What time is it? Summertime! Here comes the frizzy hair.
(Okay so it’s September but fall technically starts late September so it’s still summer. Also, did anyone get the reference? High school musical? No? Alright, moving on.)
As great as the city is, there are still some downsides. One of them is the weather here. The humidity. I’m the type to prefer colder weather but Hong Kong is hot and humid almost all year around.
Moving back here meant that I’ve had to make adjustments to my skincare routine. I also had to buy clothes suitable for this weather. Most of my wardrobe I brought from Canada is not items I can use here.
All of that isn’t a big deal but how my hair looks like in this type of weather really gets on my nerves. Mind you, I have somewhat thick hair. Thick hair and humidity do NOT go well together. My hair gets so frizzy I look like a poodle!
At first, I thought maybe people wouldn’t notice. We are known to be our worst critics but when my family members start to point how frizzy my hair is, that’s when I know it’s not just me seeing this. It makes you that much more self-conscious when someone says it to your face.
Although frizz is a common hair problem, my friends don’t have to deal with this. I used to get jealous because they have no idea how frustrating and annoying frizzy hair is.
I’ve tried so many ways to tame my frizzy hair since I hated how it looked. Fortunately, I now have several hacks to keep my hair in check.
1) Buy Shampoo + Conditioner For Frizzy Hair
Let’s start with the basics. Shampoo and conditioner. Pick ones that fit your hair type. For example, if you have oily hair, you shouldn’t buy ones that are for dry hair. Their moisturizing properties might be beneficial to those who need it but you’ll only make it worse for yourself. You using shampoo and conditioner targeted for dry hair means that your hair will be oilier faster, which is not what you want.
The same goes for frizzy hair. Look for shampoos and conditioners that cater to frizz. The bottles usually have the word ‘frizz’ somewhere on the bottle so that’s when you know that product is intended to help those with frizzy hair.
2) Weekly Hair Mask
Use a hair mask to condition your hair to help with the frizz.
The first hair mask I used was the Aussie 3 minute miracle. A college friend recommended this. I liked the idea of a product taking only 3 minutes to work. Usually, you have to leave the mask on for up to 10 – 15 minutes.
I’m not opposed to using masks. I use them in my skincare routine but I can do other things while I have a face mask on. In the shower, I can’t go anywhere.
Also, my showers are only 10 – 15 minutes long. If I use a hair mask, that means I have to be in the shower for double the amount of time? Uh-uh. Not going to happen. 3 minutes I can do. The result came out well too. My hair always feels so soft afterwards.
Ever since then, I’ve used different hair masks. Using a hair mask can help with treating frizz but to be honest, I use this method the least. With all of the other frizzy hair hacks, I can usually skip this step. In extremely humid weather though, I do put on a hair mask.
3) Clarifying Shampoo
It was through my mom where I started using a clarifying shampoo. My mom cares a lot about her hair and she uses many products to keep her hair the way it is. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of gunk especially when you use a lot of products. You need to thoroughly clean your hair and scalp. A clarifying shampoo is perfect for the job.
Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove the oil, dirt, and product buildup in your hair. It allows your hair mask and other products to penetrate better too. Don’t overdo it though because you don’t want to remove the natural oils from your hair.
If I’m not convincing enough, here’s an article explaining why use clarifying shampoo.
4) Hair Treatment For Frizzy Hair
While your hair is still wet coming out of the shower, put a few drops of hair treatment for frizzy hair. There are all kinds of brands out there and I’ve tried many of them.
Rub a few drops of oil/essence in between your hands and work your way up. Put it mostly in the ends before one final smooth down from your scalp to the ends.
Use hair treatment sparingly. Putting too much in your hair will make it get oily fast. My hair gets oily fairly quickly already so there is no need to accelerate the process. I always wash my hair every other day without fail. It would drive me bonkers otherwise.
There is a visible difference when I forego my anti-frizz treatment which is why I never skip this step.
5) Get A Haircut
Another good thing about moving back to Hong Kong is that I get consistent haircuts. In the past, I might get a haircut only twice a year. I get lazy to book a hair appointment so by the time I come around to my next salon appointment, there’s always a lot of hair.
A haircut helps with the frizz. If you’re like me and don’t get haircuts often, you’ll definitely notice a difference after taking a trip to the hair salon. Your hair will feel lighter and get less frizzy.
6) Tie Your Hair Up
The next two hacks are for quick fixes. Sometimes, your hair is really frizzy at the moment and you need a solution NOW.
Throwing your hair up will help with the frizz. Girls who have medium or long-length hair usually carry hair ties around so it’s not like you have to make a huge effort.
I don’t know how girls with long hair don’t tie their hair up here. Perhaps they think they look better with their hair down? I also like it better when I leave my hair down but my frizzy hair is practically yelling at me to tie it up.
This is probably my favourite way to tame frizzy hair. It’s one of the fastest ways too. It sounds simple but trust me, that’s my go-to method whenever I’m out and about.
You will be happier with the result than if you keep your hair down.
7) Hand Cream to Tame Frizzy Hair
Does this hack sound weird? Try it for yourself. Get a drop of hand cream and smooth over your flyaway hair. It’s an instant fix. I always carry hand cream with you (I can’t stand having dry hands) so this little hack has saved me many times.
I prefer to hop into a shower and do the whole hair regime but what can you do when you’re outside and not near a shower? Grab that hand cream for a quick fix.
These problems have helped me tame my frizzy hair throughout the years. My hair wouldn’t be nearly as manageable if I didn’t do any of the above.
What’s your way to combat frizzy hair?