Fighting frizz can seem like a losing
battle. However you straighten, style, brush, or perm, it just keeps
coming back. Thereís good news and bad news for frizzy hair
sufferers. The bad news is that if your hair is naturally curly, it
will always be prone to frizz. The good news is that there are
simple steps you can take to control the frizz and turn it into
Frizzy hair is almost always dry,
damaged hair. The scale-like cuticles on curly hair are looser than
on straight hair, making curly hair less shiny and more prone to
losing moisture. The more damaged the cuticles, the frizzier and
less manageable your hair becomes. Here are the common culprits.
If your hair is prone to frizz, you
probably only need to shampoo 2-3 times a week. Donít strip away the
natural oils produced by your scalp!
The less you subject your hair to, the
better. Bleaches, perms, straighteners, and chlorine all damage your
hair and contribute to frizziness and split ends. Avoid styling
products that contain alcohol, as they will also dry out your hair.
Forget what your mother told you about
brushing your hair 100 strokes each day. In fact, avoid brushes
altogether. Stick with a wide tooth comb or your fingers, and try
not to touch your hair too much when itís wet. As you probably know,
blow-drying your hair on high heat wreaks havoc, and rough
towel-drying isnít much better. Squeeze your hair in a towel and
allow to air dry.
You can prevent frizzy hair Ė or smooth
it Ė by trying:
Pomades, conditioners, or natural
oils like shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, and jojoba. A
small amount can be dabbed onto your comb and gently run through
Silicone sealers. These products
act to seal in your hairís moisture and keep out environmental
humidity that can cause your hair to puff.
Using cool water to rinse off your
conditioner. Hot water opens up the cuticles; cold water helps
to seal them shut for shinier hair.
Frequent trims (every 6-8 weeks).
Prevent or head off split ends before they make your hair dull
Deep hair conditioners containing
vitamin E, keratin, or panthenol. Use up to once a week.
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