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The Battle of the Frizz

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 9:20 AM  |  by HD-Mary

Image of rainHere we are already in April and you know what they say, "April showers bring May flowers." But, for me and a lot of other people with curly hair, April showers bring frizzy hair! I guess I shouldn't only blame April showers on the frizzies that some of us experience, because there are a lot of other reasons too: humidity, inappropriate choice of products, too much heat styling and my all time favorite...bad haircuts. All of these causes of frizz ring true for hair wearers as well.

There are so many things to manage when wearing a hair system that the least of your worries should be frizz. But to the dismay of many, frizz is one of the most frequent issues that comes up. Clients are always asking how to correct frizz, so I thought I'd cover a few of the more prevalent issues that cause frizz and how to correct it.

Culprit #1: Over-processed hair

One of the biggest causes of frizz is over-processed hair. Over-processing happens for a number of reasons. Many times it's because a client requests a high-lift blond hair color but then also wants a tighter curl. The hair has already gone through a number of processes to lift the naturally darker hair tones (native to Indian or Chinese hair) to a blond color, then we have to introduce yet another process to add a tighter curl. Adding curl to the hair in a hair system requires the hair to be wrapped around long rods. Those rods are pressure steamed in an oven to lock in the curl pattern requested. This additional level of processing stresses the hair even more.

Culprit #2: Improper products and styling

Once the customer receives their hair they might then use the wrong products and overdo it with the heat styling tools (ie. hair dryers or curling/straightening irons). Recommending certain styling/maintenance products is not just a sales ploy here at Hair Direct. We want you to have the correct products that will take the best care of the hair in your systems so that you can get the most bang for your buck and have the best looking hair. After all, a hair system is an investment, so you should also invest in the best products to care for that investment! 

All of these things combined can cause very dry hair that will tangle easier, and in turn cause breakage when the wearer tries to brush/comb/style the hair. Not only that, but it can cause texture mismatch because the hair in your system no longer matches your own bio hair. What was once a soft head of hair has now transformed in to a tangled/matted mess that closely resembles a nest! No one wants that!

How to fix it

So what do you do when you're in the throws of a hair battle? Well, first take a deep breath and regroup. Then consider the products that you're using. Are they providing the hydration the hair is crying out for? Hydration is a necessity for the hair in a hair system. Make sure that you are using a good hydrating conditioner/shampoo. Shampooing too often is also a no-no! Once or twice a week is okay, but you may need to condition more frequently to keep the hair from becoming dry and brittle. It is also recommended you use a hydrating leave-in conditioner or sealer on a daily basis to help keep the hair soft.

If you've done all of the above and your hair is still dry, tangled or matted then you may need to pull out the "big guns." What, you may ask, are the "big guns?" The professional detangling procedure of course! The products required for this can be a little scary and intimidating at first but rest assured it is tried and true. It's a very fast moving procedure that can leave your hair tangle-free and feeling soft again. And if it's just a little too daunting for you, then you always have the option to send your system to us and we can do the detangling procedure for you. If all else fails, you can certainly discuss the option of changing the hair type with your hair tech or maybe a blend of hair types will even do the trick.

I think that I've touched on most reasons that can cause frizz but I want to be called out if I've forgotten something. Or maybe you're a seasoned veteran in the battle against frizz and can offer a battle strategy for the newbies among us. Either way, pay it forward and share your personal experiences.

Until next time...Happy Hair Days!

About HD-Mary

I have always had a love for hair and all aspects of it. So after years of cutting/coloring/perming and styling family and friends hair I took the leap and put myself through Cosmetology school. I love creating/designing and educating clients. So, I have been referred to by a few in the office as "Obi Wan" because I love to share my knowledge. Hair Direct has allowed me to follow my passions and be a part of a great company to boot!

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