The thing about battling humidity-induced frizz in the summer is that it takes a bit of effort in a season all about effortless everything. And frankly, I'm the queen of making almost no effort with my hair. I always leave the house with it wet, with some anti-frizz stuff and curl mousse thrown in. Still, there are some things I find helpful in a smoothing way, and a couple of new items really worth considering if you fight frizz too.
five frizz fighters for prettier summer hair
To beat frizz on the go, try a few swipes with a Kérastase Carré Lissant Anti-Frizz Paper ($35/50 sheets; kerastase.ca for salons). Fabric-softener-esque sheets coated with a light wax + synthetic-emollients blend that includes beeswax, glycerin, olive oil and lavender oil, these sheets really do lightly smooth the hair's surface, and help resist humidity, too.
Aside: I still mourn the genius, severely under-appreciated, and now-discontinued John Frieda Flyaway Tamer wand we first mentioned here, which smoothed frizz and flyaways, added a soft, flexible hold, and had zero crunch. *sob*
For long days in the sun at the beach or poolside, waterproof Rene Futerer Solaire Protective Summer Fluid for hair ($32 at salons, 1-877-441-2011 for retailers) contains conditioning sesame oil as well as UV filters to prevent damaging keratin loss via overexposure. Unlikely I'll use this myself because I shun the sun and being outdoors for that kind of time, but our Liza (LEEZA), who wages a daily war on frizz and usually wins, felt the need to pick up an extra bottle or two of this stuff in France for about half what we pay in North America. (The airline ticket, though. *grin*)
My new frizz-control go-to is the new John Frieda Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz Primer ($13.49 at well.ca and $9.99 at ulta.com). It's designed for use with a corresponding shampoo and conditioner, but I use a dandruff 2-in-1 instead. Yet, Forever Smooth applied before curl-enhancing mousse gives my sort-of-wavy texture a less grizzled finish and a bit of much needed softness, so yay.
Every once in a while, I'll add a step to my two-step routine of anti-frizz primer + curl-enhancing mousse. Parlour by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray ($27 at birchbox.ca and $24 at birchbox.com) on damp or dry hair adds beachy texture and control without overdrying. It's not so much about anti-frizz as it is about volume, but it's definitely summer. And it smells wonderfully light and clean as well -- no effing cupcakes in your damn hair. Sorry, did I write that out loud?
Sometimes circumstances can take your usual haircare choices out of your hands. I've been staying with my sis while we work on a project together, and in the interests of hauling less stuff to her place, I left my usual hair-care staples at home. So I've been using Karen's Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner ($7.99 and $7.99 at well.ca, and $5.99 and $5.99 at ulta.com) – and I like the results. The line is supposed to work best with heat styling, but of course I only air-dry (see "no effort"). Yet my hair is smoother, and has more shape when I apply my anti-frizz primer and curl mousse. Makes me wish it came in an anti-dandruff formula; I wish the same thing about the John Frieda Forever Smooth cleanser and conditioner too. (If I stray from my regular stuff for much longer, I'll pay an itchy price. Grrr.)
I confessed yesterday that I've ignored deep conditioners for years. But they can really help fight frizz in the summer as well as winter – well moisturized hair doesn't freak out in humidity (or a humidity deficit) as much as thirsty hair does. So my next mission is trying out some hair masques, and maybe finally that unscented natural coconut oil in my pantry. Thanks for your suggestions yesterday, too!
Enough of my rambling. How do you cope with frizz in the summer?