Short or long, straight or curly, you hair is one of your best accessories. But sometimes making your locks look good is easier said than done. There's a lot that goes into keeping your hair in good condition, especially when heat and humidity threaten to turn your best efforts into a frizzy mess the moment you step out the door.
While you can't change the weather, there are ways to get your hair to fall in line even during summer. If you're tired of frizz destroying your perfect look, just follow this guide to smoother hair:
Tweak your beauty routine
Though frizz can be more or less your hair's natural state, you may actually be exacerbating – or even causing – the problem with your daily beauty routine. One of the big things that can cause frizz is a lack of moisture. So if you want smooth, glossy tresses, make sure that you're conditioning your hair well. Need some extra moisture? Try a leave-in conditioner once a week when you step out of the shower.
The way in which you're drying your hair could also be a problem. If you rub your hair dry with a towel, stop that right now. You're probably doing more harm than good. Instead, use a soft cotton shirt to gently squeeze the water out of your strands and then air dry or use a blow dryer on low heat.
Dove additionally recommended changing your pillowcase. The company reported that a silk cover will help minimize friction, leaving your hair shinier when you wake up. That's a little change that can have big results! When you use your Baby-G watch with an alarm to wake up in the morning, you won't have to deal with the excessive bed head that can throw a wrench into your beauty routine.
Use the right products
Another way to combat your frizz is to check the products that you're using. If you have a significant issue, you'll likely benefit from changing to products that are specifically made to obtain sleek shine. That includes the shampoo and conditioner you use on a regular basis, as well as any gels or creams you apply for styling.
Allure magazine specifically recommended using Moroccanoil Frizz Control spray or Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Oil-In-Cream. However, everyone is different, so it may take some trial and error to find the products that are just right for your hair.
You can also try using a hydrating mask every week or so to give your hair a little extra moisture. Like a facial mask, these products penetrate beneath the surface to repair damage.
Try these home remedies
While using the right products is an important way to minimize frizz, you don't need to turn to the store to get smoother hair. There are products that can be found in your own kitchen that are great for fighting the elements. For example, a smoothing agent, such as olive oil, can do wonders.
"Oils coat the hair follicle and prevent water from being absorbed from the air, which causes frizz," Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, a dermatologist, told EverydayHealth. "But be careful: Too much oil can weigh hair down and make it too flat. And I'd stay away from coconut oil. It's very heavy and can cause scalp breakouts."
Just put a little extra-virgin olive oil in your palms and smooth it over your dry hair for extra moisture. You can also use mashed avocado, but be warned – it can get a bit messy!