How To Fight The Winter Frizz

This article was first published on Stylizen on July 7 2014

There’s only one F word in my mind right now – frizz. I’m much more familiar with it than I would like. Don’t get me wrong, I love my curly hair (there’s a fair few curly haired lasses in the Stylizen office), but there’s nothing worse than spending an hour washing and styling it, only to walk outside and the wind and rain to undo all that hard work.

So what exactly is frizz? Frizz occurs when your dry hair collides with humidity. Your dry hair sucks up the excess moisture in the air, and as your strands swell, your hair lifts. The beautifully smooth hair you walked out with? Now a crazy, uncontrollable mess looking somewhat similar to a birds nest.

The good news is with our know-how, you’ll be able to banish this tress distress for good. Simply follow our handy 6 step guide. and you can say goodbye to frizz and hello to gorgeous curls or perfectly straight locks – for good.

Step 1: Moisturise Your Hair

Fighting frizz starts in the shower, by using a moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Having well-hydrated hair is your best defense against the outside elements. Make sure you rinse your hair thoroughly after applying to ensure even and maximum distribution.

 

Step 2: Be Gentle When Drying

As much as we all do it, rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel and even wrapping it in a towel turban are both bad for your hair as they disturb the hair cuticle. Instead gently blot your hair with a towel for two to three minutes, then detangle using a wide-toothed comb.

 

Step 3: Don’t Blast The Heat

To minimise heat damage, let your hair air dry at least 50% and apply a heat-protectant product before you use your blow dryer. Always use a nozzle or diffuser on your hair dryer, and keep it pointed downwards.

The best way to dry your hair is to use a large round brush, drying from roots to tips one section at a time.

 

Step 4: Apply The Anti-Frizz

Finish your styling with an anti-frizz hairspray or serum. This is particularly important if you have thicker hair, because the extra protein in your locks makes them able to absorb around 40% more moisture than fine hair.

 

Step 5: Tame Those Flyaways

If you’ve straightened your hair, use a tiny bit of shine serum and apply to the fly-aways. If you’re keeping your hair curly, rub a pea-sized dab of anti-frizz styling cream between your palms, then gently run over the surface of your hair. Finish it off with an anti frizz hairspray to keep your look in place.

 

Step 6: Healthy Hair Is The Key

If you’re really committed to combating that frizz, then regular trims and deep conditioning once a week are essential. Regularly looking after your hair and maintaining its health is the best strategy for getting rid of the dreaded frizz.