If you’re ready to ditch your halo of frizz and embrace a smoother, sleeker finish, you’re in the right place. While some of us are more prone to frizz than others, the humid summer months or abrasive towel-drying can turn any hair type into a frizzy mess. Frizz and flat hair may be in your DNA, but achieving the look you desire isn’t out of reach.
Below you will find the best tips and tricks to beat frizz and flat hair as you age.
What is Hair Frizz?
Frizz is hair that doesn’t align with other strands, but instead stands up or curls creating a fuzzy texture. A healthy hair cuticle lays flat, whereas, a damaged or dry hair cuticle lifts, which allows moisture from the air to enter the hair shaft, causing it to swell. Swollen hair shafts often change shape and become frizzy.
There are several causes of frizzy hair including genetics, heat damage, humidity, harsh hair products and towel-drying your hair.
Tips to Beat Frizzy Hair
Ditch Your Cotton Hair Towel
Your hair is most susceptible to breakage when it is fresh-out-of-the-shower wet. Rather than reaching for a cotton towel, which may increase friction and frizz, use a microfiber towel instead. A microfiber towel is gentler on your hair and helps it dry faster, reducing the amount of swelling in wet hair.
Choose a Sulfate-Free Shampoo
When you’re dealing with frizz or flat hair, it’s important to stay away from products containing sulfates. Sulfates strip your hair of its natural oils and leave strands dehydrated and frizzy. If you’re struggling with dry tresses, consider choosing a shampoo formula packed with natural oils like rice bran oil and argan oil.
Use a Deep Conditioner
An intense boost of moisture is exactly what your frizzy hair may need. A deep conditioner is packed with natural butter and essential oils to deeply penetrate the hair shaft and provide long-term hydration.
What is Flat Hair?
Flat hair tends to lie close to your head, instead of lifting at the roots. Oftentimes flat hair lacks volume and becomes easily weighed down by grease.
Flat hair may be the result of misuse of hair products, an oily scalp, genetics and stress.
Tips to Beat Flat Hair as You Age
Invest in a Natural Volumizing Shampoo
Be careful, many volumizing shampoos labeled ‘volumizing’ contain plastic-like ingredients like polymers that coat the surface of each strand, which actually weigh the hair down. Instead, choose a volumizing shampoo with natural volumizing agents like hops and bamboo extract.
Use Dry Shampoo Every Now and Then
Dry shampoo is a lifesaver when it comes to prolonging a hairstyle after a workout or long day at work. Dry shampoo is also a miracle worker at pumping up the volume on flat hair. Spray your dry shampoo a few inches from the roots of your hair to give your hair a fuller appearance.
Improve Your Scalp Health
Oil, dead skin cells and hair products can build up on your scalp, weighing down your hair and possibly inhibiting healthy hair growth. To give your roots a natural lift, exfoliate your scalp to slough away any gunk and unclog your hair follicles.
With a few adjustments to your hair-care routine, you can smooth frizz and boost volume in flat hair. These six tips will have you on your way to achieving your healthiest locks yet.