Wondering how to beat the dreaded frizz? It’s one of the most annoying traits of hair and can mean you go from cool and sleek to frizzy and unkempt in a matter of minutes.
So, we’re declaring war on frizz with these top tips from Cosmo.
1. Let your hair dry 90 percent of the way before you blow-dry. Too much hot air focused directly on your strands dehydrates it, making it frizzy — especially during the winter months when the air is less humid. If you have straight to slightly wavy hair, let your hair air-dry 90 percent of the way, and then use a dryer on it for the last 10 percent.
2. Brush your hair regularly to help distribute its natural oils. Hanging your head upside down and brushing your hair with a boar bristle brush, like Spornette’s, helps distribute the oils from your scalp/roots onto the rest of your hair, keeping your hair hydrated and helping to block out humidity.
3. Keep straight hair from getting frizzy by brushing dry oil through it with a mixed bristle brush. While your hair is still wet, apply a moisture-locking dry oil from your ends to midway up your hair shaft; oil acts as a barrier, keeping liquids from penetrating. Once your hair is 90 percent dry, use a round brush with mixed bristles (the plastic ones pick up the hair and pull it into the boar bristles for added tension, which makes the hair super straight) to seal the cuticle for a smooth finish. You can also flat-iron your hair after it’s dry — nothing will seal the cuticle like intense heat.
4. De-frizz wavy hair by putting it in a bun after it’s dry or defining your waves with a curling iron. After you’ve shampooed, conditioned, and applied the dry oil from ends to midshaft, blow-dry your hair, and either put it in a bun if you want looser waves (the frizz-fighting happens as your hair cools, when your cuticle locks into place) or define your curls with a barrel iron. Townsend says the heat will keep the frizz at bay.
5. Tame frizzy, thick, coarse, and curly hair with a cream hydrator and a diffuser. After you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair, while it’s still wet, apply a cream-based product from root to tip. When you apply the product, instead of rubbing it in, warm the product between your palms and fingers, and squeeze it into your hair. Then, wrap your curls around your fingers to shape them exactly how you want, and let your strands air dry. You can also use a diffuser on low speed, high heat (aiming it downward to keep it from ruffling the cuticle) to dry it. To smooth textured hair, after you apply the cream formula, section your hair into quadrants and blow one area at a time dry. Use a boar bristle brush since it gives you the best tension for straight strands.
6. Throw a product in your purse for touch-ups. If you have fine or slightly wavy hair, use a lightweight spray serum, from your ends to your midshaft. Keep it away from the roots to keep them from getting oily. You can also put your hair into a braid to keep your hair controlled and contained, if you don’t have any products handy.
7. Use a specialised shampoo. La Biosthetique Care Shampoo Curl — Gentle Cleansing for Curly Hair prevents annoying frizziness, provides gentle and careful cleansing and is highly moisturising. Curly hair can dance and is full of movement. Sexy, quirky and vivacious. And sometimes totally untamed when expressive curls are replaced by uncontrolled frizz.
Curl Shampoo respects and supports the special curl structure of the hair, giving it precisely what it needs. NMFs provide silkiness, shine and elasticity. The gentle care shampoo for curly hair contains an innovative bounce back polymer for elastic bounce, convenient stylability and longer durability of your lively curly mane.
- Bounce Back Polymer: moisturising and moisture-binding, increases bounce.
- Sea salt: supplies mineral substances.
- The Natural Moisturising Factor (NMF): provides deep protection from dehydration.
- The amino acid serine: protects hair from dehydration.