Frizz is your hairs worst nightmare and having sleek, healthy hair is always in season. As the weather changes I find myself scouring the shelves of beauty stores trying to find a great smoothing fix to tame the frizz.
While anti-frizz products help, it’s always important to know what actually causes frizz. If you’re like me and have spent countless amounts of money on lotions, potions and super-products, you’ll find it good to know that making a few routine changes will help improve the quality of your hair.
Firstly, frizz occurs when the outside, (cuticle) layer of your hair is raised, allowing moisture to pass through and swell the strands, leaving it dehydrated. As a result, your hair appears dry and frizzy instead of smooth and defined. Our everyday habits can contribute to this so, try to make these simple changes and you’ll be looking at luscious locks in no time.
Drink more water
This is pretty much linked to every aspect of your health and complexion but most people just don’t consume the water their bodies need on a daily basis. I often prefer the idea of a latte or a soft drink instead but add a slice of lemon and lime and it’s a hell of a lot more appealing.
Get a really good deep conditioning mask and use it after every shampoo. A good tip for a really glossy finish is to apply conditioner to damp hair and wrap your hair up with a warm towel. This helps the conditioner to penetrate the hair deeply.
Plush up your Pillow
Try swapping your pillow with a satin or silk one. Sounds odd, I know but that change ensures your hair is rubbing against drying materials.
Flush out toxins
Medications can cause changes in your body that affect your hair, so again, back to basics – drink more water.
Restore dye damage
Over-processed chemicals in your hair, such as dye or bleach, damage the cuticle, so making time to use a conditioning treatment once a week will put back the moisture you’ve lost.
Comb the clever way
When combing your hair, start at the ends and work your way up – that way, you’ll avoid breakage that can lead to frizz.
Use the right products
If you suffer from really stubborn frizz, try a sulphate-free shampoo – it won’t dry out your hair as much. Pick styling products with heat protection to help stop split ends.
Having spent years doing all the wrong things, I’ve certainly worked my way through every smoothing mask, balm, oil, shampoo and serum known to man, so here’s my top picks I think you may want to try.
Split Ends Cream: Charles Worthington Strength & Repair Split Ends Binder – €7.99
Soothing and smoothing, this miracle treatment, enriched with powdered proteins, helps to seal split ends, reduce the appearance of damaged hair and prevent hair breakage. At 50ml a tube it does look as though it won’t last but the creamy texture makes it easy to work through the lengths of hair so, not much product is needed even for long hair. While split ends won’t disappear over night, you should notice an improvement in as little as one use. Very impressive!!
Oil: L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oils – €12.49
L’oréal has called this oil ‘extraordinary’ for a reason. It claims to be a 5-in-1 ‘Miracle Hair Perfector’, delivering glowing shine, intense nourishment, silky softness, smoothness, and hair that looks beautifully perfected. One bottle, five results. This product really does deliver, a serious must have!!
Serum: L’Oreal Elvive Smooth & Polish Aqua Serum – €7.69
This serum is enriched with Keratin-Polish, which instantly smooths hair, strand by strand, leaving it looking polished with a smooth finish all day. A great pick-me-up for straw-like hair, it instantly reduces static and fly-away’s.
Shampoo: Aussie Frizz Miracle Shampoo – €5.99
Designed to combat irritating, fly-away hair that just won’t settle, Aussie Frizz Miracle Shampoo controls static and smooths flyaway hair for a sleek look. It’s enriched with Australian Blue Gum which gently smooths hair and keeps it in place all day long. With an amazing smell, it’s the perfect shampoo to see you into the summer weather.
Conditioning Mousse: Ojon Dry Recovery Hydrating Volumizing Foam – €24
Okay, this mousse is more on the expensive side but if you find yourself looking for a high grade purchase then this is definitely worth it. It contains Pure Ojon oil, Blue Agave, Aloe Leaf Extract, Wheat Protein, and Vitamin E, all of which help condition as you style your hair. It’s light weight, smells amazing and really adds a punch of life to tired locks.
Soothing Balm: Trevor Sorbie Straight Smoothing Balm – €6.99
I love to use a good smoothing balm when I straighten my hair and this one conditions, tames and eliminates frizz to leave hair feeling silky and de-frizzed. It can be applied before using straighteners helping to reduce heat damage to the hair.
Hair Mask: John Frieda Full Repair Deep Conditioner Mask – €8.59
It’s advised that we use a hair mask once a week, especially if you have coloured or highlighted hair and definitely during summer to restore the moisture by sun damage. This lightweight mask with Incha Inchi Oil, penetrates deep and repairs the look and feel of hair. Damaged hair becomes silky and full after just one use. This is always on my list and with summer approaching, it’s a product I couldn’t live without.