Got the Winter Frizzies? 4 Chemical-Free Ways to Tame Frizzy Hair

Dry, heated air inside, rain & snow outside… it’s little wonder our hair can spend the winter in one big frizz ball. Most of us start looking around for solutions and there are plenty to try, but many use harsh chemicals that do more long-term harm than short-term good.

Luckily, the demand for gentle solutions is high and the marketplace has responded.

4 Chemical-Free Ways to Tame Frizzy Hair

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1. Conditioners and moisturizing shampoos are often our first line of defense when we’re trying to tame our mane, but they’re certainly not created equal. Some coat the hair, preventing moisture from being absorbed by it. They can also cause buildup, compounding the negative effects over time. Others contain alcohol or sodium lauryl sulfate.

Look for moisturizing and smoothing natural ingredients like grapeseed oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, argan oil, or shea butter. For example, ANDALOU Naturals Argan Oil & Shea Moisture Rich Shampoo combines moisturizing, natural ingredients with a list of other natural ingredients to nurture and smooth frizzy hair.

Experts suggest you avoid high-protein oils unless you suspect your hair is actually low in protein.

“If somebody already has enough protein in their hair, you can actually create a buildup of protein that can make the hair more brittle,” cautions Jon DiMauro, Owner of Evoke Salon in Toronto.

2. The same oils can be used alone to tackle mid-day frizzies. Drop a tiny dot on your hand and rub it around between them, then lightly smooth it over your hair’s frizziest spots. I like coconut oil for this purpose because it smells so good. You can also try oil-based products that are designed for dry, frizzy hair, such as Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Hair Oil.

Note that hair dye may not penetrate oils, so if you’re getting your hair done skip the oil or at least inform your stylist.

3. Speaking of natural frizz control, my go-to finishing spray is Boo Bamboo Anti-Humidity Hair Spray. Here on Canada’s ‘wet coast,’ humidity is a problem all winter long. Boo Bamboo is the only anti-humidity spray I’ve found that does the job without giving me crunchy hair or weighing it down too much.

4. One of the most frequent recommendations to control frizzy hair is to avoid your hair dryer and other heated styling tools. That may be true, but most of us don’t want to go out into the winter cold with wet hair. The trick is in finding a hair dryer designed to gently dry and avoid frizz in the first place. I use the Aria Beauty Lightspeed hair dryer (with a diffuser), which uses specialized ionic, non-damaging adjustable infrared heat technology. The difference between using it and a regular hair dryer will blow you away.

The above quick tips to control frizzy hair will make it a problem of the past, without exposure to harsh chemicals. Have you found gentle ways to control hair frizz in the winter? Please share your tips or questions in the comments below.

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Frizzy & thinning! Getting old is ugly HAHA