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Jan 28, 2015

Frizzy hair remedies

Frizzy hair can be a real nightmare when you want your hair to look healthy and feel smooth. You don't have to live with it though, because with these frizzy hair remedies, you can rid yourself of the problem by not only treating frizz, but also by correcting the underlying issues that cause it.


Treating frizzy hair


Frizz occurs for a few reasons. A lot of the time it is natural and is simply a result of your hair type. The thicker your hair is, the more likely it will be prone to frizz because there is simply more hair and it tends to be more difficult to tame. You can also experience frizzier hair if you have a natural wave or curls, which causes the hair to naturally be a little unruly.

Of course, like any annoying hair condition, frizz is often the result of damage to either the deeper structure or the cuticle layers on the surface of the hair. Structural damage to the hair shaft needs protein treatments for adequate repair and reduction of frizz, whilst cuticle damage is more difficult to treat and best addressed with symptomatic remedies rather than a repair plan.

The type of hair you have, and whether you have sustained any damage to it through repeated colouring, lightening, or other treatments like perming and relaxing will determine which frizzy hair remedies will work best on your own hair.


Natural frizz


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Naturally frizzy hair develops the problem because of its texture and thickness. It can also occur if you regularly suffer from dryness or when the ambient humidity affects your hair. If your hair isn't damaged, it needs to be tamed with symptomatic treatment as damage repair won't help in this situation.


Dryness


Dry hair is much more prone to frizz than hair that is properly moisturised because it has a more brittle texture. Hair that is dry loses its elasticity and this is one of the potential causes of frizzy hair.

Conditioning treatments are the best way to deal with frizz that's related to dry hair. If your hair is lacking moisture, you can help alleviate the problem with the use of a deep conditioner in place of your regular conditioner. Smoothing serums, and leave-in conditioners can also help immensely in treating recalcitrant dry hair that doesn't seem to respond to lighter remedies.

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Damage


Like in the case of dry hair, damaged hair becomes frizzy partly because it can't maintain a proper moisture balance, and partly because the structure of the hair is compromised. This is related to the affect that damage has on the cuticles of the hair shaft that normally act to lock in moisture and shield the interior of the hair shaft from the outside environment and humidity.

The best frizzy hair remedies for damaged hair require the use of protein treatments. Conditioning treatments and leave-in treatments can soften your hair and make it feel good, as well as correct dryness, but there will always be an underlying problem because they can't repair the damage that has occurred to the cuticles and structure of your hair.

If you have damage, it is best to repair it with a good protein treatment like Redken Cat or Joico K-Pak Reconstructor before you even consider any other frizzy hair remedies. Once the damage is repaired and your hair is restored to better condition, any remaining frizz can be addressed with other methods.
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Intensive remedies


After addressing any damage or dryness, the remaining frizzy hair remedies available to you are more intensive and are aimed at treating problem hair that hasn't responded to other treatments. The stronger treatments you can use include smoothing serums, balms, and keratin treatments.

Smoothing serums are the easiest remedy to use, and among the best products to actually own if you straighten, curl, or handle your hair often, because they have so many benefits. Not only can they prevent and treat dryness, but they can help lock in moisture, protect your hair from humidity, smooth out roughness, and even protect it from the heat of styling tools.
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Keratin treatments, on the other hand, are the most intensive of all frizzy hair remedies, but still practical and beneficial to your hair. These kinds of treatments are set into the hair with heat, to repair damage and actively smooth and straighten your locks.

They're not as useful for wavy or curly hair if you don't want to lose the wave, but if you have straight hair or want to try straightening, they are one of the absolute best ways to smooth it out completely and without damage. The results are temporary and will rinse out over a number of weeks or months.


Frizz reduction plan


Can't seem to shake off the frizz? This is where an intensive frizz reduction plan comes into play. If you can't tame unruly frizz, this will do it or nothing will:


Address any damage or dryness

Treat any damage with protein treatments to correct any potential underlying issue. If you have dryness, use a deep conditioner every time you wash your hair. You need to ensure that your hair is as healthy as possible to prevent and treat frizz.


Use leave-in conditioner

After washing and towel-drying, always apply a good leave-in conditioner to frizzy hair to alleviate any further dryness. This will help keep your hair properly hydrated during blow drying and styling.


Use smoothing serum

Use smoothing serum, unless you're very prone to oiliness. When used before blow drying, straightening, or curling, serums will actively combat frizz and prevent damage from heat styling. They will also drastically help reduce frizz that is a result of humidity; especially in very hot or rainy conditions.


Try a smoothing balm

Joico's K-PAK Smoothing Balm is one of the best frizzy hair remedies if nothing else has worked. This product works in a similar way to a keratin treatment, but is more temporary, so curls and waves will return again after washing. After application, heat styling from a straightener or curling iron is necessary to activate the product and produce perfect, smooth results by setting it into your hair.


Keratin treatments

If you just can't seem to shake the frizz, a keratin treatment is the most intensive of all frizzy hair remedies and can help treat unruly tresses in even the worst cases. They can be applied at home or in salon and need to be set into damp shampooed hair with heat and then left untouched for 2 - 3 days. Afterwards, your hair remains smooth and straight for up to 2 months or more.

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