Frizz. It's a common complaint that I hear from my curly-haired clients. They want their curls to look beautiful and be free of frizz. I assure them that there are steps they can take to prevent the frizz monster from rearing its ugly head on theirs. It really doesn't matter if your hair is long, short, thick, or thin. There are steps that you can take, too, to help keep the frizz away. Here's the advice that I give my clients.
Keep hair healthy. Pesky split ends and damaged hair looks unhealthy and frizzy, so visit your stylist often for regular trims.
Sleep on a satin pillow. Tossing and turning on a pillow can damage delicate hair. It can also cause frizz. A satin pillow creates less drag on the hair strands, allowing them to smoothly glide over top. A satin pillow will help prevent both tangles and frizz.
Keep hair moisturized. Make sure you use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, but only as often as necessary. Daily shampooing can strip hair of its nutrients and natural oils,which also causes it to be dry and frizzy. Surprisingly, some of my clients tell me that they don't ever shampoo their hair. They find that using conditioner only, a few days per week, is more than enough to keep their fragile, curly hair clean and frizz-free.
Dry gently. After shampooing, gently blot your hair dry without rubbing. Vigorous rubbing and towel drying will rough up the cuticle of the hair, creating more...you guessed it, frizz.
Use the right products. After you've towel dried your hair, gently apply the appropriate hair product. Curl defining creams help your curls look separated and beautiful. Gel has a stronger hold, but can make your hair feel a bit crunchy. Shine serums and leave in conditioners work great to make hair shiny and soft. You can even spray your hair with hairspray while it is still damp to further prevent frizz.
Avoid the flat iron and skip the blow dryer. Heat tools can damage delicate hair, rough up the cuticle, and cause lots of frizz. Allow hair to air dry to its curly state to prevent frizziness. If you want to style with a hot tool, then make sure you apply a protective cream beforehand.
Styling options. I love to see curly hair on my clients. A lot of them will part their hair to the side, apply gel, scrunch, and spray with hair spray. They let their hair air dry for the maximum amount of curl. Some of them will spray on a little more hair spray throughout the day to prevent frizz from creeping in.
Loose ponytails look great with curly hair. Keep in mind, that the wetter the hair and the tighter the pony, the more likely breakage is to happen around the hair elastic. Wait until hair is dry, then loosely pull hair back and tie with a ribbon for the least risk of damage.
Hands off! After hair is styled and sprayed, don't touch! The more you touch your hair, the more likely the curls will break up and begin to frizz. Make your hair hands off to keep it beautiful and frizz-free all day long.