to contradict everything you are usually told about drying your hair but there is good reason. If you leave your hair to dry naturally it will have time to soak up humidity and as we’ve already discovered, humidity is frizz’s best friend. On the other hand when you blow dry you are quickly closing the cuticle, leaving it smoother.
However, if you are blow drying you need to minimise any damage that the heat can cause, so be sure to use a heat protection products like the KMS California quick blow dry spray which reduces drying time by up to half.
3. The tools of the trade
Healthy hair is less prone to frizzing so do everything you can to keep it in great shape. Wet hair is more fragile than dry and so is more susceptible to breaking, so always use a comb rather than a brush to detangle after washing to minimise the risk. If your hair is curly or coarse, using a wide toothed comb is recommended.
Boar bristle brushes may be expensive, but they are incredibly soft and gentle on your locks. Worth adding to your Christmas wish list!
4. Frizz free styling
Good styling products are a must to help combat frizzy hair. They serve to smooth down the hair shaft, hopefully leaving the hair shiny and frizz free. But with so many products on the market, how do you choose the right one for you?
A great source of advice is always your salon stylist. They will be able to give you recommendations that are specific to your hair type and it’s particular needs so it’s always worth asking their opinion.
A couple of our favourites include KMs California’s tame frizz crème (for normal / course hair) and smoothing lotion (for fine hair), as well as Moroccanoil’s frizz control. The latter can be used after washing on damp hair, or between washes to restore smooth, tame locks.5. Try the soft touch
Hollywood starlets of the fifties used to wrap a silk scarf around their hair before sleeping to keep tresses looking smooth and glossy. Alternatively, you could swap your regular pillowcase for a silk one. Not only will you be preventing the friction and static that can lead to frizz but you’ll love that little bit of luxury too.
6. Keep calm and cover up
We all know that one of the easiest ways to get frizz in an instant is to take a quick walk through the drizzle or the mist. You might only have gone the short distance from the car park to the office, but there it is – a great big ball of fluff atop your head posing as you hair!
So make sure you’ve always got one of those little fold up brollies in your car or your bag for a drizzly emergency. Also, invest in a great looking hat to protect your locks or maybe pull your hair into a quick up-do before you leave the house, then re-arrange on arrival.
7. Smoothing treatments
If all else fails there are some amazing in-salon smoothing and taming treatments available now. These usually take two to three hours to apply but can last several months so can be a sound investment. Unlike hair straightening, smoothing treatments leave your natural waves and curls intact but remove the frizz to leave your hair manageable and silky smooth. Find out more here, or ask your Lifestyle stylist next time you’re in the salon.
So there you have it, Lifestyle’s six top tips to keeping the frizz at bay. If you have any more tips, leave us a comment.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]