I have extremely dry and frizzy hair. The only way I can keep the "frizzies" away is by using gel or mousse on it, which makes my hair curly. Sometimes I just don't want to use these things and would like straight hair, my hair is long. I have not been blow drying it, have tried using hair spray on a brush, Fizz Ease, etc. Can anyone help me find a different solution to tame and control the awful "frizzies" that seem to haunt me? Any suggestion would be gratefully appreciated.
jmz2005 from IL
Do you have to wash it every day? I just started straightening my hair and found out that is looks the best on the third day. Of course I shower and wash my face every day, but I don't get my hair wet. Then, I can just touch it up with the straightener if I have to.
Also, I tried using a tiny bit of Castor oil. That works really well, but can look greasy if I use too much. Also, I use the straightening conditioner again as a "gel" when my hair is wet. If I have to wet it before the third day, I just use conditioner instead of washing it, and that really cuts down the frizz, too.
Good Luck. Everyone's hair is so different I think experimenting is your best bet.
I have naturally curly hair and its almost to my waist. If I don't put Curls Up by FX in it when its wet and then brush it its so frizzy I end up putting it in a bun or braid. Its not very expensive and you don't have to use a whole lot. A bottle lasts me about 6 months. Less than three dollars at Walmart. Its orange. (09/23/2005)
I went to the hair dresser and she used a Anti-frizz serum. I don't want to say what the serum looked like. I loved it. I did not buy the one at the salon, but I did get one at the Commissary, John Frieda Frizz-ease Hair Serum. The key to using it to it's fullest, was putting it on wet hair, the directions said do not towel dry hair and they meant it. I had shorter hair at the time.
Also, plain hand lotion in your hair after it is dry is amazing. It gives it a "natural day old look" is what I call it. I just rub lotion in my hands and the leftover goes on my hair. Start in the worst places. My crown is the worst place for me. It does take some experimenting. Too much and it looks like you stepped under a oil shower. I used this when my hair was long. (09/23/2005)
By Cindy in AL
It would definitely help if you didn't shampoo everyday. I have naturally curly hair and I only shampoo every 2-3 days. A good tip to help your hair look and feel "cleaner" longer is to only apply your conditioner to the mid-shaft and ends of the hair. You should not apply conditioners or smoothing serums to the root/scalp area. Smoothing serums are awesome. There are several out there. I think I've used them all. I'm stuck on Paul Mitchell's Super Skinny Serum. I love it. It doesn't prolong my drying time at all and isn't too heavy. Always remember, when it comes to serums, a little bit goes a long way.
Your shampoo and conditioner may be contributing to the problem as well. If you're using something "over-the-counter" you may want to rethink that. Professional hair products are pH tested, which is a very important factor in preventing frizz. They are also concentrated so you don't need to use so much of them. "Over-the-counter" styling products have the same problem, as well as, high alcohol levels and other ingredients that can stir up frizz in the worst way. (09/23/2005)
My daughter had problems with Frizzy Hair. We found a product called "Bed Head". I can't remember who makes it. We found it at the Hair Cuttery or beauty supply store. It was the only thing we found that worked for her. Good luck.
I have naturally curly hair and found that condition, condition, condition is the key. I use a lot of products and change them up sometimes. My "routine" would be to wash it with clarifying shampoo (Suave is OK, the clear one ), then Garnier Long and Strong shampoo on my second or third wash depending how my hair feels. I wash it until it "feels clean", then condition with Garnier Long and Strong.
I hot oil periodically, also do a mayonnaise condition when its really bad. I take mayo, oil, and egg and mix it all up. I put it on the hair all over (its gross but works) then make a "doo rag" out of a plastic bag. I leave this on for at least an hour to let it absorb. Then I wash a bunch of times. If I am feeling indulgent I use my "stash" of nexus Karafix, it works wonders but is 18 dollars a bottle (not so thrifty). I comb while the conditioner is in, then rinse. I towel dry it then put in gel and when its getting dryish, but still wet. I use Rave or White Rain aerosol hairspray, scrunch and separate and then spray again when dry. I live in Florida so humidity is year round, almost.
Do not blow dry. I have blow dried my hair about 3 times in the last 10 years. It kills frizzy hair. When I blow dried my hair, it was a mess. Even if I get an urge to flat iron my hair, I let it dry naturally first and then do that. Anyway sorry so long. (09/24/2005)
I am a salon owner as well as a hairstylist. Here's what I tell my customers that ask. First off, as you have already been told, don't shampoo everyday. Go as long as you can without it looking yucky. When you do shampoo, only do it once, hair doesn't usually need to be done twice, the shampoo companies just want you to use more product. So, one shampoo, lots of gentle scrubbing, rinse, rinse, rinse. Put on your conditioner do whatever else you need to do in the shower and rinse your conditioner out very last.
It is also important to gently towel dry your hair, doing it roughly will just add to your problem. Then I would use a leave-in conditioner. After that if you can do it I would let it dry on it's own before using your flat iron, but if you have to blow dry I would use a styling product that is for use with hot styling tools. When you blow dry start by drying the roots by lifting the hair and directing the heat at the roots first. When that is dry then start on the shaft of your hair. Work small sections at a time directing the heat from root to end in the same direction as the cuticle of your hair for a smooth finish.
When it is dry I would also apply the heat styling product again before using your flat iron. When you are done you would also benefit by lightly spraying with a finishing spray. I don't think you need to have a zillion products nor expensive ones to get good results. Thermasilk is a good non-salon lineup of products, Suave has good inexpensive products, Matrix which is salon product has the Sleek lineup of products that work wonderfully. I would also say that you don't need to use gobs and gobs of product on your hair, it will just get dirty quicker. I hope this helps. (11/21/2005)
My daughter has hair like yours and it looks absolutely fried in the summer. We started using Feria hair conditioner (only sold at Sally Beauty supply and similar stores). It's in a tube and is usually with the Feria hair coloring items. It has made a huge difference and has taken all the frizz out of her hair.
We also just found a "wet to dry" hair straightener at Wal-Mart which does a great job. There are little holes on top that let the steam out as the wet hair goes through the straightening plates. It saves a lot of time because we can skip the blow drying step. (01/13/2006)
I have long thick curly hair too. I use regular coconut conditioner from Suave and rub into wet hair and leave it. Also Hair Mane and Tail, that is used for horses it great too, but more expensive. They sell them both at Walmart. I never blow dry and only wash every other day.
I wear it in a bun on top of my head. The bangs, because they are short, are straight (helped by a curling iron and a shot of Rave 3X hair spray). Or, bangs with a low pony tail and a nice barrette at the back helping to pouf up the top hair. I got tired of trying to fight nature. The pony tail variation is shoulder length hair with one of those large claws holding it where a french twist would be located.
Try coconut oil for frizzy hair. It smells great and it's lighter than olive oil. (04/26/2006)
By Try this
I have the exact kind of hair the original poster posted, mine is also thick. This may sound funny, but there is a product called "Bouncycreme", that is supposed to help your hair curl. When it is dry and you straighten it with a flat iron, it gets unusually flat and silky, better than when you use flat iron sprays. I got it at a salon. (10/02/2007)
If you have naturally curly, frizzy hair, thick or coarse hair, permed hair which is out of control this may help. Always rinse with coldest water, you can stand. After using a shampoo and conditioner for making your hair straight. Cold water locks the hair cuticle and makes the hair appear slicker, less frizzy. If you have curly hair and do not want frizz, but still want it to be shiny, rather woolly, apply Aloe Vera. (07/08/2008)
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