It's that sticky, icky, hair frizzy time of year again. It is never ending when there is any moisture in the air at all. This year is especially rainy and moist.
My clients are always complaining and asking why, why, why?
The answer is multi-faceted and I hope you were paying attention to my past articles about hair structure.
To recap, a strand of hair is composed of cuticle layers. When the hair is healthy, the layers sit on top of each other from roots to ends. If the layers are sealed down, the moisture from the air cannot penetrate as easily, leaving the hair shiny and not frizzy.
If straight hair is chemically treated or damaged, the cuticle is lifted, allowing moisture to get under the layers and plump them up.
The plump layers are what you see as frizz.
Any curl in the hair - even a wave - causes the frizz to happen more readily, because the bend in the curl or wave makes the cuticle lift. Anywhere there is a curve there is a lifted cuticle layer. This is why wavy or curly hair frizzes and volumizes easier and more frequently.
There are numerous temporary fixes on the market to help prevent the hair from getting out of control. Anything that has a silicone or oily ingredient is extremely helpful. They will put a temporary barrier on the hair, preventing the humidity from penetrating and sealing the moisture into the hair.
Conditioner also helps seal moisture in and helps the cuticle close, as long as it's a salon conditioner with the proper PH.
Do not use a terry cloth towel when drying your hair because this will roughen the layers lifting them. A cotton t shirt or paper towel are both wonderful to get out excess water but blot the hair with them to keep the cuticle in place.
Comb with wide-tooth comb. Do not brush. Obviously, blow drying without a bristle brush will wreak wild hair. Let air dry as much as possible then blow dry with brush from roots to ends to smooth the outside layers.
A diffuser and silicone product will help keep hair controlled curly or wavy. Always use a heat protectant and be positive the hair is totally dry. It will hold moisture that you cannot feel, so keep drying even after it feels dry to insure no moisture is left.
A flat iron is a helpful tool as long as you have the dexterity to use it and the hair is dry with a protective product to prevent more damage. The iron will help to seal that outer layer, making it appear shiny, and help to prevent the moisture from seeping in.
The best remedies - other than moving to a dry climate - are either a Brazilian Blowout or a Keratin process.
Both services are a miracle in keeping the cuticle sealed for a few months so you don't have to spend all your time fighting the fuzz. They are protein so they are great for the hair plus a Godsend in saving many hours and frustration.
Good luck. I'm here to help. In the meantime, stay cool.
Joy Ross is owner of Style It Salon in Old Town Bluffton. www.styleitsalon.com