When it comes to healthy, frizz-free hair, less is more. Blow dryers, flat irons, curling irons, gels, hair sprays, chemical treatments and even shampooing can make your locks crinkly and dry. A completely hands-off approach is not necessary; however, back off a bit and allow your hair some time to exist in its natural form. You might be amazed at how much healthier it is.
Shampoo and Towel Less
Do not shampoo your hair every day. Doing so strips the hair of its essential oils, which keep it shiny and healthy. If your hair tends to be oily, shampoo every-other-day. If your hair is very dry and frizzy, wash once per week. To freshen up between washes, use a dry shampoo or mist your hair with water infused with a drop of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender. Never towel dry frizzy hair; the static will increase the frizz. Instead, pat and squeeze it dry with an old t-shirt.
Downsize the Styling
To decrease frizz, use fewer hair tools and products, including flat irons, blow dryers, gels and hair sprays. For dry, frizzy hair, try small amounts of coconut or olive oil or shea butter. If you use a flat iron or curling iron, make sure your hair is dry first; if you blow dry, keep the blow dryer moving around the head at least several inches from your locks.
Seek a Professional
Applying relaxers, hair colors, perms or other chemicals to your own hair is generally a bad idea. A trained stylist will use products that are least harmful to your hair. Additionally, if you botch the job at home, you will need your stylist to fix it, multiplying the damage to your hair, as well as your pocketbook.
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