With Singapore’s warm humid weather, it is hard not to have frizzy hair. I read a post in Wired Berries by Valerie Gladstone on how to avoid frizzy hair. The methods provided were every simple and easy to understand. I have summarized a few very useful ones here. Read on!
Method #1: Look for frizz-control shampoos and conditioners. The conditioner should be a 2-to-5 minute daily use treatment that you leave in for a few minutes and then rinse out. Just before rinsing, run a wide-toothed comb through hair, getting out the worst of the knots.
Method #2: Shampoo less. Use small amounts of conditioner instead and rinse hair well. You should notice a difference in a few days. Do watch out for shampoos that gives you suds beautifully because it uses harsh ingredients that will strip your hair of moisture and the added dryness causes frizzies.
Method #3: Treatment. Every once or twice a month use a good deep-conditioning or hot-oil treatment. You could also pick one night a week to leave in a conditioning treatment. Important note: Do sleep with a shower cap to avoid staining your bedsheet and pillowcase]. Rinse your hair well the next morning.
Method #4: Anti-ammonia. Avoid standard-issue coloring products, which often come with ammonia. An ammonia-free product that contains moisturizers will not only pump up your color, it’ll fatten the hair shaft and impart some great shine.
Method #5: Avoid blow-drying your hair. Blow-drying your hair increases the dryness and flattens waves or curls. I avoid blow-drying by letting my hair dry naturally. But if you really need to use the hair dryer, get one with a diffuser (see Philips’ website for example) because it emits heat evenly and with less intensity.
Special note: Apply an anti-frizz product before blow-drying and don’t hold the diffuser too close to your head (at least 4-inches away). Lift it up in bunches if you need to get underneath and scrunch the curls with your fist while letting the diffused heat blow over your head. Important note: Do not brush or comb your hair because the frizz may return.
An important fact you should know: Shampoo is for your scalp, while conditioner is for your hair (only apply to the portion below your ears).