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Everything You Need To Know About Frizz

What Causes Frizz?

Frizz can be a result of environmental factors such as humidity, and is caused by a lack of moisture in your hair. If you step outside with thirsty, dry hair, it will absorb any excess moisture from the air – and poof, hello frizzy locks. Overuse of hot tools can also be a culprit behind frizzy hair resulting in heat damage and split ends. Although you can’t control the weather, you can adapt your haircare routine to help control your frizz.

How To Fight Frizz

First and foremost, you want to do is determine how much of your hair is actually damaged and how much is just frizz. Any damaged hair or split ends should be trimmed. Your hair will thank you.

Make sure you’re using the right shampoo and conditioner. Choose products that are formulated for your hair and scalp type. You should steer clear of any sulfates and alcohol listed on your product labels. These ingredients cause your hair to dry out and won’t do your frizz any favors.

When it comes to caring for your mane, try letting your hair air dry most of the way before switching on your blow-dryer to reduce heat exposure. Look for nourishing hair oils to use on your ends, and use a deep conditioning treatment or mask once a week. Keeping on top of regular trims, and investing in a silk pillowcase will keep your hair looking great.

Bonus tips:

1. Swap out your hair elastics for silk scrunchies to say goodbye to breakage.

2. Spritz a clean toothbrush with hairspray and use it to gently comb down flyaways for a quick frizz fix.

3. Cutting down on your hair’s exposure to heat styling will help improve the overall health of your hair. Try out some no-heat styles!

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Are You Using The Right Products For Your Hair Type?

Hair not looking its best? Your products might be to blame. Using the wrong products for your hair type can leave you with limp, oily, or even brittle hair.

Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, it is best to avoid heavy or creamy products that will weigh down your hair. Stay away from oils, pomades, heavy conditioners, and firm hairsprays. You should look for weightless, or volumizing products instead.

Thick or Coarse Hair

Those with thick or coarse hair should avoid products that contain alcohol or sulfates that can dry out hair leaving it brittle and prone to breakage. Lightweight and volumizing products can’t stand up to thick tresses, so you should seek out moisturizing, frizz-fighting products including mousse, oils, wax, pomade, or creamy conditioner.

Curly Hair

Curly hair requires similar care to thick hair in that it needs hydrating and heavy conditioning products. Try to avoid drying products that contain alcohol and sulfates. Lightweight products wont do your curls any good either. Look for curl creams, alcohol-free gels, oils, and creamy conditioners.

Color Treated Hair

Color treated hair needs to be treated much more carefully than virgin hair. To prevent damage to your already stressed strands, try to avoid drying products that contain alcohol and sulfates. You should also be wary of dandruff or clarifying shampoos that are not formulated for color-treated hair. Instead, look for color-safe moisturizing products, deep conditioning treatments, and always use a heat protectant.

Damaged or Brittle Hair

Damaged hair should be treated similarly to color-treated hair. Seek out creamy conditioning and hydrating products and steer clear of fortifying products or any that contain alcohol, sulfates, biotin, or keratin. Deep conditioning treatments and masks will be your best friends, and it wouldn’t hurt to take a break from your curling iron for a while.

For additional reading, we talk about choosing the right shampoo and conditioner for your scalp and hair type here.

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What is Elumen?

Goldwell Elumen is an oxidant-free, high-performance hair color. It nourishes and repairs hair while coloring and provides exceptional shine, color intensity, and durability.

Ammonia-free, non-oxidative, and gentle for the hair

Elumen technology allows dyes to penetrate deep into the hair for long-lasting, intense color while simultaneously repairing damage to create healthier, shinier hair

How Elumen embraces Scientific Technology and pH Value

“Conventional, common direct dyes are positively (+) charged molecules that are attracted to negatively (-) charged areas of hair.” The direct dye molecules are too large to penetrate deep into the hair and mainly stick to the outside of the hair.

“Elumen works with acidic, negatively (-) charged direct dyes and a pH value of 3.0 … An excess cationic (+) charge is created and because the Elumen dyes are anionic (-) charged and a type of “pulling effect” is exerted, literally drawing the negative charged Elumen dyes, into the hair. A simulated magnetic, electrostatic attraction occurs, attaching the negatively charged color dyes firmly and permanently to the already positively charged hair.”

Elumen Products

Goldwell has a line of Elumen products specially formulated to nourish hair, and help maintain color vibrancy and longevity.

Elumen is available in a wide spectrum of colors.

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How To Care For Your Hair This Winter

The dog days of summer are behind us. It’s time to embrace colder weather and revamp your hair routine to prevent frizz, breakage and brittle locks.

Don’t go outside with wet hair

Make sure to dry your hair fully before rushing out the door in the morning. Cold, wet hair will expand which can cause breakage and damage your strands. If you prefer to shower in the morning, make sure hair is completely dry, or at least protected by a hat or a scarf if you’re in a hurry. You can also try altering your routine and shower at night so that your hair will be fully dry by morning.

Line your hats with silk or satin

Cozy wool or cotton hats are what we reach for as soon as the temperatures start to drop, but the friction from these harsh fabrics could be causing damage to your hair. Try lining your hats with silk or satin to cut down on friction, as well as prevent frizz and dryness. You should also opt for a silk pillowcase to help reduce frizz and breakage while you sleep!

Try a darker shade

It’s hard to accept that the sunny days and warm breezes of summer are behind us, but so are sun-kissed locks and platinum hues. Try embracing a new, darker shade for winter! In addition to being on trend for the season, darker shades are actually less damaging to your hair. This will limit the number of times you’ll have to bleach your hair throughout the cold months – a process that strips the hair of natural oils and moisture.

Cut down on heat styling

Excessive heat styling is damaging to your hair, so embrace the cold weather and opt for a hat and loose braids instead. You can also read our post on heatless styling here. If you can’t bear to part with your styling tools, make sure to use a heat protectant.

Deep condition once a week

The combination of hats, scarves, and indoor heating leads to unwanted breakage, dryness, and frizzy locks. Add a deep conditioner or hair mask to your weekly hair-care routine to add much needed moisture back into your hair.

Don’t over-wash your hair

Washing your hair too often strips it of natural oils and moisture, resulting in dry, thirsty locks. Pick up a dry shampoo, and a hat, or try out some new hairstyles to get you through no-wash days.

Turn on your humidifier

Indoor heating is drying to your hair – and your skin. Try using a humidifier while at home to add a little moisture to the air and help combat dryness.

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