At BeautySA we love curls. What we don’t love, is the frizz that somehow creeps in and messes it all up. We found these great frizz-fighting tips by Naturally Curly!
We know how frustrating frizzy hair can be, and we’re here to help! We’ve compiled this must-have list of our favorite no-frizz tips for curly hair.
1. A good haircut is key
Split ends are the beginning of frizz, so stop them before they start by getting your curls trimmed every six to eight weeks. Don’t cut hair too short, since shrinkage can be a real problem in humidity.
2. Don’t shampoo every day
Curly, kinky and wavy hair needs the natural oils from your scalp to reduce frizz. No more than four washes every week is good. For your off days, go the rinse and condition route.
3. Lots of conditioner!
Moisturise = Happy Curls! As curls succumb easily to dryness, regular conditioning is crucial. Never skip the conditioner, and avoid two-in-one, shampoo/conditioners. Once you’re done shampooing, squeeze extra moisture from your tresses (never wring), then work your conditioner in from root to tip. Leave the conditioner in for at least two minutes before rinsing. Using a deep conditioner once a week can be a major help in combating frizz.
4. Rinse with cold water!
Try a cold rinse to seal the hair cuticle and make it extra shiny. Let your hair drip after you rinse, and do not comb through it any more. When rinsing out your conditioner, use the coldest water you can tolerate, since cold water helps smooth the cuticle, diminishing frizz and fluffy, flyaway hair. Cold water also locks the follicle, which keeps the hair sleeker and shinier.
5. Avoid terrycloth towels; use microfiber instead
Avoid wringing or rubbing your hair with a towel as this creates friction, breakage and split ends. Gently scrunch out most of the water with your fingers while you’re still in the shower. Always avoid rubbing the towel over your head as this will break up the curls you just shaped. The key when using any towel is flip your head over and scrunch up. Microfiber towels not only reduce frizz but speed up drying time. Microfiber is a super-absorbent fabric that soaks up excess water. Microfiber does not disturb the cuticle – instead it smooths it down, reducing frizz.
6. Air dry, hood dry or use a diffuser
Curls and kinks can quickly become frazzled into frizz in the drying phase of the styling process. While using a diffuser can add a much-needed boost to looser curls, a hooded dryer is often the best option for kinkier curl types. If you have a really tight curl and kinky texture, try a hooded dryer because it will make heat flow down so it won’t disturb the curl as much as a blow dryer or diffuser. If you don’t have a hooded dryer at home, try air-drying instead.
7. Comb conditioner through hair in the shower
Conditioning [http://www.beautysouthafrica.com/productstype/Shampoo-Conditioner] is a must, and distribution is the key. Distribute conditioner in the shower to help, so your hair will absorb more as the steam opens the hair follicle. Comb your hair out, parting it as you go. Be sure to apply lots of conditioner and really work it in there using a wide-tooth comb.
Written by Alicia Ward, this article originally appeared on Naturally Curly.
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