We’ve all been there. Walked fresh out of the salon proudly swishing a blow-dry, only for a sudden downpour to trigger hair chaos.
Gone is the sleekness the stylist just spent 30 minutes perfecting, replaced with a fuzzy texture that looks like a damp mess.
Frizz can affect straight or curly hair, and is caused by the cuticle lying open and hair taking on a life of its own in adverse weather conditions. While some of us are born with frizzy tresses, others develop a dry, unmanageable texture after years of over-processing.
With April showers season arriving in full force, prepare your hair with styling armoury to see off frizz attacks. Guarantee a smooth start to your day, come rain or shine, with our expert guide.
Before you resort to straightening irons SOS, begin your anti-frizz efforts in the bathroom, lathering up.
“Preparation is key when trying to combat frizz,” says Jake Davis, senior stylist at John Frieda. “This starts in the shower with either a smoothing or curl-enhancing shampoo and conditioner, depending on the look you want to achieve.”
Next, Davis recommends applying a fuzz-controlling serum, like John Frieda Frizz Ease, to wet hair.
“Always avoid rubbing the hair with a towel,” he warns.
“Use a wide tooth comb to distribute the product evenly and use a natural bristle brush if blow-drying straight, or a diffuser if wearing curls.
“Keep the hair well moisturised by finishing using a tiny amount of nourishing, smoothing oil over the ends.”
Persistently blow-drying frizzy hair will only make it worse in the long run. If you can’t let your tresses air-dry, use a diffuser or nozzle to direct the heat.
“For a super-smooth finish, always point the airflow from your dryer down the hair shaft,” recommends Anna Chapman, art director at Trevor Sorbie salons.
“This will close the hair cuticle, which will reduce frizz.”
Applying a smoothing spray before blow drying will help condition, retain moisture, and tame flyaways for a sleeker final finish.
“Blow-dry hair as soon as you have washed it. The quicker it goes from wet to dry, the easier it is to control the frizz,” says Chapman.
“Take the time to do this properly - try using a natural bristle brush and narrow nozzle on your hairdryer to smooth your cuticles and achieve the best result.”
It’s not only April showers you need to be wary of; frizz attacks can become a regular thing as the weather hots up, due to humidity.
Norris Ogario, founder and creative director of Ogario salon, recommends giving your hair a breather from heat appliances and dye:
“Over-processed hair can look fuzzy, so give your hair a break from the blow-dries and embrace braids or buns to keep your hair in control.
“Blot wet hair, don’t rub, apply a small amount of a weather proofing product and gently style into your plait or braids. Once dried, you can rake your hands through for pretty boho waves.”
The overall condition of your hair will dictate frizz.
Indulge in regular intensive conditioning, wrapping up hair in a heated towel to intensify the treatment.
Book yourself in for regular trims every six to eight weeks, to keep split ends at bay and reduce dryness.