It’s almost that time again. The summer months are upon us, and we are starting to see some warmer, more humid weather here even in the volatile climate of northeastern Ohio.
Most climates have some level of humidity, and where you find humidity, you find women and men battling frizzy “big” hair. This is because humidity expands the hair, and not in a good “volume boosting” way that looks healthy, but in a way that makes the hair uncontrollable.
Frizz tends to make the hair look dry, unrefined and messy. It gives us volume of the undesirable variety in other words. Not the soft body most of us love.
While it is true that some hair types may be more naturally prone to frizz, most hair types have some level of ability to frizz when the humidity strikes. This is why anti-frizz hair products are so popular.
Some anti-frizz styling products may help, but often they rely on heavy waxes or oils that weight the hair down in order to help tame frizz.
They may also contain drying alcohols, artificial scents and other ingredients that may help to reduce frizz, but also tend to make the hair look lifeless and limp, or lackluster and dull.
I’ve found the best way to help tame my naturally wavy, fine but coarse hair in the summer is to simply use the Aura Sensory Natural Shine Enhancing Shampoo (Sulfate Free), the Deep Hydration Conditioner with silk amino proteins, and no styling products at all, except for perhaps a few spritzes of hairspray to hold a style if I’ve styled it.
This is because they are so effective at flattening and sealing the cuticle, which is effectively the sealant of each strand of hair. When this cuticle is dry, moisture penetrates it, roughing it up and making the hair appear “big” (and not appealingly so unfortunately).
Along with using the right shampoo and conditioner, let’s talk about some other ways to help eliminate frizz.
1.) Don’t try to reduce frizz by wetting the hair with water or a spritzer. Water only will exacerbate the problem since water penetrates the shaft and makes it expand further. It may temporarily “tamp down” the frizz by the simple fact of gravity and water weight weighing it down, but once it soaks in, you’re only going to experience more frizz.
2.) Use a shampoo and conditioner that address porosity. Porous hair is much more prone to frizz because it soaks up the moisture in the air even more than healthy, “filled” hair that does not have as many pores or holes in it. Our shampoo and conditioner are excellent at addressing porosity, especially the longer they are used.
This is due to the organic coconut oil, which helps to replace lost proteins and fats, and several other omega 3 fat rich oils, as well as organic apple cider vinegar (in the shampoo) which helps smooth the hair’s shaft and reduce surface porosity.
3.) Use a static free, soft bristle brush. There are many high quality brushes out there that won’t lend themselves to frizz. They help to smooth the hair rather, and bring a soft volume without breaking, tangling or puffing the hair out.
Your hair will always look a bit “puffy” when you first wash and condition it, but you can always use a squirt of organic argan oil, rubbed between the hands and distributed evenly throughout the hair to help calm the puffiness.
4.) Find a great ionic hair dryer. Ionic hair dryers are worth their weight in gold. The ions they pump out help to keep the hair smooth, while a high powered, professional motor that doesn’t blow out too much heat will help to quickly dry the hair, reducing the time it is exposed to heat and saving your hair from potential damage (increased porosity).
This also provides a smooth, polished and voluminous look that you can’t get as easily letting the hair air dry. In other words, you get a more predictable and consistent outcome by using a high quality hair dryer.
5.) Don’t go too long between washing and conditioning. You need the conditioner to help smooth your hair, and if you go too long between washing and conditioning, this protective, smoothing sheath it provides begins to wear off, making your hair look frizzier.
6.) If you find your hair getting too frizzy throughout the day, pause and throw your hair up into a twisted bun for a while. The compression of the coils you’ve created will help to relax the hair and turn it into prettier beach waves instead of the shapeless mass it tends to become after a day in high humidity.