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The Shower Mistake That Might Be Making Your Hair Frizzy

15 March 2018
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Jessie Amato

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For as long as she can remember, Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty. As an employee of L'Oréal, she hopes to share her knowledge and inspire readers to express themselves—one new cut and color at a time.

Let’s face it: we all have to deal with frizz at one point or another. Even with the help of the best anti-frizz products, it always seems to show up at the most inconvenient times. While you may think you’re doing everything in your power to tackle your frizz, simple mistakes can seriously affect the look of your strands.

If you enjoy steaming hot showers, the water temperature may be making your hair frizz out. Everyone loves a hot shower at the end of a long day, but can simply changing the water temperature during your hair rinse help smooth your pesky frizz once and for all? We’re breaking down everything you need to know.

Why does rinsing hair with hot water cause frizz?

Simply put: heat can cause frizz when applied to your hair in any form. Whether it’s heat styling or humid weather, many of us are left with what can only be described as a mess. Rinsing shampoo from your hair with very hot water can strip the hair of natural oils, drying it out and leaving it more susceptible to frizz.

If you’re already working with naturally dry locks, paying attention to water temperature while you shower is particularly important. Since your hair is already lacking moisture, any unnecessary heat can leave your strands feeling even more brittle and unruly.

This all may sound scary, but don’t panic. A few simple changes to your hair care routine can make all the difference. Read on for some of our top tips about how to tone down your frizz for good.

Try rinsing your hair with cold water.

We get it: wetting your head with cold water doesn’t sound too appealing, but the benefits of rinsing with a cooler temperature may be worth it. Once you’ve applied your shampoo, simply switch to cold water and thoroughly rinse the shampoo from your strands. When all of the shampoo is out, be sure to apply a generous amount of conditioner.

If you aren’t ready for full-on cold just yet, try a gradually cooler temperature each time you shower.

Apply the right products for your hair type.

While rinsing your shampoo with cold water may help prevent frizz, understanding the other factors that affect the look and feel of your hair is crucial. If your strands are lacking volume, opt for a volumizing shampoo and conditioner set to help boost your volume. If you have natural curls, run a curl cream or anti-frizz serum through your strands for extra frizz control.

Limit your time in the shower.

If you’re totally against parting ways with heat, try limiting the amount of time your hair is exposed to hot water while you shower. The longer the shower, the more likely that frizz will develop. When you aren’t working on your hair, point your showerhead down to avoid contact with your strands as much as possible.

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