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How to Tame Damaged Hair without Cutting it



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Winter months dry hair causing frizz and summer months bleach and burn hair causing split ends and damage. If dry, damaged hair is the problem, cutting the hair isn't the only solution.

Winter chill and static in the air can cause hair to flyaway and become frizzy or uncontrollable, while the warmer months can dry hair and the summer sun can bleach hair. Even when weather and the outdoors isn't damaging hair, blow drying, coloring hair, styling products and machines can all take their toll on healthy hair.

If dry, brittle, broken or split end hair is a problem, there are solutions to frizzy and flyaway hair besides cutting it. Even if an unforeseen accident happens to damage hair, certain hair treatments can repair some of the damage. Let's look at some easy, over the counter hair treatments that might help tame frizzy flyaway hair problems.

Frizz Control for Hair Cut or Trim

First, one way to repair damaged split ends that cause frizzy hair is to cut the hair back to the point where the hair is not damaged. If cutting the hair is not an option, then a light trim to remove the very tips of the most damaged part of the hair can make a big difference in the appearance and healthy of the hair shaft.

Frizz Control for Hair Avoid Heat and Styling Machines

Until the hair has grown out again, try not to use styling machines such as hot irons, flat irons, curlers or blow dryers, because these will increase the damage to the hair shaft and can also increase frizz. Letting hair dry naturally is the healthiest way to care for damaged hair. If blow dying is a must, use a low heat setting and the lowest blower setting possible and then follow the next step.

Frizz Control for Hair Use Styling Creams

If styling with heat or blow drying hair is absolutely necessary, using a moisturizing styling cream on wet hair prior to styling can help tame some of the frizz while locking in the moisture from the water and conditioning the hair.

Frizz Control for Hair Use Pomades or Pomatum

When dry, brittle hair is the problem, using a pomade instead of hair gel or styling gel can increase moisture to the hair and tame the flyaway and split ends to prevent frizz. Pomades can leave hair looking slick, smooth and add shine, but using too much can also weight hair down and make it look greasy.

When using a pomade, skip the more expensive brand pomades and opt for unscented mineral oil (the scented kind has alcohol that can dry hair more) to lighten the load on the pocketbook, and then apply it only to the tips of the hair, avoiding the scalp completely. Petroleum jelly can also work if mixed in the hands with a little warm water and then lightly applied to the tips of the hair shaft and scrunched into the hair prior to styling.

If flyaway strands are a problem after styling, rubbing a light dab of pomade on the hands with a bit of warm water and then lightly running the hands through the trouble section of hair can tame the flyaway without weighing hair down or having to apply harsh hair spray.

If removing pomades from the hair is a problem, a few drops of dishwashing detergent mixed with a conditioning shampoo will clean the oil right from the hair.

Frizz Control for Hair Coloring

While it seems counter-productive to color hair, since we've long been taught that coloring hair can cause damage, if darkening the hair and using a conditioning coloring without alcohol or peroxide, the coloring can coat the hair shaft and actually reduce frizz.

Of course, the best way to prevent flyaway hair and control frizz is to take care of the hair before it becomes damaged. Have hair trimmed regularly, style with products and heat only when absolutely necessary, use regular oil treatments, and condition hair each time it is washed.

Following these tips can give luxurious, shiny and manageable hair, without frizz and flyaway hair strands.

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