Summer time means friends, fun, and unfortunately the other f-word. Frizz. During the summer, the added humidity really hits your hair hard. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause your hair to become dry and brittle. The good news is, this year the summer heat doesn’t need to wreak havoc on your hair!
First off let me start by saying, I love my curly hair! My voluminous hair and springy curls are bold and stand out in a crowd; they also are a lot to handle. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some great hairstylists who have shared insider secrets and hacks to help me maintain my hair, which tends to start acting funky during the summer.
Read on for my top 10 commandments to follow this summer to beat the dreaded frizz.
1. Keep your hair moisturized at all times!
Use hair milks, conditioners, and hair masks regularly! Nourishing treatments once in a while are also great, and really make your hair feel better.
2. Always detangle your hair to protect it.
Use a wide toothed comb to detangle your hair after washing it to prevent breakage and damage. Never comb your hair when it’s dry, believe me it’ll become like a ball of frizz! Be careful! The harsher you are with your hair the more it breaks.
3. Hands off!
Avoid trying to touch your hair. Touching dry curls tends to lead to more frizz.
4. Deep condition.
Deep conditioning is essential for healthy curls.
5. Beat the heat.
Minimize your use of straighteners and curling irons. Heat pulls out the moisture in your hair, and causes damage and breakage. Embrace your natural texture. Diffuse dry your hair, avoid drying your hair with only a hair dryer. Use a diffuser with product and then scrunch your hair.
6. Wash your hair with cold water.
Frizz control is all about temperature control. Using hot water can cause more dryness and damage.
7. Try protective hairstyles.
If you’re on the go, try styling your hair in braids or a bun to conceal it from the humidity.
8. Oils are our friends.
Any natural oils are great frizz fighters and it strengthens your cuticles! It’s very important to oil your hair two times a week. I use coconut oil that’s slightly warm and I rub it in my scalp.
9. Go natural!
Seriously guys! The ingredients are listed there for a reason. Many products contain alcoholic formulas that can potentially cause more harm than good.
10. Get a trim.
Every 2-3 months give your mane a trim, for a fresher shaped, voluminous, and frizz-free look. Curly hair is prone to split ends, so a regular trim will keep your hair looking healthy.
My Everyday Go-To Products:
Kerastase Paris-Bain Oleo Relax Shampoo – This is the shampoo that I use. Curly hair is so finicky, and when you find a product that really works for you I highly recommend that you stick to it! I make it a point to travel with my hair products, and I avoid experimenting too much when it comes to my shampoo. Kerastase is a great brand, especially when it comes to curly hair because they have products that cater to it specifically. I’ve found that the minute I use this product within the first rinse, it immediately tames my hair. It’s great for reducing frizz. Shampoo is really crucial in taming frizzy hair and it’s really important to run your fingers through your hair when you’re washing it.
System Professional-Hydrate Mask – This conditioner is great! After using my shampoo, I apply my conditioner and take a wide-toothed comb, and comb out my curls when my hair is really damp. Then, I reapply my conditioner and let it sit for about 2 minutes before rinsing out. When it comes to conditioner, it’s important to note how the conditioner feels in your hair when it’s dry. This conditioner gives my hair the perfect sheen and makes my hair feel super soft.
Morfose-Milk Therapy – I love this product because it smells like caramel and it’s really lightweight. It gives your hair a great fragrance. This product is amazing because it’s really changed the texture of my hair. You’ll find that your hair still feels so clean even three to four days after you’ve washed it and used this. Even when I style my hair and use a lot of heat, this maintains the texture of my hair really well.
Moroccan Oil-Curl Control Mousse – I use this to keep my ringlets in shape. This is extremely lightweight and it keeps your hair natural and it doesn’t look over styled. I use this after washing my hair.
My Go-To Styling Products:
Madam C. J. Walker – Curl Whop Styling Soufflé – If I have a special event, I use this product. I love this product because it’s really dense and rich. When it comes to styling curly hair, you have to use products in generous amounts. So, make sure to use a lot of this when you’re styling your hair.
Bed Head – On The Rebound – This product is really potent, but use it in small amounts so that your hair doesn’t become coarse and straw-like. It’s great for when you want to style your hair yourself.
Bumble and bumble – BB Curl Leave-In Conditioner – This product is a new one for me. I’m still trying it out, and I use it around once a week. I’m not a big fan of leave-in conditioners, because I have sensitive skin. Leave-in products for anyone with sensitive skin is a bit dicey, because you can potentially have a bad reaction, particularly on your hairline.
It’s really tricky to experiment with color on curly hair, especially if you have really tight curls. Lighter shades tend to make your hair look really dry. I try to use darker and richer shades like a chestnut brown or a mahogany. Using something that’s closer to your natural hair color makes your hair look a lot healthier.
Curly hair can be really difficult to manage, but I think it’s important to maintain two distinct regimes: an everyday regime, and a regime for when you’re going out. Finding a simpler regime for everyday and a slightly more elaborate regime for the weekend is my key to keeping my hair tame. You have to be really careful with curly hair, so try to avoid anything that can cause breakage. Be gentle when you’re styling it, and use hair ties that are softer.
Summer is all about having a good time and having fun in the sun. Don’t let your hair get in the way of that! Don’t let frizzy hair bring down your vibe. These were some of my go-to hacks to manage frizzy hair, what do you guys do? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to tell me what else you’d like me to write about.