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Frizz Free

There are some things in life that are unavoidable. While you may not be able to avoid some things, frizz is something that you may experience but that you can definitely navigate, and navigate with your frizz free fringe held high. Here’s how you can be free from frizz forever!

What Causes Frizz?

In order to free yourself from frizz, you have to first understand what causes it. Think about your hair cuticle, or the outermost part of the hair shaft, like a roof. Each strand has thousands of little shingles that make up the cuticle layer. Frizz strikes when those shingles are lifted and in disorder, usually caused dry or damaged hair, or when it’s humid outside. The shingles lift up and hair is frizzy instead of smooth. The good news is that there are things you can do.

Fight Frizz with a Cut

Be on the lookout for the tools your stylist uses. Blunt cuts will help to keep the frizz in check, so they should avoid using razors since they can split the hair shaft and cause frizz. Over-layering will cause frizz too.

Shower Your Hair

Washing and conditioning is super important, but avoid deep-cleansing or clarifying shampoos since they tend to rough up your cuticles. Sulfate-free shampoos are a win, since they are kinder. Over-shampooing can cause frizzing too because it can strip your hair of oils that will leave it dry. You only need to wash your hair two to three times a week to keep it clean and healthy. You can also try incorporating a hair mask into your routine. Keratase has Maskeratine that helps control frizz and add softness.

Secrets of Style

Towel drying your hair is a big no-no. Your strands can get caught and tugged by the teeny loops in terrycloth towels. Instead you should try a microfiber towel or old t-shirt to absorb extra water and then use your fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle. While your hair is still wet you will want to apply an anti-frizz product. Dry oils and creams are great for this. Amika has an Obliphica Oil just for this! Avoid products with alcohol in them like hair sprays, mousse and gels since they can dry your hair out.


You want your hair to be scorching, not scorched. You should use an ionic dryer since they allow you to use a lower heat setting to dry your hair faster, which will cut down on the damage. You can even find tools that have oils infused into the filters that will help to nourish your hair as you use them. Cool! You can also use serum to help shield your strands from heat. Amika’s Heat Defense Serum is the perfect choice! And Keratase offers their Keratine Thermique, which is a primer for hair to protect it from blow drying.

Solutions at the Salon

Professional treatments, like smoothing treatments, are available at your salon and can keep your crown frizz free for months. Be warned, however, that some treatments can contain formaldehyde, but many are free from that chemical. If you’re concerned, ask your salon professional.

You can also try coloring your hair and having a semi permanent gloss or glaze done. It not only colors hair, but also smooths the cuticle and can last up to six weeks. If all else fails, ponytails are really in this season!

In Case of Sunburn: Read This!

Sometimes, no matter what you do, you may end up with a sunburn. You don’t have to just grin and bear it, either. If you have a sunburn you need to treat it like any other kind of injury and give it attention and care to heal correctly and completely. Here’s what you can do in order to treat and speed up your sunburn recovery.

The First Step

Oh, you know the feeling. The first dreaded feeling that you may have overdone it in the sun. Your skin feels tight, maybe a bit itchy and it’s definitely red. What now? The first thing you need to do is take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. This helps to reduce swelling and decrease pain and redness. A cold compress can also be your best friend. A great trick is to fill a large plastic zipper bag with one part rubbing alcohol and 3 parts water and then freeze it. It makes a killer slushy ice pack that will feel like heaven on that burnt skin and help to reduce puffiness. You can also soothe your skin with milk! Add some ice to full-fat milk and soak a washcloth in it, then apply it to the burned area.

Hydrate like There’s No Tomorrow

Sunburns are dehydrating, so you need to keep pounding that fluid. Drink water, but also make sure to eat fruits and veggies that are hydrating. Watermelon is always a favorite.

What to Avoid

It may be tempting to use your favorite lotion on your burn, or some other product, but you should avoid fragranced products or anything that contains acids. Products containing glycolic and lactic acid, like acne treatments, can irritate your skin. You also want to avoid numbing products like benzocaine and lidocaine. These used to be in a lot of sunburn relieving products but have now been found to irritate skin and even cause allergic reactions.

Blister Watch

If you develop blisters with your sunburn this indicates a second degree burn and you should see a doctor immediately or go to the emergency room. Second degree burns put you in danger of scarring and infection, which is best to avoid!


You probably have figured out by this point in your life that applying hot water to a burn is certainly not soothing! If you were to take a hot shower it could actually make your sunburn worse, so make sure you use lukewarm water when bathing until you heal. Use a soft towel to lightly pat dry when you get out.

How to Moisturize

It’s very important to moisturize burned skin, but you have to do it the right way. Again, avoid fragranced products and stick to scent-free lotions. Something with soy o aloe will help the healing process along and you can even go with straight aloe gel to sooth that sunburned skin.

Minimize the Itch

If you’ve gotten a bad sunburn you will more than likely experience an itchy phase a couple of days after it happens. This is good because it means that your skin is healing, but can also be terrible because itchy skin is no fun! You can help to control the itch by wearing light and breathable fabrics like cotton, avoid wool and synthetic fabrics as much as you can and even take a children’s Benadryl. The dosage is so low it won’t make you drowsy but will help with the itch. Cortisone cream is a winner, as is a skin-calming oatmeal bath.

The Dreaded Peel

Ok, just to lay it all out there – you can’t avoid peeling. You can, however, reduce it. Make moisturize your middle name while your skin heals. Moisturizing will help to nourish the skin underneath the peel stay hydrated. So feel free to slather on all the fragrance-free lotion, coconut oil or shea butter you can get your little hands on. Whatever you do, do not peel the skin!!! Let it fall off on its own. It’s hard, but you have to just do it.

All About the Face

If you burn your face, it’ll require some extra TLC so it won’t scar or have uneven pigmentation. Start by using a mild cleanser that is, of course, fragrance-free and make sure to avoid acids and retinols. Skip exfoliation for a few days too, until your skin is back to its regularly scheduled tone. Also, really ramp up that SPF usage to prevent any further damage and, heaven forbid, a burn on top of your burn!

Just Eat It

A nutritious diet is always important, but your healing skin will need a little more support. Make sure you get enough hydrating fruits and veggies and add in some extra citrus fruits that contain a lot of vitamin C (so does red bell pepper, by the way!). Vitamin C is super important in the production of collagen, which your skin needs in order to repair. Protein will also help your skin to heal, so get a lot of those fish and lean meats in your diet too.

It’s always best to avoid the burn at all costs, but should it happen you now know what to do in order to get back to a glowing and healthy you in no time!


Summer Beauty Questions Answered!

There can be a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to questions about hair and skin. If you Google one question, you can easily get back a few different and even conflicting answers. That stops here! Here are the answers to some common summer beauty queries.
Are There Benefit to the Sun’s Rays?
Yes! The key to the sun is, of course, moderation. But, there are some things that the sun does for you that are very healthy. The biggest benefit is in helping your body to create vitamin D, a vitamin that is important for bone health and may even help decrease the risk of certain cancers. Light has also been shown in studies to help improve your mood through the boost your body gets from serotonin and dopamine in your brain when you rake in the rays. UV rays also encourage the skin to release nitric oxide, and that has been found to lower blood pressure. But even with these benefits, it’s important to remember your sunscreen. Sunscreen won’t reduce these benefits, but it will help to protect your skin from some of the damage that the sun can cause.
How Do You Take Off Sunless Tanner
Great question! The answer is simple, and you probably have the ingredients right in your house. Combining baking soda with baby oil helps to dissolve the tanner and lighten areas that may hold on to some excess color like the hands and feet or elbows and knees. Saturate your skin with this concoction and leave it on for about five minutes. Remove with an exfoliating wipe and keep going until the streaks have disappeared to reveal an even glow.
Should You Wash Your Hair After Swimming?
Pool water and salt water can cause dry hair that is prone to breakage and even discoloration. To reduce the impact of swim season on those strands, wash your hair as soon as possible with a product that is made especially to remove the chlorine and salt from pools. If you can’t wash right away, rinse hair with tap water right after you are done swimming.