In part 1 of our Self-Love Series, we tackle common hair insecurities and issues – learning more about them, how to manage them, and what you can do to help you look and feel your best.
Do you have frizzy hair? At Hairloom, we often see customers with all different hair types, textures and lengths, and frizzy hair is a common complaint. And a common frustration is with the humidity – with a high level of moisture in the air, frizzy hair can get exacerbated, and trying to tame flyaway, frizzy hair can be an irritating and often exasperating affair.
According to our leading stylist Terence Lai, here are the main reasons why hair becomes frizzy:
- It’s been damaged by too much chemical processing.
- It’s your natural hair texture.
- Your hair has been over-thinned and over-layered.
- You haven’t been conditioning your hair, and it’s severely dry, lacking in collagen, keratin and moisture.
Here are the steps you can take to manage, protect (and maybe even learn to love!) your frizzy hair:
1. Get the right cut for you
Often, overly layered hair can make frizzy hair look out of control. The cut needs to add enough weight so that hair can lie flat, but overly-layered hair can remove much-needed bulk, causing frizzy hair to look even frizzier. If you feel like your frizzy hair is becoming unmanageable, one factor might be your hair cut – it’s probably just not suitable for your hair type. Every one of us is different; other than hair texture, the shape of our heads, skin tone and shape of our faces are just some of the factors that need to be considered. At Hairloom, we tailor your cut according to your unique self, so the best way to determine if your cut is not right for your frizzy hair, is to come in for a personalized consultation with your hair stylist!
2. Taking care of your hair
Sometimes, frizziness is caused by damage to the hair. Too many chemical processes, like dyeing and perming, or improper use of tools like flat irons, can cause hair to become dry and brittle, leading to frizziness. Often, many people neglect an important part of hair care, especially those who are fond of treating their hair chemically. That neglected step is doing regular hair treatments. Unlike off-the-shelf shampoos and conditioners, hair treatments are intensive, and lock in nutrients and moisture that help heal your hair in the long run. This will help damaged and frizzy hair regain up to 30 – 50% of its optimal smoothness. Unfortunately, this still may not be able to save severely damaged completely, and the best remedy could be to cut off the damaged ends. To find out if you might require hair treatments for your frizzy hair, or what kind of hair treatments are right for you, you can visit our useful blog post here.
3. Meanwhile, the right hair products can help
Using gentle products, such as natural oils like argan oil, or hair products with a slightly heavier texture like soft wax, is a great fix for day to day taming of your frizzy hair. Natural oils are more easily absorbed into your hair, whereas synthetic oils will stay on the surface of your hair shaft, making it appeal dirty or overly shiny. Terence recommends trying Goldwell Elixir – Versatile Hair Treatment, a lightweight natural oil that helps tame frizziness.
Avoid products that contain alcohol or sulfates, as these can dry out your hair further, making your hair appear even frizzier. In Singapore’s humid weather, carrying around a small bottle of oil or soft hair wax for a quick top-up during the day will be helpful as well. Alternatively, Terence also recommends KMS Hair Stay Anti-Humidity Seal, which is a kind of hair sealant, that prevents moisture in the air from entering the hair shaft, causing frizziness.
4. Don’t let your hair air-dry, and make sure you’re blow-drying your hair right
There’s a misconception that blow-drying your hair often will dry it out. In fact, the opposite is true – blow-drying your hair under medium heat will actually help your hair maintain moisture. Hold your hairdryer at least 30cm away from your head, and point the nozzle downwards. Make sure you don’t brush your hair when it’s dry as well.
Allowing your hair to air-dry will cause it to lose moisture. That’s because after we wash our hair, our hair cuticles are open and ‘messy’, and when our wet hair naturally dries as moisture evaporates, the moisture within the hair shaft is lost as well. Wait for your hair to air-dry up to 90%, (slightly damp to the touch), and then blow dry it. This will help to close the hair cuticles, locking in moisture. This will also cause the appearance of your hair to look smoother and lie flatter, as the hair cuticles are blown and set into shape neatly.
5. Consider gentle techniques, like soft rebonding
If all these steps have been taken, and you’re still bothered by your frizzy hair, fret not. There are treatments that will help to straighten your frizzy hair, such as body rebonding, a technique invented by the ingenious Koreans. While some people’s perceptions of rebonding are still stuck at the stick-straight, lifeless hair of the 90s and early 2000’s, rebonding technology and techniques have actually improved leaps and bounds. Hair can still be straight without losing body and volume (which is why we call it body rebonding), and for busy ladies who just don’t have the time to be constantly tussling with frizzy hair, this could be a lifesaver. Talk to your hair stylist to find out if this is the right solution for you.
Above all, don’t despair. Frizzy hair need not be a bane in your life. Instead of fighting it, be patient – there will always be a solution that will work out for you. And remember, these tips are just general guidelines, but for more personalized advice, our friendly stylists will always be pleased to help!
*Featured image is behind the scenes of an Elle Singapore magazine shoot, model Viven Ong with our technical expert Bosco Eng.