Basically, this is undermoisterized hair. Those with dry hair generally have hair which is, or has become very porous and has lost it’s ability to retain it’s natural moisture.
What Causes This ?
Under a microscope, A cuticle is similar in appearance to overlapping slates on a roof. When the hair is in good condition and has good porosity the cuticle layers are tight together and perfect in shape. When hair is in bad condition or has poor porosity, the cuticle layers are lifted and sometimes damaged and broken.
When the cuticle layers are in good health, the hair has a smooth appearance, and because the layers of the cuticle are so tightly knit together, the light is able to reflect off the cuticle. This is what makes hair shine!
When the cuticle layers are not tight together, the hair will feel coarse and brittle. The hair will then absorb the light and not reflect. This will give a surface appearance of dull and lifeless hair.
Those with naturally curly hair have this cuticle lift effect all the time so it is very difficult to get moisture to ‘stay put’ within the hair.
So What Can I Do ?
Humidity often causes the frizzies and, since there’s not much you can do about the weather, it’s best to use products that contain silicone – they will help keep your hair under control. If your hair is still frizzy, even when it’s not damp outside, you might be handling your hair too much. Here’s a trick: After you wash your hair, gently squeeze out excess moisture with a towel – never rub it dry, as excess friction can damage or break off hair. When you blow-dry your hair, use a soft, natural-bristle round brush (after your hair is partially dried), and be sure to dry your hair completely. During the day, don’t brush your hair – just use a wide-toothed comb when necessary or, better yet, use your fingers. A tiny drop of silicone serum, available at your local chemist, will also help tame the frizz.
One of the most obvious things in helping dry hair is to condition, condition, condition. Hair is usually driest at the ends, so be sure to focus there, along with any visibly dry patches. Even if you don’t use a leave-in conditioner, let it sit in your hair for at least five minutes before rinsing. Rinse it out by concentrating the water on the crown of your head rather than the ends.
Wash two to three times a week with intense conditioning agents. Look for ingredients with hydrating goodies like aloe vera, vitamin E and panthenol (a vitamin-B-based moisturizer).
Deep condition once weekly.
Blow-drying and over-drying may actually contribute to frizzy hair. The hair at the crown of your head dries the fastest, so pull it back with a clip and dry the rest of your hair first to avoid a fuzzy look.
Blow Drying Tips:
a.Use the dryer when the hair is comparatively dry.
c.Use a warm/cool setting on the dryer and keep moving it, so that no one section of hair is subjected to heat for too long.
d.Don’t hold the dryer too near your head.
e.Direct the warm air along the direction of hair growth, so that you are blowing flat on the scales of each hair shaft and not ruffling them up.
With curly or frizzy hair, styling products never seem to sink deeper than surface level. To spread things out more evenly, take time to pin up the top layers of your hair and apply products to the bottom layers first.
Any Recommendations for Me ?
Here’s a few brief, Anti-Frizz product reviews :
TIGI Shine Junkie :
“My long fine hair is often prone to a multitude of grievances. There’s the dreaded static for one, however, this can be eradicated with Shine Junkie. Rubbing a little of this smooth wax between your palms will sort out the frizzes.
Another problem I often experience is hair dullness. Long hair is older and this can lead to lack lustre looking hair and don’t forget the dreaded split ends. All of this is a complete nightmare, especially if like me you’re a skint student, and down to your last can of baked beans. A good haircut is going to be the last thing on your mind. This is where Shine Junkie really comes into its own. It actually disguises those tell-tell snags by smoothing down the hair follicle. Hair does not suffer from product overload, it looks sleek and judging by the smell good enough to eat!
Dab a little on your palms and rub together or as TIGI suggest ‘emulsify.’ Then run hands through your hair. Et voila ! super shiny locks. You can’t go wrong! A little goes a very long way. My last 50gram pot which I used everyday lasted me five months. So it’s pretty good value for money in the long term.”
John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Serum :
Frizz ease is what we call a hair serum. It is made up of blended silicones which help make our hair appear smooth in appearance. It is really clever stuff because if you have curly hair it defines your curls so there is no frizz and if you have straight hair then it gives it a smooth glossy appearance and in my case an almost healthy normal looking appearance.
Well it is very simple you wash your hair with your usual shampoo. Then you condition with your usual conditioner , see it is very easy so far. Then once you have washed out your conditioner towel dry your hair. Once you have towel dried your hair and all the excess moisture has been squeezed out place a pea sized amount into the palm of you hand.
Then rub the Frizzease in the palms of your hands and apply all over your hair. Try to apply most to the mid length and ends of your hair as these are the areas that are most damaged and need it. If you apply to much to the roots it can give a greasy appearance. Once you have applied the Frizzease to your hair DO NOT wash out. Just go ahead and style your hair as usual.
The result is fab. I use this stuff every time I wash my hair I really would be lost without it or single!!. My hair has needed rescuing more times than I care to remember and it never fails to work. Even in the darkest of times of an all over blonde with far to much hair in the brush than should have been.”Carly