Frizzy hair can be a hassle: tangles, knots, a humid mess of a bird’s nest. Taming this unruly hairdo might seem impossible, but there are a few tips and tricks that help make this task a little less daunting.
What is the first thing you do when you get out of the shower? You probably reach for that terrycloth towel and dry your hair right? Well this might be your first mistake, and let’s try and start the day off right, right? Right. Instead of using that towel on your hair, use it to dry off your body. For your hair, try taking an old t-shirt and gently use it to dry your hair. Why a t-shirt? A towel has thousands of ridges and bumps that agitate your hair, while a t-shirt is smooth and flat. You can use the shirt as a wrap, and leave your hair in it for 10-15 minutes. If the idea of using a t-shirt seems a little strange, try a super-absorbent microfiber towel, like those sold for camping at outdoor stores.
When I first heard about co-washing from a friend I thought she was crazy, but this newish trend of ditching the shampoo and only using conditioner has some merit behind it. Frizzy and curly hair benefit from this method of cleaning by retaining more of their natural oils, whereas using shampoo tends to wash those away. If you have straight hair, very oily hair, or dry scalp, co-washing might do more harm than good, so experiment and see if it works to control your frizz. You may want to try co-washing every OTHER shower if you tend to have more of an oily scalp – this will keep too much oil under control!
If you use any heated hair tools like a straightening iron, curling iron, or a hair dryer, try spraying on a heat protecting spray. This reduces damage that can cause your hair to appear even frizzier than it is. If you do use a hair dryer, don’t skimp. Try an ionic dryer to help minimize frizz.
There are also a multitude of anti-frizz gels and serums that you can apply to your hair to cut down on the frizz. Apply them with a wide-toothed comb and let your hair air dry before blow drying and styling. Make sure your hair is DAMP and not soaking wet for the best results – also, use no more than a dime sized amount for hair that is shoulder length or longer – one last recommendation, apply product 2 inches away from scalp and down to avoid an even oilier looking head!
Lastly, make sure any product you use has little or no alcohol in it. Alcohol makes your cuticles swell, which turns the frizz volume up to the max. Try avoiding alcohol in your gel, sprays, or mousse to tame that frizz!