Ban­ish­ing frizzy dos and hat hair


Sun, sand and salt can play havoc on our hair. So what to do when the long, hot arid days of sum­mer have cre­ated more tor­tured wilder-locks than lus­cious locks?

For those chal­lenged by con­trol­ling the frizz, ap­ply­ing a small amount of con­di­tioner with a shine serum may help your cause. To de­fine curl, add a styling prod­uct with a hold fac­tor to the for­mula. This will re­tain and set the curl, all the while pro­tect­ing those tresses from ex­ces­sive mois­ture loss.

Com­pared to its straighter coun­ter­part, curly hair lacks in those pre­cious com­modi­ties of oil and mois­ture due to their more preva­lent use in the ac­tive grow­ing phase.

For those in search of nat­u­ral reme­dies try an ap­ple- cider vine­gar rinse or for darker hair, a beer rinse. If you favour more fizz than frizz, try the more un­usual op­tion of a fi­nal rinse in car­bon­ated water. All of th­ese so­lu­tions are de­signed to al­ter the hair pH to lower acidic lev­els, re­sult­ing in shrink­ing, hard­en­ing and clos­ing the outer cu­ti­cle. This makes for a flat­ter sur­face in­creas­ing the shine fac­tor.

If main­tain­ing colour is your big­gest chal­lenge, con­sider your choice of colour. Reds and browns can quickly fade to washed-out or­ange, and blondes can be­come brassy or over lighten in the sun.

It al­ways pays to have a tem­po­rary colour prod­uct on hand that is user friendly with­out dam­ag­ing the hair. Ask your hair­dresser about the op­tions avail­able to you. Some prod­ucts are de­signed to add more depth and oth­ers to coun­ter­act un­wanted tones. They come in many forms from coloured sham­poos or mousses to liq­uid sprays.

How long they re­main in the hair de­pends both on poros­ity – how quickly hair at­tracts mois­ture and how quickly it loses it – and the type of prod­uct.

Adding par­tial colour as high­lights or low­lights can work very well to dis­guise washed out tones. Choose colours that work with the cur­rent sea­son and your life­style. It is worth remembering that a con­trast of light and dark pro­duces the most flat­ter­ing ef­fect. A two to three shade dif­fer­ence in depth is all that is re­quired be­tween colours.

Swim­ming, es­pe­cially in a chlo­ri­nated pool, can be really detri­men­tal to coloured or long hair. Con­di­tioner un­der a swim cap can help pre­vent those ‘‘not so fetch­ing’’ green tones. It can also re­duce the coun­ter­ac­tion of red tones caused by green water if your hair is a darker warmer shade.

The best swim caps by far, es­pe­cially for chil­dren, are the ly­cra caps, as they of­fer com­fort as well as not snag­ging the hair. How­ever, a plas­tic cap will pro­tect the hair from chlo­ri­nated water more ef­fec­tively.

Like most things in life it is for­ward plan­ning that leads to the road of re­demp­tion, and hair re­pair is no dif­fer­ent. Get into the habit of giv­ing your hair a masque or treat­ment ev­ery three months, or at the change of sea­son.

But if all else fails, stick to the tried and true.

Prob­a­bly the sim­plest so­lu­tions by far are: 1) wear a hat and 2) get a hair­cut or at least a trim.

‘‘Oh No, not hat hair’’ I hear you cry.

Never fear, a sound in­vest­ment in a mat­ti­fy­ing pow­der to rub through the roots should do the trick, help­ing re­vi­talise that lift into your locks al­most in­stantly.

Next month: Sk­in­care – man style.

Paula Birnie is a hair and wardrobe stylist who lives in Ti­tahi Bay. For more in­for­ma­tion about hair, make-up and wardrobe styling go to www. com­ple­

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