Updated: Sep 9
Happy Tuesday everyone!
The last month of the year is finally here and oh what a year it has been. Whether you are dreading the end of the year or anticipating it, December has lots in store for us: cozy nights at home, comfort food, warm drinks, Christmas, more time with our loved ones BUT also freezing cold, dry weather. We hate to break it to you but this cold, dry, often drizzly weather also favours frizzy hair! Let’s have a look behind that unruly hairy mess and find some hair hacks, so we can rightfully say: It´s the season to be jolly!
First things first:
What is frizz? What causes frizz?
The hairs outermost layer - the hair cuticle - is made up of little shingles, which ideally lie flat. When hair is dry and lacks moisture, the cuticles open up, the hairs structure roughens and the hair gets unruly and frizzy.
Three of the main causes for frizz are: hair damage, certain hair types, the weather:
(1) Hair Damage: Damaged hair is less able to retain moisture and more prone to frizz. Especially dry, split ends can favour frizz as split ends travel up the hair shaft causing more damage. Regular haircuts help prevent breakages and further damage.
(2) Your Hair Type Due to its make-up certain hair types are naturally more coarse in its structure and more prone to frizz than others - this is especially true for curly or wavy hair.
(3) The Weather Frizz loves conditions that we don’t: Humidity in summer and cold, dry temperatures in winter. Humid summer weather brings your hair cuticle to swell and to roughen up, cold winter weather extracts moisture from your hair leaving it weak and brittle.
As much as we are exposed to changing weather conditions and temperature imbalances, the good news is that there are a few do´s and don'ts worth knowing to avoid your hair from frizzing up:
Say Nay to:
Any textures that roughen and lift your hair (cuticle). Your hair is most fragile when it is wet. Instead of using harsh towels, swap to microfibre towels or soft cotton T-shirts to absorb excess water when washing your hair.
Ingredients in hair care products that dehydrate your hair, such as sulfates or alcohol, or silicones that can build a barrier around your hair.
Too high water temperatures when washing your hair. It strips your hair off essential oils, use lukewarm water instead.
Say Yay to:
Moisture, moisture, moisture in the form of pampering hair masks, leave-in conditioners, or hair oils to replenish your hair. Our favourite hair oil and the one we use in our salon is Moroccan Oil. It is immensely hydrating, nourishing and strengthening without weighing your hair down. Plus, a little goes a long way: 1-2 pumps are enough to give your hair that salon-like shine. EXTRA TIP: Apply leave-in products straight onto your wet hair to avoid frizz from building.
Blow-drying your hair in direction of your hair growth, so from your roots down to close your hair cuticles. Ideally use an ionic hair dryer and thermal protectant spray for best results.
Being prepared for these icy, cold, dry winds: If you know that your hair will go crazy, tie it up. Hair-ups can be stylish and your bad-hair saviour at once.
If all of these remedies don’t do your hair justice and you are looking for a long-term alternative to combat frizz, we have an in-salon solution for you:
Salon De-Frizz Treatments
At our Duke Street salon we offer Goldwell´s Kerasilk De-Frizz and Smoothing Treatment and an organic option by MyOrganics. Both treatments are specifically designed to combat frizzy hair. The treatment is a step-by-step process of about 2-3h in which our stylists apply products tailored to your hairs needs, heat-seal those, wash your hair and dry it again - this will be repeated.
The treatment tames frizz, smoothes the hair texture and retains moisture in the hair, making it manageable, smooth and shiny for up to 3-5 months.
You don’t know what to expect from the treatment, here are a few recent de-frizz hair transformations for you:
(1) before & after, using Goldwell´s Keratin De-Frizz Smoothing Treatment
(2) before & after, using MyOrganics MyKeratin Treatment
Let us know your ideal outcome of the treatment and we will adapt the formula when mixing it. Please come in for a prior, free consultation - including a hair analysis - so we can discuss your hair problem, wish outcome and most suitable treatment formula.
Do you have any questions? Please reach out to us anytime!
We cannot wait to see you!
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