Fight the Frizz

If you have frizz-prone hair (especially if you live in a hot/humid climate like I do), you know the challenges of trying to keep your hair from looking like a poodle’s bad hair day.  Here are some tips to maintaining sleek hair…

Dry it Completely:   Going out into warm weather with your hair isn’t 100% dry is a great way to get instant frizz.    Even if it’s not humid, the remaining moisture in your hair will create its own humidity.  Also, before you flat-iron your hair, you should make sure it’s completely dry to avoid the flattened-but-frizzy look.  I know some flat irons are designed to straighten hair even if it’s wet.  I don’t know how well they work.  It seems like a really harsh way to dry your hair.

Have the Right Tools:  Use a wide-tooth comb on your hair.  It’s gentler because you won’t catch every tiny tangle and tear it up as you go.  Some combs are infused with various oils (macadamia, argan, etc.) and promise to help promote hair health.  I haven’t tried them, so I can’t recommend them, but it might be worth a try if you have troubled hair.  When brushing, use a natural bristle brush.  It will help smooth those pesky hairs that seem to have a mind of their own.  A good flat iron (unfortunately, “good” = “expensive”) can also do a much better job of straightening hair without the frizzy side effect.

Maintenance:  Get your hair trimmed regularly – even if you’re trying to grow it out.  Split ends are the #1 way your hair ends up looking frizzy and/or damaged.

Product:  I can’t understate the power of really good hair care products.  They can make a huge difference in your hair’s appearance.  Some work best when applied to wet hair, while others are for post-styling.  Here are some of the ones I like:

In Summary:  Unless you’re trying out for a role in a Tim Burton movie, you probably don’t want your hair to look crazy.  Controlling frizz can be challenging, but – with a little effort – you can have the manageable, sleek hair you always wanted.


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