Your frizzy hair survival guide

Last updated 12:40 18/01/2013

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Summer weather is amazing, but what it does to our locks is far from it. High levels of humidity in the air can make your hair go from fab to fuzz in mere minutes; but with a bit of TLC and some know-how you can keep your hair sleek and sexy all summer long. 

Why the frizz? "When the air is humid, the cuticles in your hair open up to grab at the moisture in the air" explains Bex Brent of Willis York salon. "This is more likely to happen if the hair is dry, as it's looking for extra moisture" she says.

"Anti-humidity products work by putting a barrier between your hair and the humid air" says Bex. "They weigh the cuticle down so it doesn't open up. Many products also give moisture to the hair so it's more hydrated."

But the answer to frizz isn't as simple as applying an anti-humidity product. "Like anything, prevention is the cure when it comes to frizzy hair" says Bex. "It's about keeping your hair in good nick to battle frizziness."

Fight the Frizz: The first step to fighting the frizz is to get your hair into tip-top condition to prevent it happening in the first place. "Frizzy hair is a sign that your hair is dry, and probably needs a good conditioning treatment. Hydrated hair deals better with humidity" says Bex. Get into the habit of using treatments and masks to give your hair the hydration and vitamin boosts it needs to look its best. 

Masks: Get into the habit of applying a deep conditioning treatment once a week. Trust us, your hair will love it. Try Clairol Professional Visible Repair Intensive Mask $16.50; O&M Seven Day Miracle Moisture Mask, $39; or Redken Smooth Lock Butter Silk, $47.50.

Treat and Style: "Cream treatments and stylers tend to absorb easier than hair oils, so are better for everyday use" says Bex. For control, and to give your locks an extra moisture boost throughout the day, try a gentle styler and leave-in treatment before you walk out the door in the morning. Try Sebastian Hydre Deep Treatment, $40; Davines Momo/Fluid Moisturising Anti-Frizz Protective Fluid, $37; or Matrix Total Results Sleek Blow Down Leave-in Cream, $18.50. 

The Right Tools: You already know that using heated tools dry the hair and damage it, but we're not about to tell you to stop using them. However there are a number of hot tools on the market that are more gentle to your hair than others. Try Remington Frizz Therapy hot irons, $189.99: enriched with micro-conditioners, these hot irons excrete conditioners while you straighten to hydrate and protect the hair. Also try, ghd Air blow dryer, $249: with low and medium heat settings and a grunty powerful motor, you get super fast drying time without the damage of a normal hair dryer. 

Sunscreen: That's right, your hair can get sunburnt too. Spending a day with your hair in the sun gives you similar damage to hot irons - dry hair, split ends, colour fade and, of course, frizz. Slap an SPF protectant onto your hair before going outdoors. Try Juuce Solar Enz Leave-in Sun Protection, $26; or Kérastase Soleil Huile Lactee, $40; or Wella SP Sun Concentrate, $34. Combine a few drops of SP with your usual rinse-off conditioner for up to 10 hours of sun protection.

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