Beat The Heat With These Great Ways To Avoid Frizzy Hair This Summer!
1. Load up on conditioner. The dryer hair is, the more likely it is to attract moisture in the atmosphere. This moisture swells the hair’s cuticle (the outer layer that looks like shingles on a roof) and makes hair look poufy and frizzy. Conditioner helps hydrate dry hair and coats the hair shaft to lock out moisture.
2. Try a hair mask. If conditioner alone isn’t enough to rescue your hair — particularly if it’s been damaged by heat styling or color treatments — apply an extra moisturizing hair mask once or twice a week in the shower. Healthy hair is smooth hair!
3. Don’t touch your hair. Friction can also rough up the hair’s cuticle and cause frizz. Avoid brushing frizz-prone hair (instead, comb through with your fingers in the shower) and if you’re someone who plays with your hair, try to break the habit.
4. Start styling hair while it’s sopping wet. If you have curly or wavy hair, you know that frizz starts rearing its ugly, poufy head the second your hair starts to dry. Hair is smoothest when it’s wet, so apply a gel or curl cream as soon as you finish showering to avoid the dreaded frizz halo.
5. Try a hair serum. Silicone serums, such as John Frieda Frizz Ease ($8.99, drugstore.com), coat the hair with a protective gloss that keeps moisture from the atmosphere out of the cuticle. Don’t like the way silicone leaves your hair? Living Proof Satin Frizz Serum ($29, livingproof.com) is a silicone-free, oil-free product that won’t weight down hair or create product buildup.
6. Blow dry hair until it’s completely dry. Even the slightest hint of dampness will attract frizz the second you step outside. Style your hair in a room with A/C if you can; a steamy bathroom will work against you.