Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The secret to frizz-free hair

Frizzy hair has been a curse I have lived with since I was a child. I can leave the house with it poker straight in the morning, and it is guaranteed to be looking like candyfloss before I have even made it to the car. The longer I grow my hair, the worse the problem gets, and obviously if I dare to dye out my increasing number of silver strands I'm pretty much signing myself up for weeks of bad hair days. I god sick of the daily struggle of making myself look presentable, and spent a few weeks of trying every tip the internet had to offer (August is apparently anti-frizz month too, what better time?). Thankfully, there were a few things that made a bit of a difference, and weren't too difficult to incorporate into my daily routine . 
  • Avoid washing daily - Washing hair daily strips it of its natural oils, leaving the ends dry and prone to frizz. Try to maximise the amount of time between washes and allow the hair to recover. I tend to use dry shampoo on the 'trouble spots' like my fringe between washes to help with this. When you do wash your hair shampoo from the roots down, and condition from the ends up.  
  • Blow-dry - Hair is infinitely more manageable if it has been blow-dried into style, rather than waiting until it is dried and attacking it with straighteners (guilty as charged!). Use the hood on the drier to get a smooth finish, and avoid using the top temperatures. Also, avoid towel drying as this only causes more damage. 
  • Use protection - Whether you are blow-drying your hair, or just running the straighteners through it before leaving the house, use a product that protects your hair from the heat! If you are just doing a small section then adding the product to a comb and running it through can prevent it from getting oily. 

  • Condition condition condition - I always try to do one overnight leave-in conditioning treatment a month, and it doesn't have to break the bank. Whilst you can get these done at any good salon, or buy the products to use in your own home, you can also use DIY conditioning products such as olive oil, or coconut oil. I also think it is important to condition between washes (dry shampoo can leave your hair, well, dry). Rather than use traditional leave-in sprays I have started to use de-tangle sprays finding they leave my hair less greasy looking. 
  • Trim - I used to be the kind of person who only goes to the hairdressers when the split ends took up more length than the healthy hair (I'm sorry). I couldn't accept that getting my hair cut would actually help it grow, but thankfully I saw the benefit. I still don't go to the hairdresser every 6 weeks as recommended and have a full cut & finish, because I'm not made of money, but I do try to get a dry trim in every 2 months to keep the volume and the split ends at bay. My stylist Rebecca at The hair studio no longer weeps at the quality of the hair she has to work with either! 


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