As temperatures rise, so does the humidity. This also means that your hair increases in volume and expands as it absorbs moisture. Wind, sun and over-processing also damages hair cuticles, which contribute to the frizzy look we all dread. Happily, there’s hope for even the most unruly strands! Here’s the scoop on taming tempermental tresses for good, even in tropical humidity.
1. Replenish moisture. The dryer hair is, the more moisture it tries to extract from humid air. By infusing it with an extra dose of conditioner, you not only restore hair’s balance but most deep conditioners contain reparative ingredients that can help re-seal the jagged cuticles that exaggerate the frizz. Try Ojon Tunu Elastik™ Hair Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner, which smoothes unruly hair with natural oils. For really dry hair, quench thirsty tresses with a weekly deep conditioning treatment like Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment.
2. Switch your styling products. Avoid any gels, mousses or hairsprays with a high alcohol content, as this dries hair out, making it more susceptible to frizz. Try an anti-frizz serum with smoothing Silicone (Dimethicone or Cyclomethicone) that seals and tames rough cuticles – but as these products can weigh thin hair down and make it look greasy, be sure to start with a tiny amount of product and add more if necessary. Styling creams and pomades are also a great way to style hair as they often contain moisturizing ingredients and the creamy texture acts like a barrier to humidity. A great option is Hair Rules Hydrating Finishing Cream.
3. Put a stop to static electricity. Dry hair and thin hair can get out of control due to static electricity. Tame out-of-control flyaways with two simple tricks – spray Static Guard on a brush or comb before running it through your hair or rub a dryer sheet over frizzies for instant taming.
4. Temper your towel time. Instead of towel drying your hair, which can cause breakage and promote frizz, gently squeeze excess water out of hair and blot hair with the towel.
5. Beware of frizz-enhancing cuts. The way your hair is cut can dramatically affect your frizz factor. Razor-cut styles promote frizz, especially if hair is fine or thin. Opt instead for a scissor trim, which more precisely cuts through hair cuticles for a smoother result.
6. Turn off the heat. When blow drying hair, make sure to point the nozzle down your hair shaft (not up from underneath) to smooth the cuticle as you style. Also, finishing on a cool setting can help “set” the hair shaft and promote smoother hair. Rinsing in cool water in the shower can also help seal and add shine.
7. Pick the right pillowcase. It’s been proven that sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase can help keep frizz to a minimum while you sleep – the material causes less friction on your hair. No more tangled messes in the morning! They’re also great for keeping wrinkles at bay. Try our washable silk pillowcases for a great result.
With a few simple tricks and changes to your routine, your hair will be silkier and tamer than you ever imagined!