With warm weather afoot some of us will know the joys of unpredictability that warm and humid weather can bring to our hair. Frizz is mostly caused by a lack of moisture in your hair or humidity and excess moisture in the air. Another common cause of frizz is dry hair or damage. Let’s say you have dry or damaged hair and you go outside when it’s humid—what happens to your hair? The hair is dry, which means it wants to absorb all that moisture from the environment.
1. Choose a sulfate-free, glycerin-packed shampoo.
When selecting a shampoo, look for products with glycerin listed high up on the ingredient list. The closer glycerin is listed to the top, the more concentrated it is in the product. Glycerin helps combat frizz by penetrating the hair and hydrating it from the inside out. It is also a great humectant, meaning it absorbs that extra moisture in the air and creates a protective coating over the outside of the hair keeping moisture trapped in.
2. Twice a week, only use conditioner on your hair.
You might think your hair needs to be shampooed several times a week, but in reality, it actually doesn’t. Every two days, apply conditioner only and skip shampoo, then rinse it out. Conditioner contains a small amount of surfactant, which is what shampoo uses to cleanse your hair. As well, conditioners contain a small amount of oil which attaches to the oils in the hair, cleansing it away. This is also called “Co-Washing” which helps keep the hair at optimum PH as you are replenishing moisture and ensuring the natural oils in your hair are not being stripped away.
3. Incorporate coconut oil into your hair routine.
Coconut oil has endless benefits for your hair, especially when it comes to frizz. Try to make a habit of using pure, organic coconut oil in your beauty routine. You can use it two ways; the first being as a mask. Apply coconut oil down the length of the hair, letting it sit for a few hours or using it as an overnight treatment. The result is visibly smooth and touchably soft hair.
4. Let your hair air dry 90% of the way before blow-drying.
By letting your hair partially air dry, you are allowing it to dry without disrupting the hair strand, which helps to keep it smooth. While the heat of a blow dryer can cause damage, using a blow dryer when your hair is already mostly dry minimizes the risk. Just be sure to keep the dryer on a low heat setting and hold it 6 inches away from your hair at all times. Also, be sure to move the dryer around consistently so that it doesn’t overheat a certain section of the hair and cause damage.