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While some seasons feature runway models proudly sporting a frizzy do, many women prefer the smoother look of sleeker hair styles. Whether you have curly hair, straight hair, or wear your curly hair straight, taming out-of-control frizz can be a hassle.

For frizzy hair control, try these hair care beauty tips to help maintain a healthy and smooth hair style with an easy, inexpensive, and more natural approach to hair repair that is fit for all hair types. You might be surprised to know that the best treatment for frizzy hair is often the cheapest and most natural hair care treatment.

What Causes Frizzy Hair?
In order to stop frizzy hair, you must first identify the cause of frizz. Factors that contribute to frizzy dry hair can include:

too much blow drying
mousse products
chemical damage due to bleaching, coloring, and perming
chlorine damage
taking certain medication

In addition, your natural hair type can contribute to frizz. If you have naturally curly or coarse hair, you are more likely to have frizzy or dry hair.

Frizz Control For Curly Hair
Naturally curly hair tends to be frizzy, but there are some natural ways to keep frizz at bay. Try using a pomade product after washing your hair. Dilute some pomade with a bit of water before applying it lightly through hair. Be sure to avoid applying to the scalp as this can create a greasy look. Pomades tend to have a lighter hold while containing oils, which are a great way to maintain bouncy curls while taming frizzy hair.

Avoid shampooing every day, as this can leave hair dry. Try washing your hair twice or three times a week instead. You may also want to leave some conditioner in the hair instead of fully rinsing it out for added moisture.

Chemical Damage Hair Repair
Perming, bleaching, and color treating can all cause chemical damage and dry hair. The best solution for chemically damaged hair is a deep conditioner that is not oil-based. Use conditioner treatments conservatively, since chemically damaged hair requires a gradual treatment. Products such as pomades and hair gels may also be used.

Straight Hair Styling Tips
Using a hot curling iron or a straightening iron can actually smooth out coarse, dry, and frizzy hair. If you like to wear your curly hair straight, a good way to stop frizzy hair is to blow dry methodically in a downward motion, using a big round brush. Avoid running a blow dryer up and down along your hair since this can cause hair cuticles to split, which can cause frizz.

If you have straight hair and live in a warm climate, you may want to consider rinsing hair with the coldest water that you can comfortably use after washing with a shampoo and conditioner. This will lock in cuticles and smooth out hair that can be split and look frizzy in humid environments.

Frizzy Hair Tips For All Hair Styles
Some natural home remedies can provide the best hair treatment for frizz for all hair types. To balance pH levels that can cause frizzy hair, try rinsing with an equal mixture of apple vinegar and water after conditioning hair. This will smooth out hair cuticles. Be sure to keep eyes tightly shut if using this method, as vinegar will sting. Shea butter can also smooth out hair while preventing a greasy look.

Avoid using a hair brush if you have frizz-prone hair. Try using a hair pick and finger combing when hair is dry instead. Avoid rubbing wet hair with a towel. Instead, try letting wet hair set in a towel for ten minutes after a shower. Air-drying hair whenever possible, instead of using a blow dryer that can cause dry hair, will also help.

You may want to try adding a dime-sized amount of natural vegetable glycerin to water and applying the solution to wet hair after a shower. This can also be mixed into a gel or mousse product that you regularly use.

Lastly, avoid products such as shampoos and conditioners that contain drying ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate and alcohol. Remember, that some of the best remedies for frizzy hair can also be the cheapest. Try different shampoos and conditioners to see which one can provide you with the best hair treatment for frizz


Fractionated Coconut Oil

Aroma: Odorless.
Viscosity: Light.
Absorption/Feel: Non Greasy. Penetrates Well.
Color: Clear.
Shelf Life: Indefinite/Highly Stable
Notes: Fractionated Coconut Oil, often abbreviated as FCO, is coconut oil that has been distilled to filter out and contain only the medium chain triglycerides of coconut oil. Fractionated Coconut Oil, therefore, is not a whole and complete oil. Within holistic aromatherapy, ingredients that have been chemically altered to either remove natural compounds or standardize specific constituents are usually avoided. If you are understandably strict about using only all-natural un-altered vegetable oils, you will want to avoid using Fractionated Coconut Oil.
Fractionated Coconut Oil, however, is a highly stable, odorless and colorless oil that can be beneficial when you need a really light, penetrating oil or an oil that will not quickly go rancid. Its affordability and shelf life makes it a good oil to keep on reserve should you run low on your other more precious carrier oils.

Persimmon and Rosemary Conditioner


* 1 ripe persimmon
* 1 sprig rosemary
* 1/4 cup almond or olive oil
* 1/2 cup honey
* 4 drops peppermint oil, fresh mint leaves may be substituted

Cut persimmon in pieces and place in food processor or blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend until creamy. Apply to clean damp hair and scalp. Leave in for 20 minutes (a shower cap may be worn during this time). Rinse, dry and style as usual

Dangers of Keratin treatments
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If you regularly use a flat iron to straighten your hair and create a smooth, glossy appearance, you might be a good candidate for a professional hair straightening treatment such as the Brazilian keratin treatment.

Keratin hair straightening treatments are currently available at hundreds of professional hair salons around the United States, and are one of the emerging trends in the beauty and salon industry. However, there is ongoing controversy over whether chemical hair straightening treatments are healthy for your hair and scalp. Here’s a close look at some of the potential risks and dangers associated with keratin hair straightening treatments.

What Are Keratin Hair Straightening Treatments?

Brazilian keratin hair straightening treatments are chemical-based procedures and promise to transform frizzy and unruly hair into straight and silky hair after just a single treatment. Results are temporary, but you can save time flat-ironing your hair each morning by undergoing regular keratin hair straightening treatments.

In order for the straightening process to work, an active keratin solution must be applied to the hair and fused into the hair with a flat iron. The flat iron is typically heated to temperature of over 400 degrees Fahrenheit to lock in and seal the keratin solution into the hair follicle. The keratin solution seals in moisture and leaves the hair looking smooth, silky and shiny.

Keratin hair straightening treatments last about two to five months depending on the health and state of the hair, and are best performed on hair that has already been chemically treated.

Potential Dangers Associated with Keratin Hair Straightening Treatments

While the Brazilian hair straightening process seems harmless enough, there are some things to consider before undergoing treatment. The keratin solution applied to the hair contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. When formaldehyde is applied to the hair and scalp, you will inhale a significant amount of toxic fumes.

Many keratin solutions also contain sulfur, a compound that helps the keratin bond to the hair effectively.
There is still a lot of controversy over whether chemical hair straightening methods are safe for your hair, scalp and overall health. All types of chemical processing treatments leave your hair dry, brittle and coarse, so it’s important to use moisture-infusing products between treatments, avoid swimming pools and refrain from using hair products that contain sodium chloride as these can further damage the hair.

Overall, keratin hair straightening treatments are relatively safe, and the only real health hazard is associated with the inhalation of the fumes when the keratin solution is being applied. Still, if you want to maintain the integrity of your hair for the long-term, it’s important to protect the hair from damage between treatments and avoid more than two or three straightening treatments per year.

Kinky Twist

Kinky twists are a popular hairstyle worn by African-American women who enjoy showcasing the versatility of their natural hair texture. Kinky twists, also referred to as two strand twists, feature twisted locks of hair that are plump in appearance. Because of the texture of African American hair, no added products or extensions are needed in order to achieve this appearance, unless of course the individual wearing the style does not have naturally kinky hair.

Kinky Twists for Natural Hair

• For women with non-chemically treated hair, wearing kinky twists is a style that comes naturally. In order to achieve this style, natural hair can be twisted in its kinky state, or washed and lightly blow dried in order to stretch hair for elongated twists. It’s important to note that natural hair is prone to shrinkage and therefore will not retain its elongated appearance for long.
Kinky Twists for Short, Relaxed or Straight Hair
• Kinky twists can be achieved even if you don’t have naturally kinky hair. In fact, even women who retain their natural texture continue to opt for kinky twist extensions in order to protect their natural tresses or for the added length provided by extensions.
If you happen to have chemically straightened or naturally straight hair, the good news is that you can still wear this hairstyle. However, in order to achieve a plump, full look, you’ll be required to use kinky twist extension hair. This type of hair, sold under the name “Marley Braid hair” or “Afro Kinky hair” is crucial to achieving the plump appearance of kinky twists.

Tips & Tricks

• When you have natural hair, achieving kinky twists is as simple as twisting two strands of hair together to achieve a twist. However, for women who wish to wear this style, but do not have natural hair, starting off a kinky twist becomes a little more complicated. As a result, women have to resort to having their kinky twists started off with a braided base in order to secure the extension hair to each section of hair. Once the extension hair is secured, your stylist will then continue twisting the remaining extension hair.

Caring for Natural Hair Kinky Twists

• If you are wearing kinky twists using your natural hair, weekly maintenance is required to keep this hairstyle looking fresh. Natural hair is prone to frizz, tangles, and matting. In order to prevent this from occurring, it is recommended that you re-twist certain twists which begin to look worn overtime. If left unchecked, kinky twists on natural hair can begin to mat, forming what is known as dreadlocks. For this reason, natural haired kinky twist wearers should ensure that they are re-twisting sections of hair when needed.

How to Protect Hair While Wearing Kinky Twists

• In order to keep your hairstyle looking fresh, it is recommended that you wrap your kinky twists each night with a silk scarf to minimize frizz and matting. During the interim, applying a light oil helps keep your natural strands moisturized. When well taken care of, your kinky twists should last between one and three months before it needs to be redone.

Read more: Kinky Hair Twist Styles |


Things you will need:
• 2 bags, Kinky or Afro texture hair extensions
• Shampoo with conditioner
• Cold-wave rods
• Spray bottle
• Towels
• Boiling water
• Cup or bowl
• Blow-dryer

1. Wash your hair the day before you plan to do kinky twists. This removes excess oil so the extensions won’t slip off.
2. Grab a small section of your hair, near the ear, with your fingers.
3. Divide the hair into two parts. Place the hair extension on top of the two parts and twist your hair and the extension together by placing them between the thumb and index finger.
4. Firmly hold your hair and the extension together and wrap the two strands, left over right, until you reach the end of the hair extension.
5. Repeat steps two through five until you have twisted all of your hair.
6. Roll the ends of your kinky twist by placing several twists on a cold-wave rod.
7. Pour boiling water into a wide-mouth cup or bowl.
8. Cover your upper body with thick towels to prevent hot water from dripping directly onto you.
9. Dip the rod with the twists into the boiling water for 3-5 seconds.
10. Remove the twists from the water and immediately blot them dry with a towel.
11. Spray warm water over the hair. This helps the twists to set and not unravel.
Blow-dry your hair.

Watermelon Seed Oil

Botanical Name: Citrullus vulgaris
Aroma: Faint. Slightly Nutty.
Viscosity: Light.
Absorption/Feel: Penetrates Well.
Color: Yellow.
Shelf Life: Indefinite/Highly Stable
Notes: Watermelon Seed Oil (WSO) is a very nourishing yet light oil with good absorption. It is a good choice for use with oily skin but can be effective with all skin types. Its viscosity, mild aroma and indefinite shelf life make it a good all-purpose carrier oil for use in aromatherapy. Other thicker oils and oils with shorter shelf lives can be blended with Watermelon Seed Oil to lighten their texture and aroma and extend their overall shelf life.

Benzoin Essential Oil

Properties: Anti depressant, carminative, cordial, deodorant, disinfectant, relaxant, diuretic, expectorant, anti septic, vulnerary, astringent, anti inflammatory, anti rheumatic and sedative.
Health Benefits: Uplifts mood and fights depression, removes gases and does not let them build up, warming for the respiratory system, drives away body odour, cures infections, relaxes, promotes urination and removal of toxins, protects wounds, strengthens gums and stops haemorrhage, cures inflammation, improves circulation and removes toxins like uric acid and helps cure arthritis, calms anxiety and tension

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