Fight Frizz for Good
If manageable hair is on your summer wish list, these expert tips and wonder products will have you looking polished in no time. Your hair looked sleek this morning, so why did you turn into the Bride of Frankenstein the minute you stepped outside? "Humidity, dehydration from the sun's rays and styling damage cause frizz," says Jen Atkin, stylist for Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy. Here, how to fight back. Photo credit: Sergio Kurhajec
Don't wash daily.
Skipping a day between shampoos allows your scalp's oils, which naturally hydrate and smooth, to build back up. "But frizz-prone types should condition every day," Atkin says. Apply conditioner from the middle of your hair to the ends (where moisture is needed most). Photo credit: iStock
Squeeze hair dry.
Remove excess water with an ultra-absorbent microfiber towel and let hair air-dry, suggests Luke O'Connor, a stylist for Suave Professionals. If you must blow dry, wait until your hair is halfway air-dried, then keep the dryer on low. Photo credit: Thinkstock
Style and protect.
Styling products formulated to battle frizz do so by shielding hair from heated styling tools, says Cristophe, creator of the Cristophe Professional haircare line. If you have medium to thick hair, use a cream. Serums are better for fine or thin hair. Here are three to try.
The special polymers in this conditioner lock in moisture and repel dirt and oil so you can go longer between washes. Living Proof No Frizz Conditioner, $24; Sephora.com.
Tame flyaways with this silicone- and sulfate-free serum that gives hair a silky finish. L'Oréal Paris EverSleek Super Sleek Intense Serum, $8.99; at drugstores.
Before blow-drying, apply a dime-size amount of this jojoba oil-enriched cream to protect from heat damage. Verb Styling Cream, $12; Ulta.com.
Sweating along your scalp line can cause frizz. Dab away perspiration with a blotting tissue (the kind meant for your face) or use your blow dryer's cool setting to evaporate it. Photo credit: iStock
What's your best at-home remedy to calm frizz?
"Instead of using a brush, I switched to a wide-tooth comb." CAROLLYN THOMAS CAMBRIDGE, MN
"I leave my conditioner on for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing. It takes a little extra time, but I hardly ever have flyaways." PHYLLIS MIER MARTIN, KELSO, AR
"A few drops of olive oil on my dry ends always seems to make a big difference." FRAN TRUESDALE, CAMDEN, SC
"In a pinch, I pump a small amount of body lotion into my hands and smooth it over my hair." RENATE BROOKS-LEONARD, LINCOLN, ME
Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.
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