Friday: Frizz and Frenzy Story

4 May

Monday morning I woke up with a sudden sense of urgency. What was my dilemma? I couldn’t live another minute with my massive mess of unruly, frizzy hair. I’ve had horrible Hispanic hair for sixty years, and I was tired of the tangles and tears. I’ve always kept it long so I could pull it back in a tight ponytail. I called Mom, as I do every morning, and said, “I’m doing it. I’m gonna chop off all this awful hair once and for all.”

I drove over to Great Clips, and plopped myself in the chair. The stylist draped that silky red cover thingy over me and asked in a thick Polish accent, “What you like today?” I told her I had terrible thick curly hair and wanted to cut it all off. I felt relieved and empowered.

Just when I thought I was about to change my old look and my entire life, the experienced accented voice said, “No, no, no! You no want short. You hair no good short. I cut short, you cry.” We discussed the pros and cons when she added, “One time, I cut my hair short, I cry two days. I go buy wig. You no want cry. I cut to shoulder. You no cry.”

With those words of wisdom, I decided maybe this was divine intervention and I wasn’t meant to have short cropped curls, cry, and “go buy wig.” So, she cut off only about five inches, leaving shoulder length hair on my head and a pile of brown ringlets on the floor. Oh well, maybe some other fed-up frizzy day.

The only good thing about having natural curly hair is nothing. (searchquotes.com)
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If you have frizzy frustrating hair too, here are some helpful hints.

Written by AliciaMC on Apr 29, 2011 at naturallycurly.com
Avocado and mayonnaise. Simple!
Want to save some money? Try some home frizzy hair remedies for keeping the spring in your curls. These remedies can help you have no-frizz curls with items picked up from your local grocery store. Here are our tips to repair dry hair now!
Rinses
Rinsing your hair with something other than your shower water can work wonders!
1. Carbonated water rinse. If you often let your curls air dry, this is a great remedy to eliminate hair frizz caused by humidity. After you wash your hair, give it a final rinse with carbonated or sparkling water. The reason carbonated or sparkling water reduces frizz is because of it’s low pH level. Learn more about pH levels and frizz now. (Maybe a gin and tonic? Gin for me, tonic for my hair)
2. Apple Cider Vinegar. This is another great natural remedy that is very effective in preventing frizzy curls. The procedure is very much like the process above with the carbonated/sparkling water. Wash your hair as you normally would and give it a final rinse with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar. Another great benefit of apple cider vinegar is shine! Shiny and frizz-free hair? Sign me up! We’ve broken down the apple cider vinegar process just for you! (Apple cider vinegar? Hmm? Maybe I can eat a salad in the shower.)
3. Beer. Beer is another great rinse option, and ranks third on our list of unconventional no-frizz tips. Beer replenishes moisture in your hair. Dark beers often provide the most nutrients and moisture. When doing the rinse, simply coat your hair with them and let it sit for a few minutes. When ready, rinse your hair with cold water—which will also help get rid of the smell. (Beer? That’s more like it. A little for me, a little for the hair.)
Natural Homemade Conditioners

You can pack the nutrients into your own conditioners. Check out our recipes!
4. Mayonnaise and Avocado Conditioner. Here is a recipe is a very effective natural conditioner for dry, frizzy hair. Mix 1 cup of mayonnaise with 1/2 avocado until you have a paste. Rub it on your hair and cover your head with a plastic cap. Wrap a hot towel around it. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash. Repeat once a week for better results. Check out more about avocado hair conditioners here. (Now, avocado and mayo? I’ll just put that on the salad from tip 2.)
5. Coconut oil or olive oil. Oil is your frizz-free friend—maybe even your best no-frizz friend. Oils are a great sealer or conditioner. Check out this recipe for oil conditioner: begin by heating up one cup of olive oil or coconut oil in a glass jar. Apply this mixture throughout all of your hair, evenly distributing it. Cover your curly hair with a shower cap and wrap a hot towel around your head to increase moisture absorption. Keep on for around 30 minutes, rewarming your towel as needed (you’ll need constant heat). Shampoo and rinse your hair with cold water. Do this three times a week for the best results. Read more about coconut oil for hair here. (Olive oil? Yes, need that with the apple cider vinegar in tip 2 and put and salad in tip 4.)

4 Responses to “Friday: Frizz and Frenzy Story”

  1. dietingwaitress May 4, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    I have naturally curly hair, too. But not pretty tamed curly; frizzy messy wavy curly. I’m just now figuring out to manage it. I wash it at night before I go to bed. Rinse it with cold water. Then I towel dry it, but don’t rub it! After it drys for about five minutes in the towel I comb it out and part it. Then I put garnier fructis argan oil on it. I use quite a bit. It’s amazing stuff! Then I let it dry over night. If its frizzy at all in the morning I mix a pump of the oil with a squirt of leave in conditioner and go over the frizzy parts. Then I let it finish drying while I’m doing my makeup. Right before I leave I go over the face framing pieces with a curling iron to get them to not stick out if needed. Since I’m started doing this, I’m learning to love my curly hair!

    • toniandrukaitis May 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

      Great tips. I’ll have to try this. Somedays I just hate my hair.

  2. Yoshiko May 5, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Thank you for this tip, Toni 🙂

    • toniandrukaitis May 5, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

      Thanks for reading, Yoshiko. Hope you are well and writing up a storm.

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