Frizzy hair care

In our hu­mid cli­mate, all hair types are prone to act­ing up. Hair ex­perts share th­ese smooth moves to re­store your locks to their shiny, healthy best.

Shape (Malaysia) - - Contents - BY RE­BECCA DANCER

Frizz is not a hair type. It’s hair reach­ing into the at­mos­phere, look­ing for mois­ture,” says Cal El­lis, a curl mas­ter and an ed­u­ca­tor at De­vaCurl. “In al­most all cases, it’s a re­sult of de­hy­dra­tion.” Frizz oc­curs when the scales on the hair’s outer pro­tec­tive layer, called the cu­ti­cle, splay out in dif­fer­ent direc­tions like frayed rope. In healthy, hy­drated hair, the cu­ti­cle is sealed and com­pressed, giv­ing a smoother, shinier ap­pear­ance. The two main trig­gers of frizz are fric­tion and a high level of mois­ture in the air, says Lau­ren Tra­han, a se­nior chemist at Liv­ing Proof. That’s why you look like the bride of Franken­stein when it’s hu­mid or af­ter a night of toss­ing and turn­ing against your pil­low­case. It’s also why restor­ing mois­ture to your strands is cru­cial for frizz-free locks. “When hair is dam­aged, the cu­ti­cle is more prone to lift­ing,”

Tra­han says. “And when the cu­ti­cle lifts, there’s more po­ten­tial for tan­gles and fric­tion, which cause even more frizz.” It’s a vi­cious cy­cle, but it can be bro­ken. Here’s how:

If you have tight curls

Curly hair is more frizz-prone than other types be­cause the cu­ti­cle in curvy strands is in­her­ently more likely to lift. To keep your curls shiny and de­fined, start in the shower. Sham­poo and con­di­tion with a gen­tle, sul­fate-free for­mula, such as Ver­non Fran­cois Curl Com­mand Sham­poo and Con­di­tioner ( RM111 and RM122, sephora.my), then ap­ply a cream-based styler to wet hair like Davines This Is A Curl­ing Cream (1, above) so that you re­tain the max­i­mum amount of mois­ture, El­lis sug­gests. Next, add tex­ture and vol­ume with a styling whip, like De­vaCurl Wave Maker ( RM109, straw­ber­rynet.com) or a gel, like Sch­warzkopf Osis+ Bouncy Curls Oil Gel ( RM33). For thicker curls, use

a bit­more prod­uct than di­rected on the bot­tle, and ap­ply it sec­tion by sec­tion, mak­ing sure it sat­u­rates hair evenly. “Re­mem­ber that prod­ucts work only on the hair they’re on, so ap­ply­ing them hap­haz­ardly will not con­trol frizz prop­erly,” says Sal Mis­seri, the owner of Rev­erie Salon in Chicago.

If you’ve got long, loose waves

“For wavy hair, fo­cus on prod­ucts with weight­less mois­ture, be­cause too much heav­i­ness can stretch out your waves and ac­tu­ally make them dis­ap­pear,” El­lis says. Stick with a gen­tle, sul­fate-free sham­poo, then prime damp hair with a blow-dry milk, like Kéras­tase Aura Botan­ica Lait de Soie (2). If you’re still see­ing frizz af­ter styling, Tra­han sug­gests tamp­ing it down and en­hanc­ing shine by

spritz­ing on a very light­weight oil, like Liv­ing Proof No Frizz In­stant De-Frizzer (4).

If you’ve got straight strands

Al­though straight hair is nat­u­rally less prone to frizz, it can be­come dam­aged and dry—and then frizz up. Use a pea-size amount of a su­perlightweight prim­ing cream, like OGX Pro­tect­ing + Silk Blowout Ther­mal Primer Cream ($9, drug­stores), to keep your hair silky soft and safe from heat. Comb through to make sure the prod­uct is dis­trib­uted evenly, and blow-dry with the noz­zle pointed down­ward to­ward the ends of your hair to help smooth the cu­ti­cle, Mis­seri says. You can also touch up dry hair and re­move static with a few swipes of an oil-coated hair sheet, like Ouai Anti-Frizz Sheets (3).

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