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Ask a Redhead: How Can I Fight Frizz This Summer?

Bye Bye, Frizz!

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Every week, we put out a call for your redhead questions. This gives you a chance to get advice or input from our team of redheads. From beauty and fashion to lifestyle, redheads are in a unique boat, and we want to help make this community a place where you can turn to for all your redhead needs.

This week, we’re answering a question from Instagram that reads: “Is it normal to have frizzy hair?” The short answer is yes, many redheads experience frizzy hair (especially during the summer months), but there are some ways to reduce your frizz this summer. Here are some tips: 

Why red hair gets frizzy more than other hair colors

Many redheads have some sort of wave or curl pattern to their hair. When you have wavy or curly hair, you’re more prone to frizz. Frizz can also come from damage to the hair caused by chemicals, breakage, and overuse of hot tools. If your frizz is due to the texture of your hair, you can’t get rid of it, but you can tame it and make it much more manageable. If your frizz is due to damage, you can cut off the damaged hair and the regrowth should be much healthier and frizz-free.

Frizz is often caused by dryness in the hair. Wavy or curly hair is often drier than other hair types, so this means that you need to add moisture to your hair in addition to using frizz-taming products. There are also some best practices you can follow to reduce frizz during drying and styling. 

How to reduce frizz starting with your shower routine

The products you use while your hair is wet can make a huge impact on how it dries. Use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner that is intended for fighting dryness and frizz. If you have waves or curls you want to embrace, you can also use products intended for your hair type. Defining the curls will help to reduce frizz as well.

Some best practices in the shower include detangling your hair while it’s soaking wet, rinsing your hair with cool/cold water, and focusing your shampoo on your roots and your conditioner on your mids and ends. 

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How to reduce frizz post-shower

After you shower, you may feel like the frizz control continues. If you intend to apply curl-enhancing products, it’s best to do this while your hair is quite wet. Wet hair helps to distribute the products better and allows you to be able to work the products through without adding friction. Once you’ve applied the products, use a microfiber towel to remove the excess water. You can also wrap your hair to aid in drying which will help with frizz. Avoid rubbing your hair on the towel as this can cause frizz

When it comes to drying your hair, you can use the microfiber towel to speed up drying, and then let your hair air dry the rest of the way, or you can use a diffuser or blowdryer. When blowdrying your hair, always blow the air down from roots to ends. Leave-in conditioners, hair oils, and other hydrating products can help to reduce frizz during the drying process

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How to reduce frizz throughout the day

As you wear your hair throughout the day it may become more frizzy. This can be reduced by always using a heat protectant when styling with hot tools, using a humidity spray, avoiding overbrushing, and refreshing the hair with a light hair oil as needed. Sleeping with a silk/satin bonnet or pillowcase can also help to reduce frizz at night. Reducing frizz for redheads in the summer involves a combination of proper hair care, styling techniques, and protective measures.

Here are some extra tips to incorporate in your life:

Hair Care Routine

1. Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner: Use a sulfate-free, hydrating shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair moisturized. Sulfates can strip natural oils, leading to dryness and frizz.

2. Deep Conditioning: Incorporate a weekly deep conditioning treatment or hair mask to nourish and hydrate your hair.

3. Cold Water Rinse: After washing your hair, rinse with cold water to help seal the hair cuticle, which can reduce frizz.

Styling Techniques

1. Leave-in Conditioner: Apply a leave-in conditioner to damp hair to lock in moisture and provide an extra layer of protection against frizz.

2. Anti-Frizz Serum or Oil: Use a small amount of anti-frizz serum or lightweight oil, focusing on the ends and any particularly frizzy areas. Avoid applying too much product near the scalp to prevent greasiness.

3. Heat Protection: Always use a heat protectant spray before using any heat-styling tools like blow dryers, curling irons, or straighteners.

4. Air Dry: Whenever possible, let your hair air dry to avoid the heat damage that can exacerbate frizz.

Protective Measures

1. Avoid Humidity: Try to stay in air-conditioned environments or use a dehumidifier at home. Humidity is a major cause of frizz.

2. Silk or Satin Pillowcase: Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction and hair breakage, which can lead to frizz.

3. Protective Hairstyles: Consider wearing your hair in braids, buns, or ponytails to keep it controlled and reduce exposure to humid air.

4. Hats and Scarves: Wear a hat or scarf when you’re out in the sun to protect your hair from UV damage and humidity.

Additional Tips

1. Avoid Overwashing: Washing your hair too frequently can strip it of natural oils, leading to dryness and frizz. Aim to wash your hair 2-3 times a week.

2. Brush with Care: Use a wide-tooth comb or a brush designed for wet hair to gently detangle your hair. Brushing dry hair can cause breakage and frizz.

3. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water helps keep your hair hydrated from the inside out.

By following these tips, redheads can effectively reduce frizz and maintain smoother, more manageable hair throughout the summer.

Rock it like a Redhead!


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