July 28, 2019

We’ve all had bad hair days when we’ve looked at our reflection and mirror and wondered about the person staring back at us. These were those times when it felt like your hair had a spirit of its own and it was wild, to say the least. Frizzy hair, though unfortunate, is a very common struggle among women of all ages. And there is nothing more frustrating than having your hair all over the place, especially at the worst of occasions.

What’s Causing The Frizz?

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One question that might naturally arise in your mind is – What’s causing all the frizz? Well, frizzy hair is typically caused due to both lack of moisture in the hair or an overabundance of it (humidity). For example, say you go out in a humid environment with damaged hair. Your hair will naturally try to make up for its lack of moisture by borrowing it from the vicinity. The result? The frizzy hair you’re frustrated with.

This is especially true of wavy or curly hair since they naturally tend to be drier. But thankfully, there are several ways in which you can tame your frizzy hair.

How To Tame Your hair?

Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often

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A lot of people feel like they need to wash their hair several times a week, citing cleanliness. However, doing so strips the hair of its natural oils, leaving it dry and causing frizz. Allow the natural oils in your scalp to work their magic. It’s best to wash your hair twice a week at the most. If your hair is naturally oily, using a dry shampoo will help you stretch the time between washes.

Finish Off With a Deep Conditioning Treatment Following Washing

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On days that you shampoo your hair, always finish off with a good, hydrating conditioner. This will seal the hair cuticle and prevent excess moisture from entering in, thereby ensuring that your hair remains smooth. Well-hydrated hair will not be frizzy. But make sure that your conditioner contains hydrating ingredients such as glycerin and shea butter.

Use Products That Are Sulfate-free and Alcohol-free

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Most shampoos these days contain sulfate as a common ingredient because of the lather it creates. But the flip side to this is that it strips the hair of its natural oils, causing frizziness. So, choose to opt-out of products that contain these two ingredients. Instead, look for products that have glycerin as one of their first four ingredients. This will ensure moisture retention in your hair.

Apply a Hydrating Mask Once Every Week

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The leading cause of frizzy hair is the opening up of hair cuticles, allowing excess moisture to enter in. This can be prevented by applying a hair mask or some sort of specialized hair treatment every week. Easy, natural DIY hair masks using coconut oil and castor oil will provide the hair with nourishment and make it less prone to damage from styling.

Incorporate the Goodness of Coconut Oil in Your Haircare Routine

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The many benefits of coconut oil make it an essential ingredient in your weekly haircare routine. There are two ways to approach this. One would be to use it as a hair mask. For this, take generous amounts of coconut oil and apply it along the entire length of your hair. Leave it on for a couple of hours or even as an overnight treatment and wash it off with a mild shampoo the next morning. The result will be smooth and manageable hair. In case you’re in a hurry, take a pea-sized amount of coconut oil onto your hands, rub them together, and smooth any frizz or flyaways. You’re good to go!

Use a Soft-Cotton Shirt In Lieu of a Harsh Towel

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When drying your hair after a shower, it is better to avoid using a towel as it creates unnecessary friction that leads to frizzy and damaged hair. Gently squeezing out the water with your hands and patting the hair dry is the safer alternative. However, if you must use a towel, make sure it does not have a rough texture. For the best results, use a 100% soft cotton towel or even an old cotton t-shirt for frizz-free hair!

Prior to a Shower, Comb Your Hair With a Boar Bristle Brush

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Regular hairbrush bristles are often harsh on your hair, causing serious damage to it. Using a hairbrush with boar bristles is a better option as such bristles evenly distribute your hair’s natural oils. Doing so before taking a shower is all the more effective as the oils will be lifted away from the scalp, towards the strands. This will not only provide a deeper cleanse, but your hair strands will also find nourishment in your hair’s natural oils.

On Wet Hair, Use a Wide-toothed Comb (Preferably Wooden)

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Combing wet hair is asking for trouble as it often leads to hair breakage and damage. A better option would be to use a wide-toothed comb, preferably one made of natural neem wood. This will not only prevent hair breakage, but the natural neem wood will be gentle on your scalp, improve blood circulation, and even encourage hair growth.

Air Drying is Always the Best

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Allowing your hair to air-dry is always the safest option. But, for those times when you need to hasten, allow your air to air-dry partially before you use a blow-dryer on it. This significantly minimizes the risk of damage. Just make sure to keep the dryer on a low-heat setting and use it at a distance of about six inches from your hair at all times. Additionally, move the dryer around steadily in order to avoid any particular spot from overheating and being damaged.

Use a Diffuser when Blow-drying

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While a blow-drier is useful, it could end up making your hair frizzy, even after all the measures you’ve taken. One way to avoid this is by using a diffuser, especially if you have curly or wavy hair. By the addition of a diffuser extension to your blow-dryer, you will be able to limit the amount of heat reaching your strands, thereby resulting in smooth and frizz-free hair.

Follow these ten basic, practical ways to achieve the frizz-free hair of your dreams. Shop for the hair care products for healthy, smooth hair at Shoppers Stop online or in-store.

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