Published on June 16th, 2016 | by FAB BAG
Voluminous Curls Sans Frizz
From reasons ranging from damaged hair to static, the end result of frizz for curly hair is the much-‘horror’ed electrified strands. Experts explain that frizz happens due to two conjugated reasons. The recipe for frizz calls for damaged hair mixed with equal amounts of static.
What’s behind the hair damage?
1. Salon experiments: Perming, straightening, excessive colouring and too many ‘hair altering’ treatments use abrasive chemicals that slow and steadily strip keratin off your hair – leaving it dull, dry and damaged.
2. Turning up the heat: You may love your dryer, but it sure doesn’t love you back – heat styling is often a big root cause of hair damage by weakening hair protein aka keratin and making strands breakage-prone.
3. Incorrect hair products: If you consume innumerable bottles of hair ‘styling’ products and harsh shampoos, you are setting yourself up for damaged hair.
4. Being rough: Vigorous towel drying, those 100-brush-strokes, twirling your hair around your fingers, tight
5. Too much sun: Just like skin, UVA & UVB rays damage the hair too. While there is no SPF for hair per se, try hats and scarves for added protection…clips and barettes and even excessive finger combing your hair leads to damaged strands.
And how does static happen?
1. Too much brushing, combing, rubbing and even touching – and the hair charges up, literally, causing it rise as flyaways and being generally ‘static-y’.
2. Shampoos also cause static – hair protein (keratin) and shampoos are negatively charged and repel each other, causing static in the hair. Crisply clean hair then simply tends to rise up, up and away!
The Combat Strategy
It involves equal amounts of the right handling and the right products. Having combed through the market, here’s what I felt every frizz victim should invest in, irrespective of curly or wavy hair.
1. The right comb: Thumb rule: Never comb curly hair when dry, dampen it with a little water or leave-in conditioner and then run through.
2. The right shampoo & conditioner: While most experts recommend using the same brand and range of shampoo and conditioner, I digress. I colour my greys so my shampoos are colour-protecting but I need heavy duty conditioners. The idea is to invest in products that proclaim to be ‘curl friendly’, ‘anti-frizz’or simply the ones for ‘damaged hair’.
3. The right hair products: Since I have frizzy hair, I have a whole drawer full of stuff to combat frizz, depending on when and how am I using the product.
(a) For an evening out I choose Sebastian Potion 9
(b) For really humid days it’s The Nature’s Co. Rosemary Hibiscus Hair Mask
(c) For early morning frizz I use the Roots Professional Morocvita Oil
(d) An office meeting fix and generally a bad hair day fix is Brocato Curlinterrupted Smoothing & Hydrating Treatment – voodoo for the hair!
(e) On a casual day, I just go with a smoothing product that gives my hair a healthy shine like RUSK Being Undressed Gloss
(f) Another thing, I also try and not shampoo every day – a dry shampoo works instead for hair that’s clean and yet not dry!