Frizz is caused by changes in humidity levels, which makes each hair strand expand and reshape. The warm weather in the Middle East, coupled with our near-constant presence in air conditioning as a result, can play a key role in the dehydration process. To keep frizz levels under control, hydration is essential; but there are other tips and techniques that can help you achieve sleeker, groomed tresses. Here is Bazaar's eight-step guide to frizz-free hair.
1. First steps to rehydration
To reverse last week's damage and set your hair up for the week ahead, we recommend adding a pre-shampoo treatment into your Sunday beauty routine. We currently love Kérastase's Nutritive Irisome Immersion Treatment, Dhs200 at Sisters Beauty Lounge, but hair oils can work really well too. Simply massage the product onto dry hair from the mid-length to the tips and leave on for at least 20 minutes. If you have more time, try to stretch it out for an hour.
2. It's all in the technique
Washing your hair too frequently can result in a loss of natural oils, which help to nourish and hydrate. Aim to wash hair two to three times a week. It's not just how often – it's also the techniques you're using. "Shampoo your hair using your fingertips, and apply and massage to the scalp. This will clean your scalp, but leave the dry mid-shaft to the ends of your hair in better condition," explains celebrity hair stylist Ken Paves, who Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria entrust their tresses to. "The water and shampoo, as it rinses over the ends of your strands, will lift away any styling products or environmental debris but won't cause further dehydration."
3. Supercharged conditioners
One of the easiest ways to rehydrate hair is to swap your conditioner for a nourishing hair mask. Use it in the shower and leave the mask on while you wash, so it has time to get to work. Our favourites include…
For a natural approach: Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask, Dhs233 at Net-A-Porter
For soft, silky hair: Kérastase Elixir Ultime Beautifying Oil-Enriched Masque, Dhs215 at Sisters Beauty Lounge
For seriously damaged tresses: Unite U Luxury Intense Mask, Dhs192
4. Natural vs blow-dry
While it might seem strange, blow-drying your hair rather than leaving it to dry naturally will prevent frizz. Air-drying leaves your tresses free to soak up the humidity and expand, while blow-drying closes and smoothes the cuticle. A heat-protection spray is essential – and don't leave the hair damp. Finish by blasting tresses with cold air to fully seal the cuticles.
5. Essential bedtime accessory
Wrapping hair up in a silk scarf was a beauty ritual followed by the likes of Bette Davis and Marilyn Monroe to keep tresses soft and glossy. It helps to prevent friction and static, and therefore prevents frizz. If you don't have time before bed, switching your pillowcase for a silk version will help too.
6. Hair oil
The new generation of hair oils are lightweight and won't weigh down fine tresses. In terms of preventing frizz, oil is perfect as it can penetrate further into the hair follicle to smooth and hydrate. Plus, it is versatile and can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment, on damp hair after washing and on dry hair as a styling product.
7. The must-have tool
The revolutionary Tangle Teezer (Dhs80 for the regular size, available at Pastels Salon) is a must-have for any hair styling kit. First launched back in 2008, the brush has been internationally lauded for its extraordinary detangling capabilities, whilst remaining gentle on both dry and wet hair. The wide-tooth bristles also mean that hair doesn't tear when being brushed. Available in a range of different sizes, we suggest stashing one in your handbag, one at work and one at home.
8. Expert SOS
If all else fails, book in for a salon treatment to eradicate frizz. Bazaar's favourite is the KeraStraight treatment, available at Pastels Salons in Dubai. Formaldehyde- and Aldehyde-free, the treatment tames wild tresses for up to four months. The new formula strengthens hair, boosts shine and radically reduces styling time. Sign. Us. Up. Prices start from Dhs1,000.
- Victoria Hall and Maddison Glendinning