The fluctuation of weather conditions in Philadelphia has really tampered with the texture of my already sensitive hair. On freezing days, the amount of fly-aways double in number. When the weather becomes nicer, my hair calms down until we hit that rainy patch, which helps pile on the extra frizz. Though the weather forecast is not in our control, there are several ways we can tame our hair by altering our daily routines.
Deep-condition your hair once a week: Frizzy hair lacks the moisture you can gain if you use an effective deep conditioner. Those that use flat irons daily should consider conditioning even more frequently. A good product to use is the Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment ($29). Although a bit pricey, reviewers have called this product “miracle in a tube” and the “solution to stressed hair.” A cheaper alternative is Garnier Fructis Fortifying Deep Conditioner ($7.79). For those that opt for natural products, apply either olive oil or coconut oil twice a week in the same manner.
Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet: Unfortunately I am definitely guilty of this. My theory is that if I brush it, it will dry the way I want it to–straight. However, wet hair is more elastic than dry hair and can break much more easily. If you must brush wet hair, try using a wide-toothed comb gently.
Cut down on the blowdrying: College students lead busy lives. It’s hard for us to wait for our hair to dry naturally if we shower at nights before bed. However, using a blowdryer causes a lot of damage if used incorrectly. Make sure you add on a diffuser, which helps disperse the heat and prevent tangles. Also, turn the temperature from the hot setting to warm to reduce heat damage. Keep the blowdryer in constant motion at all times. If you’re burning your scalp, you’re most likely hurting your hair. If you are styling while blowdrying, make sure you use wooden brushes or boar bristles instead. Metal and ceramic brushes warm up very fast and can add even more heat to your hair during this process.
Add a hair serum to your daily routine: Hair serums can dramatically transform dry, frizzy hair into smooth glossy strands. The formula adds a layer of clear gloss and provides frizz-control. My favorite brand is John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease. It was voted Allure’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Winner. At almost $10 a bottle, it is an affordable addition into your beauty regime. Comb through your hair with a pump of this product after you style your hair each morning for extra shine.
Don’t skip your trims: Cutting away your split ends reduces the amount of frizz and damage in your hair. Avoid razor cuts though. The blades can create split ends in the process. Also, based on the texture of your hair, different hairstyles would suit dry hair the best. Ask your stylist how your next haircut can keep the frizz under control.
Sleep on silk: Cover your pillowcase with silk to create a smooth surface for your hair at night. When you toss and turn in bed, your hair will easily glide over the fabric with virtually no friction. This reduces the amount of frizz your hair will experience the next morning. Can’t find a silk pillowcase? Tie your hair in a bun before bed so static and frizz do not accumulate overnight.
Be healthy: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. What you put in your body affects your hair more than you think. Next time you feel thirsty, skip the dehydrating caffeine and opt for a more natural beverage. Doctors recommend drinking six to eight glasses daily so don’t skimp on your hydration!