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Taming Frizzy Hair
 

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 curls.

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.

Overwashing

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!

Chemical Damage

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.

Physical Damage

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 damp hair.

  • 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 and frizzy.

  • Deep hair conditioners containing vitamin E, keratin, or panthenol. Use up to once a week.

 

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