Sick of battling to keep the frizz at bay by midday, despite leaving home with smooth strands in the morning? You’re not alone – as many a meme or a stroll down any haircare aisle will tell you. In the chemist or the supermarket, you’ll see countless products claiming to eradicate frizz. But – trust us – there’s no single silver bullet. Not even strand-smoothing silicone.
Transforming unruly hair takes a holistic approach – and this article will tell you where to start. From rethinking your washing routine to selecting the best type of prods, here are 5 ways to fight dry, frizzy hair. Especially when the humidity is soaring.
Why so frizzy?
Caused by a lack of moisture in your strands, frizz can – and does – happen to anyone. It’s most common in curlier hair types that are naturally more prone to dryness. However, it can occur in any hair that’s dry or damaged from heat styling or bleaching – including poker-straight locks.
If you’re prone to frizz, you’ll have noticed things get extra unruly when it’s damp or humid. This is because dry hair drinks up excess moisture from the air, leaving you with the kind of halo you definitely didn’t order.
While there’s not a lot you can do about the weather (we wish), there’s no need to hide under a hat. Here are some simple steps you can take to hydrate, tame and smooth your strands – from the inside out.
1. Give your scalp some love
Healthy, hydrated hair starts at the roots – so try incorporating a scalp scrub into your frizz-fighting routine once or twice weekly. To nourish a dry, itchy scalp and remove excess oils and flakes, choose one with manual and chemical exfoliants to remove dead skin cells, plus moisturising ingredients like coconut oil.
Formulated with caffeine, peppermint oil and coconut, our Deep Clean Scalp Scrub hydrates, soothes and stimulates the scalp to create a healthy hair growth environment. Gently exfoliating with volcanic ash, pineapple enzymes and salicylic acid, it removes product build-up and impurities for a revitalised scalp and strands.
2. Make a moisturising mask part of your weekly routine
A nourishing shampoo is great, but if you’re dealing with serious dryness and frizz, it’s time to bring in the big guns. And hands down the best way to supercharge hydration is with a hair mask formulated with intensely moisturising ingredients, such as argan oil, coconut and shea butter.
You’ll find all these mega-moisturisers, plus omega fatty acid-rich fig and shine-enhancing linseed, in our OG Like a Virgin Hair Masque. Hydrating and deep conditioning for soft, manageable locks, this super-nourishing 5-in-1 treatment mask penetrates the hair shaft to revive dry, damaged hair from the inside out. Locking in moisture and minimising split ends, it’s your go-to to tame that frustrating frizz in just 10 minutes.
3. Use heat protectant – always!
We’re not going to tell you to skip heat styling, but – for the love of all things smooth and non-frizzy – don’t even think about it if you’re out of heat protectant! Creating a protective barrier between your hair and hot tool, heat protectant sprays or serums are a must to seal in moisture and help minimise dryness and damage. As a result, they’re also one of the best products to keep frizz from ruining your day.
With super-hydrating hyaluronic acid plus coconut, prickly pear and fig, our Miracle Hair Elixir might just be the anti-frizz answer you’re looking for. Protecting hair against UV damage and heat styling up to 220°c, it can be used as a styling or finishing product for smooth, glossy locks.
4. Avoid over-washing and hot water
If you’re fighting a constant war against frizz, reconsider washing your hair for the second day in a row. And turn the water temperature down to lukewarm while you’re at it. Washing hair too regularly can strip strands of natural shine-enhancing, smoothing oils. While hot water lifts the hair cuticle – allowing humid air to penetrate the shaft and wreak havoc.
The products you use in the shower also matter. Steer well clear of those with moisture-sapping sulphates and choose formulas with hyaluronic acid and nourishing plant oils, like our Super Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner.
5. Switch out your towel
Another factor could be exacerbating your frizz – and it’s hiding in plain sight in your bathroom. A regular terry cotton towel might look innocent, but it creates friction when drying your strands. Roughing up the cuticle, it can result in snagging, frizz and breakage. Especially if you use a vigorous drying action.
Instead, swap to a microfibre towel to reduce damage, help prevent frizz and even speed up drying.
Written By: Pip Jarvis
Edited by: Iris