Frizzy haired sisters unite, it's time to beat that annoying fuzz once and for all. You've probably already got your serum army stacked neatly in your bathroom vanity and use one or two religiously, but we've got a few more we think you should try. And remember, it isn't just the products you use that will smooth things down up there. Don't forget to blast hair with cool water at the end of your shower (this seals hair cuticles), and the same goes for blow-drying — give your strands a once over on the cool setting to set and relax the hair. You also want to angle the hairdryer downwards at all times, and use a hydrating hair mask once a week. Click through to shop our favourite anti-frizz hair serums.
Having a better head of hair in the New Year is a lot easier to achieve than you think. Make a promise to yourself (and your hair) to follow these three easy steps to healthier strands. So put down those hotter-than-hot heating tools and resolve to have the hair of your dreams with these three simple tips.
1. Turn down the heat. You already know that heat styling causes split ends, breakage, and frizz, so do your hair a favor and turn down that dial on your curling iron, flat iron, and blow dryer.
2. Air-dry your hair. On the topic of heat styling, why not lessen the amount of time under the dryer by letting your hair air-dry first? This way you can still get that heat-styled look without spending nearly as much time, all while reducing potential damage. It's a win-win.
3. Try a silk pillowcase. Sure, silk sounds all fancy, but this natural fibre is also a lot better for your hair than a standard cotton pillowcase, which can actually strip your hair (and skin) of moisture. Plus, the smoother silk fibers won't pull and tug at your hair, making your style last longer and strands stay smoother thanks to minimal friction. Try the LilySilk pillowcases ($89 for set of two) for the ultimate in beauty sleep.
- Wine lips: Grab a lime and a dash of salt from the bar, sprinkle the salt on the lime and gently buff your lips and teeth. The acidity of the lime and the salt work together to create a makeshift exfoliant. Just don't make a habit of this — the acid from the lime can be harmful to your teeth.
- Frizzy hair: Get caught in the rain on your way to your reception? You're covered. Reach for some hand moisturiser and rub a tiny dollop into your hands. Lightly run your fingers through your hair, taking care not to focus on one area for too long (especially your roots). The moisturiser will flatten frizz, leaving you with silky strands all evening.
- Lipstick teeth: Oh, the dreaded lipstick teeth. Whether it's you or your Aunt Mildred, there's always someone affected by this common mishap. If your lipstick just doesn't want to stay put, use your lip balm as a barrier. Swipe some on your fingers and apply it to the innermost part of your lips. This will keep your pigment from transferring to your pearly whites.
- Bad breath: Bite into that entrée only to get the overwhelming taste of garlic? You don't have to suffer on your big night. Just scoot back over to the bar and grab some citrus. Sucking on a lemon for a few minutes helps promote saliva production, which aids in combating bad breath.
Frizzy hair can be worse in Summer, but for most of us, it's a year-round problem. The bonus (yep, there is one) of having frizzy hair is that it's less likely to get greasy, but that doesn't do much to placate us when fuzziness is cramping our hot new style. So what's a girl to do? We asked John Frieda International Creative Consultant Harry Josh, who has also shared his advice on finding the perfect cut for your face shape, for tips on combatting this common hair complaint. His number one tip is investing time (and/or money if your skills aren't great) in a good blow-dry. Instead of the usual 15-minute job before dashing out of the door, he says you should "spend 45 minutes to an hour so that you can milk it for the next three days." Also, Josh warns, we should be careful when washing our face: "The hair line and the nape are the two areas most prone to frizziness so you need to avoid getting these wet." If you're cleansing your face, "don't splash water," instead use a wash cloth. And "wear a shower cap". Simple, easy-to-follow advice.
Moroccanoil revolutionised the haircare market when it launched in 2009, with everyone from Naomi Watts to Russell Brand having their strands styled with the argan oil-based product. The latest release from the brand couldn't have come at a better time as we battle the humidity — and with it annoying frizz, static and flyaways — this Summer. Frizz Control ($49.50), like the rest of the range, harnesses the power of argan oil to protect against weather conditions that traditionally promote frizz. It also helps to smooth hair, taming and relaxing it, reducing the need for excessive brushing and over-styling, which both lead to more frizz. Being a spray, it's lightweight, making it suitable for all hair types — even fine hair. If your hair is especially fine, it's best to use as a standalone product, but if you've got really thick, coarse hair, you can follow with the treatment oil for an extra manageable mane. Sounds impressive, no?
We're just 24 days away from Summer. And whilst that's good news for some, for others — namely those with frizz-prone hair — it can signal the start of an on-going battle with your strands. But it doesn't have to be that way — we've rounded up some easy and effective tips to ensure your hair looks its best all Summer!
- Embrace your hair's natural texture. Pretty much every expert will tell you that Summer isn't the season to insist on poker straight stands at all time. Instead, if your hair has a natural kink or curl to it, just roll with it.
- It might sound simple but . . . deep conditioner is really a great tool for preventing frizz. After shampooing, apply it to the mid-lengths to ends of your hair and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing.
The three remaining contestants jetted to Dubai in last night's episode of Australia's Next Top Model — the last one ahead of tonight's finale — and given United Arab Emirates is known for its hot and humid temperatures, we quizzed the show's resident hair expert, TRESemmé's Joh Bailey, on how we can maintain our mane when the temperatures are soaring.
- Always use some product in your hair when styling to help protect against humidity
- Try to work with your natural texture in high humidity
- Work in some loose waves that will not show up as much humidity frizziness
- If you have a fringe, keep it off your face with a simple braid like Simone did in Dubai
- One of the best products to use is to finish is TRESemmé TRES Two hairspray ($7.99) as this product actually contains no water so it's fantastic for fighting humidity
Image by Georges Antoni. Courtesy of FOXTEL
Another day, another awards show! This time we're joining the Fash Pack as the Council of Fashion Designers of America honour some of the industry's key players of the year. Amongst the first to arrive at the Lincoln Centre for cocktails was Grace Coddington and that wild mane of hers! The Creative Director of US Vogue has inspired a runway hairstyle or two in recent years and leads the charge in showing that redheads can experiment with colour. For this year's CFDA Awards, she's picked a creamy berry lip which stands out against her ivory complexion and lashes were left bare. What do you think of amazing Grace's beauty look?
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Joan Smalls was all about the p-p-p-poker straight strands at this year's Met Gala, but the Estée Lauder ambassador is pumping up the volume for V Spain's Summer issue. The Puerto Rican-born beauty stars alongside Gisele Bündchen, Alessandra Ambrosio, Isabeli Fontana and Izabel Goulart in the "Latin Bombshell" editorial and wears her hair curled to the max, with a frizzy and fabulous finish. The black lace lingerie and leather jacket give the retro hair a modern edge. Are you tempted to bust out the big guns and wear your hair this voluminous?
While most of us are busily hiding evidence of what we looked like the '80s, Katy Perry is happily revisiting the decade known for its love affair with blue mascara for her latest cover artwork for the single “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” the fifth track to come off of her Teenage Dream album. Teaming her neon triangle earrings with some full-on blue shadow and standard '80s issue fronted pink lipstick, Katy even shows off some braces on her teeth. What do you think of her latest look? We're not sure what the team at ghd would think of their newly-signed ambassador's frizzy curls! To hear the song, head over to PopSugar and tell us your thoughts!