Summer is kicking in, bringing along all the best bits: beach, swimming, long evening walks.
But for many of us, summer is also a synonym for puffy hair, loss of shine, and 24/7 fights with our mane to try keeping it presentable.
If you tick the box above, keep reading. You’ll learn everything you need to keep your summer months from being a frizzaster.
And how to keep it that way forever.
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Why Does My Hair Get Frizzy in the First Place?
If you take a look at your hair through a microscope, you will notice that it doesn’t have an even surface. Instead, you'll notice that the cuticle – the outer layer of your hair strand – is made of overlapping cells. Like shingles on a roof.
When your hair gets dehydrated, these cells tend to open up. And that’s what makes your mane frizzy.
How prone your hair cuticle is to this can depend on your genes. And yes, even seasonality: who hasn’t had a fight with summer frizz during June, July, and August.
But more often than not, it’s not mother nature to blame. It’s the boomerang of life.
Dehydration, more often than not, is caused by:
- Excessive styling, the heat from blow-drying being the culprit number one
- Aggressive hair products: many shampoos out there contain sulfates. And these dry the life out of your hair.
- Unhealthy hair care routine: it can go from too frequent washing to not applying the products correctly
The Perfect Routine for a Frizzaster-Free Life
1: Wash Your Hair With Cold Water…
Yes, brrr. But trust us: your hair will be grateful. Hot water tends to remove moisture from your hair. You don’t need to suffer through a cold shower, though. Just make sure that the last rinse you give to your mane is at a lower temperature. This will help close the hair cuticles.
2: … and Wash it Less Often
Oily and greasy hair is a result of a vicious cycle: the more often you strip your scalp of its natural oils, the more zealously your body will produce it. But since you’re washing it off pronto, the oils don’t get the time to stop your hair from taking a walk down frizzsteria lane.
So tuning down your hair wash frequency will bring you a two-fold benefit. You’ll notice your hair will get less greasy over time, and the naturally present oils will help keep your cuticles nice and flat, resulting in less hair frizz.
3: Switch to a Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Sulfates are harsh detergents used in shampoos and conditioners that can deplete your hair’s natural oils. Stick to sulfate-free shampoos and alcohol-free conditioners, and products that gently remove excess oil while keeping hair nourished.
4: Dry Your Hair With Your Husband’s Fav T-Shirt
Jokes aside, microfiber and cotton are made from finer fibers. So drying your hair with them will create less friction compared to using the regular terry towel.
5: Curly & Extremely Frizzy Hair? Add Some Keratin Leave-In Conditioner
Keratin-infused products help replace damaged keratin inside the strands and lock in moisture. Use a leave-in treatment for dry split ends infused with hydrating ingredients and the right amount of essential oils to further the protective mission.
6: Get Yourself a Wooden Wide-Tooth Comb
It’s essential to comb through your hair after a wash, not brush it. The choice of material is also very important. Contrary to plastic and metal, wood will not create static in your hair. As a result, detangling your wet hair with a wooden comb will help keep the frizzaster out of your hair.
7: Use This Tip for a Frizz-Free Blowout
Gently blow-dry your hair until it’s around 80% dry before using heat styling tools like curling wands, flat irons, or even round brushes to avoid frying the hair. Only use your devices in downward motions to avoid lifting your hair cells as much as possible.
And after you’re done styling, add another light layer of a Repair and Shine Serum to your hair tips for added environmental protection.
Key Takeaways on Getting Rid of Hair Frizz Forever
Most of these steps are things you already do daily. Just tone daily washing and styling down along with the heat you wash with. Choose the right styling products in the correct order, and you will keep your hair frizz-free this summer – and beyond.