During the summer months, the hot weather and humidity leads to one thing; frizz. Though straight-haired women can suffer bouts of it, frizz is something that is particularly common for those with curls, since curly hair is more prone to dehydration.
- So what is frizz?
Frizz happens when the cuticle layer of the hair is raised, allowing moisture to pass through and swell the strands. This is why humidity tends to exacerbate frizz.
Dehydrated hair that is stripped of its natural oils is more easily exposed to moisture in the air. There are three different types of frizz, though the cause is the same. Surface frizz is the frizz you get on the outside of your hair (not underneath).
Halo frizz occurs on the crown of your head but not elsewhere. In-the-curl frizz is responsible for the lack of definition that is sometimes seen with curly, frizzy hair.
Hair feeling the humidity? There are a number of ways in which you can banish frizz, define your curls and keep your hair looking smooth and sleek.
Once it has washed and conditioned, rinse your hair with cold water. It does not need to be freezing cold, but giving your hair a quick once-over with water that’s cooler than room temperature will seal the hair cuticles, making them lay smoothly.
Smoother hair cuticles also reflect light, which makes your hair appear shinier once it is dry. Avoid washing your hair every day as this will dry it out. Ideally, you should limit shampooing to just a couple of times each week.
Do not brush your hair when it is dry because this will disrupt the hair cuticle and can cause breakage by stretching curly hair. Instead, comb or finger-comb your hair whilst it is still wet; use a wide-toothed comb while conditioning your hair in the shower for the best results.
On the days when you are not washing your hair, spritz it with a detangling or water spray, then use a damp brush or comb to detangle.
Use moisturizing products on your hair. Swap out standard products for those that have been specially formulated to moisturize hair; drugstore hair care products usually contain alcohol, which is known to cause dehydration and damage.
Use moisturizing sprays, oils or creams daily to battle any future frizz, and choose products that contain natural oils rather than synthetic ingredients; argan oil is known to be particularly good for dry or frizzy hair.
Finally work that updo! We know summer is meant to be a time for letting your hair down (pun intended), but styling with a braid or bun is perfect as far as looking great and beating the heat are concerned.
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