What causes frizzy, pesky hairs to misbehave so?
Summer time can be a bad time of year for an attack of frizz, but then again winter can be equally as troublesome with all that central heating and rain. Why does it happen? How can you get back some control?
The two main causes of frizz are both to do with moisture:
- Humidity – the amount of water vapour in the air – and that dreadful drizzle we often get.
- Hair dryness – a lack of moisture inside the actual hair strands due to sun damage, too much styling, too much colouring or just plain old naturally dry hair. (This is why the dreaded white ones stick out all over the place so much. White hair gets drier when it loses it’s pigment, making it more prone to frizz).
How to manage frizz:
1. Shampoo less frequently. Every two days at the most, but leave it longer between washes if you can. Dry shampoo will help you to wean yourself off over-washing if you have a habit. Or try just conditioning every 2nd wash rather than shampooing every time.
2. If you can – especially in the summer and if you have the hair type for it – air dry as much as possible. Squeeze out the excess water and make sure you’re not rubbing the hair with a towel as this will feed the frizz. Be gentle. Use a wide tooth comb or vent brush to get out any tangles (fine tooth combs will only remove any lovely natural texture you have), put in your product, then shake out and go.
3. If you’re not blessed with hair that looks great air-dried (or you need to get out of the house quick) you may need to blow dry it. Use a heat protector! This will stop your hair from becoming even drier by acting as a protective barrier between the heat and your hair – and it’ll weather-proof it against humid conditions.
4. If you do blow-dry your hair, do it in at least two sections. If you don’t do the underneath first and then the top, the top will get over-dried and this will lead to frizziness. Concentrate on getting the roots dry first, and if you can, dry the ends to about 90% and then leave to air-dry. Using a hairdryer on hair that’s already dry is what causes damage. If you have two heat settings on your hairdryer, switch down to the cooler setting for the last part.
5. If your hair is curly or wavy, use a diffuser, as this will disturb your natural texture less and keep the waves/curls from breaking up and going haywire. Again, do it in at least two sections to make sure the underneath dries as evenly as the top layer. Use your fingers, not a brush, and twist any rebellious bits around you finger into get them to smooth out. When your hair is bone dry, shake it out a bit – don’t brush it if it’s curly!
6. If your hair is straight but you find it still has frizzy, fly-away bits, make sure that when you’re blow drying you’re pointing the nozzle down the hair, not against it, whether using a brush or fingers. Use the cold blast on your dryer at the end to ‘set’ it and knock out any static.
7. For all hair types – once your hair is bone dry, if there’s still frizz, use a serum. Or if you have really fine hair and find serums can be too heavy, you can use a ‘shine spray’ (Hairy Jayne Hair Perfume is ideal as it fragrances your hair and has the added bonus of heat protection too!) which is a bit like hairspray but without the sticky hold
8. Product wise – the best frizz repellants are silicones. Controversial old silicones are in pretty much all serums (including some of the so-called ‘Argan’ oils around at the moment). If silicones aren’t your bag, anything moisturising will do marvels for your hair – try the Hairy Jayne Nourishing Shampoo (which hydrates, adds shine and calms frizz!) and Treatment Conditioner (which can be used as a regular conditioner but also doubles as an intensive moisturising treatment).
Quick fixes for emergencies:
If you find some frizz has turned up to surprise you whilst you go about your day, the following will (or should) do the trick…
- Olive oil. The teeniest drop at a time, rubbed into your fingers, and smoothed over naughty sections will add a moisture boost.
- Moisturiser. As above.
- Vaseline type lip balm (not the waxy kind). I wouldn’t recommend doing this all the time, but if it’s an emergency…
- Dryer sheet. Probably works on straight hair best, apparently patting it onto your head removes static from hair in the same way it does clothes. Not sure you’d be carrying one around though.
Nourishing Shampoo – £10.00/250ml
Treatment Conditioner – £12.00/250ml or £6.00/100ml
Hair Perfume with Heat Protection – citrus, floral or musk – £9.00/50ml
Hairy Jayne Handmade Hair Care is available from www.hairyjaynehandmade.co.uk
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Thanks to Hairy Jayne for this guide to Fighting Frizz