As the sun decides to show its face and spring has sprung, for many, it's also the time that locks become disobedient. The frizz factor is an all too common problem for many of us as the temperature ramps up - Sarah Simpson comes to the rescue.
Flyaways, fuzzy bits and curls that won't do as their told - we love the warm weather, but loathe the frizz! We asked hair expert Jen Morgan of Morgan and Morgan Urban Hair Retreat for some tips on keeping your mane smooth this summer.
PROTECT THE CUTICLE, PRESERVE THE HAIR
As the saying goes 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure' and there is no place this is more relevant than your hair!
Protection comes in many forms…but what we do to our hair effects the hair the most…so invest in a good quality shampoo & conditioner, indulge in some at home treatments, never dry your hair without heat shielding to ensure your precious cuticle layer stays in tack.
WHEN IT'S STEAMY OUTSIDE.
Humid days don't have to mean unruly hair. To preempt fuzzies, forget shampooing - scalp oils make a great natural moisture barrier - and whip out your flatiron or curling iron. The combo of heat and pressure seals the hair shaft so tightly that it takes a great deal of moisture to penetrate it. Don't iron more than a couple of times a week, though; it'll parch your hair and exacerbate frizz long-term.
If you pause for a second in your battle with frizz, you'll find that there are situations in which it actually looks - gasp! - pretty. To convey that your frizz is a look, not a bad hair day, do some strategic styling: Put on a headband so the front of your hair is neat, and let the back do its thing. If your hair is straight, add some wave with a curling iron; fly aways blend better with strands that have plenty of texture. Rough up your hair for beachy messiness, try rubbing the tips of your fingers into the scalp and use hairspray all over to boost body. Another ideal style for frizzy days: Make a pony, braid the tail and bobby-pin it into an undone bun. Then pull out random loose hairs along the sides for the perfect bed-head look.
SAY YES TO HAIR SERUM.
Shine serums are available that have been specially formulated to give frizzy or unruly hair a sleek sheen. There are spray-in versions like Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate which are ideal for fine or longer hair and liquid serums for medium to thick hair, like Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense These products moisturise your hair with a light concentration of oils or silicone. To apply, "use a pea-sized amount to start and start at the bottom of your hair and work your way up, rubbing it into wet hair with your hands. It's important not to use too much serum because it can weigh hair down, but if you feel you need more moisture, go ahead and add a bit more.
GET A SMOOTHING TREATMENT.
If you really want to get your shine on, consider having a professional smoothing treatment. These are often performed after a hair colouring treatment, but you can get one without the dye job. There are several options available in salon from Keratin Supreme (which is an intense de-frizz treatment) to Keratin Complex Blow Out which will tame the frizz for six weeks right through to the Keratin Complex Treatment which smooths the hair for a full three months.
Redken Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate, $40. OGX Brazilian Keratin Therapy Flat Iron Spray, $19. Fudge Light ed-ed Hair Oil, $24.50. Hask Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Hair Treatment, $5.50. Davines This is an Oil Non Oil, $43. ghd Smooth & Finish Serum, $26. Pureology Super Smooth Conditioner, $43. Kevin Murphy Smooth Again, $70.