Whether you’ve always had curly hair, or you’ve just discovered your curls and are battling to control your frizz. In this post I’m going to show you how to beat halo frizz. Don’t look at frizz as the enemy, just room for improvement. Frizz is just a wild, rebellious curl reaching out for attention – usually the moisturising type. But there are other causes of halo frizz too.
When I searched “how to beat halo frizz” on Google, pretty much all the top hits involved either products or methods that weren’t conducive to the curly girl method. It feels like society is constantly trying to suppress curls and our hair’s natural curly state. After all, “Frizz is just a curl waiting to happen.” – Lorraine Massey, founder of the curly girl method and handbook.
Just look at the various award ceremonies, like the Oscars the other night. Lorraine was posting on Instagram about it; so many natural curlies suppressing their curls. Curls aren’t a dirty secret that should be hidden and disguised. Anyway, I digress! Here’s how to beat halo frizz without compromising your curls.
1. Turn down the power
Having a power shower may feel great on your body, but it wreaks havoc on your hair! And if you think about it, standing under the shower head, where’s the first place all that power hits? The top of your head – your halo. Turn down the power on your shower, it’s pulling the curl pattern out of the top layers of your hair. There’s some myths out there that you should turn the power up to help loosen dirt, grime and oils on your scalp. Use your fingers, or a scalp/shampoo brush instead.
2. Turn down the heat
Heat damage to your hair doesn’t just come from heat styling tools. Similar to point one above, hot water feels great on your body but it’s too much for your hair – it dries it out. And again, this hot water is hitting your halo first, causing halo frizz. Another myth that you need hot water to break down the oils in the hair and scalp – especially if you don’t wash your hair more than once or twice a week. Nope! Not only will warm water suffice, you actually want those natural oils in your hair to encourage curl pattern and on your scalp to maintain a healthy scalp, you don’t want to wash them away!
3. Do everything upside down
I feel like I say this in every post! But this method alone will hands down, massively reduce halo frizz! All that heat and power (should you ignore points one and two above) will hit the underneath layers of your hair and therefore any frizz that you experience will be on the bottom layers of your hair, underneath instead of your halo on top. If you use warm, low pressured water to wash your hair upside down – you’re into a frizz-free winner!
4. Go longer between washes
When we were first roaming the earth, we didn’t wash our hair on the daily, or with hot, high-pressured water. We did have various botanicals to apply to our hair, but we’ve got the best one right on top of our heads. Our own natural oils, which if we stop washing our hair so much, will get a chance to build up, regulate and moisturise our own hair. Frizz is often caused by lack of moisture in the hair. So by going longer between washes, you will (in time) reduce your halo frizz.
Frizz is most often the cause of dry hair. Think of it as a cry for help, your hair is literally reaching out into the atmosphere for what it needs: moisture. Make sure you do regular deep conditioning treatments to keep your hair in top condition. Paying extra attention to your halo when applying your chosen deep conditioner. For moisture I love the Matrix Biolage Hydra Source Conditioner – currently discounted on Look Fantastic, and for breakage I love Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair!
6. Get Layers
Diamonds Layers are a girl’s curl’s best friend. Getting regular trims, and especially layers, will really help to beat halo frizz. The outside layers of your hair are subjected to the most heat, humidity, methods such as brushing, combing, raking, scrunching etc. and environmental damage. Keeping those outside layers healthy with regularly trims will help to reduce halo frizz.
7. Work from underneath
If you rake, comb or brush your hair (and this applies to everyone, even non-curlies), go from underneath your hair. Always have your brush or fingers facing upwards. Brushing causes damage and breakage to your hair. If you always brush/rake/comb your hair from the roots down with your brush facing downwards, it’s always the outside, halo layer of your hair that’s damaged the most. If you use a modified Denman brush, rake or comb your hair, by working from underneath your hair, not only will you cause less breakage, you will also create more root volume. – I hope that makes sense.
See this post of how I get root volume in my curly hair.
If you’re new to the curly girl method and spent years using heat tools on your hair, I bet the majority of your efforts were concentrated on the top, outer layer of your hair – your halo. Therefore, this is where the most damage to your hair was done. So don’t lose hope when you see beautiful, cork-screw ringlets forming underneath and a frizz ball on top. Those ringlets are a sneak peek of your hair’s true curly potential, once all of it is healthy. Patience, and these tips, will help you get there.
When my hair is frizzy yet moisturised, and lacks curl definition and bounce, I do this modified rice water rinse treatment – read more here and see my amazing results!
Check out this post on how to make your own microwaveable, deep conditioning heat cap. They help open your hair cuticles so the deep conditioner can penetrate it further. Especially great for low porosity curlies!
You may also want to read this post on how I get root volume in my hair.
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