Fabulous Natural Frizz Fighters

A few days ago, I was at an event with a few beauty editor friends of mine, and I commented that my hair was naturally very curly and frizzy. No one believed me…and that made me ridiculously happy.

For as long as I remember, I hate frizz. I hate my curls. And I do all I can to make them as much a well-hidden secret as possible.

Sometimes, I succeed – other times I fail miserably, and for many of us, it’s a constant uphill battle against fuzz, frizz, and bad hair days.

In an effort to assist us all, I consulted Mahisha Dellinger. She’s a curly-haired expert and creator of the CURLS organic hair collection. She commiserated with our plight – big-time – and fabulous frizz fighting tips we can all take advantage of. Mahisha points out that those of us with curly hair are actually more frizz-prone – it goes down to our hair molecules, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fight it!

This oddly made me feel better. It’s nothing I’m doing wrong, per se. Nature just decided to mess with my head. Literally. But you wouldn’t believe the ingredients Mahisha recommended to fight the good frizz fight!

Vinegar???

Yes! A distilled white vinegar rinse is a great in the shower frizz fighting technique all hair types can add to their regime to banish frizz.

Here’s what to do:

Rinse hair with warm water to remove product, but don’t shampoo. Then apply vinegar directly to hair and scalp. I like to use a bottle with spout top for easy distribution. Gently massage. Rinse. Condition as usual. Not only is vinegar great at reducing frizz by sealing the cuticle by restoring it to its natural ph balance, but it also removes build up and adds sheen, leaving your hair super-soft.

Don’t do this too often though – once a week should be perfect – more than that can dry your hair out!

A Bit of Honey
We all love sweetening with honey, and so does our hair. Honey, when mixed with a little conditioner (for fine hair) or applied directly to your hair, after shampooing and before conditioning, for medium to densely textured hair; will have great smoothing/defrizzing effects!

Mahisha’s At-Home Recipe
1 can of pure coconut milk
1 ripe avocado
2 tablespoons of pure honey
2 tablespoons of olive oil

Gather all your goodies together and put in blender. Mix at high speed until a smoothie consistency. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You can warm up your hair smoothie in the microwave before next application…just enough do de-chill. Then, apply to your hair!

Instructions:
Section hair into 4 segments.
Generously apply evenly to hair, from root to ends concentrating on ends, as they are the most prone to frizz.
Smooth hair into a protective style (e.g. braided ponytail, or bun).
I’m trying this at home, and it’s working fabulously – I can’t wait to see the results you get!

By Aly Walansky

Redken Launches Hair Style Videos on YouTube!

Get ready for some exclusive inside access to the best stylists in the country!  Redken has just launched a new video series entitled  The Hair Files: How-To Guides for Stylish Hair Everyday and it is sure not to disappoint!  The latest video Create Curl Perfection teaches you how to create frizz-less curls in the comfort of your home.  I like how Redken teaches you how to create the style and then has an average person create the look herself!  Utter genius.

Frizzy Dry Hair! Help!

Hi StyleBell,
I am in need of some hair help.  I have long, fine hair and lots of it.  It’s not particularly curly but it does have some wave to it when I let it air dry.  The only problem I find with doing that is that it gets very frizzy.  Is there anything I can use to control the friz?  I have found that most gels make my hair greasy and I must be using mousse wrong because my hair stays wet looking most of the day.  Please help.  I really like the “toussled wavy” look without all the friz!

Hi StyleBell reader,
Although air drying your hair is very healthy for your hair I definitely agree that it can sometimes become one big frizz ball.  Many times my ionic hair dryer works wonders in smoothing down my hair every now and again.  I would also suggest that you first use a natural deep conditioner on your hair.  A deep conditioner can really decrease the frizz in your hair and keep it healthy without weighing down your hair.  My deep conditioner of choice is the Aveda Dry Remedy deep conditioner.  I love it and have been using it weekly.  I can now keep my hair natural but have rid my hair of the nasty frizz.  Also a Beach spray can give you a nice tousled look as well.  I would look at the David Babaii Bohemian Beach spray.

Dry Hair? Your Answer to Lustrous Hair

Oil, Answer to Dry Hair

Oil, Answer to Dry Hair

Are you plagued by dry hair during the summer months. This is a homegrown remedy that has been passed down in my family for generations. It is simple, proven, and effective way of keeping your hair and scalp healthy and beautiful.

1) Warm up a ¼ cup of olive, almond, jojoba, or coconut oil; whatever you have around the house. I would not use vegetable or canola oil.

2) Take a cotton ball and dab in the warm oil.

3) Part your hair in the middle and start dabbing the warm oil into your scalp

4) Change the part one inch over to the right and continue. Do this for your entire scalp

5) Once completed give your scalp an intense massage

6) Then place left over oil in your hair. Keep on your hair for a min 30 min and max as long as you can handle it.

7) Rinse with your favorite shampoo and conditioner,

I assure you the results are amazing. Continue doing this every month. Your hair and scalp with thank you for it!

CHI 44 Iron Guard – We Love it!

CHI Iron GuardSo you decide to upgrade to the “Professional” hair dryer and straightening iron and you assume that once you switch your hair will be shiny, frizz free, and bouncy.  Wrong!  After continued use of professional grade hair appliances many start to notice deterioration in their hair health.  You may start to experience dryness at the roots and split ends. 

So what can we do to protect our hair from these high grade heating elements?  My secret is the CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Styling Spray by Farouk Systems!  Let me tell you this stuff works!  After continued use of this magic potion I have noticed an increase in volume, moisture, and shine.  It has also completely eliminated the pesky dryness at my roots!  This thermal protecting spray uses the power of ceramic to provide superior heat protection from the inside out.  This is exactly what your hair needs to beat the heat.  It also has Cationic Hydration Interlink™ that softens and balances hair, locking in moisture which helps to eliminate the dryness.  

How to use this spray? Spray a light mist of the CHI 44 Iron Guard spray on your hair when wet.  Comb through your hair for even distribution. Blow dry your hair and style as normal.  I assure you will say bye bye to dry damaged hair!  StyleBell Tip:  Do not overspray this product as it will weigh down your hair.  Remember a little goes a long way!

4 Steps to Keeping Your Hair Healthy

Damaged Hair CuticleDoes your hair looks like it went through a small forest fire? Follow these simple steps to retain and regain lustrous shine and body in your lifeless locks.  


Get Your Haircut

Although last on our list, receiving a good haircut or trim is especially important in maintaining the overall health of our hair.  Ideally you should be receiving a trim every 6 – 8 weeks.  A routine haircut will rid your hair of both split ends and dryness which contribute to the lackluster look of your hair.  Getting a haircut regularly will reduce dryness and frizziness and will allow your hair to radiate health

Don’t Over-Shampoo
Did you know that over shampooing your hair can strip your scalp of vital oils which it needs to stay healthy?  Simple answer; do not over-shampoo!  The solution is to shampoo your hair every other day.  This will allow the oils in your hair to penetrate the scalp and increase the health of your hair.  Of course you can rinse your hair daily but limit the shampooing.

Deep Condition

A monthly deep conditioning treatment with either your regular conditioner, deep conditioning treatment, or any oil you have at home is a great way to increase the health of your hair.  Set aside a few hours each month and lather the conditioner/oil on your hair and scalp.  Allow the conditioner/oil to sit in your hair for anywhere between 5 minutes and an hour then shampoo as normal. You will immediately notice the difference! 

Let Your Hair Rest

As we all move on to professional grade hair appliances with more power and more heat it is important for everyone to let their hair rest.  Taking a week off from the normal drying, curling, and ironing and allowing your hair to naturally dry is an important step in helping to keep your hair super shiny and healthy.

Frizzy Hair Tip

Aloe Vera PlantAre you plagued by the frizzies? Try Aloe Vera! Squeeze a little gel out from one of the leaves and apply to your palms. Then rub your hands together and run them through your hair, especially the ends. Nice and smooth… and frizz-free. It’s the plant that keeps on giving.

P.S. Aloe Vera Gel from the drugstore works too, it’s a tiny bit tacky on the skin but it’s great for frizz.

-StraightBelle