Winter may be a beautiful and festive season, but it does bring along its share of unique hair issues – fried, dried and frizzy hair, static and flyaways. If you are someone who experiences both frizz and static at the same time (or either), we hear you! To help you with your hair struggles, especially around the holiday season, we have prepared here a comprehensive guide to dealing with frizz that will make these hair headaches a thing of the past.
1. Maintain Hydration
Lack of moisture in your hair make them prone to frizz and static, which is why you need to focus on keeping them hydrated. The winter air is usually harsh and dry, that can easily strip your hair of its natural oils, thus promoting frizz. To avoid this problem, you need to start off by using the right shampoo and conditioner.
Go for a shampoo that is sulfate-free and a conditioner that promises ‘ultra-moisture’ or something of the sort. Keratin in hair care products is very popular these days, and products such as Kerotin Renewal Shampoo & Conditioner by Kerotin Hair Care can help provide your hair with a much-needed nutritional boost.
In addition to using a good shampoo and conditioner, use a good-quality deep conditioner every week for 10 to 15 minutes that will help seal the strands and stop air-borne moisture to seep into your hair, which makes them look puffy. If you blow dry your hair often, then make sure to use a lightweight crème before and after you are done blow drying.
2. Strategic Combing
Avoid using a brush on wet hair as it is very rough on the hair and can actually result in frizz. Use your fingers to gently comb your hair or go with a plastic wide-toothed comb that will eliminate tearing, tugging, ripping and pulling.
When detangling your hair when it is dry, steer clear of any plastic comb or brush as they only create static. A metal comb is recommended in such a scenario since it acts as a conductor and helps combat static.
3. Coat your Strands
After the detangling, you need to prevent your hair from becoming a sponge and soaking in all the air-borne moisture. To do that, you will need to dress your strands in a soothing, protective layer, whether your hair is curly, straight, or dry.
If you are trying to get rid of hair static, then it is a good idea to weigh your hair down with hairspray or a static-control spray.
4. Dry your Hair With Care
If you are someone who doesn’t have time for air-drying and towel-dries instead, then you should start by gently blotting your hair – without rubbing or twisting- since hair follicles can easily break and result in flyaways. Microfiber towels or soft t-shirts also make excellent substitutes as they cause less friction. Another tip is to invest in a high-quality anti-frizz blow dryer that will help lock out frizz-inducing moisture on every strand. Moreover, make it a point to cut down on your drying time in order to fight frizz.
If you are more of a blow-dryer kind of person, then invest in an ionic dryer since they are designed to cut down frizz by compacting the cuticle, which locks out puff-causing moisture.
5. Sleep On Wet Hair
Drying your hair at night (either partially or fully) and then sleeping on it can help tame the puffiness. A good tip is to replace your cotton pillow cover with a silk one since the former can cause friction, thus creating frizz. If you want to avoid waking up to tangled hair or are trying to conserve a blow-out then place your hair in a bun or a high ponytail with a soft fabric scrunchie.
6. Put Some Product In Your Hair Prior To Working Out
The presence of sodium in your sweat can dehydrate your hair, which is why it is recommended that you apply a leave-in conditioner to your locks before you hit the gym. Also, if your hair is textured and you typically exercise with a silk scarf wrapped around your head, switch it with a cotton handkerchief for it will wick the moisture, and you basically want the cloth to absorb the perspiration, not trap it in.
7. Protect Against Heat
Heat tools are generally not recommended if you are trying to achieve a healthy mane of hair, but if you must style your hair using heat then it is extremely important that you use a high-quality heat protectant. This is important regardless of your hair type, but particularly for those with thin hair, which is more vulnerable to the type of cuticle damage that results in frizz. Tresemme is a good brand for high-quality heat protectant products.
8. Smooth It Out
Nobody wants a funny-looking fuzzy halo around their heads. If you are prone to extreme fly-aways then there is a solution for you that doesn’t involve hiding under a hat. All you need is a small toothbrush and a mist shine spray. Simply spritz the product onto the brush and skim it gently over the frizz.
If you have curly hair, then dabbing a little anti-frizz styling cream into your hands and smoothly gliding it over your hair surface can give them a more tamed effect without making your hair look flat.
9. Say No To Hair Sprays
Hair sprays are often brimmed with alcohol, which can leave your hair very frizzy by swelling up the hair cuticle, thereby causing puffiness. Ditch the hairspray for good.
10. Pick The Right Hairdo
There will be times when you would be running late or won’t have your anti-frizz spray in your purse to save the day. In such instances, the right choice of hairdo can help you a great deal. Wrapping the hair around itself or throwing them into a ponytail or bun can help tame the frizz in no time.Following these abovementioned tips will help you rock a beautiful, frizz-free mane this holiday season.