Fighting the summer frizz
Written by Ayesha Khan
Frizz isn’t fun, and the summer inevitably brings out untamed locks and those annoying fly-aways that can’t be calmed. The first step to combating any problem is understanding what causes it, and in the case of frizz it’s all about the hair cuticle and moisture. When hair is dry, its cuticle, which is shaped somewhat like a shingled roof, will puff up (the shingles will lift) to soak up any moisture from humid air.
That’s why more balmy days inevitably mean more frizz: while dryer, colder days mean hair lies flat, content with the moisture it holds rather than that of the air around it. Here are some tips on how to keep your cuticles (and you) in shape:
Finishing the frizz
To top it all off, be sure to end your summer hairstyling routine with an anti-frizz product. Aveda’s Brilliant Humectant Pomade is, well, brilliant. It leaves hair shiny and frizz-free without looking oily or weighed down, and smells amazing. It’s also great for enhancing wavy or curly hair. If the odd fly-away should pop up, keep a John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer handy. It’s the size and shape of a mascara – what will they think of next?
Don’t blow the blow out
An ionic hairdryer (look for the tourmaline variety) blows out negatively charged particles that keep your hair from frizzing. Always start with a heat protector like Frizz Ease Heat Defeat. Be sure to direct the nozzle down the hair shaft and finish off with a blast of cold air to really set the style. Avoid hairspray. Products with high alcohol content cause the hair cuticle to swell up, increasing puffiness and – you guessed it – frizz.
The secret weapon
The single most important frizz-fighter is your hairbrush. We recommend one with a combination of natural and nylon bristles, or the über-techie Braun Satin-Hair 7 with active ions. If you have curly, wavy, or otherwise frizz-prone hair, avoid brushing while dry. Instead, comb your hair wet, right after patting dry with a towel.