The 411 on frizz

Some of the most simple hair care concepts can often be the most confusing and cause the most mistakes. That’s why we consulted a true hair expert to get the details on how best to take care of your strands and how to prevent frizz.

Woman with frizzy hair

What woman doesn’t have frizz? So many of us either have frizz and want to get rid of it or aren’t quite sure whether or not our hair woes actually classify as frizz. We consulted Justine Piecuch, a stylist at Boston’s renowned Jeffrey Lyle Salon, to get the scoop on how to prevent frizz and what the nasty little pest actually is. Check it out.

So what exactly is frizz?

We asked Piecuch for her expert opinion: “Many people have no clue what these annoying little hairs are and how to get rid of them… Frizz is breakage and when hair isn’t properly taken care of, it gets worse and worse.” You know what that means, ladies? You, and not your hair, could be the problem.

The areas that frizz pops up in are very telling, Piecuch says. After all, have you ever wondered why you get the most frizz on top of your head and around your face and ears? That could be your responsibility too. As Piecuch explained, the hair in these parts is very fragile because they tend to spend more time exposed to heat, are more often pulled at by a comb, are rubbed hard with a towel or are over processed by a stylist. In other words, these areas are beaten down the most.

No two heads of hair are created equal, and some hair types are more vulnerable to frizz than others. “Hair is a delicate fabric and some is much more delicate than others,” Piecuch says. “Curly hair, for example, is a very delicate fabric and when it breaks, the frizz flies all over the place.”

Want to kill frizz before it starts? Check out Piecuch’s top tips below!

Wash sparingly

If you’re the type of woman who absolutely has to wash her hair every day, you might want to reconsider. “Let the natural oils smooth the hair,” Piecuch says. If you’re not willing to give up your routine, however, make sure you’re treating your hair with care, and use a gentle cleanser or something appropriate for your hair type (Piecuch recommends Kerastase Chroma Sensitive Cleansing balm.).

Limit combing

Contrary to some twisted beliefs, you don’t need to comb your hair a million times to get a nice shine. In fact, over combing could be a major frizz catalyst. Piecuch recommends limiting the combing you do, especially when hair is wet (it’s most fragile at this time) and using fingers, especially if your hair is curly (after all, you want to avoid separating curls or pulling the hair!).

Avoid the towel dry

It’s just so darn tempting to dry your hair with a towel when you’re dripping wet after a shower, right? Well resist the urge, beauties! “Instead of a towel, try a cotton T-shirt. It works wonders!” Piecuch says. “The fibers won’t rough up the hair. Remember to blot, not rub!!”

Masque your flaws

If you’re not a fan of hair masques, it’s time to jump on the bandwagon! Using a routine hair masque or getting a regular treatment (not a keratin) like an in-salon ritual can seriously help restore moisture to your locks, and the more moist hair is, the better condition it’s in and the better it styles/looks. Simple!

Invest in good styling tools

Using the right styling tools can make a world of difference for your frizzy woes. “Lay off the cheap heat,” Piecuch says. “Ionic and ceramic dryers will help cut frizz and blow dry faster with much better results.”

Think satin

Did you know you could stop frizz while you’re sleeping? Yep, ladies, that’s right. “If you really want to make a change, something we never think about is a real satin pillow case,” Piecuch says. “Especially if you wake up with hair everywhere, it’s a lot less rough on your hair and has a big impact.”

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