As you know, most of the products we review and recommend here are investment products that will last you a while, and are of excellent quality.
But there are things every one of us can do that cost little or nothing to help with frizzy, damaged hair. Some ideas are common sense, some just make sense. But all these tips and tricks pitch in the keep your hair smooth, straight and frizz-free!
Please write in if we’ve missed any that might be working for you.
1. Silk Pillowcases for Frizzy Hair
How often do you wake up, look in the mirror and realize that your hair has turned into a big frizzy mess overnight?
Cotton pillowcases may feel soft, but no matter the thread count, the weave of cotton can minutely ‘grip’ the delicate hair follicle, causing overnight damage and breaking.
In addition, cotton is nature’s most absorbant material – it’s what we love most about the cotton clothes that keep us cool on hot summer days, or the thick cotton towels that dry us after a warm shower.
But, cotton pillow cases absorb the precious oils in your hair overnight, in addition to the creams and oils placed on your face.
Silk pillow cases are the smoothest and as you move throughout the night, there is nothing that your hair can grab onto. There is no friction created, which means you don’t have to worry about tossing and turning.
Silk is actually made up of amino acids (proteins), which help prevent splitting and dead ends. My mom and I both have a silk pillow on our beds and can report that is has definitely improved our frizzy hair.
One other great benefit to note, too, is that silk pillow cases help with wrinkle prevention, so you’re killing two birds with one stone!
The pillow cases that we use are not the highest end, but they certainly work well and got great reviews on Amazon. Here is a link to the Spasilk 100% Pure Silk Facial Beauty Pillowcase and you can get them HERE for under $20 on Amazon.
2. Don’t towel dry your hair
Towel drying hair falls under the category of ‘unnecessary roughness’ for your hair. As great as towels are for absorbing moisture, the rough surface of the towel can cause big damage to sensitive hair cuticles.
This is especially true when hair is wet, because a wet hair strand is already more stressed from the weight of the water. After shampooing, hair cuticles are open, exposing the hair shaft to more potential damage from towel-drying. Here’s some ideas:
- When you are still in the shower, wring the excess water out of your hair gently, moving hands from the roots of your hair down to the tip – that is, in the direction that the keratin ‘scales’ on your hair normally lie.
- Use a light weight drying towel to wrap around your hair. We use the Turbie Twist and find that it is actually very comfortable and dries hair faster than a regular cotton towel. You can’t beat this $5 value.
- Use an old t-shirt instead of a regular bath towel – it’s absorbent without the rough texture of a towel.
- Once again, never run your fingers, towels or any other item along your hair cuticle unless you are moving from the top down to the ends.
3. Vinegar rinse at the end of your shampoo!
We have talked on this blog about the pH level of your hair and how important that is when trying to tame frizzy hair. An apple cider vinegar rinse at the end of your shower routine will balance your hair’s pH level and remove excess buildup. The best part about this simple method of taming frizzy hair is that apple cider vinegar is very cheap.
Using this as a part of your shower routine once a week or so will definitely help you notice a difference. I keep Bragg Apple Cider vinegar at my apartment all the time and not only use it in the shower, but also put a teaspoon in water once in a while to help balance my internal pH as well! You can get Bragg at natural health food stores, or just order it for under $5 HERE on Amazon.
4. Cold water rinse
Most people do know about the cold water rinse and how it helps improve the sleekness of your hair, but it is so hard to do in the winter time! On those hot summer days, taking a cold shower will not only cool you off, but your hair, scalp and frizzy hair will thank you. The cold water smoothes the cuticles so they lie flat against the hair shaft. Try to remember to do this as much as possible, and in the winter, do your cold water rinse in the sink if you just can’t handle the cold water in the shower.
5. Deep Condition obsessively
This is another obvious suggestion that can be done inexpensively quite well, thank you! There are so many deep conditioning treatments on the market, but you don’t have to break the bank in order to get the benefits of a good, weekly deep condition for your hair. The hardest part about regular deep conditioning for most people is just the discipline to do it regularly.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner - this a great product and for the price, you get a package of 3 – 8 oz. tubes. This conditioner is creamy, leaves hair soft and manageable. Good for all hair types.
- Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner – Another great product, not as well known, but gets rave reviews, and for under $10 for a large bottle, you can’t beat the value. Although it’s marketed as a leave-in, so many people used it as a deep conditioner,we thought we’d include it on this list. It’s also a vegan product, with all natural ingredients.
- L’oreal Nature’s Therapy Mega Moisture Nurturing Creme – a great value from a name we all know. This is a great value, with a whopping 16oz. tub for under $15 – comes in smaller sizes, too, if you want to spend even less.
- Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask - at a little over $20 for the 8-oz. container, this product is probably a tad too much $ for this particular list, but if you are willing to spend a few extra dollars, this is one great deep conditioner.
- Spornette Porcupine Rounder Brush – the well-known German manufacturer of quality hair brushes makes a very affordable combination brush that combines natural boar bristles with nylon.
- Vidal Sassoon Ionic Thermal All Purpose Brush – a salon-quality brush, this is a very popular product with the frizzy-hair crowd. Sturdy construction, gentle bristles and ionic technology makes this brush a fantastic value.
- Olivia Garden Healthy Hair Ionic Massage Hair Brush – great brush with a combination of boar bristle and bamboo wood-pin, this brush easily delivers what quality brushes 10x the cost do. Available in different sizes, paddle, vent and round.