Fighting Frizz & Flyaway Hair
We all have those those days when your hair looks like you have been plugged in an electrical socket. Not a problem if you're going for that tumbleweed type of look, but there's a fine line between sultry out-of-bed hair and looking like a you're harboring a bird's nest in your tresses. Weather conditions are partly to blame for our electrifying hairstyles - Dry hot air leads to flyways, whilst humidity creates unwelcome frizz. However, over-processing, heat styling, bleaching and colouring also cause our hair to behave badly. These are my tried and tested frizz-busting tips for glossy locks.
Frizzified hair at Marc by Marc Jacobs FW13
Tips to Get Rid of Frizz & Flyaway's
*Get your hair trimmed every six-eight weeks to get rid of dry split ends that create frizz.
* Resist the temptation to wash your hair every single day. Those natural oils from your scalp assist in coating the hair that's in need of moisture.
Sleek straight not-a-hair out of place at Rebecca Minkoff FW13
*Try a cold rinse after you wash and condition to seal off and smoothen down hair cuticles.
*Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel as this creates friction which leads to frizz. A microfiber towel is a better option, or if you don't have one, try patting and wrapping your hair dry with a soft, clean t-shirt.
These are some good serums, sprays and defrizzers to try out. Nope, that's not mascara, it's John Frieda's brilliant full repair touch-up frizz tamer. Perfect for on-the go and it fits into your handbag.
*Apply hair serums while your hair is still wet, as this is when your hair is easier to manage.
*When picking out a conditioner or hair serum at your beauty store, look for one that has added proteins and silicone. The ones that work best will usually be clear and in liquid form.
*Sleeping on a satin pillowcase will reduce friction and hair breakage.
*If you have to use one - a flat iron will instantly smoothen down hair cuticles and lock in shine, but don't forget to use a heat-protecting product beforehand.
*Onto more kitchen essentials, whip up an egg with a tablespoon of water or almond oil, the yolks help to make a protein-enriched hair mask. Apply half an hour before washing your hair.
*Mash up an avocado with some olive oil for a nourishing, easy, at-home hair treatment.
*We often turn to serums when trying to tame flyaways, but this usually sits in a film on top of your hair, whilst oils are absorbed into your hair. Try coconut oil (yes, it does smells quite coconutty) or use olive oil instead. Coconut oil usually solidifies, so hold the bottle under warm water until it dissolves into a liquid. Massage into hair & scalp, wear a shower cap and leave on for an hour or overnight. Wash out with a good clarifying shampoo & conditioner.
*Another good defrizzing trick is to try kiddies detangling spray...and on the plus side your hair will smell of strawberries.
*Swap your current hairdryer for an ionic one, as it adds ions to your hair and neutralizes the electric charge that causes static hair.
*When blow-drying wavy and curly hair, use the diffuser (it's that alien shower-head-like attachment that came with your hairdryer).
*Don't point the end of the blow dryer upwards at your hair from the bottom, as this will split hair follicles and amplify the frizz factor. Rather angle the nozzle down in the direction of the hair shaft. Set with a blast of cold hair to close off the hair cuticles.
*Run a dryer sheet (it can be found in the detergent section of your grocery store) across your hair to remove static.
*Use brushes made of rubber or wood with natural bristles. Plastic brushes produce static.
*Use a wide-tooth comb on damp or wet hair, tugging at knots with a brush leads to breakage.
*Buy a spare toothbrush and spray a little hairspray on it to comb down those pesky flyaways at your hairline. Ensure that your hairspray is alcohol free, as this ingredient dries hair out.
Blake Lively's unruly flyaway's are perfectly primped for a red carpet appearance.
*This has happened to me countless of times - After trying on clothes in a store changing room, my hair becomes a hyper-static mess. Before leaving, take some hand cream and rub a little between your palms, then lightly go over your hair with your hands.
*And if all these ideas fail (and I hope they don't)...grab a wide-brimmed hat, silk scarf or hoodie to hide those gravity-defying flyaways.
What is your best advice for fighting frizz & flyaways?