While we welcome this warm weather when it comes to summer dressing and rosé fuelled evenings, the stuffy, humid conditions of late have been playing havoc with our tresses.
If you’re prone to frizzy hair, whether at home or on holiday, read on for our top ten tips on giving frizz the heave ho. And for when all else fails, browse our edit of the best quick-fix solutions to pop into your handbag for on-the-go touch-ups.
1. Choose the right shampoo
Always go for a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner as these strip the hair, which in turn, adds to the frizz. A high glycerine content however is good, as this penetrates the hair shaft and moisturises from the inside out.
2. Conditioner is key
Those with frizzy hair should never skip on the conditioner. If you suffer really badly from a case of frizz or if your hair is very dry, consider conditioning twice a week, leaving out the shampoo stage. It will still freshen up your locks but also pack back in any moisture lost from environmental or styling damage.
3. Use a mask once a week
An intense mask will help to calm down any unwanted frizz. Avoid the roots but apply all over the hair and wait for up to one hour to really rehydrate.
4. Avoid over blow-drying or towel-drying
Those with natural kinks often tend to reach for the hairdryer after each wash, but over blow-drying could make your hair frizzier. Air-drying your hair will allow it to soak up the moisture and retain it. You can finish it off with a cold blast of hair from the dryer to seal the cuticle. And never towel-dry – it will stop the cuticle from lying flat and only make the frizz worse.
If you are going to blow-dry your hair it is important to protect it. Use a heat-protecting spray and brush through part-dried hair before you start.
6. Invest in a good hair oil
Frizzy hair can take in much more moisture than those blessed with silky tresses. Apply a good hair oil or premium serum before drying and after if needed to tame unwanted frizz and add a smooth shine.
7. Don’t over brush
Hold your hair at the root and start brushing from the bottom, working your way up. Frizzy hair tends to get more tangled so this will ease any battles with the hairbrush and prevent breakage. Try brushing a dry oil through the hair to help smooth.
8. Wrap hair into a bun to smooth
If you have time, wrap your hair into a tight bun or around the head and securing with grips, whilst it dries. This is an oldie but such a goodie tip for smoothing frizzy and straightening curly hair without heat.
9. Tong frizzy sections
It may sound counterproductive, but picking out the worst culprits of the frizzy areas and tonging them will leave you with natural, beachy-waves. Just be sure to finish with a salt spray and a slick of light serum to put flyaways at bay.
10. Always have a backup plan
And it all else fails, always have a anti-humidity or frizz-free wonder product in your handbag.