If you suffer from frizz you are not alone. One of the most common sources of hair heartache that drops into our inbox is to do with frizzy hair. Whether your mane is fine, thick, curly, straight, or a combination of all of the above, at some point in your hair journey it is likely that you have had to wrangle your frizz.
Frizz, in a nutshell, is caused by individual hairs and their cuticle layers standing to attention instead of laying flat. When your cuticle is at its best it’s chilling out with the other strands, laying flat, minding its own cuticle business and it presents as smooth. When individual strands have got their hackles up they are out of alignment with each other and they create an irregular texture which we fondly name frizz.
At the heart of the matter, those rebellious strands are actually gasping for moisture. They’re dehydrated.
Opportunities to create frizz are plentiful, some of which you may be familiar with. They are:-
- You’ve been genetically blessed – although it may not feel like a blessing.
- Brushing curly hair when it’s dry.
- Hot showers.
- Rough brushing.
- Shampooing too often.
- Towel drying too vigorously.
- Chemical abuse.
- Too much heat from styling appliances.
- Humidity loaded weather whims.
So how do you soothe the frizz and get those strands to chill out? Moisture, moisture and some more moisture.
Conditioning is a must for frizzy haired ladies and treating yourself to a deep intense conditioning masque once a week or booking in for an in-salon rescue therapy will go a long way to taming those pesky hell raising cuticles.
Everyday fixes include:-
- Silk pillowcases – I toss and turn when I sleep so I can wake up with a habitable birds nest for hair. Throwing a silk pillowcase on your pillow can reduce the friction your hair endures if you are a restless sleeper and will help reduce the morning frazzle.
- If you have the length, put your hair in a loose ponytail before falling asleep.
- Not running your fingers through your hair constantly throughout the day. You may not even be aware of this one. Running your fingers through your hair creates friction again and friction is not a frizzy haired girl’s friend.
- Showering with warm water and not hot. This is not only good for your hair but a blast of cold water is great for your skin.
- Condition (ends only) after each wash and try to leave your conditioner in for a couple of minutes. Use a brush or comb in the shower to work the conditioner through before rinsing out.
- Deep condition treatments at least once a month. Our award-winning deep intense conditioning masque is perfect for this. It can be used as an alternative to your conditioner if you put it on for 2 minutes. Leave it on for 20 minutes for a deeper condition. After rinsing it you will need to apply your normal conditioner to close down those cuticles and retain that moisture.
- Rescue therapy. If you are near a salon that offers our rescue therapy, do yourself a favour and book in for one. These will build the health of your hair and help tame that frizz (see the before and after image below).