Get rid of frizz: part 1

Friday, 12 October 2012

Get rid of frizz: part 1At 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.
Image: Yuganov Konstantin/Shutterstock.com

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. me

    For very long I used two in one shampoo and conditioner, never thought it a problem, but always struggled with hair flying away because of static electricity when winter comes. Using shampoo and conditioner separately has solved this problem, completely.

    3 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Cold water is difficult to use in winter!

    3 years ago •

  1. Ping

    Nice tips! Can you also recommend some nice moisturizing hair products?

    4 years ago •

  1. lauren pinnoy

    I always hate trimming as my hair never seems to get past a certain length.

    4 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Rinse with cold water…. hate that, but it does work!

    4 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Each tip Highly Valued!!! Thanks

    5 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    I have wavy hair prone to frizz, but i cant condition my roots or they get too oily.

    5 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    I have Frizzy hair and Ghd hair iron it often. My hair has become damaged these tips are what I needed… Moisturise is the key right for frizzy dry hair?! Thanks

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Also trying not to shampoo every day and it seems to really dry out my hair less.

    5 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I’ve always rinsed with cold water. It really leaves your hair shiny. Great tips. :)

    5 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Good advice on the cold water. I always use to think that cold water makes it dull! You’re never to old to learn!!

    5 years ago •

  1. CharlieW

    Great tips! I agree – LOADS of conditioner! Will try rinsing with cold water (thank goodness it’s summer!).

    5 years ago •

  1. mahomed

    wow thank you for sharing such great tips…..

    5 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Such great tips. Thanks a lot! I think I have to look in to quite a few things that I am doing wrong.

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I’ll try combing hair when applying conditioner.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    Interesting article and great tips thanks

    5 years ago •

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