6 Essentials for Sleek, Frizz-Free Hair

Published on 22 February 2019

Hair is feeling a little unloved after the long hot summer? Keep reading – we’ve got all you need to re-hydrate those neglected locks and achieve silky smooth, frizz-free perfection.

If you’re prone to frizzy hair you’ll know that the warmer months pose the biggest threat to your quest for smoothness. 

Frizz happens when dry, damaged hair meets humidity and soaks up the moisture in the air. This unholy union causes the core of the hair swell and “breaks” the cuticle, which creates an uneven surface (aka frizz). 

Thankfully, we’ve got all you need to re-hydrate those frazzled end-of-summer tresses and keep you looking silky smooth. Ready to farewell the frizz? Keep reading. 

 

Banish the Daily Lather

Over-washing your hair is a big no-no for frizzies as it’s a one-way ticket to stripping your hair’s natural oils and drying you out. Try to limit shampooing 2-3 times a week; easing up on the daily lather will give your hair a chance to recover. When you do shampoo, make it a gentle sulfate-free option that won’t tax your locks. 

 

TRY THESE: ORGANIC CARE Heat Protect Shampoo from Coles and Woolworths; A'KIN Unscented Very Gentle Shampoo from Priceline; JOICO Smooth Cure Sulfate Free Shampoo from Hairhouse Warehouse.

 

Hydration, Hydration 

The summer months can be pretty rough on our hair – with the combination of heat, sun, salt and chlorine often leaving your mane looking dull and parched. Rather than washing hair daily try switching to a water rinse (no shampoo) and finish with conditioner to ensure your hair is getting the moisture it needs. The best frizz-taming conditioners are those with plenty of nourishing oils.

TRY THESE: GARNIER Fructis Coconut No Frizz Conditioner from Woolworths; JUUCE Miracle D-Frizz Conditioner from Hairhouse Warehouse; JOHN FRIEDA Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Repairing Conditioner from Priceline; OGX Shea Soft & Smooth Conditioner from Priceline

Blown Away

Hair dryers are great for drying off and styling hair but if you blow-dry every day you run the risk of looking frizzy and dull. Hair dryers that blow too hot or unevenly can damage hair so if frizz is an issue, think about upgrading. Just like everything else in today’s world, hair dryers have come a long way thanks to advances in technology, so if it’s been a while since you upgraded you’ll be surprised by the results of new-gen dryers.

TRY THESE: REMINGTON Nourish Keratin Hair Dryer from Priceline; VS SASSOON Expert Turbo Ionic Ceramic Dryer from Big W; BABYLISS PRO Attitude Dryer from Hairhouse Warehouse.

Up Your Defence 

Like your skin, your hair is vulnerable to the drying effects of the sun, and too much time spent outdoors and unprotected in summer months can destroy shine and leave hair brittle.  While wearing a hat is the best form of protection, you’ll also find products designed to shield hair from heat and the elements. Look for products with in-built heat protection, UV absorbers or filters and don’t forget the sensitive skin on your scalp, which should be protected with sunscreen or an SPF mist.

TRY THESE:
VO5 Hairspray Firm Hold with UV filter from Woolworths; TONI & GUY Hair Heat Protection Mist from Priceline; JUUCE Solar Enz leave-in sun protection from Hairhouse Warehouse.

Treat Me Good

By the time summer is on the wane, our hair has generally taken a bit of a beating – especially if you’re a pool or beach baby. Now’s the time for some serious re-hydration to de-frizz and reclaim your hair’s natural bounce and shine. Conditioning treatments deliver a big boost of moisture to provide long-lasting conditioning and improved elasticity. For best results, administer weekly.

TRY THESE: KMART brand Mad for Keratin Oil Hair Treatment from Kmart; MOROCCANOIL Smoothing Mask from Hairhouse Warehouse; TONI&GUY Damage Repair Mask from Coles; MAUI MOISTURE Strength & Anti-Breakage Rich Honey Hair Mask from Priceline.

Smooth Sailing

Sometimes, no matter how well you start the day, those dreaded flyaways have a way of messing things up. One way to keep things sleek all day long is with a serum or finishing oil. And for those on-the-go frizz emergencies, stash some firm to mid-weight styling wax in your bag – use fingertips to smooth a small amount of wax from roots to half-way down the hair shaft to keep yourself in place. 

TRY THESE: TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Serum from Priceline; GARNIER Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Frizz Serum; L'ORÉAL PARIS Botanicals Camelina Smooth Ritual Frizz Antidote from Priceline; SCHWARZKOPF Extra Care Daily Oil Elixir from Kmart; PAUL MITCHELL Mirror Smooth High Gloss Primer from Hairhouse Warehouse; URBANE MESS Wax Pomade from Woolworths.