Whether you have naturally curly or straight hair, frizz seems to find a way to affect all hair types. And with those cold winter months looming ahead of us, it's about time we tackled this common enemy, don't you think? To give your hair a fighting chance, here's our guide to freeing your locks from frightful frizz...
Why is my hair frizzy?
The main culprit of frizzy hair is dehydration, which works to lift the outer layer of each strand - known as the cuticle - to allow air and water to enter the lower layers, swelling your locks and making them messy and brittle.
How can I go frizz-free?
Freeing your hair of frizz is simple: change your hair care routine to hydrate your locks in just a few easy steps!
When washing your hair, decrease the amount of shampoo you use and increase the conditioner you apply to your ends: most people get their proportions all wrong! Find the balance that works for you, keeping your shampoo down to a coin-sized amount to prevent over-washing and drying out your locks.
Stop washing your hair every day: swap to every other day at the least to preserve your hair's natural oils. To give your hair a helping, hydrating hand, make sure you leave your conditioner on the lengths and tips for 2-5 minutes in a normal wash, and incorporate a hydrating hair mask into your routine once or twice a week for an added boost.
Try drying your hair with a jersey cloth rather than a towel, as this material contains less static, before wrapping your hair in the cloth for 20 minutes while its still warm and damp, locking moisture into the strands.
Run a rich hair oil through your lengths while your hair is still wet, focusing on those dryness-prone ends.
Allow your hair to dry 80 to 90 percent of the way before you blow dry to prevent further heat damage and dehydration. Then spritz your hair throughout with a heat protective spray and blow dry your tresses using a round headed, mixed-bristle brush to pull the strands out and create tension to tame that mane into place.
Top tip: Before your hair cools from the hair dryer, wrap it into a bun and allow it to cool in this position- the tension will help the cuticles lock into place rather than expand.