I can tell you now that my hair is a beast. It’s thick, fluffy, it’s unbelievably frizzy, dry, coarse and unmanageable but it looks great when it’s styled… You know that feeling when you feel a pang of shame when you pull out the scruffy bun you’ve had up for the past week when you’re sat in the hairdressing chair? That feeling when the hairdresser pulls your matted tresses out with her fingers and grimaces when her fingers get stuck in a ball of matted fur? Or that feeling when you stare at yourself in the mirror and think WHY WAS I NOT BLESSED WITH MANAGEABLE HAIR?!?! WHYYYYY!!!!!
Well… Coming from me, I feel that I am fully validated to give you my tricks and trades to help manage frizzy hair. The truth is it is impossible to change the fabric of your hair unless you have a Brazillian blow dry (I want one but can’t afford it), or a relaxant put on it but this will never permanently fix the frizz and most relaxants are dreadful for your hair… The bottom line is the fabric of your hair is simply built a certain way… BUT there is hope. I’ve done my research, I’ve done the tests and below are some of the best tricks of the trade that can help you to keep your hair manageable and tame.
The below photos are recent. The bottom left is my natural hair with the curls brushed out to wavy fluff… The photo on the right has been styled.
- HAIR PULLING – This is number one for me, as mad as it is. DO NOT pull out your hair. It is so tempting and I used to do it a lot. You’d feel around the strands and one would be a super curly frizzy hair that just needs to not be there anymore so you pull it out and get a strange sense of pleasure… Well don’t do it. Pulling out your hair can cause your hair to be stunted in growth, grow back worse and often thicker. Don’t do it. It’s tempting but DON’T DO IT!
- BAD SHAMPOO – Throw out any shampoo you have that is full of Sulphates, Parabens, Silicone’s, Alcohol etc etc and swap it with a Sulfate-free, Glycerin-packed shampoo that has absolutely nothing bad in it whatsoever. Sulphates and Silicone’s contain plastics and all kinds of horrible processed crap that ruins the hair. Just get rid.
- CONDITIONER – Always condition your hair but only condition the ends. Leave for as long as you can and overnight is even better!!
- PRODUCTS – Use gorgeous products that are purely natural and contain natural ingredients. The best products I use are the following: Sister & Co Raw Coconut Drink for Hair, Moroccan Oil Light, and the wonderful Philip Kingsley Elasticizer which is incredible. All three of these products help genuinely relax my hair and give real shine, a soft bounce and hair that doesn’t feel dry or coarse.
- MASKS – Hydrating masks (I still use the Sister & Co Raw Coconut Drink for Hair) here but I leave it on overnight and it just rescues those tresses and makes my hair truly feel soft and beautiful. Best purchase I’ve made for a long time.
- OVERSTLYING –Don’t over style your hair. Leave it to dry naturally (or at least 90%) and refrain from straightening constantly.
- BRUSHES – Use a Tangle Teezer!! This brush costs like £11 and is genuinely one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.
- TOWELS – DON’T TOWEL RUB YOUR HAIR! Rubbing your hair dry with a towel causes unnecessary friction that’s damaging to your hair. Instead, gently squeeze the water out with your hands and let your hair air dry.
- BRUSHING – When your hair is wet do not brush it hard. Use a tangle teezer or a wide tooth comb so the hair doesn’t snap (it’s so fragile when wet).
- CUTTING – Get your hair cut every 3 months. I knoooow it’s expensive but it’s worth it and you’ll love the pamper treatment. (I combine having my hair cut/styled with a night out or dinner out or something)
- SLEEPING – Don’t sleep with your hair up or in a tight bun. Instead plait it loosely or sleep with it down.
- PILLOWS – Use silk pillowcases! Cotton pillowcases suck up all the moisture in your hair… A silk pillowcase will help keep your locks moisturised for longer.
- DYE – Obvious one – don’t dye your hair frequently! It reeeeally does damage your hair and although you might love the colour, your hair won’t be thankful for it.
- WATER – DRINK WATER. I don’t see this enough but water is the key to your body being healthy. You should drink around 8 glasses a day to be fully hydrated and help promote hair growth.
- FATTY ACIDS – Good ol’ fatty acids/foods. For example, a spoonful (or capsule) of cod liver oil is an excellent source of vitamins A and D, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Consuming cod liver oil is such a great way of keeping your hair shiny and healthy. All these three nutrients nourishes the hair follicles from within and healthy hair follicles results in healthy hair that is less prone to breakage!
- ADVERTISEMENTS – Don’t always believe a brand new product will fix your hair. I HATE false advertising and the amount of adverts I see where girls with normal hair (not too thick, not too fine and certainly not frizzy) have their hair back-combed and then styled beautifully and it’s all because of some wonderful, mystical shampoo that costs £4.00. It’s false advertising and it doesn’t happen and it isn’t real life. Please don’t waste loads of money on the next ‘big thing’ but instead do your research and look at reviews of products before you try new things.