Who doesn’t love curly hair? As a stick straight – won’t curl to save its life – haired gal, I have an insane amount of natural curly envy. Although I consider wavy hair to be the perfect hair type, my curly-headed friends constantly remind me that the grass is always greener.
The complaints I hear most from them relate to their battle with frizz.
There are several different things that cause frizzy hair and they all revolve around one thing – Moisture (or lack thereof).
If your hair is low on moisture, you’re more prone to frizz. Curly hair tends to be drier, which is why that hair type is most commonly affected by frizz.
Frizzy Hair Remedies
While frizz is a concern for curly hair types all year round, in the next few months it may become an issue for the rest of us as well. Summer is just not the time for unruly hair so here are a few ways to prevent those coveted beachy waves from turning into the not-so-coveted poofy mess.
Use ethyl and isopropyl alcohol free products: Many sources say to stick with alcohol free hair care products completely, but some types of alcohol are actually good for your hair. There are two different types of alcohol you should be aware of when looking at skin and hair care product ingredients, volatile and non-volatile. The volatile ones (ethyl and isopropyl for example) are the ones you want to avoid. They have a small molecular weight so they evaporate quickly, causing dry frizzy hair. Non-volatile or fatty alcohols, such as cetyl alcohol have a higher carbon count so they are oily and condition hair. Unlike many other styling products, the Ovation Thermal Protection and Volumizing Sprays are not only alcohol free, they also contain conditioning ingredients that will help prevent dryness and frizz.
Don’t wash hair every day or use gentle cleansers: Natural oils are great frizz fighters so you want to keep them around (for at least a day or two). Certain shampoos not only remove build up and dirt, they also remove those oils that hydrate the hair. If you can skip a few washings a week or co-wash (rinse and condition – no shampoo), you’ll keep your hair more hydrated. If you prefer to wash every day, make sure to use a sulfate free shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair of the oil it needs.
Use a heat protectant spray: Thermal Protection sprays coat the hair and lock in moisture so it both decreases and prevent frizz. Ovation’s Thermal Protection Spray also includes ingredients that repair the hair while adding smoothness and shine. Use it daily for hydrated, protected hair.
Purchase a quality blow dryer: Purchasing an ionic hair dryer is a great investment in your hair health, especially if you are more prone to frizz. Ionic blow dryers dry the hair very quickly because they are very effective in breaking down the water molecules in the hair. They also create negatively charged ions which keep hair cuticles closed. A closed cuticle retains moisture, controls frizz and enhances shine.
Moisturize often: Whether your hair is naturally dry or not, it’s a good idea to increase the amount of moisture you add into your hair care routine during the summer. You’ll definitely want to moisturize (to re-hydrate) after each wash and for some, a daily hydrating or weekly hair mask routine is necessary to avoid frizz.
Just remember, healthy hair is hydrated hair. These tips will keep will get you there and by following them, you’ll be well on your way to a frizz free summer!
What steps do you take to avoid frizz?
Sources: allure.com, webmd.com, nytimes.com, naturallycurly.com