Unless you’re Solange Knowles, who let’s face it, rocks a frizzy hair-do with a flair like no other, having the kind of mane that frizzes easily can be very frustrating. Trying to tame frizzy hair into a workable hairstyle, when you’re going for a silky-smooth and shiny look, can seem nearly impossible for the frizzy-haired gal. If you prefer to keep your locks looking more Rachel than Monica, read on to kiss goodbye any fears of humidity, perspiration, and rainy days forever!
To begin with, it’s a good idea to understand what causes frizz in the first place. Much like shingles on a roof, the outer layer of a single strand of hair, known as the cuticle, is created from cells overlapping each other. When humidity is present, moisture penetrates through these cells and absorbs into the middle layer, known as the cortex. This causes the hair to swell up and bend in irregular directions, resulting in a frizzy look. The solution is to lock the hair shaft down from the outside with the right amount of moisture, thereby keeping unwanted frizz to a minimum.
- Shampoo your hair as little as possible, to keep your hair moisturized from its natural production of sebum, the natural oils generated on your scalp.
- Use a clarifying shampoo to remove product build-up.
- Apply a deep conditioning treatment such as a hot oil treatment or a hair mask weekly if you can.
- Choose a shampoo that is sulphate-free and high in glycerine. Glycerine will serve the dual purpose of penetrating the hair shaft and supplying it with moisture from the inside, as well as providing a protective coating on the outside layer.
- When conditioning, look for ones that contain keratin, protein, or natural oils, these items will help tame your frizz the best.
- Wait until your hair is ninety percent dry before blow drying to avoid frizziness caused and exacerbated by your hair dryer.
- Smooth down with gels or serums for a glossy, frizz-free finish.