Humidity is not the only enemy. The dog days of August ramp up summer humidity even higher, and dampness means frizz for every type of hair. While humidity contributes to frizz, experts say lack of moisture in your hair is mostly to blame for frizz. Hair loses moisture during the day. By midday your hair can be a frizz bomb because the outermost layer of your strands has opened up and let in the outside moisture-laden air. The real solution to fighting frizz is making sure your hair is moisturized enough, because dryness is typically what causes frizz.
Women with fine hair should focus on conditioning well, and the key is applying the conditioner from midshaft down to the ends. You can weigh the hair down if you focus the product at the root. Creams and balms are better for fine or straight hair because they are lighter than oils, pomades and gels. Avoid heavy oils or anything that contains wax.
Women with naturally curly or wavy hair need to use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Look for creams, balms and serums to help seal the hair cuticle. Applying oils in damp wavy hair, and brushing the hair in the shower when it is wet can help battle excess frizz.
Ladies with coarse and curly hair need to be shampooing hair less. This type of hair needs extra moisture. In addition to moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, use masks and deep treatments to help tame and rebuild curls. Use a cleansing balm a couple of times a week.
Here are tricks for all hair types to help you defrizz fast.
- Air dry your hair before you blow-dry.
If you have straight or slightly wavy hair, save your dryer for the last 10 percent of the way after you’ve let your hair air-dry the first 90 percent.
- Use conditioner.
Conditioner will stop the cuticle from opening up to let moisture in and turn your hair from smooth to frizzy. Find a conditioner that contains glycerin as well as other hydrating ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter.
- Twice a week, use conditioner only in place of shampoo.
Your hair doesn’t need to be shampooed several times every week. Substitute conditioner instead of shampoo twice a week and make sure to rinse it out thoroughly. Conditioner will clean without stripping your hair of natural oils.
- Use a hydrating mask.
Give your hair a special treatment at least once a week to coat holes in your hair shaft that let in outside moisture and contribute to frizz.
- Look for a shampoo that is sulfate-free and glycerin-packed.
Glycerin high up in the ingredients list indicates your shampoo will penetrating the hair shaft and hydrating it from the inside out. That’s going to fight frizz Glycerin also coats the outside of the hair shaft and helps prevent breakage.