10 Ways to Fight the Frizz Factor

by R. Carnavale | February 28th, 2014 | Women's Beauty, Women's Fashion

redhead (400x400)There’s hope if your hair is frizzy because it’s coarse, wiry, extra dry or extra thick or because you’re trying to make it smooth or straight and the straightening process induces frizz. Dry air, friction and minerals can create damaged hair with abraded cuticles, which split and get frizzy. If you were born with naturally curly hair, your hair is prone to be frizzy because your follicles are elliptical, which produces curvy hair. Curly hair is most fragile and driest at each curve along the strand, where there’s an open cuticle; hence, the curlier you’re hair, the more frizz you’ll get. Here are ten ways to fight frizz:

  1. Keep hair clean and healthy with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner regimen that includes moisturizing shampoos like Aussie Moist Shampoo and hydrating conditioners like Aussie Moist Conditioner With Pump with aloe and jojoba seed oil. Rinse your hair with cool water after you condition, which will close the cuticle and give your hair a beautiful shine.
  2. Use a defrizz serum like Bumble & Bumble Defrizz to create a humidity-proof silicone barrier between your hair and the elements so that your hair doesn’t wilt. A good defrizz serum will leave your hair shiny and soft and eliminate the frizzies, even when you’re at the beach. Be sure to work styling products evenly with a wide-toothed comb instead of distributing them by hand.
  3. Avoid blow-drying on high heat and buy heat tools with temperature gauges. Heat causes cuticle damage, which leads to frizz. Dry your hair with a blower that uses negative ions to seal the cuticle.
  4. Use a thermal protector, such as John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Thermal Protection Serum, whenever you use heat tools like a blow dryer or a styling iron.
  5. Get a great haircut. A shoulder-length or longer style will weigh down your hair and a cut with a strong shape that embraces the frizz instead of trying to tame it is easier to maintain on a daily basis. A heavier, blunt cut will minimize frizz, while a cut with lots of layers will tend to frizz up.
  6. Prevent friction, which can cause frizz, by gently patting hair dry with a towel instead of vigorously rubbing your hair dry after you’ve washed it.
  7. Consult with your physician if you’re using medications, such as birth control pills, which can sometimes cause frizz.
  8. Style your hair with a wide toothed comb or use brushes with naturally conditioning boar bristles.
  9. Rehydrate your frizz-prone hair with a deep conditioning mask like Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask jojoba oil and angelica root once a week.
  10. If you need a fast fix, make an acid rinse by mixing 1/2 cup lukewarm water and 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to close cuticles.

(Photo courtesy of Marcelo Mokrejs)

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