I don't know about you but I am really over all of this rainy weather in Metro Atlanta. In addition to putting a damper on your July 4th outdoor activities, chances are the rainy, humid weather is wreaking havoc on your hairstyle. No worries, below are basic tips that you can follow to prevent frizz and have fabulous looking hair regardless of the weather and or climate.
Frizzy hair is mostly caused when dry porous hair absorbs moisture from the air, causing the hair shaft to swell and look frizzy. By skipping a day or two between shampoos, you allow time for the scalp's natural oil to travel from the scalp to ends naturally moisturizing hair and preventing dryness. Try using a dry shampoo such as Batiste Dry Shampoo, Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo or Redken Powder Refresh if hair looks oily or needs additional volume at the roots.
Wash in smoothness by using a moisturizing shampoo or smoothing shampoo such as Alterna Bamboo Smooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo which contains organic bamboo extract to strengthen hair and organic kendi oil to promote smooth, frizz-free hair. After shampooing your hair, refrain from rubbing the hair and instead gently squeeze the moisture out with a towel to prevent frizz from over-stressed cuticle. You can also use a microfiber towel which produces less friction, hence less opportunity to frizz.
Before blow drying, apply an anti-frizz or smoothing serum such as Morrocainoil or Redken Shine Brilliant Glass 01 to the ends of the hair to lock in moisture. For fine hair be sure to look for a water-based smoothing serum that won't weigh down your hair and apply to ends only.
When blow drying your hair use the air director nozzle to direct hair down the hair shaft for smoothness. For maximum results, use an ionic hair dryer which reduces frizz by compressing the cuticle to lock out moisture.
Don't be a helmet head. Use hairspray sparingly as most formulas have a high alcohol content which can cause the cuticle to swell and look frizzy. This is especially true on rainy days where there is extra moisture in the air. Try an alcohol-free hairspray such as L'Oreal's EverStyle Alcohol-Free Strong Hold Styling Spray or take a shot at this DIY Alcohol-Free Shampoo from Wholenewmom.com.
For those of you that use heat tools such as curling irons and flat irons, protect hair from damage by using a heat protectant such as Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Dry Oil Mist or Redken Satinwear 02 Blow Dry Lotion, both editor picks by Allure Magazine. Be sure to check the temperature on your curling and flat iron and keep the setting below 400 degrees, preferably in the 300 degree range.
Last, be sure to visit your stylist every 8 to 12 weeks to trim the ends and prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft.