Warmer weather and longer days are just some of the many reasons why we all love summer. However, there is always one reoccurring problem that seems to crop up, even for the most experienced hair gurus… frizz! Normal or oily, virgin or dyed, straight or curly, it seems that frizz is the one hair issue that is experienced universally. At Neal & Wolf, we often get asked by our customers how to tame frizzy hair, so we thought we’d share five easy habits that you can adopt for a frizz-free summer.
WHAT CAUSES FRIZZY HAIR?
We believe that the first step towards fighting frizz is to understand its causes. Hair gets frizzy when the outer layer, otherwise known as the cuticle, doesn’t lay flat. If the cuticles are disrupted or damaged at all, the hair struggles to lock in moisture required for strength and elasticity. This is often heightened in the heat of summer, in which water from humid air can absorb into the porous surface of the strands, resulting in swelling and frizz.
Sebum is a waxy, oily substance naturally produced by the scalp glands that protects and hydrates the hair and can also provide a barrier against moisture from the environment. However, when sebum is slowed from travelling down the hair shaft, it can leave the strands vulnerable to damage. That’s why those with curly hair may experience more frizz, as the curls can block the ends of the hair from their sebum intake.
Although a lack of hydration and broken hair are common causes of frizz, not all is lost! Below are five frizz-reducing tips that you can try out this summer.
USE A SULPHATE-FREE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
Tackling hair whilst it’s wet is one of the best tips for reducing frizz. When it comes to hair washing, it’s important to reduce shampooing to only when necessary, as the longer the intervals, the more time your sebum has to travel down the shaft. It’s also important to pay attention to the type of shampoo and conditioner you’re using. We’d recommend ditching the sulphates in your haircare products if you’re a victim of frizz. Sulphates can strip away the hair’s natural oils by creating a negative electrical charge, which can result in dry or damaged locks.
If you’re looking for a sulphate-free haircare duo that not only tackles frizz but improves the strength and elasticity of hair, we’d recommend trying our award-winning Harmony Intensive Care Shampoo and Treatment.
RINSE YOUR HAIR WITH COLD WATER
As we’ve discussed, the cuticle is the outermost layer of the hair and is made up of overlapping cells. When each cuticle lays flat, light reflects off the hair’s surface to create a gloss-like finish on the strands. However, when the temperature rises, the cells that form the cuticles can separate and leave them open to swelling, which can often occur whilst in contact with water. For instance, when the hair is rinsed with hot water, the cuticle layer struggles to completely seal, ultimately increasing the chance of frizz.
It is important to note however, that warm water should be used during the shampooing phase, as it separates the cuticles and enables the product to deeply cleanse the hair. Once the cleansing phase is complete, we’d then recommended finishing off the conditioning phase with a cold rinse to lock in moisture.
At Neal & Wolf, you’ll be glad to hear that all our products are sulphate-free. But if you’re looking for a haircare duo that cleanses the hair and leaves it fresh, full of shine and ready for styling, look no further than our award-winning Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo & Conditioner.
AVOID EXCESSIVE BRUSHING
You might not like to hear this tip, but we’ll only say it once - it’s time to put the brush down! Hair is a complex matter when you consider the multiple layers and thousands of cells. But the reason for frizz is simple. When you run a brush through the hair, the overlapping layers that lie flat making it appear smoother are lifted, which ultimately leads to frizz.
So how do we tackle this one? Our first piece of advice when it comes to brushing is to detangle any knots during the conditioning phase in your hair washing routine. Choose a deep nourishing conditioner and a brush or comb suitable for your hair type, and gently remove any snags that could lead to future breakage. As a second tip, remember to never brush frizzy hair once it’s dry, as it could lead to further disruption of the cuticle and can sometimes stretch the hair, leading to damage and breakage.
INVEST IN A NOURISHING OIL
With our hair constantly exposed to damaging factors such as heat and haircare products, overtime it can be stripped of its natural oils, which can often lead to frizz. A simple way to restore sebum is by using an oil to increase the strength and hydration of the hair, specifically on dry ends where sebum struggles to reach. When using a hair oil, the fatty acids in the formula add a protective layer to the hair’s shaft which can quickly become damaged by heat. This protection also safeguard’s the hair between washing from external factors, such as air pollution and UV rays from the sun.
Velvet Nourishing Hair Oil is a multi-tasking product formulated with three natural oils; Argan, Avocado and Jojoba. Velvet is the perfect addition to any de-frizzing hair routine and is designed to transform rough and unruly locks into a smoother and more nourished finish.
SLEEP WITH A SATIN PILLOWCASE
With all the tossing and turning that occurs whilst you sleep, we often forget that our hair goes through a lot during the night. The constant movement can tug on the strands and generate electricity, which can lead to breakage. A satin pillowcase could be your saving grace when it comes to frizz, as it minimizes static and lowers the chance of moisture loss and breakage, problems that can often be linked with sleeping on cotton. Not to mention, softer pillowcases will help your second-day hair look and feel fresher, a win-win if you ask us!
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