You've already hit the snooze button five times, you're all out of coffee, and you have less than half an hour to get ready for work. Whether it's cold and unforgiving or hot and humid outside, you know it doesn't require much to take your hair from sleek and smooth to looking like you stuck your finger in an electrical outlet. If you're tired of stuffing your unruly mane under a hat or taming it by rocking a bun every time you leave the house, maybe it's because you're unknowingly doing things you shouldn't do to frizzy hair.
If you're anything like me, you're no stranger to the world of staticky strands. Basically, as early as I can remember, my tresses were never completely straight or entirely wavy. So my hair was usually looked like a fought a battle with lightning and lost.
And, if you're even more like me, you've tried every single Pinterest tip, hair hack, DIY remedy, and advice from friends and family to control your wild and wiry mane. Instead of looking at it from the perspective of what you can do to fight the flyaways, maybe the solution is all about what you shouldn't do to your frizz. Check out these most common hair care mistakes and frizz could soon be an issue of the past.
1. Don't Sleep On Cotton
Who doesn't love a luxurious Egyptian cotton bedding set? Although having cotton sheets isn't the worst thing in the world, it turns out that those sumptuous pillow cases can cause some unfortunate frizz-inducing friction. Stylist Christine Healey told Marie Claire that using a satin pillow case instead will definitely cut down on friction and won't suck out moisture like other absorbent fabrics can.
2. Don't Shampoo Too Often
Despite what shampoo ads and pamphlets on hygiene might have you believe, there really is such a things as washing your hair too much. This is even more true for people with naturally coarse or curly tresses which require a significant amount of nourishment. As hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins told Allure, "the natural oils that accumulate are good frizz fighters," and shampooing too frequently can strip your strands of much-needed moisture.
3. Don't Skip Protection
You may know that conditioner is a must regardless of your hair type in the war on frizz, but did you know that you shouldn't skip the extra steps that are necessary from preventing the moisture you put in from being sucked right back out? Stylist Jan-Marie Arteca told Refinery29 that sun, chlorine, and salt water dry out your strands, so you need to go beyond simple nourishing shampoos and conditioners and remember to use protective products to make sure the moisture stays in.
4. Don't Use Plastic
If you are prone to frizz, the last thing you should do to your tresses is use plastic brushes or combs.Salon owner and stylist Jet Rhys told Glamour that, since static electricity is a main culprit of frizz, using a brush with metal bristles instead will absorb the electrical currents in your mane.
5. Don't Overdo Heat
It might be super tempting to go for the flat iron as soon as you spy an unruly flyaway in the mirror. Unfortunately using heat or thermal styling tools can actually be contributing to your frizzy situation. "It's important to use a heat protector," Rolanda Johnson Wilkerson, Pantene Pro-V Principal Scientist, told Elle. "Minimize the amount of heat used in the hair to combat the frizz."
6. Don't Blow Dry Without Direction
Everyone is in a rush, but that doesn't mean that you can rush through the hair drying process and expect smooth results. Even if you're doing everything else right, you could throw all your hard work right out the window if you aren't properly drying your static-prone tresses. As Healey advised Marie Claire, readers, you should direct the air flow down the hair shaft and using a ceramic blow dryer to fight frizz.
7. Don't Skip Curl Care
Regardless of what kind of texture you have, if your locks are curly, then they probably are also likely to be unruly sometimes. It turns out that just moisturizing your ringlets might not be enough. Skipping out on curl maintenance is a definite no-no for frizzy hair. Hairstylist Adir Abergel told Allure that you shouldn't write off curling irons just because you have curly hair; wrapping some frizzy strands around an iron can quickly touch-up and smooth your curls.
8. Don't Rely On Ponytails Too Much
Everyone has had a day where throwing your messy mane up in a pony is the easiest and quickest option. But if you're making it a daily habit and still fighting the flyaways even when your hair is up, then you know you're guilty of this frizzy hair mistake. Stylist Dana Tizio told Refinery29 that if you must put your tresses up, you shouldn't wear a ponytail too frequently or always in the same position because it can cause breakage (i.e. more frizz). Give your hair a day off and treat it to an intensive mask treatment to repair and broken or damaged strands.
9. Don't Think Heavy = Flat
There's an unfortunate tightrope that most people who have frizz-prone hair must walk. You want volume, but you don't want to look like a wild lioness either. Styling products are key to achieving the kind of look you want, but you shouldn't only stick to lightweight formulas for fear of limp locks. Stylist Oscar Blandi told Glamour that you should actually "avoid volumizing products, which can leave hair feeling more electrified." Waxes, oils, and creams might seem too heavy, but they're actually ideal for frizz-prone hair.
10. Don't Go Too Long Between Trims
If you've experienced tragedy at the hands of a stylist who leaves you looking like a fluffy poodle, don't let that scare you away from haircuts. Wilkerson told Elle that letting split ends go is bad news and getting regular trims is actually a great way to remove damaged strands and reduce frizz. It's also helpful to remember to openly communicate with your stylist to avoid future catastrophes.
11. Don't Use Alcohol
No, I don't mean that you're boozing it up before styling your tresses. But did you know that quite a few styling products include alcohol as a top ingredient? You probably already know it can be drying, but there's an even bigger reason you shouldn't use products that contain alcohol. According to Pravana-certified stylist, Tiffany Sposato, alcohol can cause the cuticle of the hair to swell up, which is a huge contributor to frizz. So on your next trip to the store, look for products that are alcohol-free.