4 Common Hair Headaches & How To Solve Them
There’s nothing worse than getting ready for a night out, perfecting your makeup, finding the perfect outfit, then realizing your hair decided to throw a temper tantrum. A good hair day can make the difference between feeling confident and feeling like you’d rather do seven years of back taxes than meet your friends for happy hour.
Luckily, as frustrating as many of our worst hair nightmares can be, their solutions are often easier than you might think. The right mix of products, technique, and a healthy serving of patience can make dealing with these common hair issues so much easier.
Hair Headache #1: How to Fix Frizzy Hair
Frizzy hair can be a nightmare! Whether wisps are escaping from your braids or you’re rocking a fuzzy halo after a night out, flyaway frizz can be an absolute nuisance. Frizz makes our hair look dull, dry, and rough, and can also lead to hair loss as those flyaways — well, fly away!
Typically, frizzy hair is the result of humidity paired with hair damage — overwashing, heat from styling tools, and even certain hair dyes can be what causes frizzy hair. For a quick fix before you leave the house, gentle treatments like leave-in conditioner, hydration-focused pomade, or other natural styling products can tackle the worst of your frizzy hair woes. However, the best way to get rid of frizzy hair is to treat the problem at its source: a hair mask packed with antioxidants and healthy oils gives your hair some much-needed hydration. After a few uses, you’ll be able to kiss those flyaways goodbye!
We recommend: David Douglas Keratin Infused Serum for a quick fix, or Deep Brilliance Deep Protein Masque Strengthening Treatment for a longer-term solution.
Hair Headache #2: How to Add Volume to Thin Hair
There’s nothing worse than eyeing a gorgeous braided updo on Pinterest, only to find your hair is too thin to hold the style without an army of bobby pins. Luckily, there are easy ways to add volume to thin hair and get the luxurious look you’re going for. A quick way to add volume to thin hair is to choose “volumizing” styling products. These gels, mousses, and foams are packed with ingredients like coconut oil, silk or rice proteins, and keratin (the protein that makes up our skin, nails, and hair — a critical component of hair health!). For a longer-term treatment, you can find many of these same ingredients in specialty shampoos and conditioners that add health and volume into your hair over time.
One piece of advice with volumizing hair products is that less is more — often, you’ll only need a splash of product about the size of a quarter to get the job done. Add products before you style, typically to damp-dry hair, then start with a good blow dry to add that critical volume.
We recommend: Peter Coppola Full Volume Styling Cream for your day-to-day styling, or Biosilk’s Volumizing Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner for long-term treatment.
Hair Headache #3: How to Get Rid of Split Ends
Ahh, split ends — the enemy of dry hair everywhere! For most people, split ends are a sign that it’s time for a trip to the salon, but there are ways to take care of split ends at home. (This is especially critical when your favorite stylist is booked out three months in advance!)
Split ends are usually the result of rough brushing, hair coloring, or over-washing. We’ve all had them — when the ends of our strands of hair begin to break, making our hair lose its luster and frizz out. Between haircuts, you can take steps to prevent split ends like using gentle brushes and hair-friendly accessories (think clips and hair ties that don’t pull at your roots), minimizing heat during styling, and air-drying your hair instead of using a blow dryer or a towel. For short-term split end solutions, try products like hair masks (to add critical moisture back into your hair), heat-resistant styling products (to protect brittle hair from straighteners and curlers), or leave-in conditioners and oils (to hydrate your hair while adding long-lasting sun and wind protection).
We recommend: SGX NYC Blaze Heat Protect and Primer before you style, or CHI Royal Treatment Pearl Complex Serum for long-term treatment.
Hair Headache #4: How to Fix Greasy Hair
Finally, it’s time to take a look at greasy hair. Whether you’ve gone a day or two too long between washes or you’re just blessed with naturally greasy hair, this can be one of the more annoying hair headaches to treat. The “grease” in our hair is something called sebum, a natural oil produced in our scalps that is meant to protect our hair and skin from the elements. People with naturally greasy hair have overactive sebum glands, which can cause issues like dandruff, rashes, an itchy scalp, and stickiness — not to mention that slicked-back look we’re all trying to avoid.
In the long run, greasy hair is actually good for you. Having extra sebum in your hair means you’ll suffer less from issues like dryness or split ends, but it’s still important to keep your scalp under control to avoid other side effects.
One of the best ways to treat greasy hair is to switch up your shampoo and conditioner: choose products with cooling ingredients like mint, tea tree oil, or eucalyptus (to relax your scalp and calm down those sebum glands) and gentle moisturizers like aloe. Be sure to shampoo regularly, but do not over-condition your hair — this just adds more oil to your hair. Between washes, try dry shampoo to get rid of extra moisture. And when styling, use light-weight products like mousses or foams over heavy creams and gels — and make sure to avoid products with silicone, an ingredient that adds shine to hair. Your healthy hair will be plenty shiny on its own!
We recommend: David Douglas Mint Infusion Conditioner for your regular washes and CHI Vibes Wake and Fake Dry Shampoo for oil-control touch-ups. For styling, try a lightweight, silicone-free foam like All About Curls Boosting Foam or CHI Twisted Fabric Finishing Paste — and remember, less is more!
At Beauty Supply 123, we believe EVERYONE should have the confidence to look and feel their best. Whether you’re shopping for hair care solutions or just looking to try something new, we’ve got you covered. Not sure where to start? Check out our Best Sellers for an introduction to some of our latest and greatest, or head over to our Hair department to find the right match for those luscious locks.
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