The summertime is always tough on us. We get sunburned, mosquitos come out and the humidity is ruthless. Too often we blame the sticky air for our hair becoming a frizzy mess, but we wear hats some days to hide it all year around, not just in the summer. The secret to soft, smooth, shiny hair lies within how you take care of it. It all begins with the shower. Everyone’s hair texture is different, so it’s important to use products that are specially designed for your hair type to ensure the best results.
Yes, even fine, wispy hair can get frizzy. The most important thing to remember is to use a conditioner. People are often afraid that it will weigh their hair down so they skip the conditioner. Conditioning will help maintain smoothness and help keep the frizz away. Focusing the conditioner on the ends of your hair and avoiding the roots will prevent your hair from weighing down. Dry hair is the main cause of frizz, so make sure you’re not skimping out on the conditioner.
It’s also important to avoid heavy styling products such as oils and wax. These will only flatten out your hair. Instead, opt for creams and balms. These products are much lighter and designed for finer hair.
In the shower, treat wavy hair like curly hair. To avoid drying out your hair, pick the right shampoo and conditioner for you. Most brands have their own line for curly hair that works great with wavy hair as well (like Aveda’s Be-Curly line). A moisturizing shampoo is especially important since regular shampoos will dry out your locks and cause even more frizz. Brush your hair only when wet with a brush designed for wet hair to battle frizz even more.
When it comes to styling, products containing alcohol are your natural enemy. They will only dry out your hair. A good oil applied to damp hair does wonders as well as other serums and balms to help moisturize your hair follicle. Try to find an alcohol free hair spray to help seal it all in place.
Like those with wavy hair, it’s important to use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners in the shower. You should also use a deep conditioning treatment once a week (like MoroccanOIl’s Intensive Hydrating Mask). They help seal in moisture and prevent your hair from becoming dry and frizzy. Steer clear of shampoos that provide cleansing or volume. The thought of them is nice, but they won’t give you the amount of moisture you need to keep your curls healthy. Oils and serums are your best friend to finish off your styling.
Whether your hair is fine or coarse, always remember to keep the nozzle intact on your blow-dryer to help the air be directed downwards, providing a smoother finish. If you’re still completely lost on products or don’t know where to start, anything that’s labeled ‘anti-humidity’ or ‘damage protection’ will help your hair combat frizz no matter what texture it is. So keep calm and remain smooth!