Fight Frizz Before It Starts
No More Frizzy Hair
Do you find yourself just throwing your hair in a ponytail day after day because it will inevitably end up that way anyways thanks to frizz that gets worse throughout the day?
If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, it's time you geared yourself up for a proper battle against frizz. You don't have to settle for frizzy hair and you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars trying every anti-frizz product available. With just a few frizz-fighting strategies that even the busiest people can work into their schedules, you can effectively fight frizz and let your hair hang down.
Before Your Shower
Give your hair a quick brush-through before you take a shower. Working through any tangles before you wash your hair allows your products to distribute more evenly and penetrate deeper. Plus, brushing your hair stimulates your follicles. Dry hair tends to have a lifted cuticle that allows moisture to escape, so you need all the extra hydration you can get.
If your hair is dry, or you just have some extra time for a little TLC, give yourself a conditioning treatment before you shower. Let the shower run for a minute so the bathroom gets steamy. Apply conditioner to dry hair and let it sit for a few minutes. Then jump in the shower, rinse, and shampoo and condition as you normally would.
A few minor changes to how you 'poo your 'do can make a world of difference. While nearly everyone lathers on the shampoo and piles their hair on top of their head while singing into the shower faucet, this is not the way to get the best results.
The root of your hair tends to be the oiliest, so you want to work up a lather there, gently massaging the scalp, then work down to the tips. Aggressively scrubbing your head can lift the cuticle, which will only lead to more frizz later. Don't worry; you can still do all the singing you want.
It's a little known fact that you should keep a comb in the shower, but it's a proven way to fight frizz. Combing conditioner through your hair allows for an even distribution and directs the majority of the conditioner to the ends of your hair where it's needed most.
Since the ends of your hair are the oldest and driest, start conditioning there and work up to the roots. Follow by combing through from root to tip. If you hair is in need of extra hydration, don't rinse the conditioner completely out. The leftover product will act as a leave-in conditioner and even helps weigh down hair and keep it from becoming poofy.
When you're ready to get out of the shower, give your hair a quick rinse with cool water. The cold will cause your hair's cuticle to lie flat by constricting it. Not only does this seal in moisture, but it causes light to bounce off your hair and give it a very shiny appearance.
After the Shower
You've spent your whole shower being gentle with your hair and trying to keep the cuticle flat, so the last thing you want to do is vigorously rub it with a towel to get it dry. Squeeze your hair gently to remove most of the water then blot until the excess is gone. After this, you can style as you normally would; just be sure to keep being gentle.
Try to keep from touching your hair throughout the day since that will only disrupt your cuticle and allow humidity to sneak in and hit the frizz trigger. While the battle against frizz is not an easy one, you only have to fight frizz during your morning routine; not all day long.
Updated October 25, 2011