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Frizzy Hair Taming Tips

Taming Frizzy Hair

For many people, frizzy hair becomes a problem after chemical treatments like bleaching, hair color, highlights and lowlights.  It's much more prevalent during summer months.

Frizzy hair is much like dry hair in that it lacks the proper lipid balance. Excessive use of some types of styling products may also lead to build up and dryness.

Tips For Fighting Frizz

Consider the following tips for fighting frizz.  These tips will work all year round, including the hottest and most humid months.

1.  Never over cleanse.  Find a cleansing schedule which keeps your hair as frizz free as possible.  Depending on your hair type, texture and condition this might range from every other day to once a week or longer.

2.  Convert to a frizz fighting cleansing schedule.  You may find that your hair responds best when you cleanse with a non-traditional cleansing system ranging from diluted shampoo (1 teaspoon of shampoo to 1 gallon of lukewarm water shaken to form a suds), low poo, no poo (water only), conditioner only (CO) or a combination.  Experiment to find the best solution for you and your hair to block frizz.  Use a shampoo which helps balance and restore moisture.  My favorite is Phytojoba for my dry, chemically highlighted hair.  I use it both full strength and diluted depending on my hair's needs at the time.

3.  Always shampoo or cleanse in lukewarm water.  Hot water will contribute to a dry itchy scalp and dry strands which are more prone to frizz.

4.  After rinsing out shampoo, low poo or diluted shampoo, rinse well with lukewarm water.  Gently squeeze excess water out with fingertips and then apply a rinse out conditioner designed to deter frizz and dry strands.  Apply from the earlobes down to the ends of the hair.  Use fingers or a wide tooth comb to detangle from the ends up to the roots.

5.  Rinse out conditioner allowing just a very slight coating to remain to help block frizz.

6.  Finish with a cool or cold water rinse.  This will close the hair cuticle and help block frizz from forming.

7.  Towel blot with a towel which is hair friendly and does not have rough edges or nubs which can rough up your strands.

8.  Apply a leave-in cocktail of defrisant (Phytodefrisant has consistently been voted one of the best for blocking frizz) and/0r leave-in conditioner (Phyto 7 & Phyto 9 are my favs) and mousse or styling cream.

9.  If you can air dry without frizz then it's best for the hair.  Depending on length of hair wrap into a bun to air dry or opt for rolling hair in soft rag style rollers.  You can also just allow short hair to air dry without curlers or wrapping the strands.

10.  When hair must be dried, use a blow dryer with the latest ionic, ceramic and related advancements which are designed to minimize frizz.  Always use a heat protectant spray before using hot tools.

11. Partner the dryer with an anti-frizz brush which also has ionic and ceramic properties.  A 100% boar bristle brush with both ionic and ceramic properties is a great bet.  Remember that the bigger the brush, especially the round brushes, the more volume and sleekness which will be embedded into the blow out.

12.  Monitor your heat levels.  When possible use your blow dryer on the lowest, coolest settings to avoid heat damage, which is also known as bubble hair.

13.  Once your hair is 100% dry, avoid playing with it or touching it.  Opt for low-frizz styles such as messy buns, braids, ponytails or other hair twists.  This should be your back-up plan for days when the heat index is off the charts or humidity is guaranteed to encourage frizz.

14.  Seal in moisture to prevent frizz by finishing your styling process with 1-2 drops of shine serum or similar.  Massage into the palms of your hands and then swipe over the top of your finished hairstyle.

Other frizz-fighting steps include utilizing deep conditioning treatments designed specifically for your hair type, texture, condition and length.  Not all deep conditioning treatments work the same for all hair.  Investigate in-between conditioning treatments as well.  Keep ends trimmed to avoid encouraging frizzy ends.

It's often best to opt for a cream conditioner as oil-based conditioners may contribute to frizz.

Note: All of the Phyto and Conair products mentioned above are available at the HairBoutique.com Marketplace.  I have personally been using Phyto and Conair for over 10 years.  If you have any questions about either line of exceptional hair care tools please email me at AskKaren@Hairboutique.com.

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