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!