Our hair is just as complex as our skin. Lack of care and pamper may cause it to revolt. Come winter and our tresses face their biggest enemy – frizz. This hair problem might seem like a part-and-parcel of cold weather, but can actually be prevented with just a few simple measures taken well in time. Before we get into the details of expert care for frizzy hair, let's understand what this problem is and how does it arise.
What causes frizz?
Our hair is made up of three layers. The outer most layer, known as the cuticle, lends each strand its smooth and soft texture. Think of shingles on a roof – our cuticle is just that. When the outer layer gets dry and damaged, it gives rise to frizz.
Although faced by most of us, frizz is a particularly common problem for women with curly or very curly hair. Lack of moisture makes the strands parched and causes the cuticles to lift, making our mane look like a ball of fuzz.
How to Prevent Frizz
You need not load your short, long or medium-length hair with greasy products to keep frizz in check. The following tips will you keep this pesky hair problem at bay and sport smooth, shiny and healthy hair all through the year:
Avoid heat styling – the heat from your blow-dryer, flat iron or curling iron will cause irreparable damage to your tresses and aggravate frizz. Allow your hair to air dry and go for natural textured hairstyles, which are also all the rage these days.
Gentle cleaning and conditioning – use a sulfate-free shampoo to clean your hair – not more than twice a week, especially in winters – and follow up with a hydrating conditioner and hair oil or enriching serum to make your strands soft, smooth and shiny.
Avoid razor-cut hairstyles – getting a haircut every 6-8 weeks keeps your hair well maintained and your hairstyle updated. However, avoid razor cuts, as they tend to rough up the cuticles and add more layers that are difficult to maintain during the cold season.
Sleep on silk – Silk pillowcases do not soak up your hair's natural moisture the way cotton ones do. But if you can't find a silk pillowcase, you can also tie your hair in a bun and wrap it in a silk scarf so that your strands are protected even while you're asleep. Also, never go to bed with loose hair as the strands will rub against the pillowcase and get damaged.
Here's hoping that these simple tips will help you fight frizz and keep it at bay this season!