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Taking a till on your hair

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I hate to complain about how hot and humid it gets especially during a great summer like this - because I know that it won't last long. But there is one thing about this weather that I don't like: what it does to our hair!

Are you suffering with a head full of frizz? Lucky for you, texture is back in a big way right now. Let's talk about how to tame that frizz and end the war you are having with your hair.

If you have frizz, your hair is telling you that it needs moisture. That may seem strange to you considering the dew points and the humidity we have been having, but it is true. The solution starts right in your shower.

The summer heat and sun exposure wreak havoc on our hair. We need to supplement the moisture our hair loses, and if you have curly hair you automatically need more moisture than the average head of hair. To achieve that goal, you have to invest in quality shampoo, conditioners and styling products. And by quality, I mean professional: the products that really get into the hair and do something, unlike store bought products. Trust your hairdresser to give you a prescription of take-home products that are going to make styling your hair a breeze. So assuming we have our professional products, on to the styling.

Since frizzy hair means a lack of moisture, why are you stripping it every 12 to 24 hours by washing it? Stop that! Go ahead, rinse it in the shower and add conditioner to the ends. Don't shampoo every day. You don't need to, and it wrecks your hair. Rinsing alone takes out the sweat and dirt. If you think your hair will be 'gross' or 'greasy,' trust me just try it, and you'll see.

Once you are out of the shower, lightly towel dry the hair and use a leave-in conditioner along with a great styling aid. Paul Mitchell sculpting foam is one of the oldest and still best-selling products for frizz control that also conditions the hair. Whether you prefer a foam, cream, gel or oil, use something great and get it in right out of the shower.

I am willing to bet you have some natural curl in your hair. Instead of fighting it, go with it! Don't comb your hair today; instead, run your fingers through it or use a wide-tooth comb. You don't want to pull and stretch out the curls or natural wave you do have. This roughs it up and starts to really get the frizz started.

Once the product is in and you have de-tangled, grab your towel and scrunch. Only use a towel for this, not your hands. Your hands are going to make it frizzy. You can use a low-heat dryer with a diffuser if you need to, but I would just let it air dry to give your hair a break.

Got a date after work? Heat up the curling iron. You can polish your natural curls with a few curls added with an iron. Maybe a little tease in the crown area, some hairspray and voila - day to night hair. Wait, did I say a "little" tease? Go ahead and tease it to Jesus, ladies - you have a date!

If you read all this and you're still stumped, I recommend a styling 101 course with your stylist. Reserve this time with them, and tell them you need some styling tips. If they can't help, you may need to find a curly hair specialist.

Now stop fussing with frizz. Try these tips, rock your curls and enjoy your hair. Do you know how many people wish they had your curl? If you have more questions, I welcome them!


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