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HSI student, Traona, fighting the frizz on a salon client.

For folks with curly hair, frizz crops up all the time, and it’s incredibly tough to eliminate. Sometimes it’s caused by heat, sometimes by lack of moisture. Other times, it’s simply a bad hair day. No matter the reason, when frizz shows up there’s no way to ignore it. Nor should you—it can be an indication that your hair is suffering from dryness or damage. Harsh chemicals, excessive processing, and constant heat from blow-drying or straightening can all lead to flyaways, split ends, and broken strands. To combat the problem, you need a combination of tactics, all designed to moisturize and protect against the elements.

With these steps you can take to fight frizz, go ahead — let your glorious mane down!

When Air Drying Your Hair

If you’re air drying your ‘do, avoiding frizz starts right when you step out of the shower.  Use a towel to “blot” your hair, as giving your hair a rub down will leave hair frizzy when dry. If you have serious frizz that you are trying to fight, take a styling cream with plenty of moisture and distribute evenly throughout the hair using a wide tooth comb. Most importantly, don’t touch your hair until it’s totally dry!

When Sleeping

Fight frizz while you sleep with a satin pillow case, which will reduce friction. And don’t make your pony too tight before you go to bed and use a soft hair tie.

When Trimming Your Hair 

Split ends can be bad news for avoiding frizzy hair, because the end can split all the way up the strand, causing it to frizz out. Try and get your ends trimmed every 6-8 weeks, and use an oil on the tips to keep them moisturized.

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When Blow-Drying Your Hair 

When using a blow dryer, use an anti-humidity smoother or cream which will seal the hair cuticle and make sure that your hair can get 100% dry. Also, coat strands with a frizz fighting serum pre-blowout  to battle frizz even more. Lastly, make sure to direct the air flow down the hair shaft when drying, and using a ceramic blow dryer will help your frizz-fighting cause.

When Showering

Hair is more frizz-prone if it’s dehydrated, so use a weekly deep-conditioning hair mask moisture treatment in the shower.  Use products with coconut oil, Shea Butter, or Argan Oil for regular shampooing and conditioning.

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Your health and Style Institute stylist can help you select the products that are just right for your hair to keep the frizzies tamed. We have a slew of great and affordable products at both locations!

Continue moisturizing hair, even through cold, wet winter.

Winter means snow storms, freezing cold, and hoods.  All of these forces seem to conspire to make your perfectly done hair look like you just rolled out of bed.  However, there are things you can do all winter long that will help you keep your style despite the chill.

Moisturize the Frizz Away

Frizz is caused by a lack of moisture.  Making sure your hair is never thirsty will take away that unkempt look and leave you feeling in control of your locks.

This should be done on several levels.  First, make regular trips to your hair salon for deep-conditioning treatments.  If going once a week is going to break the bank, consider going to a school like The Health and Style Institute.  You get better deals and quality stylists.  The deep-conditioning will keep your hair healthy and looking great.

While you’re there, pick up some leave-in conditioners and protective oils.  All the primping you put your hair through has worse effects in winter months than any other time.  Daily moisturizing is a great way to keep your hair healthy between salon visits.

Give your Hair a Break

Every time you wash your hair, you lose moisture and natural oils.  Try washing less frequently – maybe every other or every third day.  When you do wash it, think about how much stress your towel puts on it.  Rubbing your towel through your hair is asking for trouble.  Instead, take the gentler approach by just patting or scrunching your hair with the towel.

You already know the cold gives you chapped lips and dry skin – but did you know it does the same to your hair?  If you’re going out in the cold, wear a hat or scarf that covers your hair so it’s not as exposed to the harsh elements.  But beware of wool hats.  They actually dry out your hair, undoing all the good work you’re putting in.

Embrace the Chill

The more heat you expose your hair to, the less moisture your hair retains from the shampoo and conditioner.  Try to get around this by washing your hair in lukewarm water and reducing the amount you use your hair dryer.  By letting your hair at least partially air dry, you give the moisturizer in your products a chance to do its job.

If you do have to blow dry, consider investing in an ionizing hairdryer.  These use negative ions to interact with water molecules, lowering the necessary heat of vaporization.  In short, they let your hair dry faster.  Less time using dry heat means less damage to your hair.