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Fight Summer Frizz

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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frizz 2Sun, sea, and fresh air can do wonders for your mood, but the elements can really wreak havoc on your hair. When hot, humid days dawn, the frizz forecast is pretty dire, unless you know what to do to keep the pretty and dump the dire.

“If you look at a healthy strand of hair under a microscope, the cuticle is sealed, and it resembles a raw artichoke,” says Jonathan Antin, celebrity stylist, co-star of season 4 of LA Hair on WE tv, and co-owner (with Amanda George) of OBO Salon by Jonathan & George in Los Cabos, Mexico. “Once hair has been exposed to the elements and free radicals, it then looks like an artichoke that has been steamed with all the leaves wide open.”

Antin says that such opened strands of hair catch on each other, creating friction, frizz, tangling, knotting, and breakage. Hair also appears dull and lifeless. “Dry, frizzy hair that has been exposed to the elements isn’t shiny because the cuticle layer has been opened and it draws in light instead of reflecting light,” he adds.

To break the frizz cycle and prepare you for whatever Mother Nature throws your way, prep your hair ahead of time and add in solid hydrating products. Start by brushing your hair 100 strokes every night (yes, the princesses of old were onto something). Brushing does the same thing for your scalp as exfoliating the skin on your face, Antin advises. “It breaks up dead, dry skin on your scalp, stimulating it to secrete natural oils and brushing them through the hair. It also gives you a natural trim, breaking off fried, frizzy, split dead ends.”

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Use hydrating, not moisturizing, shampoo and conditioner to close up the cuticle, lock in hydration, and minimize frizz before styling. They don’t actually penetrate into the hair shaft to nourish and repair it. “Really massage your scalp when you get into the shower under the hottest water as you can handle to open up the pores on your scalp,” says Antin. Rinse with warm water and then blast with cold water to close up the cuticle, lock in hydration, and minimize frizz before styling.

“After you shampoo and condition, use the Peter Coppola Total Repair Hair Mask for five to 10 minutes in the shower and rinse,” says Steven Lightfoot, artistic director for Peter Coppola Beauty. “This will give you the softness and conditioning effects to help protect against frizz through the day.” You can also spray on a mixture of Moroccan argan oil and water to keep that cuticle sealed before styling.

Now’s the time to protect your hair from the sun. If your haircare products don’t have an SPF component, Antin recommends

rubbing high quality facial sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or 75 through your hair to protect it from the damaging rays of the sun.

“People think there’s a magic product out there that can make the difference,” says Antin. “While there are some great products out there, it’s more about how you care for your hair regardless of the products you use.”

frizz 5With that advice in mind, I’ve put together some more products that help tamp down frizz:

  • Keune So Pure Defrizz Shine Serum has argan oil and vitamins A and E to smooth hair and control frizz during blow-drying. Alternatively, it defines curl when hair is air-dried, leaving it frizz-free and super-shiny.
  • Roux Anti-Aging Hair Serum is a leave-in formulation that revitalizes, rejuvenates, and strengthens hair and eliminates frizz with added antioxidant and UVA/UVB protection. The serum is one product in the Roux Instant Vitality Complex line that protects against color-fade, replenishes moisture, and reduces breakage.
  • Peter Coppola Anti Frizz Cream may be applied from roots to ends and then combed through to keep curls under control. It also cuts blow-drying time while creating a humidity barrier against summer’s steamiest days.
  • DKoye Smoothing Cream, created by Daniel Koye, a Broadway and television stylist, is a favorite of Bernadette Peters. The cream is a fusion of a deep treatment and a finishing product made of seaweed, algae, and kelp. As a leave-in conditioner after shampooing, it strengthens hair, and gives it shine and maximum manageability.

If you’re seeking a longer-term solution, try a keratin treatment. Keratin is a protein found naturally in hair. In-salon smoothing treatments add that protein back into hair to minimize damage and fight frizz, promising frizz-free control all summer long. Opt for a smoothing, not straightening, treatment to maintain your natural bounce and wave. Steer clear of treatments containing formaldehyde, which can cause skin irritation and breathing difficulties.

By Cara J. Stevens

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