How To Tame Frizz

Hair that is broken and dry is prone to looking frizzy. Here are some simple tips that can help you minimise frizz.

Avoid shampoos containing sulphates. These are the foaming agents that clean hair, but they also strip hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and more likely to soak up humidity in the air. instead, look for shampoos that contain glycerine which hydrates the hair from inside out, gives a protective coat to the hair shaft which blocks moisture from getting in, giving a smoother finish.

Dry hair is more pone to looking frizzy. Use conditioner after every shampoo and if possible a weekly mask. Combined, these two steps will help protect your hair against breakage and smooth the cuticle.

Hair is 60% weaker when wet, so be gentle with it. If you rough dry your hair with a cotton towel the friction will rough up the hair shafts and that causes frizz and can lead to breakage. Wrap wet hair in a t-shirt and gently press to remove excess moisture. The texture of a t-shirt is much gentler than that of a towel.

When hair is heat damaged, the outer layer of the cuticle lift increasing the porosity and allowing moisture to pass through, swelling the hair strands, which results in frizz. Reduce the amount of time spent blowdrying by allowing your hair to dry naturally until it’s 80% dry and then finish with the hairdryer, on medium heat, for the last 20%. Always use the nozzle on your hairdryer and point it downwards to smooth the cuticle.

Oils used sparingly are a great finishing product to smooth the hair once it’s dry. But it’s important to focus on moistening your hair from the inside out by using a nourishing shampoo and conditioner and being gentle with it when drying, brushing and styling.

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