Monday, January 24, 2011

Let's Talk Hair: Fighting Frizz



Hola Chicas/Chicos..ok, let's talk about FRIZZ. Whether O'Natural or straight, we can all agree that frizzy hair is the enemy. In order to control frizzy hair, it is important to get to the 'root' of the problem. Most frizz is caused when dry hair becomes brittle and breaks, leaving a short strand of hair behind. Before we get into tips to fighting frizz, let's, first, take a look at some of the causes of frizzy hair.

Some Frizzy Causes:
  • Lack of Moisture
  • Lack of protein in the hair
  • Coloring, perming and bleaching the hair
  • Humid weather conditions
  • Using a towel to dry the hair. Instead, opt for a micorfiber towel or a good ole T-Shirt
  • Strong Winds
  • Overexposure to sun
  • Brushing curly hair. Brushes disrupt the natural curl and causes frizz and overmanipulation

O'Natural Frizzy Remedies:
  • Check Your Ingredients: Harsh chemicals and other ingredients contribute to frizzy hair. Reduce your dependency on shampoos with sulfates, sodium, calcium, lye and lithium hydroxide.
  • Heat: Keep away from heat. Excessive blow drying contributes to frizzy hair. Let your hair air dry. If you choose to blow dry, use a ceramic dryer with a diffuser on the lowest setting. A ceramic blow dryer uses negative ions, which help control frizz. Use less of your flat iron, curling iron and pressing comb, which can wreak havoc on your tresses.
  • O'Natural: When taking a style down, be sure to apply a natural butter or oil to your hands to minimize frizz.
  • Hands Off: I know, I know, it can be so hard to keep our paws out of our O' So Lovely natural tresses. Some of us are constantly combing, scrunching, or brushing our hair. When it comes to healthy hair, you don't need 100 strokes of the brush everyday. Leave those kinks, coils and curls alone. Constantly tampering contributes to frizzy hair...yikes
  • Keep it clean, but not everyday: Definitely keep those tresses and your scalp clean, but using harsh shampoos daily contributes to fizziness. Try co washing (conditioner washing) with a moisturizing conditioner instead, 2-3 times weekly.
  • Wuuuu Saahhhh: Relax and eat a healthy balanced meal. Stress and poor nutritional habits are direct culprits of frizzy hair, dry hair and split ends.
  • Moisturizing, Deep and Leave In Conditioners: Calm down frizzy hair by using a conditioner that contains Castor oil, Shea butter or Coconut oil. Deep conditioner treatments done weekly are excellent for retaining hair's moisture. Leave in conditioners protect and moisturize the hair between washings.
  • Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar rinses are excellent for smoothing out the cuticle and balancing PH levels.
Here is a list of helpful info on alcohol:

Good Alcohols:
    • Cetyl Alcohol: derived from coconut and palm oils
    • Acetyl Alcohol
    • Sterol Alcohol
    • Stearyl Alcohol: acts as an emollient and softener
    • Lauryl Alcohol
    • Lanolin Alcohol
    • Stearic Acid
Bad Alcohols:
  • Menthanol
  • Ethanol
  • Propanol
  • SDA40
  • Alcohol Denat
  • Specially Denaturated Alcohol
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
Happy Frizz Free Hair

1 comment:

  1. This was excellent information on dealing with frizz free hair. And also great great information on how to manage your hair when conditioning,deep conditioning, and also when your hair has had to much protein. Thankyou for this really really helps. :-)

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