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How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair
About My Hair
It's been several years ago that I decided I needed to learn how to get rid of frizzy hair.
My hair is medium length, medium thickness. It's always been a bit on the fine side and has some natural wave but isn't actually curly. Unfortunately, it's also a bit dry and tends to get frizzy if I'm not careful with it. It gets crispy and fly away if it gets too much attention from moisturizers, styling tools, or chemicals. A simple razor cut from the salon can result in a frightful, fly away, splintered look. As for humidity or a good rainfall, these can produce a large halo of angel fuzz hovering about my otherwise straight hair.
At one point in my life I used to wash and blow dry my hair every day. It gave it added fullness. Of course, when I wanted curls, I used hot rollers, and occasionally a curling iron. Over the years, I've highlighted and colored it, permed it, had it layered, and when the shine seemed to dull, I piled on more and more conditioner.
Of course, stylists weren't always easy on my hair either, using all kinds of implements of destruction to coax it into a particular look. Razors for instance, are a favorite in some circles, although certainly not mine. Then there were the variety of products from volumizers to mousse which conspired to further transform my strands into fuzzy, frayed wisps.
Many products and styling tools can be blamed for frizzy hair, the top 10 scoundrels would include, but not be limited to:
Chemicals from perms and hair colors which damage hair
Razors (for cutting)
Of course, some hair is more prone to frizz. Fine hair is often a victim, but so is dry and even coarser, curly hair. Certainly damaged hair with split ends is often a victim as well. There are also plenty of factors that are outside of our control too, like humidity.
The Steps for Getting It Smooth
If you're aware of the culprits that contribute to frizzy hair, then you're well on the road to curing the problem. A few changes in your daily routine and some different products can make a significant improvement. The key for me has been to use products in moderation, so I focus on small amounts and cutting out some altogether. Avoiding products with alcohol can also help reduce drying.
Here are my suggestions on how to get rid of frizzy hair:
1. If you wash daily, stop it.
Wash less frequently. Give your hair a chance to benefit from it's natural oils and to take a break from some of the drying chemicals in shampoos and other products. For people with very greasy hair, dry shampoos can be tried in attempt to avoid daily washes and blow drying.
2. Find the right shampoo.
From my experience, using a anti-frizz, sulfate free shampoo can really help to promote sleek, smooth hair.
3. Condition with deep treatments or masks once a week.
There are a number of great deep conditioning treatments and masks on the market. However, even when money is tight, I buy a heavy creme conditioner, apply it to my dry hair, and then wrap a hot, wet towel around my head for at least 10 minutes for a decent treatment. Then I wash it out.
4. Use a light leave in conditioner after each wash.
I apply a small amount of a light leave in conditioner. With many of these products, too much can give you a greasy look. Personally, I like . It doesn't weigh down my hair and really seems to soften it. It works best when I apply it after towel drying my hair and combing it through. I love that I don't seem to have to worry about applying too much as it never seems to build up or give me that greasy look. I've even used it later in the day if I find I have stray fly aways that need to be tamed after the fact. Aussie Hair Insurance
5. Use an anti-frizz or smoothing serum.
It's important to find a product that works to maintain that smooth look. For me the leave in conditioner I mentioned above works well alone but I have used smoothing serums that do well. These products can do a reasonably good job for people with a moderate problem. (John Frieda has one for instance.) It's important to start with a very small amount and work it through your hair to be sure you don't weigh your hair down or get a greasy look.
If the weather is particularly humid I sometimes apply just a bit of hair spray after my hair dries to help keep the cuticle sealed.
6. Stop blow drying to make your hair healthier but if the weather is humid or you have serious frizz, blow dry it properly.
While blow drying can cause damage, in some cases it can assure the cuticle is sealed and your hair is less prone to frizz. So in a humid environment, blow drying may be necessary. Personally, I allow mine to air dry 75% of the way and then blow dry it after I've applied the leave-in conditioner/heat protectant.
Although cool air will keep your hair healthier, using hot air and blowing in the direction your hair grows (downward) will reduce frizziness. Using the nozzle to get a focused, directed stream of hair is important. Hair should be held taut, using a non-bristle brush, while drying with hot air, and then end it with a blast of cool air. The cool air will help seal the cuticle.
I always dry mine completely before going outside into any humid or damp weather. Making sure it's completely dry and sealed with a leave-in conditioner before exposing it to humidity helps eliminate frizzy hair.
7. Stylists use hot irons on hair to straighten it and it works well.
However, due to the potential for damaging my hair, I avoid them at home. If you have curly hair or use them only occasionally this may be an option, but care should be taken to avoid damaging your hair. Get a good one, don't use a higher heat than needed, and use a heat protectant.
8. Diligently keeping your hair trimmed helps also by shedding any split ends that add to the problem of frizziness.
In particular however, I avoid razor cuts. I tell my stylist simply that I don't want a razor used on my hair. If have frizzy ends, you may well benefit from a shorter cut and perhaps a more blunt cut vs. excessive layering.
© 2009 Christine Mulberry