Hair is complex, formed in three layers. The protective outer layer, or cuticle, has a shingle-like surface, and frizz appears when these "shingles" are lifted rather than lying smooth and flat.
Banishing frizz doesn't mean swamping your tresses with greasy-looking products. A sleek and shiny hairstyle can be yours if you treat your mane with the love it deserves.
Here are five easy tips for a glossy head of hair that's as natural looking as can be:
1. All in the cut
Regular trims are essential but razor cutting roughs up your hair, and over-layering will maximize the effect of frizz.
2. Gentle detangling
Use a nourishing hair mask or deep-conditioning treatment once a week. Go for a shampoo and conditioner that are sulfate-free and contain protein and hydrating ingredients. After washing and conditioning your hair, apply a few drops of hair oil or serum to the tips.
3. Sleek styling
Never brush dry curly hair – it lifts the shingles on your cuticle surface. Let your hair dry 90% then apply a heat protectant spray before you blow-dry. A flat paddle brush paired with a concentrator nozzle on your blow dryer can tame even the wildest of manes!
4. Shine on the go
Carry a cream-based styling product in your purse for touch-ups, especially handy for when you get caught in the rain, and for use before your workout.
5. Smooth as silk
Cotton pillowcases absorb your hair's moistures, so coil your hair in a bun and wrap it in a silk scarf at bedtime.