Taming The Frizz! - Tips to control frizzy hair
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Taming The Frizz!
My daughter hates her hair. Several of my friends hate their
hair, too. Why? Because it tends to frizz!
We're not talking afro style frizz here or even anything
remotely close, but when your hair's supposed to be sleek and
smooth, even the tiniest amount of frizz can be frustrating.
While I'm not going to suggest I can cure your problems, having
had my share of the frizzes I've picked up a good few tips
through the years and hopefully, by following them, you'll soon
be experiencing frizz-free days, too.
* DO NOT wash you hair daily
Although you may feel that your hair will be dirty if you don't
wash it every morning while you shower, others are very unlikely
to notice. Only greasy hair will show signs of being unwashed
after one day and frizzy hair is rarely greasy. On the contrary,
the fact that you're stripping away your hair's natural oils is
the most likely cause of your frizz problem. Leave your hair for
3-4 days between washes.
* DO use conditioner
Try to find a moisturizing conditioner and use it after every
wash. It's really worth paying a little extra for a good quality
conditioner and if you can't afford both a good shampoo and a
good conditioner, put the extra money into the conditioner.
* DO give your hair an intensive hot oil treatment
About once every third wash (if you're sticking to the 3-4 day
washing guide), use a leave-in intensive conditioner on your
hair. This will help replace any natural oils that your hair has
lost due to the abrasive cleaners in shampoo and your hair being
exposed to the elements (sun, wind etc).
* DO NOT use chemicals on your hair
Those who are unhappy with their hair have a tendency to colour
it and use all sorts of other chemicals in a vain hope of
somehow making it look better. The truth is, these chemicals are
just adding to your problem. If your hair has a tendency to
frizz, keep away from unnecessary chemical products.
* DO NOT expose your hair to the elements
Sun and wind will both dry your hair causing excessive frizzing.
Try to wear a scarf or hat to cover your hair whenever you're in
the sun and especially if you know you're going to be spending a
lot of time outdoors. A scarf will also protect against wind
damage. You might also consider buying hair products that
protect against UV rays (they have a SPF - Sun Protection
* DO have your hair cut regularly
Those with frizzy hair will probably be happier with a short
style but whatever you choose, it's important you visit your
hairdresser regularly as split ends will only add to the
* DO try to keep your hair dry
Damp air leads to frizz. Unfortunately, we can't always ensure
that our hair will stay dry but if you think it might rain,
carry an umbrella. There are some really funky looking brollies
around these days so they won't cramp your style.
* DO NOT use heated styling tools
Hair dryers, straightening irons and curling tongs all damage
the hair and should be avoided as much as possible. If you MUST
use them, always use a protective product on your hair
beforehand. If you're uncertain of the kind of product you'd
need, ask your hairdresser for advice.
* DO use anti-frizz products
Products such as frizz-ease aren't just another way of getting
you to part with your money. Although they'll never completely
eliminate the problem, they really do help decrease it. However,
it's important that you stick with the other tips, too. Using
anti-frizz products alone simply isn't enough.
Although I can't promise your frizz problems will disappear,
these tips should at least help you eliminate the worst of the
Just remember that whatever nature's given you, it's a lot
better than if you'd not been given anything at all.
Have a happy hair day!
Sharon Jacobsen is a freelance writer living in South
Cheshire, England. Like most women, she spent a lot of time over
the years messing around with her hair but has now learned to
live with what she has. To contact Sharon, please visit