[dropcap type=”3″]A[/dropcap]larm clock is ringing! No, you don’t want to get out of bed, it is cold outside and your bed is always better in the morning. The truth is however that you have to go to work. The steps after getting up are automated: quick trip to the shower (thank God for that donkey milk shower toiletries that ensure you don’t have to apply body cream in the morning, especially since you haven’t had a bit of caffeine in your system yet), get dressed, blow-dry your hair, apply makeup and you are ready to go!

Oh, sleek hair where art thou?
Oh, sleek hair where art thou?

You get to work, you take a quick look in the mirror before your day begins and….. “disaster has struck”! Your hair are frizzy to the point of despair! Again…

It’s been the story of my everyday hair life for quite sometime and I am sure for a lot of women also since frizziness does not discriminate between long or short, curly or straight hair. And all this damage done to our hair from color treatments and styling irons does not help either.

Try to remember how many times did you have to wear a hat, to cover the “I-stuck-my-finger-in-a-power socket” look, wishing it could magically tame them and which of course never happens. Instead you end up with the part of the hair that is underneath the hat being flat and sweaty and the ends that stick out of it being in a complete frizz frenzy. Those days however can be a thing of the past, as they have been for me and the magic word is moisture.

Guard moisture 

Frizziness is more or less the result of a moisture problem within hair. What hair normally do is they trade moisture with the air around it. During winter, frizz attacks are a constant phenomenon and that’s because the air is very dry and cold resulting in moisture moving out of the hair. Summer, however, can also cause frizz attacks since humidity can be occasionally rocket-high forcing hair to take moisture in. Either way, the balance is distorted and the end result is frizzy hair. Minimizing this “movement” is the answer to our problem and it is only three steps away:

  1. Use a deep conditioner. Well-moisturised hair tend to frizz less because even if there is moisture trading between your hair and the environment, the balance does not go off the scales and hence your hair remain beautiful and healthy. It will moisturize your hair and leave them soft and manageable. There are many anti-frizz shampoos and conditioners available to buy that work quite well but what I realised is that deep conditioners work better (at least for my extra dry, color- treated wavy hair). Choose the one that suits better your hair’s needs.
  2. Prevent excess moisture loss. Blow drying your hair takes a lot of their moisture out. Still, it is a necessity we cannot live without. To prevent it, use heat-protection styling products that will protect and simultaneously moisturise them. Apply a silicone-based serum or a light oil afterwards and the moisture will get locked inside. Bear in mind, however, that excess can lead to greasy looking hair and that we do not want either.
  3. Rinse your hair in cold water (not to the point of freezing your head off though). Cold water seals the hair follicles locking their moisture in making them also shinier.
 Your kitchen is your remedy 

Our kitchen often hides the best remedies for everyday beauty disasters. Olive oil is a real treat for dry, frizzy-friendly hair. Apply it directly to your hair, cover them with a shower cap and a heated towel and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse it off and wash your hair as you would normally do. The only problem is that not all hair can handle so much oil without becoming greasy. So, a more “professional” yet natural remedy is to use a homemade hair mask:

Avocado-banana hair mask

Avocado & banana deep conditioning hair mask

  • 1 avocado
  • ½ banana
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Mix all ingredients into a paste (use a blender) and apply to your (unwashed, dry) hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse it off and shampoo and condition your hair as usual. Do this once a week and your hair will transform. Store the mask in the fridge until next use.

Your frizz fight is over and the winner is you!

[quote_box_center]If you have a frizz attack while out and about, put a small amount of hand lotion (that you should always carry with you in your bag especially during winter) and after most of it is absorbed run your hands through your hair. Frizziness will smooth out enough to make you look awesome![/quote_box_center]

Lab scientist, sharp dresser and cooking guru Maria is one half of the original alwaysladies.com founding team. She brings her opinions with earnestness and a smile, even when there are razor blades inside.

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