Taming the beast that is frizzy hair is no mean feat, as anyone who suffers from it knows every time they walk outside. Sure, you might spend the best part of an hour making your do look its best, but within a couple of hours you’re left with stray-away hairs.
So what’s causing that frizz? It occurs when the cuticle layers of your scalp are raised, allowing moisture to enter them. As a result, hair becomes the opposite of smooth and instead strands are rigid and crinkled. That’s why when it rains or you’re in a humid country, the hairs on your head won’t stay down, even with the help of pomade.
With that in mind, we spoke to Alex Johnston, general manager at John Bell & Croyden, the pharmacist to Her Majesty The Queen, to find out what can be done. Herewith, Johnston’s top tips…
“When it comes to fighting frizz, it all starts in the shower. The shampoo and conditioner (conditioner is essential) are the starting points for smooth hair. Good scalp maintenance is very important to the overall health of your hair. Healthy follicles mean stronger and thicker hair, so choose a shampoo and conditioner that has scalp-caring properties.
“For frizzy hair, especially if it is fine, frizzy hair, I would recommend either a thickening or moisturising shampoo and conditioner, such as Sachajuan’s.”
“Getting moisture into your hair is key when it comes to banishing frizz and there is nothing better than argan oil to help with this. I use Balmain’s Argan Moisturizing Elixir, but as my hair is fine, I use it overnight, as it would weigh down dry hair. On the other hand, if your hair is thick and frizzy, this is the perfect product to tame and define your hair once it’s dry.”
“Smooth hair starts with a hairdryer – this is a fact – but you should protect you hair from the heat to stop it drying out. Phyto’s Phytodéfrisant is incredible for smoothness and control. You simply rub it through your hair when it is damp and then blow-dry. For fine hair, the addition of Phyto’s Phytodensia Plumping Serum will also thicken your hair as you dry it.
“For those really humid days when you know your hair is never going to stay flat and smooth, I reach for Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist spray. You can apply it to wet or dry hair, but, either way, it gives your hair texture and volume that holds – and no frizz.”
“A good wax will define your style and lock your hair into place. To avoid frizz you want to put in a barrier between your hair and outside moisture to keep the former smooth. For fine hair, a fibre paste or texturising wax will give more volume and thickness. Or for thicker hair, a smoother wax or pomade will work.
“Finally, hairspray is the friend to the frizzy – a good coating is a literal barrier to frizz. Balmain’s Session Sprays come in various strengths.”
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