8 celebrity hairstylist-approved tips for straightening frizzy hair during rains

Frizzy hair and flyaways are one of the most annoying parts of monsoons. Surprisingly, it’s not excess moisture, but lack of moisture in your hair that causes this problem – when your strands lack moisture, the outer layer of hair (the cuticle) absorbs moisture from the air, causing each strand to swell and therefore frizz. We asked Deepika Padukone and Sara Ali Khan’s hairstylist, Florian Hurel, about everything you can do to combat unruly hair during and after the monsoon season.

1) Start in the shower

The shower is a great place to nourish hair with intense moisture and hydrating ingredients right from the start. Most hairstylists recommend against using products that contain sulfates, as they can dry out the hair even more. Instead, look for bottles with argan oil, coconut oil, and shea butter in the ingredient list. A simple trick is to rinse out your conditioner with cold water, this helps lock in moisture and seal the cuticle.

2) Do not over wash the strands

“Frizzy hair is usually caused by dehydration of the hair strand. The solution is quite simple: you need to restore nutrients and moisture to your hair,” says Hurel. He adds that getting your hair wet in the rain isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but washing them every time can be – it will damage your hair and increase the chance of frizz.” Instead, it’s best to just rinse with water and condition to lock in moisture,” he explains. “The natural hair oil that our skin produces takes time to travel from root to tip. By over-washing your hair, you strip away those vital moisturizing oils.

3) Dry your hair well

Rubbing your hair dry with a cotton towel can make frizz even worse. When you rub a towel over the cuticle, it straightens up instead of lying flat. When they open, they look and feel damaged and distressed. Microfiber towels are softer and absorb water faster, drying hair with minimal frizz and flyaways. “If you don’t have one on hand, a cotton t-shirt will also do. Just wipe the water with it,” he says.

4) Rely on styling products

It’s better to play with the natural wave and style of your hair and enhance it rather than fight it. So if you have curly hair (which also frizzes faster), use a lightweight leave-in conditioner or mousse to set your mane, add shine and definition to your curls, and protect them from humidity. . A sea salt spray also works great for those with straight hair, as it adds simple waves. To stop frizz before it even sets in, Hurel suggests applying an anti-frizz serum to the lengths and ends of the hair while it’s still damp.

5) Don’t brush too hard

Running a dry brush through dry hair can create puffiness and flyaways. Instead, brush your hair with a wide-tooth comb while conditioning your hair in the shower, then rinse. If you need to untangle it on the way out, comb it out with your fingers first.

6) Avoid heat tools for air-dried styles

Hair becomes more frizzy because a lack of moisture causes it to spread out and take up more surface area, so it can pick up more moisture from the atmosphere. If you use less heat, the hair can retain more of its natural moisture. “Try to treat the hair like it’s on vacation. Avoid over-touching it or creating heavily slicked or super-curly styles,” says Hurel. If you need to use heated tools, try to choose some one with ionic technology to help lay hair flat.

7) Make an appointment at the salon

Split ends are the main culprit for the damaged appearance of hair, as frayed ends lose moisture faster. They also give the ends a frizzy look, which makes the hair look worse than it looks. Hurel suggests trimming every two months to ensure the entire wick is healthy and able to hold moisture better.

8) Keep your highlights while you sleep

Traditional cotton pillowcases can act like Velcro, separating hair fibers and aggravating frizz. Rough cotton fibers don’t let hair slide easily, resulting in tangles and knotted hair. Silk pillowcases allow hair to retain moisture, making it a better choice for frizz-prone hair.

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