How To Use Hair Care And Styling Products To Keep Frizzy Hair At Bay | vogue

In case you need more reasons to miss the hassle-free buoyancy of summer, the monsoon is here with its favorite sidekick: humidity. If you manage to dodge and weave the constant drizzle outside, the relentless humidity is always within reach to turn your mane into a frizzy monster in 10 seconds or less. If you’d rather not go back to your preschool days with a heavily oiled up braid, pull up a chair and listen to the wisdom of the experts. To keep those crazy locks from skimming the ceiling, we’ve asked Delhi-based hairstylist extraordinaire Rod Anker to help you build a strong line of defense against frizz for the duration of this season, and beyond.

Everything you need in your anti-frizz hair care kit

Refreshing shampoo without the nasties

Many good hair care routines have fallen apart because of the wrong choice of shampoo. While you’re excused for playing favorites when it comes to choosing a formula that truly understands your hair, Anker recommends keeping a close eye on the ingredient list when heading to your local pharmacy for a refill. “The primary purpose of shampoo is to cleanse the hair, which becomes of paramount importance during this season. You will find that any concoction containing sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) has a relatively harsher effect on the hair strands and can tend to dry out your strands. For best results, opt for a sulfate-free shampoo that’s gentler on the hair. Lisse Design Shampoo and AlfaParf’s Illuminating Shampoo both work well for replenishing the hair shaft,” advises- he.

Smoothing Conditioner

You may find it hard to follow the dictates of the CTM routine, but no joke with the hallowed duo of shampoo and conditioner. You may choose to limit the number of times you wash your hair each week, but a reliable conditioner is probably a mainstay of your hair care routine for those times when you choose to go for a hair wash. So what should be on your priority list when buying one this season? “Conditioners are extremely crucial during monsoons as they close the cuticle and lock in moisture inside the hair shaft. Depending on your hair texture and specific hair type requirements, you may opt for the formula that best suits your needs, but always be sure to follow each shampoo with a conditioner,” says Anker. Our picks: Moroccanoil Smoothing Conditioner and TIGI Bed Conditioner Head Refill High Octane Shine

Hair dryer

When it comes to blow-drying, you’ll find the vote split at opposite ends of the spectrum. Either you absolutely can’t leave the house without a standard blowout, or you’ve heard too many cautionary tales to subject your hair to a daily blowout. Anker’s advice is to follow the middle path with due diligence. “What you need to keep in mind is that when shopping for specific hair dryer models, they usually come under scrutiny, but if not used correctly, even the best dryer hair in the world can significantly damage your hair. Always keep in mind that blow-drying your hair should never be an uphill battle. Run the hair dryer through your hair with a soft hand and finish with cold air to close the cuticles,” he adds. We love: the BaByliss D322WE expert hair dryer and the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer

Anti-frizz hair serum

Add the perfect foil to your anti-frizz hair care routine with a serum to help lock things in place and keep those unsightly flyaways at bay. “I usually use a light serum from AlfaParf for a hint of shine. Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Diamond Cristalli Liquidi Serum also works well in this weather,” says Anker. Given the levels of pollution your hair is subjected to on a daily basis, the latter serve as a protective layer against humidity and aggressive external agents.

What Not To Add To Your Haircare Routine This Monsoon

There’s too much good stuff out there, and you’ll want to be wary of blindly stocking up on products and layering chemicals on your hair in an attempt to make your mane submissive. Anker advises against adding an extra hair mask to your daily hair care gig — a good conditioner used regularly can do the job just as well. Additionally, you can take a detour and avoid weighing your locks down by oiling your hair frequently as this can potentially dry out your locks further.

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Melissa R. Brumfield