Don’t let hair frizz send you into a tizz this spring. The expert stylists at luxury salon Rebecca Oates have the tips and tricks to tame your mane in time for the long summer days and the action-packed schedule that comes with the change of season.
Add these simple extra steps to your routine for soft, smooth and picture perfect strands.
Frizziness is the result of your hair not receiving or retaining enough moisture, which results in your strands standing on end in an attempt to seek moisture from the air around them. The humid days which will soon be upon us only add fuel to the fire, but there are other causes to keep in mind.
Daily heat styling and washing strips your hair of its natural moisture, resulting in dull, dry and disheveled tresses. Enjoying a scalding hot shower is also detrimental to the moisture levels in your hair, and skin for that matter. Damaged or split ends are also major culprits when it comes to moisture loss, and even your choice of towel can play a part in preventing frizz – but more on this later.
So where to begin?
Added bonus if your chosen shampoo is also Sulphate free, as this ingredient has a tendency to strip natural oils from the hair. Glycerin, however, penetrates the hair to hydrate it from within. Glycerin is also a humectant, which means it is a substance used to keep things moist. It creates a protective barrier around your strands to keep moisture trapped inside.
Our top pick is Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, which ticks both of these boxes.
The gentle cleansing shampoo for hair in distress, Olaplex No.4 features bond rebuilding technology in an incredibly concentrated formula, to restore internal strength and moisture levels.
Keep your hair cuticles hydrated with a deep condition after each wash. Concentrate on the mid lengths to the ends to stop excessive oiliness at your roots.
For best results, reach for Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner for frizz control, as it protects and repairs damaged hair by re-linking broken bonds.
The highly-moisturising and reparative conditioner is suitable for all hair types, leaving easy to manage, shiny and healthy locks.
The next step in frizzy hair treatment is to add a hydrating mask to your hair care collection. Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother is a concentrated leave-in smoothing cream, for anti frizz hair.
Apply a small amount to damp or dry hair, focussing on your mid-lengths to ends. Use a wide tooth comb to evenly distribute the product through your tresses and style as desired.
Whether you have straight hair, curly hair or wavy hair, Olaplex No.6 banishes frizz and flyaways for up to 72 hours and speeds up the blow drying process. This product is also suited to colored and chemically treated hair.
Your trusty hair dryer could be the root cause of your frizziness, as attempting to dry from wet hair can lead to tangles, split ends and dryness. Instead, let your hair air dry most of the way, before finishing off the dampness with your dryer. Minimise heat damage further by adding a diffuser, which lessens the impact of the direct heat. It also stops your hair from flying about during the drying process – meaning less tangles and less friction.
While it can add time to your routine, it is important to keep the temperature on low to ensure the end result is silky, smooth hair.
As always, do not brush your hair when it is soaking wet – this is when it is most fragile and susceptible to breakage.
While cotton absorbs moisture, silk is a natural fabric which helps your hair to retain it. They also result in less friction as your toss and turn during the night, which means you are less likely to wake up with a wild mane in the morning. If you aren’t keen on changing all of your pillow cases from cotton to silk, consider purchasing a silk hair wrap or turban to protect your precious locks.
The use of abrasive towels can also lead to frizzy hair, especially if you are attempting to vigorously rub your wet hair to absorb the extra water. This is particularly important for those with curly or textured hair, as the friction of the towel can also cause knots, clumps or misshapen curls. The simple solution is to switch to a micro-fibre towel.
Get creative with braids, buns and other vintage curling techniques to stay away from damaging heat styling tools. If you can’t live without your curling iron or hair straightener, ensure you are using high quality heat protectants before working your magic.
Our Bicton hairdressers recommend Kérastase’s Nectar Thermique, a thermo protecting cream for normal to dry hair. It protects dry hair from blow dry and heat styling damage, making hair soft and easier to style. If your hair is particularly unruly, opt for the anti-frizz Kératine Thermique pre-styling cream.
Smooth down small patches of frizz and flyaways with a spritz of hairspray on a toothbrush or mascara wand. This is a quick fix for when you are on the go, or making final touches to your do before heading out.
Revive your tired, dull and frizzy hair with Rebecca Oates’ rituals and rebonding services.
Your Bicton stylist will conduct a thorough diagnosis to create a customised Kérastase prescription addressing your hair needs.
This is a mix of super concentrated, blended active ingredients, for personalised care designed to instantly and lastingly transform your hair.