Summer is right around the corner, and what does that means for our hair? Frizz season! Hair definitely dreads high heat and high humidity, so if you want to avoid frizzy hair this summer, the following tips may come in handy:
A Haircut is Essential
Your hair is bound to have split ends and dry ends, so get rid of them as soon as you can as they can damage your hair. Go for a blunt haircut from an experienced hairstylist to make your hair look as healthy as possible.
Heat is not Good for the Hair
While hot showers are nice—even in the summer—our hair doesn’t like it as hot water dries out our strands. If the temperature is high, the hair cuticles tend to rise more which makes each strand more thirsty. Therefore, opt for lukewarm water.
Similarly, cool it on frequent usage of hot tools. If you must use a hot tool, make sure to use a heat protectant spray or oil to protect your hair from damage. Shop some of my favorite heat protectants below!
Cleanse Hair Wisely
Hair follicles will suffer dehydration, if they must battle shampoos containing large quantities of alcohol. Therefore, purchase shampoos containing hydrating ingredients. To illustrate, glycerin (humectant) can absorb the ‘wetness’ in the atmosphere, and become a protective umbrella. Thus, choose products specifically for managing frizz.
You also need to be careful not to over shampoo your hair. Shampooing your hair every day destroys your hair’s natural moisturizers and oils, so try only shampooing your hair 2-3 times a week and use only conditioner during your other showers. To prevent greasy roots, only apply the conditioner to your mid-shaft through the ends.
Use a Mask for Your Frizz
Prepare a weekly mask for your frizz. The mask should have one essential ingredient in it—an oil or butter. This is argan oil, coconut oil, or shea butter. The mask will keep your moisture locked into your hair and scalp.
Secret…the hair mask at Trader Joe’s is really good…especially for those with fine hair as it doesn’t weigh your hair down.
Frizz Hates Friction
The hair cuticles hate aggressive towels touching them! Instead, it would be better to wrap the towel around wet hair, like a turban. Similarly, rough, cotton pillowcases lead to hair snagging. Therefore, use slippery, silk pillowcases.
You might like to wash your hair at night. You might desire to keep the perfect blowout intact for another day. Whatever is the case, coil your hair into a loosely-coiled bun. This will prevent you from waking up with badly tangled hair. When it’s time to brush your hair, use a comb with the bristles spread wide apart. Friction causes frizz and breakage, so taking these steps will help to minimize both concerns.
Manage Curly/Wavy Hair
Ensure that you dry your hair in sections. While one section dries, scrunch up the rest of the hair, moving from the tip to the root. Thus, you will display bouncing waves/curls, rather than frayed strands.
Set Your Hair in Place
Have you finished drying and styling your hair? If so, it is time to take care of the remaining loose strands. Pick up a clean toothbrush, or a clean mascara wand. Spray alcohol-free hair spray onto it. Use the mascara wand or the toothbrush to comb your hair. The closely-placed bristles ensure that each hair strand locks into place in the sleek bun or high pony look you’re going for.
We hope this article was helpful so you can rock perfectly smooth, healthy locks all summer long.
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