Five Eezy-Peezy Lifestyle Strategies To Shut-Down Frizz Before It Even Starts
If you're a control freak with frizzy hair who happens to live in Florida, you're just gonna have to calm down for the next 12 weeks.
Meditate. Do yoga. Watch "Sweet Home Oklahoma" on Bravo, for pete's sake. (What? You haven't seen it yet? It. Is. Adorable. And I'm not just saying that because I was born in Tulsa.)
Of course, it's easy for me to be all Zen right now: I'm about to scamper off to Canada for two weeks, where it's relatively Arctic and the humidity is zero.
But I'll be thinking of you fellow Frizzettes. And while I'm gone, here are a few fuzz-busting tricks you can try.
1. Strategy One: Sleep On Silky Pillowcases
I was scrolling through one of my "procrastination feeds" - I think it was Daily Mail - and I saw an item about Kim Kardashian West's packing techniques. Evidently, KKW never leaves home without her silk pillowcase. "Genius," I thought. "I'll do that too." Within seconds, I was jamming one of my many satiny numbers into my suitcase.
Sleeping on something silky - it doesn't have to be actual silk, btw - has a profound smoothing effect on the outside "cuticle" of fuzzy, frizzy locks. Bonus: It prevents those smushed-in face crinkles that are so un-lovely to wake up to. Win-win, babe.
2. Strategy Two: Shampoo With Bottled Water (Or Switch-Out Your Shower Filter)
Before anyone calls the Diva Police on me, I'm not suggesting you wash your hair every damn day with bottled water. But for a special occasion, go for it.
Where I live (St. Petersburg), the H20 is as hard as a frigging rock. And while I've been meaning to install a new filter for eons, I haven't done so yet. Why? Because a lot of the best ones, like the buzzed-about Aquasana, are impossibly ugly. Do I mar the loveliness of my master bath with a hideous filter, or do I continue to live with less-than-awesome locks? I ponder this important matter on an hourly basis. Until I make my big, possibly life-changing decision, I'm all about bottled water.
3. Strategy Three: Suck It Up + Learn To Love Co-Washing
Raise your manicured mitts if you, like me, like the idea of co-washing more than the actual practice of co-washing. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to hop on board the WEN Cleansing Conditioner train and stop using guns-blazing, industrial-strength shampoo. But as much as I'd like to stick with the Chaz Dean program - please, those scents are intoxicating - I always feel like a big ol' greaseball.
Still, even with all the tennis I play, I'm not giving my hair a thorough sudsing every day. If I did that, it would look like tree bark within a week. Instead, I rinse very well - parting my hair with my fingers so I get to every ounce of scalp - and then apply normal conditioner from mid-shaft down.
Btw, there are co-washes out that I've had more luck with than the WEN. A great one to try is R+Co ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner. If you're a faithful FBP reader you already know how much I love R+Co products. They're truly fantastic. Spendy, but fantastic. Just writing about that gorge ANALOG makes me want to plunk down my plastic and nab a few bottles. Once I finish writing this post, maybe I will.
4. Strategy Four: Blot Your Hair Dry With Paper Towels
I forget to do this about 99 percent of the time, but it's just a wildly easy way to scale back on frizz. Again, like with the satiny pillowcases, gently blotting with paper towels - rather than turban-ing it with a thick, rough terrycloth number - helps the hair cuticle stay shut. As a Frizzette, your worst fear should be open cuticles. Beware open cuticles!
5. Strategy Five: Stock Up On Pocket Combs
They aren't chic, but I own dozens of classic Ace 5-Inch ComfortFlex Pocket Combs. They're tucked in all of my many makeup bags, my tennis bag, my gym bag - they're everywhere.
By having one of my trusty Aces almost literally at my fingertips at all times, I never give into the temptation to use a brush. In fact, the only time I even touch a brush is when I'm blowdrying my hair. And then, it's only to pull my locks taut, not to groom and spiff.
For grooming and spiffing, I comb. And guess why? Because it doesn't fluff-up and open the cuticles. Clearly, closed cuticles are the big takeaway here. Got it?