Hell hath no fury like the frenzy of frizz! Frizz is something that is naturally bestowed upon tresses of all kinds – straight, wavy, curly and everything in between. But don’t stress, frizz can be controlled and dryness tackled with ease. Read on to discover more:
What exactly is frizz?
Frizz is essentially a reaction to the lack of moisture in your hair. When dry hair tries to quench itself with moisture from the air, the cuticle swells up as well. Since the cuticle can have overlapping layers, these protrude out and appear as visible frizz. It all comes down to how moisturized your hair is. The drier the hair, the worse the frizz. Harsh shampoos, heated stylers and even humidity affects frizz. If you’re on the CG-journey, don’t let frizzy hair bring you down. While one can never get rid of frizz a 100%, here are a few tried and tested tricks to reduce it and let your locks shine!
- Oil to the Rescue:
Naturally derived oils such as Almond and Argan are chock-a-block with moisturizing elements such as oleic and linoleic acid. Pre-poo your hair for a few hours before washing or even apply a light layer at the end of your styling routine to seal in the moisture for luscious, hydrated curls.
- Skip the Shampoo:
Who doesn’t love a shiny, clean scalp? But not at the cost of a head full of frizz! Be gentle while you shampoo and use a minimal amount on your scalp and the length. If you feel like your curls are extremely dry, apply shampoo only to the scalp and rinse the rest with water. A nifty tip is to dilute your shampoo in a mug of water to reduce the quantity of product on your hair and also ensure that it doesn’t wash out too much moisture. You could even try co-washing (washing hair with no shampoo and just conditioner) between your wash days, for added moisture and lesser frizz.
- Put a Mask on it:
Masking is always a good thing! Invest in a moisturizing hair masque or simply whip up easy DIYs like a blend of banana + olive oil + egg or avocado and let it sit on freshly washed and clean curls for 10 – 15 mins. Rinse and style as usual. Do this once a week to seep your curls with moisture and keep frizz away. Deep-conditioning with the right products or a simple mixture of your regular conditioner whipped into a tbsp of olive oil used as a deep-condition treatment can help renew tresses and soothe frizz.
- Keep it Wet:
Detangling or combing through dry hair, especially curly and wavy hair is a big no-no! Refresh your curls with a moisturizing spray or ensure it is sufficiently wet before you detangle or run a comb through. The best time to detangle would be while conditioning your hair in the shower with a detangler and the rake n’ shake method. Combing dry hair causes an insane amount of frizz while disrupting the pattern and texture of your luscious curls.
- Protect what’s Precious:
Do you spend hours on your wash and style routine only to find pesky frizz after a day out or the next morning? It’s quite simple – protect what’s precious and in this case, your curls! Wrap your hair in a silk or satin scarf while you step out, especially while commuting and gather your curls in a high pineapple and put on a silk bonnet while you sleep. These natural textures protect your curls, ensure they don’t lose form and most importantly – retain moisture and keep frizz away!
- Turn down the Heat:
While heat stylers, blow driers and curling irons help set your hair temporarily, the long-term effects are just not worth it. From dryness to split ends and well, frizz, heat can wreak havoc on your natural curls. Turn down the heat and air-dry your curls as much as possible. Diffusing your hair on low heat or with cold air is a great way to add more definition to your curls without the nasty aftermath of frizz.
- Reach for the Right Products:
The products you use on your treasured tresses can make or break them! Read up on products that are accessible and always pick those without any baddies such as sulphates and parabens. Look for CG-friendly and frizzy hair products to soothe your curls, add moisture, retain shine and keep frizz away. Products with moisturizing ingredients such as argan oil and flaxseed such as the Curl Up range, are specifically created to turn around dry, frizzy hair and infuse it with moisture and shine.
We hope you find these tips useful to douse dryness away and fan out frizz for good! Good luck, Curlies!