Ah, summertime. The sun is shining, the livin’s easy…and the humidity is high. But, don’t worry. We won’t let the damp air put a kink in your plans or your hair this season.
where it comes from
Let’s start with the basics: frizz means your hair is dry. When your hair is a hostile desert, the plates that should lie flat on your hair shaft become jagged and stick up. This Sahaira effect is caused by a number of factors – most frequently your haircare products. The chemicals in these alleged tress-tamers can have the opposite effect, stripping hair’s natural oils, leaving it dry and prone to our mortal foe: frizz. Unfortunately, a propensity toward this nemesis can also be genetic, so some of us have to work a little harder to win this war.
But you may know this already. What you want is the secret weapon. Fear not, femmes. We’ve sorted through the pointers, pontifications, pro-tips, and products to provide you with these foolproof, follicle-friendly ways to fight the frizz. There’s only so much that fancy shampoos and treatments can do. When it comes down to it, you’ve got to feed your hair right and follow healthy styling habits.
From the inside
Eat salmon, sardines, and other fatty fish that are low in mercury. The omega-3 keeps your hair silky smooth.
Add nuts to your diet to provide your hair with vitamin E, which helps prevent cell damage. This vitamin is most famous for nourishing your skin, but your hair is exposed to the same elements, and needs the same vita-boost.
Get enough water – we say this often, but it really is important to hydrate properly.
Pump up the iron by eating more spinach, lentils, and quinoa.
Don’t fear fat – avocado, flaxseed, beans, and walnuts provide essential fatty acids that are vital for shinier strands.
FROM THE OUTSIDE
Over-styling your hair is a recipe for dryness. That means curling, straightening, and blow-drying should be kept to a minimum. You can also upgrade your styling tools – these versions generally cost more, but it’s worth the investment for the health of your hair. Try some of our favorites pictured below.
DON’T OVERDO YOUR COLOR
Dyeing your hair often means drying it, so try to go as long as you can between visits to your colorist.
USE GOOD BRUSHING TECHNIQUES AND GENTLER BRUSHES
Never rip or tug through knots with your brush; choose a comb instead after the shower. When shopping for a new brush, look for boar bristles (famed since the 1800s for making your hair shine), or nylon for a gentler feel. Also think about switching up your shape; square for round, or vice versa.
WEAR A HAT
Your skin isn’t all that will thank you for this one. Your hair can be damaged from overexposure to the sun, so give it a little UV break by covering it with a stylish straw beach hat.
APPLY AN ORGANIC HAIR OIL
Many miraculous organic hair oils are cropping up in the natural beauty industry – the best varieties include argan, coconut, avocado, olive, and sunflower seed.
Try these styling products for best results!
T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Hair Dryer. Treats your hair to healthier heat with tourmaline technology. $250; Ulta Beauty
FHI Heat Stylus Thermal Styling Brush. Trim styling time with one tool that brushes, straightens, and curls. $140; fhiheat.com
Bumble and bumble Straight Blow Dry. Protects hair pre-styling and keeps you free of fly-aways for hours. $30; bumbleandbumble.com
Mason Pearson Popular Mixture Nylon & Boar Bristle Brush. Recommended for long, normal, or coarse hair. The blended bristles made a noticeable difference in the shine and texture of our locks. $205; Nordstrom