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Tops tips for fighting frizz

Frizz can be a complete nightmare! And believe me I know how it feels when you’re trying to style your hair but it just isn’t responding at all. Unmanageable, fly-away, puffy, dry – frizzy hair just isn’t cool but if you follow my top tips, you’ll be well on your way to winning the battle against frizz.



What causes frizzy hair?
"Frizzy hair is dry hair. Because it lacks moisture its strands become brittle and break easily. Short, broken strands easily escape from any attempt to style them - every breeze, every swing of the head, every step you take makes them spring up.Dry hair lacks weight. It has nothing to hold it down. And if your hair is curly as well as frizzy, its natural inclination is to sit away from the scalp." Source
Why has my hair become frizzy?
 Hair becomes frizzy because….
  • It’s dry
  • It maybe damaged
  • The weather – humidity and moisture in the air
  • There's negative charge in the air
  • Use of certain shampoos
How do I prevent and deal with frizzy hair?
There are numerous things you can do that may help reduce the amount of frizz you incur.

1. Cut (sulphate) shampoo out of your routine. The ingredient Sodium Laureth Suphate (or SLS) which is what makes shampoo lather  and sudsy, is known to strip hair of natural oils and make it dry which in turn can make hair frizzy. As a result many curlies cut shampoo completely and only conditioner wash (co-wash) in what is known as the curly-girl method or no-poo method.

However, you can buy shampoos without SLS and that will reduce dryness and frizz. Alternatively, a technique which will reduce frizz if you are using a shampoo with SLS, is only shampooing the roots and scalp but the ends.

2. Always use conditioner. Hair conditioners moisturise hair making it shinier and softer. I can’t begin to stress the importance of using a conditioner. I would if you are having problem with frizz to buy a conditioner that is either meant for frizzy or curly hair or damaged/dry hair. Also use a deep conditioner or hot oil treatment either once a week or fortnight.

3. Eat a proper healthy diet and plenty of water. Water needs to get everywhere around including your hair. If your diet is poor than one of the first thing hit is your hair so take good care of what you are putting in your body. Extreme dieting can also have adverse effect on your body and hair.

4. Allow hair to air dry. Towel drying can make frizz worst and so can using a hair dryer. If you must use a hair dryer try using a diffuser. Likewise a microfiber towel can also help reduce frizz. A technique I tend to use is just squeezing excess water out my hair then allowing hair to air dry.

5. In the summer months and when the weather warm it might be worth using some anti-frizz gels, creams and sprays. However go for one that doesn’t contain alcohol. Another tip is bunning in warmer temperatures.

6. Trim damaged hair.

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