Beat the Frizzies
I have curly hair. For years I've battled
the frizzies and blown it straight. I've tried every hair
straightening product out there, so I have some expertise
on this subject. You don't have to go to a salon to get
it blown out straight, shiny, and smooth. Once you
understand that frizz is caused by a lack of moisture,
you can achieve beautiful hair at home.
1) Don't shampoo every day. Instead of
shampooing, which strips hair of moisture, just wet and
condition with a conditioner made for your hair type .
Don't rinse all of the conditioner out of the hair. (Only
rinse for 20 to 30 seconds.)
2) Use a leave-in rinse immediately
after toweling your hair. (Personal favorite: Infusium)
Then coat hair with a straightening balm or smoothing
gel. (Personal favorite: Str-8) This will make the brush
glide more easily through the hair and will coat the hair
to prevent loss of moisture. Try to use a flat brush with
combination natural and nylon bristles.
3) Separate your hair into sections using clips. Don't
make sections wider than the brush.
4) Follow your brush with the blow-dryer moving in one
direction from top to bottom. Never go up and down.
Moving in one direction will cause the cuticle to lie
flat. Also, using a professional blow-dryer with a nozzle
will concentrate the heat and make hair smoother. Make
sure to dry each section completely before moving on to
5) Finish off the style with a finishing product
containing oil. (Personal favorite: John Freida's Frizz
Eaze) Rub a drop in your hands and flatten hair starting
at the top of your part and moving down the sides. Don't
use hair spray, which absorbs oil.
6) If you want an extra sleek look for a special
occasion, use a professional flat iron. (Save it for
once-in-a-while. Everyday use is damaging to the hair.)
First, section hair and run the flat iron as close to the
root as possible, slowly working towards the ends. Use a
drop of finishing product on each section to keep the
If you don't have the time to go straight,
make the most of what you've got and leave your hair
curly. After shampooing and conditioning, blot hair dry
with a towel. Avoid over-rubbing, which causes frizzies.
Use a dollop of gel to add moisture, scrunch through your
hair, and let it dry naturally.