Friday, February 24, 2012
Fight the Frizz!
Beauties, are you sick of looking in the mirror and watching your blow-out go from fab to frizzy? We know how frustrating that is, New York City-based celebrity hairstylist and owner of Cutler salon, Rodney Cutler (he gave Emma Watson her incredible pixie cut!) will help you to get some insider tricks and tips on how to prevent extra fluff and flyaways.
The first step to smooth, silky locks starts in the shower. "During wintertime your hair gets frizzy from lack of moisture, whereas in the summer it's the opposite," explains Rodney. This means that it's extra important to keep your hair hydrated in the colder months—either with a hair mask or leave-in conditioner. "When you've finished washing your hair, give it a final rinse with cool water," advises Rodney. "The cool water will help to seal the cuticle and lock in the moisture." Leaving the cuticle open and exposing it to cold winds and hot air from indoor heating is what dries out your hair and lifts the cuticle higher, making it look frizzy.
It's also extremely important to ensure your cuticle stays sealed during your blow-dry. "Always—even in summer—use the cool setting at the end of your blow-dry," explains Rodney. "And use a small nozzle! You may think that it's too time consuming, but without a nozzle you splay the hair, instead of smoothing the shaft downwards and forcing it to lay flat." Another important factor is product, and while there are plenty on the market, it's important to know the best way to apply them. Smoothing serums are ideal for taming frizz, but for the best results, blend them in with another product before applying. "Mix your smoothing serum in with your heat protectant and apply it as soon as you get out of the shower," says Rodney. "This way you’re more likely to apply the product from your roots up, rather than putting a dollop straight onto the top of your head, which can make your hair look oily!”
If it’s chilly or rainy outside, Rodney offers one last piece of advice. “Look for a beanie or hat with silk lining—materials such as wool and mohair can create static in your strands!” It’s also a great idea to wrap your hair in a silk scarf if it’s raining when you leave the hair salon. The headwrap will prevent your locks from frizzing up due to the humidity.