Last week we discussed the hair care products that could be making your hair frizz worse, such as detergents and other moisture-zapping chemicals. Hopefully you followed my recommendation and started cutting these products out of your hair care regimen. This week I’m going to turn my focus on the hair care ingredients that can reverse frizzy hair–and I’ll give you my top recommendations for fighting hair frizz. Let’s get started.
Hair Frizz: The Ingredients That Matter
As I mentioned in my previous hair frizz post, frizzy hair is caused by using harsh chemicals that strip hair of its moisture. For luxurious, healthy hair, moisture is paramount–it’s how you get silky, manageable hair. To enhance your hair’s sheen, texture and smoothness, here’s what can help:
1. Green tea. This tea isn’t just a great alternative to soda–it also helps keep your hair strong and healthy. This is because green tea contains a multitude of hair-healthy antioxidants, such as vitamin C, vitamin E and panthenol. It may interest you to know that panthenol is a common ingredient in hair conditioners due to its ability to soften and lubricate the hair shaft. Another key antioxidant, called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), was also shown to inhibit hair loss in a study reported by the Seoul National University College of Medicine.
My recommendation: Dumping green tea on your head won’t do, but using an oil derived from green tea is a great way to soften frizzy hair. You can buy the oil separately or choose a hair product containing green tea oil, such as my SILKtage rejuvenating styling serum.
2. Coconut oil. Coconut oil is one of the few oils shown to penetrate the hair, which makes it an excellent hair restoration product. The reason: Coconut oil contains lipids that are remarkably similar to your hair’s natural lipids, which allows it to reach your hair’s cortex. Once it reaches the hair’s cortex, it helps lessen the damage caused by moisture-stripping shampoos, making your hair healthier and softer.
My thoughts: I would definitely recommend adding this oil to your frizzy hair care regimen, especially if your hair is severely damaged. Simply smooth it onto your hair as a leave-in conditioner for a softer, frizz-free mane.
3. Jojoba seed. There’s something quite intriguing about this seed–like coconut oil, its lipids are similar to those that naturally exist on your hair, which adds a layer of moisture to your hair strands. It also can do wonders for your scalp, softening the skin and soothing dry or cracked skin. As for its feel, I can definitely say jojoba isn’t greasy or too oily, so it won’t weigh down your hair, which can be a problem with some over-the-counter hair care products.
My recommendation: To repair frizzy hair, I recommend choosing a certified organic jojoba seed oil to ensure it contains no additives or chemicals. I use certified organic jojoba seed oil in my SILKtage Rejuvenating Styling Serum.
For additional conditioning, I also highly recommend other botanical oils, such as rosemary flower oil, clove bud oil and broccoli seed oil. Make sure to buy organic–some oils may contain impurities that may inhibit their ability to soften and strengthen frizzy hair.