As a new redhead mom of an 8-month-old, my hair is always in need of some TLC. At four months postpartum, I went straight to the expert: my hairstylist! I had asked her for a deep conditioning treatment to rehydrate and combat my frizzy red hair –– thanks to a baby pulling at loose strands and the same high bun sitting on the top of my head.
According to my hairstylist, Dana Copeland-McArdle, “One of the biggest issues regarding frizz and feeling like you have frizzy hair really just translates into your hair being thirsty!”
So, basically, if your hair is full of frizz, it needs moisture.
5 tips for fighting frizz at home:
1. Leave-In Treatment
Copeland-McArdle’s favorite product for moisture and frizz prevention is Olaplex No. 6. “After you wash your red hair and it is damp, you can apply roots to ends for some extra nourishment.”
2. Hair Mask
A weekly or biweekly hair mask can do wonders for hair maintenance in between hair appointments. Copeland-McArdle recommends Devacurl Heaven In Hair Intense Moisture Treatment.
3. Brush Red Hair In Shower
Instead of brushing your hair once you come out of the shower, she recommends brushing your hair while IN the shower with conditioner ON the brush to distribute it through wet hair. This trick is more gentle on your hair and prevents you from causing split ends.
4. Heat Styling Tools
When it comes to drying your hair, opt for a lower heat setting on your blow dryer.
5. Castor Oil
Opt for Ecla Organic Castor Oil to smooth away frizz and also promote my red hair growth! It’s an amazing product I also use on my eyelashes* to condition them, as well as add a few drops to my hair mask.
5 Redhead-Friendly Hairstyles to Fight Frizz:
Keep those frizzy baby hairs at bay during the humid months by experimenting with braids which also work to pull and keep hair away from your face. Copeland-McArdle suggests a fishtail braid saying, “You can even pull out the weaves of a fishtail braid to make it look a little ‘messy.’ This is known as ‘pancaking’ the braid so that when / if any frizzy baby hairs come out it looks intentional.”
2. Braided Headband
If your hair length allows for it, you can braid your own hair around your head like a headband.
3. Twirled Topknot
My personal favorite and current ‘go-to’ as a new mom, is the twirled topknot which contains frizz in a knot. This topknot also doubles as a professional look for the office (or even a Zoom call).
4. Messy Bun or Ponytail Paired with a Headband
It’s important for me to switch things up a bit on a weekly basis in between hair washings, which are much less frequent these days! To amp up the volume of my hair, I will sometimes opt for a messy ponytail. As a more frequent option, a silk fabric headband with a messy bun is always a classic look that keeps frizzy red hair contained and smooth thanks to the silk fabric.
What are some of your go-to hairstyles and favorite accessories to combat frizz to rock your red hair?
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*Always consult an eye doctor or regular physician before applying products to the eye area.