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.
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.
#1: Over-processed hair
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
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.
#2: Improper products and styling
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
next time...Happy Hair Days!