How to tame the frizz
Frizz is caused by changing humidity levels, which makes each hair strand expand and reshape. Extreme weather, such blazing sunshine and humidity to a constant drizzle or thunderstorms such as we have been experiencing in recent weeks, can make it hard to keep your locks in their preferred state. Central heating and air conditioning can play a key role too. To keep frizz levels under control, hydration is essential; but there are some other tips and techniques that can help you achieve sleek, groomed tresses.
Here are our top tips for frizz free hair
Rehydrate thirsty locks
Add a pre-shampoo treatment like Kerastase's Nutritive Irisome Immersion Treatment, into your hair care routine. Simply massage the product onto dry hair from the mid-length to the tips and leave on for at least 20 minutes. If you have more time, leave it on for hour while you catch up on the latest Games of Thrones episode.
Change your hair-washing technique
Washing your hair too frequently can strip hair of natural oils, which are essential for nourishing and hydration. Aim to wash hair just two to three times a week maximum. Also be gentle on your locks when washing. Shampoo your hair using your finger tips, and by gently massaging the scalp. This will clean your scalp, but leave the dry mid-shaft to the ends of your hair in better condition. By rinsing the hair, the water and shampoo will lift away any styling products or environmental debris without any further dehydration.
Supercharge your conditioner
Swap your conditioner for a nourishing hair mask. Use it in the shower and leave the mask on while you wash, so it has time to do its work. Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask is great for a natural conditioner. For seriously damaged tresses, try Morrocanoil Intense Hydrating Mask.
Opt for a blow-dry
Contrary to perceived wisdom, blow-drying hair rather than leaving it to dry naturally will actually prevent frizz. Blow-drying closes and smoothes the cuticle while air-drying leaves your tresses free to soak up the humidity and expand. Use a heat-protection spray and don't leave the hair damp. Finish by blasting tresses with cold air to fully seal the cuticles.
Go Old Hollywood with a silk scarf
Beauty icons Bette Davis and Marilyn Monroe always wrapped hair in a silk scarf to keep tresses soft and glossy. Wearing a scarf helps to prevent friction and static, and therefore frizz. If you don't have time before bed, try switching your pillowcase for a silk version.
Use Hair oil
Lightweight hair oil like Shu Uemura Essence Absolue won't weigh down fine locks. Oil helps to prevent frizz, as it can penetrate further into the hair follicle to smooth and hydrate dry locks. This versatile product can also do double duty as a pre-shampoo treatment on damp hair, and can be used after washing on dry hair as a styling product.
If you don’t already own one, add a classic Mason Pearson brush to your haircare arsenal. The bristle brushes are kinder on the hair, and also help to massage the scalp. Brush hair in a downwards direction from the tips, moving upwards, while holding the roots, to prevent pulling and friction building up.