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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


Maintaining Curly Hair

Maintaining luscious curls is not an easy task. Varying climates, temperatures, activities, stress levels, etc. can all affect the appearance of your hair. Let’s face it…curly hair is temperamental. Over conditioning and product build up can weigh down the hair, rendering it lifeless. What’s the key? A regular hair care regime (including diet, exercise, and vitamins), proper upkeep, and the right products.

Nothing is more unattractive then sparse, stringy ends…especially on curly heads. Regular trims should be a part of your hair care regime. Curly hair should be trimmed at least every 3 months. Don’t just trust anyone with your gorgeous locks. Ensure that your stylist is familiar with styling and cutting curly hair.

Heat things up a bit! Give yourself a hot oil treatment once a month…especially during the cold weather. Harsh temperatures contribute to dry, brittle hair. Counter it with a little heat. The heat opens up the inner cortex and penetrates the hair shaft. The conditioning oil strengthens the hair shaft and lubricates dry, itchy scalps. When you rinse out the oil, the shaft closes and locks in moisture. A must for curly hair!

Give your hair a break! Refresh your dry, unmanageable curls with a touch of essential oils. Avocado, jojoba, coconut, and olive oil are great moisturizers. Shampoo and condition hair. Apply oil of your choice. Gently comb oils through hair. Fine hair – use less oil, to your liking. Medium/coarse hair – use more oil, to your liking. Wear hair in protective style (e.g. bun) for 24 hours. You will find that your curls are soft, revived, and more manageable your next shampoo!

Caution: Avoid products that contain mineral and/or petrolatum oil as an ingredient. Do not use products with these ingredients for your hair or scalp. Both of these synthetic oils coat and suffocate the hair shaft blocking moisture out. Further, they clog pores in your scalp and can retard hair growth. Read your labels. Remember, the ingredients are listed in order of volume.

Good nutrition and proper hydration is the key to healthy natural hair care in the cold winter months. Hair, just like skin, dries out due to the lack of water.

Freezing cold temperatures, excessive winds and snow all wreak havoc on hair. Seasons change and so does the moisture levels in the air which in turn affect hair. Central heating can also adversely affect hair in the winter months. Winterizing hair is important in maintaining that healthy glow.

Hair Nutrition
Nutrition is important to the skin, nails and hair in any climate, but especially in the cold winter months. Essential fatty acids, as found in cold-water fish, extra virgin olive oil, flax oil or supplements such as primrose or borage oils, provide natural “waterproofing”. If essential fatty acid (EFA) levels are low, hair gets dry. A key indicator that this is happening to the hair is inspecting the skin. If the appearance of “alligator shins” can be seen on the skin then there is an EFA deficiency in the body. Therefore, hair breakage will increase as well as frizzy hair. At this point the damage is done.

Hair contains protein. A diet that’s low in protein can cause thinning and an unhealthy look. Lecithin and soy are proven to be essential for healthy hair.

Adding Moisture
Hair vitamins may sound silly, but they work much better in restoring hair moisture than the usual store bought products that contain chemicals.

Moisture can be added by using a simple product – olive oil. Once or twice a week warm up some olive oil and massage it into the hair. Let it sit on the hair for no more than five minutes then wash hair as usual.

Natural Conditioners
Jojoba Oil

20 ml rose floral water

10ml jojoba

10 drops vitamin E oil

Gently warm rose water and add in jojoba oil. Add the vitamin E and mix well. Wet hair with warm water. Massage conditioner onto hair and scalp. Leave on for several minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water then shampoo as usual.

Clover Honey Conditioner

Wet hair with warm water, then massage half a cup of pure clover honey into hair. Work it through to the ends. Cover your hair with a plastic bathing cap or towel. Leave the conditioner on for at least 20 minutes then shampoo as usual.

Olive Oil and Safflower Oil

Use olive oil as a natural anti-frizz hair product. Mix 50ml of light olive oil with 30-40 drops of a scented oil of your choice. Mix well before each use. Take a small amount and spread throughout the ends of hair.

Safflower oil will create shine and moisten the hair. A few drops in your hand, rub the oil around and apply onto hair.

Winter Hair Tips
Dry hair thoroughly (preferably air drying, not blow drying) before going outdoors. Wet hair in cold temperatures turns into frozen hair. Frozen hair will lead to breakage.
Cover damp hair if being exposed to the elements. Most styling products contain water and they will freeze once outside.
Shampoo less if there is excessive hair breakage. A good indicator of excessive hair breakage is to look in the drain. It’s common for hair to break off more due to the dry winter months. Maintain natural oils by washing less. Washing only once or twice a week is recommended in maintaining natural oils on the scalp and in the hair.
Wear a hat. Hats protect the hair and they can be fashionable.
Regular oil treatments, preferably natural oil treatments are effective in helping to re-hydrate hair from heating systems and wintery conditions.
Additional Healthy Hair Tips
cut back or quit smoking
reduce caffeine and carbonated drinks as they weaken hair growth
avoid use of hot water, hot blow dryers and other hot hair care tools
have a weekly scalp massage to stimulate follicles
trim hair regularly
A healthy lifestyle, good nutrition and regular moisurizing helps in keeping hair healthy in the winter and throughout the year.

Read more at Suite101: Maintaining Hair Health in Winter: Dry Hair into Beautiful Hair the Natural Way

No matter how much time and money is spent on perfecting hair’s health with products, hair health begins from the inside to the outside. Hair is part of the integumentary system, which is a bodily system, such as the nerves system. The integumentary system contains the following: hair, skin, and nails. The three parts of the body are related, but hair is different in the way that it grows from the inside to the outside of the head. People use a lot of different products to get a desired hair effect-healthy hair. However, people forget that healthy hair is a nice thing to have and it comes with taking care of your body with nutrients.

Unhealthy hair is not attractive. It is dull, dry, and may have a lot of split ends. It may appear to be frizzy. Poor nutrition is the most common reason for unhealthy looking hair. It is a diet that is poor, which is high in sugar, salt, and animal fat that is only bad and not good for your hair. Those types of diets create added stress on the body. The body then needs more nutrients. Vitamin B gets depleted without eating right. The B- vitamins have a lot of different functions for humans. The functions of B-vitamins ranges from biotin preventing hair loss to biotin helping fingernails get and remain healthy. It is not hard to eat a food that contains vitamins B and C, such as bread or eggs. I like to eat the latter sometimes. It is not hard to incorporate these vitamin-enriched foods into your diet, because they are relatively inexpensive to buy. Vitamin B and C are necessary for hair growth, hair color, and good circulation. Enough of vitamin B and C in your diet will keep individual strands of tresses from breaking.

A multivitamin is good for your hair, but it is neccessary to get the right nutrients from the foods that we eat. If you are like everyone else, you probably do take multivitamins. Vitamin A should be a part of your mulitvitamin, which will give you a healthy scalp, because it works wonders for skin. Vitamin A is found in apricots. I enjoy the latter. You should try not eating junk foods or consuming unhealthy drinks that will make the body’s nutrients more depleted. I avoid a lot of chocolate, which is a popular junk food. Some drinks, such as coffee contain a lot of caffeine. I do not drink coffee at all.

Eight glasses of water per day is absolutely needed for healthy hair. You should drink water to clean out your system. This way, your body will be hydrated and your hair will also get more moisture. I drink water everyday, because I like it. It is always there at my convenience and cheap. There are many benefits to drinking water. Water also quenches your thirst and aids in food digestion so that your body will not get so stressed out and will not need to work harder to digest foods as it does without water.

The hair is ninety-eight percent proteins. Locks are dead protein. As soon as hair grows out of the head, it is dead. Hair needs protein to get healthy. There are so many protein rich foods. Some protein rich foods are the following: meats, seeds, and nuts. The availability of these foods makes it easy to get them. There are always basic foods, such as these that are found at the local grocery store. As a partial vegetarian, tuna is an option that I usually eat. I do not eat any kind of meat, except for fish. Fish is a good source of protein. Tuna is also a good source of essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fats are found a lot in cold-water fish. Essential fatty acids or EFAs should be added to the diet to get omega-3 fats and omega-6 fats. These EFAs need to come from an outside source, because the body does not produce them. Omega-6 fats are found in< corn and some other foods.


Kerastase Nutritive Oleo-Curl Definition Cream
Kerastase Oleo-Curl Definition Cream gives definition to thick, coarse, curly hair and protects from humidity and thermal damage.
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Artec Textureline Hotstyle Curling Iron Fix
Artec for L’oreal Professionnel are products that provide solutions to every haircare and styling need.
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Kenra Curl Defining Creme
Kenra’s Curl Defining Creme refines and separates curls and waves while taming frizz and flyaways. This humidity resistant formula adds a control and shine with a soft touchable finish.
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KMS California Curlup Curling Balm
KMS Curlup curling balm increases curls and waves instantly!
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Curly Sexy Hair Curling Creme
From Sexy Hair comes Curly Sexy Hair Curling Creme for medium to thick hair to help control frizz.
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Sexy Hair Curly Sexy Hair 24/7 Curl Spray
Sexy Hair 24/7 Curling Spray is activated by heat to offer 24 hours of super soft curls with a healthy sheen.
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Oscar Blandi Proteine Di Jasmine Protein Mist
Oscar Blandi Proteine Di Jasmine detangles, fortifies, protects and restyles hair.
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Ken Paves Healthy Hair Strong Hold Shaping Hair Spray
Ken Paves Healthy Hair Strong Hold Shaping Hair Spray with strong hold that doesn’t collapse under pressure.
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Maxius Maxi Waxi Pomade
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Citre Shine Curl Crunch Curling Creme
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Lustrasilk Right On Curl Activator Moisturizer
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got2b Curled-Up Curling Spray
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Citre Shine Making Waves Curl Booster
Specially formulated curl booster will shape and define your curls while adding body and bounce. Kick up your curls! Shine enhancing citrus extracts add vibrancy and reform your dead beat hair.

Progaine Volumizing Foam
Gives you the styling hold you desire. This airy foam creates volume and control without weighing hair down. Add staying power to your style!
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BioSilk Silk Pomade
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Nexxus Designing Texxtur 5.1 oz.
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TIGI Bed Head Maxxed-Out Massive Hold Hair Spray
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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Grooming Pomade
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Dimensions Shape Pomade

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The best things about summer are the fun times – relaxing in the sun, swimming in the ocean or in a pool. This article examines hair care tips to prevent sun damage.

Hair, especially colored or chemically treated hair, needs a lot of protection to avoid looking limp, frizzy and lifeless.

Hair Care Tips for Summer
Sun, water and the ocean can cause a lot of damage, especially to dyed hair. Take a look at the following tips to look after hair.

Swimming in a chlorinated pool or the ocean: Chlorine is very harsh on hair and can make it look dull and frizzy. Sea salt has a similar effect and can make dyed hair even worse because dyes and colorants make hair more porous than natural hair. Make sure to use a protein rich conditioner or hair treatment and apply it before swimming. A treatment such as a hair mask will give more protection. Rinse hair immediately after swimming, as more damage can be caused the longer chlorine and sea salt are left in the hair.

Avoid blow drying: Allow hair to dry naturally, in the warm summer months at least. Blow drying can damage hair and make it brittle.

Hair styling: Use a wide toothed comb and don’t brush wet hair as it is more likely to break. Curling tongs and straightening irons can cause damage, so give hair a break every now and again – go natural! If this seems impossible, put hair in a bun or tie a headscarf around the head – even if its just around the house, hair will benefit from the break.

Fine hair that looks flat and limp: A volumizing shampoo and conditioner is a good solution. Diet affects hair, so in summer especially, be sure to eat plenty of raw, natural foods to give hair the boost it needs.
Split ends: Use a good quality serum or cream and have the hair trimmed regularly to avoid splitting and keep hair looking good.

Avoid tight ponytails: This causes tension on the hairline and pulling the hair in this way can cause hair to break, headaches and even hair loss. Tie hair in a looser ponytail and avoid rubber bands or poor quality pony tail bands.

Look for natural hair care products: Hair that is regularly washed and conditioned with shampoos and conditioners that contain harmful chemicals, such as SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) can become damaged over time and this can even cause hair loss. Be sure to choose organic, natural products and read labels carefully and get educated on what actually goes into regular shampoo.

Home made hair mask: Give hair the ultimate treatment at home – this can be very effective and non-expensive. Try an olive oil or coconut oil mask – simply rub oil into the hair and scalp, cover and allow to soak in for a few hours before washing off with a natural shampoo.

Green hair after swimming: Chlorine has this effect on blondes, usually after swimming a lot. Try a rich, natural, leave-in conditioner or treatment and/or visit a salon for a professional analysis.
Protection before going on vacation: Start the season with a visit to a stylist for a great cut and treatment to make sure hair is in good condition before going away. Ask the stylist for tips on maintenance to keep hair looking fabulous while away.

Preventing damage to the hair and caring for hair is not difficult. Thinking ahead is the key factor to good looking hair during the hot summer months.

Read more at Suite101: Ten Hair Care Tips for Summer: How to Prevent Damage to Hair from Sun and Swimming, Naturally

Spring brings with it an additional set of problems for any hair. Repair hair damage with proper hair care and conditioning.

Once winter is over, with proper hair treatment the hair follicles should start to become revitalized again. Many people, however, have not taken good care of their hair during the harsh winter months, so they tend to notice brittle and dry hair with split ends that now need to be taken care of.

Factors That Can Damage the Hair In Spring
Some of the main factors that contribute to damaged hair in spring, besides the obvious winter leftovers, are wind, humidity, moisture and even heat. The wind is in full force in many parts of the world during spring and this tends to create loads of split ends and the static hair look that everybody hates. This of course greatly contributes to damaged hair. If the hair happens to be naturally coarse, it will become even more so.

The humidity that comes after the dry winter does not help the hair one bit. It tends to leave the hair flat and boring. Particularly straight hair tends to suffer under the spring humid weather.

Spring is a season of rains, which means increased moisture. As it is constantly pointed out at various high quality hair salons and by hairdressers, high levels of moisture give the hair a very frizzy look. This is exactly the same results as some older types of hair dryers used to do.

Heat is another danger to the hair after the cold winter temperatures. While spring is not usually known for heavy bouts of heat, the air tends to be much hotter than the hair is used to from the previous months, and this will open the hair cuticles, contributing to split ends as well. The hair becomes duller and more brittle.

Proper Hair Care In Spring
If the hair has been neglected during winter, it can always be fixed in spring with a bit of care. Most probably by now the split ends are breaking havoc on many scalps and the best way to deal with that is simply have a hair cut in order to get those split ends off. The individual damages to the hair might warrant different lengths to be cut off. As a side note, it is said that short hair is in style again this spring.

After the heavy and harsh winter months each hair type needs a revitalizing deep moisturizing treatment that removes the winter dryness from it. The same applies to the skin as well. The skin looks dull after the cold months, but a fresh peeling mask will bring back the glow to every skin type.

Hair static can be countered with some leave-in detangler and conditioner. The detangler has the effect of protecting the hair and calming the static ions. The added conditioner will increase the level of moisture to the hair cuticles to freshen and revitalize the hair. At the same time it will bring back the hair shine that was lacking throughout winter.

After washing the hair it should be dried with good hair blow dryers. Avoiding the old traditional hair dryer models is a must. Mostly hair dryers with negative ions and with tourmaline added to them should be used. These have the effect of giving the hair that much needed shine, while making it more manageable at the same time. Sadly the traditional hair dryers tend to give positive ions which damage the hair as they open up the hair cuticles leaving the hair fizzy and fizzled.

Of course, the best tip on proper hair care in spring is to actually follow the winter hair treatment tips as these will ensure the hair will keep its shine and health all throughout the heavy, cold and dry temperatures.

Read more at Suite101: Proper Hair Care in Spring: Revitalize Hair After a Harsh Winter

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