We all have bad hair days…but it doesn’t have to be all the time!
Women (and men) with straight or curly hair battle this almost everyday — having a frizzy hair! And it sucks when moisture sucks the life away from your hair and the result? Dry, poofy, fluffy, spongy and totally uncontrollable hair!
Why does this happen, you ask? Well, we’ll explain.
When your hair lacks moisture, its outermost layer called the cuticle opens up and takes in the moisture from the air, which causes the hair strand to swell, thus creating the unattractive frizz.
Lucky you, you may no longer be committed to a lifetime of frizzy hair especially during humid days if you follow these tips to transform your frizzy hair into cascading shiny tresses.
1. Wash with conditioner only.
Shampoos can dry your hair so if you have curly hair, which tends to be drier than straight hair, you’re more prone to getting frizzy hair if you wash frequently with shampoo. Instead of shampoo, try co-washing or washing your hair with conditioner only. Water and conditioner could be enough to keep your hair clean and soft. There are now cleansing conditioners available in the market that are specifically designed to cleanse your hair while maintaining its moisture.
2. But if you should wash with shampoo, use the sulfate-free, glycerin-packed type.
The sulfates in shampoos are the main culprit why shampoos leave your hair dry after washing. Thanks to sulfate-free shampoos, your hair will never have to suffer again. Plus, there are also shampoos that have high glycerin content which makes it even better in helping your hair lock the moisture in. Glycerin coats the hair with moisture and blocks outdoor moisture from getting in.
When choosing the right shampoo, make sure that glycerin is listed high up in the ingredients list because the closer the ingredients are to the top of the list, the more concentrated they are.
3. Use the right brush or comb.
If you’re dying to cut your thick, curly hair so you can just take the tangles right out in an instant, hold that thought, you need to read this.
Maybe you just need the right brush to keep your hair from tangling. Find a detangling brush that works to help detangle your hair easily.
Before you shower, you might want to use a boar bristled brush to help distribute your hair’s oils. This way, when you shower, the oils will then easily be lifted away from your scalp and onto your hair strands.
After showering, use a wide-toothed comb after or while you shower, so you don’t do much damage to your hair.
4. Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.
Nothing beats moisturisers in taming frizzy hair and one way of doing that is applying a hydrating conditioner. Just rub it on the length and ends of your hair and not on your scalp to avoid greasiness.
You can also use a leave-in conditioner for more moisture and volume. A hydrating mask twice or thrice a week can also help tame your tresses. Look for products that contain keratin, a protein that protects your hair from damage.
If you want to go natural, try using coconut oil which is a great moisturiser in itself.
5. Avoid rubbing your hair with towel.
When drying your hair, don’t rub your hair with a towel. It can cause friction which damages your hair. Just squeeze out excess water with your hands, pat dry and let your hair air dry.
6. Wrap your hair with a silk scarf before sleeping.
It feels nice to sleep in a cotton pillowcase but it’s not nice on your hair. Cotton pillowcases can suck up all the moisture in your hair. So, to avoid this, wrap your hair in a bun at night, and tie on a silk scarf. You can also use silk pillowcases.
7. Get the right haircut.
When you have curly hair, you need to be specific on your haircut to avoid it looking thicker or frizzier than it already is. Curly hair and straight hair should not be cut the same way. Curly hair should be cut when dry so you’ll know what it would actually look like. You may also need an experienced hair stylist who can shape your hair that’s perfect for you and who can help you understand how to manage your hair. As much as possible, get a regular trim to prevent split ends.
8. Use a hair iron or straightener.
Probably the fastest way to tame your head of hair is by using a hair iron or hair straightener. Dermatologist Jeannette Graf explains, “Flat-ironing helps ruffled hair cuticles lie flat, which creates more surface area to reflect light.” This means it will also make your hair glossy.
However, be extra careful not to fry your hair strands. When ironing, use a gliding motion to prevent burning your hair, and choose ceramic plates that will help protect your hair from too much heat. You may also want to put some heat-protectant serum or spray before ironing as an added protection to your hair.
9. Rub vitamin E onto your scalp.
This goes with any type of hair. Rubbing vitamin E onto your scalp will help nourish your hair from the roots. Softsheen-Carson stylist Johnny Wright, who works with former US First Lady Michelle Obama explains that some of his clients actually break open vitamin E capsules and rub the gel directly on their hairline.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps increase circulation, thus stimulating growth. There are also vitamin E serums that are specifically designed for the hair.
10. Eat right.
We all know beauty comes from within…sometimes, literally. Eating right and having a healthy diet not only helps our immune systems grow strong, it also makes our hair grow great. A diet with the right amount of egg yolks, (which as L-cysteine which optimises the production of keratin) olive oil and anchovies (which contain omegas needed to hydrate your hair from the inside) can go a long way. So the next time you think about putting those anchovies on your pizza aside, think again.