Tricks for Reducing Frizz
One of the more frustrating things that happens when you’re getting ready is spending time perfecting your hair only to have it turn into a frizzy mess minutes later. The trick to taming unwelcome frizziness is understanding the underlying cause.
Frizz occurs when there is a lack of moisture in the hair. This causes hair to seek moisture from the air around it, which is why humidity often makes matters worse and intensifies the frizz. In addition to the weather and hair’s lack of moisture, there are a number of factors that can make your hair more vulnerable to frizz.
Showering with hot water may feel good, but it’s actually not good for your hair (or your skin, for that matter). Hot water tends to strip your hair of its natural oils that keep it moisturized and shiny. To help prevent moisture loss during a shower, use lukewarm water instead.
Another common mistake people make is shampooing their hair every day. Shampooing should be done two to three times a week, depending on your hair type. Shampoos can upset the natural equilibrium of your hair, resulting in dry, dull hair. Use a hydrating shampoo, the added moisture will help to seal the hair’s cuticle and make it less susceptible to frizzing.
Hair can be sensitive, using an abrasive towel that pulls water out of your hair too quickly can also lead to frizz. Curly hair is especially susceptible to damage from rough towels, which can lead to friction and can cause clumps and deformed curls. Using a micro-fiber towel to dry your hair will help lessen the damage.
Hot tools are another big culprit of frizzy hair. Applying daily heat, whether it’s with a hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron, or other styling tool, strips moisture from your hair and can cause damage. If cutting out hot styling is too drastic of a lifestyle change to make, try cutting back and limiting the amount of times a week you use these tools. Using a heat protecting hair product will help minimize the damage they cause.
Split ends aren’t just aesthetically displeasing, they pose a threat to further damage your hair. The longer you have split ends, the more likely it is that they will cause more damage by climbing up your hair strands and further splitting. Getting regular haircuts every six to eight weeks to keep your hair looking and feeling its best and using a protective serum will help too.