Five Ways to Tame Frizzy Hair

Frizzy hair can undo even the trendiest hairdo. To tame frizz and keep hair looking salon-fresh start with the shampoo and follow up with the four other steps.

Shampoo in Sleekness
Start showing frizzy hair who’s the boss by using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner each time you shampoo. Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners contain ingredients (like dimethicone) that smooth the outer layer, called the cuticle , of each strand of hair. A smooth outer layer is key to shiny, frizz-free hair. If your hair is fine and/or to prevent flat hair, apply conditioner from mid-hair shaft to ends. Avoid using volumizing shampoos and conditioners which are formulated to make hair shafts swell, exacerbating the frizz problem.

Apply Silicone
Use a styling serum that contains silicone and use a lot of it, especially on thick or coarse hair. For thin or fine hair chose a lighter weight cream or lotion containing silicone to tame frizz. Apply the silicone product to soaking wet hair to avoid greasy feeling hair.

Use a Blow Dryer
Air drying is good for overall hair health, but it defeats the purpose when trying to tame frizzy hair. As hair air dries, it absorbs moisture from the air (humidity) which is the culprit behind hair frizz. The faster hair goes from wet to dry, the quicker the hair cuticle lays down and the less moisture the hair shaft absorbs. Blow dry hair immediately after shampooing and finish with a blast of cool air when hair is dry. Make sure hair is 100% dry as any residual moisture will manifest as frizzy hair later on in the day.
For those times when it’s impossible to blow dry hair immediately after washing and hair air dries, re-wet hair and blow dry at a later time to help tame the frizz.

Invest in a Boar Bristle Brush
Your own scalp contains the best anti-frizz aid there is; natural scalp oil called sebum. The best way to distribute sebum and keep hair frizz-free is by using a boar bristle hair brush everyday, which is one of the main functions of the hair brush.

Silk Scarf or an Updo
There was a very good reason why our fore-mothers wore silk scarves over their heads- to prevent the frizzies while traveling. Loosely tying a silk scarf over your hair while traveling to your destination will keep hair sleek and smooth. If donning a silk scarf is not your style, consider wearing an updo hairstyle to keep the frizzies under control. Only the top layer of hair is exposed to the elements when wearing an updo and any stray frizzies can be tamed by applying hand lotion to hands then lightly running hands over hair.

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