When hair is damaged or dry the cuticle layer of the hair lifts up to let moisture in and swells your strands, making your hair look frizzy instead of smooth and sleek.
Don’t let rain, humidity or stress define your locks – try these hair hacks for a more polished-looking you
Taming unruly tresses can seem impossible, especially when you’re short on time, but don’t let rain, humidity or stress define your locks - try these hair hacks for a more polished-looking you.
1. Choose an anti-frizz shampooIf your hair is susceptible to frizz, take a look at the ingredient list before you buy your next shampoo. Sulphates are the strong detergents that are used in your kitchen detergent – great for getting rid of grease but so strong that they can dry your tresses out. Try a milder shampoo like L'Oreal Hair Expertise Sleek Nourishing Shampoo, and use Batiste Clean & Classic Original Dry Shampoo in between washes.
2. Always use a conditionerThe more hydrating ingredients in your haircare the better. Conditioners with glycerin will hydrate strands and create a protective coating over the hair shaft to combat breakages. Our top pick is Andrew Barton Smooth That Frizz Conditioner, which also contains Moroccan Argan Oil and Sweet Almond Oil to keep hair more manageable.
3. Do a DIY hair treatment
Coconut oil is great used as a leave-in hair mask. Scoop out half a teaspoon and heat it up in your palms, then section your hair and massage the coconut oil through it. Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb, then put it up in a bun to let the hair absorb the coconut oil overnight (or at home during the day). Wash out with shampoo (you may need to do two shampoos to thoroughly wash out the coconut oil) and hey presto, sleek, glossy tresses!
4. Tame frizz with a toothbrushSmooth unwanted flyaways by applying just the right amount of hairspray to an old, clean toothbrush. Comb through those pesky stray hairs with the brush to keep your locks under control.
5. Sleep on silkSleep on a silk pillowcase to make freshly washed and styled hair look better for longer. Silk fibres have a cooling effect that helps keep moisture close to the skin, meaning you’ll wake up with less unruly hair and plumper skin. What a game-changer!
6. Brush with boar bristlesBin your plastic hairbrush you’ve been dragging through your locks. Instead, detangle your hair gently with a wide-toothed comb or invest in a boar bristle brush. The unique structure of the boar bristle carries sebum from ths scalp to the end of the hair shaft exceptionally well, so your hair will look shinier in just a few strokes.
7. Towel your hair with a cotton t-shirtStep away from your towel. Towel drying your hair causes friction, which only adds to your hair’s unruliness. Draw excess water from your locks with a cotton t-shirt (they’re not textured like towels), then blast your hair with a blow dryer straight away. A quick shot of artificial cold air will set your style before you face the elements outside.
8. Spray a frizz-fighting weaponBefore blow-drying, straightening or curling your hair use a thermal protectant like Asda Frizz Control Cream or John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Spray to create a barrier between your hair and your styler. Less damaged hair equals less frizz.
9. Dab on a double-duty defender
If you’ve ever been caught in the rain without an umbrella or hooded coat to shield your hair, you’ll know the importance of carrying help in your handbag. Use a tiny dot of hand cream or body moisturiser to tend to frizzy areas.