Please remember when attempting to “tame” that frizz is a part of texture DNA, so embrace it! Get to know your hair! Know its likes and dislikes. That is the ultimate key to healthy hair!
Looking for a way to smooth things over with your frizzy hair? In the winter months, it can feel like a frizz war zone, that our hair can’t seem to defeat. One minute your hair is sleek AF, and the next minute its dry, dull and latches on to anything it comes into close contact with. We chatted with Janet Jackson, celebrity hair stylist and owner of Toronto hair salon Jou Jou, to get to the root of the problem and uncover what tricks we can do at home to maintain a healthy frizz-free winter mane.
The Mane Frizz Culprit
“Excessive Heat or Dryness causes hair to get frizzy and staticky. The winter months tend to get really dry, and suck moisture from hair which leads to frizzy, staticky, and dry locks that are more prone to breakage.”
So what can we do to achieve sleeker hair?
“Hydration and moisturization is so important to relieve this problem. Use a moisturizing and hydrating sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. Use a leave-in conditioner or spray, and incorporate natural oils, [serums], butters, creams or light gels to seal that moisture into your hair.” There are so many great products out there, but in general it’s good to look for ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, and macadamia oil. They help with moisture retention, soften hair and reduce frizz.”
“Avoid alcohols, and ingredients that you cannot pronounce. These type of ingredients for the most part are inevitable, but you want to make sure that these types of ingredients are at the bottom of the list on your products.”
Janet suggests picking frizz fighting products based on your hair texture. This will help you secure smoother locks and tame all varieties of textures. Use a lightweight mousse or cream for fine hair. A light gel or cream for medium hair, and a butter or heavier gel for thick hair.
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Products aren’t the only thing you can change in your hair care routine to reduce frizz. Janet also suggests styling your hair properly in the winter months and recommends using a few satin products at home too: “Avoid having your hair out. [You can] braid or twist the ends of your hair into a style, [like a] top knot, or pony tail to avoid being exposed to the cold, dry weather. Protective styling like hair extensions, braids, twists and wigs are a great to avoid the cold weather [as well]. Use hats that have a satin lining, silk scarfs, and sleep with a satin cap or pillow case at night.”
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The Root of the Problem
But sometimes even the best products money can buy won’t be able to save your hair from frizz. Janet notes that sometimes frizz is inevitable even with all of the hair products and techniques available the ultimate culprit of frizz can be your hair type: “Please remember when attempting to “tame” that frizz is a part of texture DNA, so embrace it! Get to know your hair! Know it likes and dislikes. That is the ultimate key to healthy hair! “
Hair Care Routine
Having a good shampoo and conditioning routine is also important for maintaining healthy hair.
“If you’re not visiting a salon on a regular basis: it is important to invest in a hair system that is for your hair. Use less shampoo and more conditioner. Alternate washing your hair with a method called “co-washing” (washing your hair with conditioner) in-between regular shampoos. Use a deep conditioning mask. I would recommend building hair masks into your routine, which (with regular treatment) will keep your hair looking fresh and healthy. Healing hair masks are imperative treatments during the winter months to quench and repair dried out strands.”
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Understanding your Hair
Janet says, “Once you understand your hair texture, needs and problems, you will know where to start when looking for the right hair products. Pay attention to whether or not your hair likes or dislikes the product [too].”
Now is a great time to research and figure out all of your hair woes. She believes there’s been a shift in the industry since the start of the pandemic: “We have seen people embrace their natural hair, whether that be curls, frizz or waves. We’re seeing consumers look for ingredients that help moisturize their hair and accentuate its natural shape.”
With the huge spike of people wanting to have healthy hair but not being able to go to a salon, we fully support people embracing their natural hair textures and celebrate industry experts like Janet who want to aid in recreating the narrative of beauty in the industry. “I have been really focusing on the lack of diversity in the Canadian Beauty Industry. There is a huge gap in the Beauty Industry, which in turn has created a lack of diversity. Moving forward our beauty schools need to implement “equal” number of studies on all hair textures and types. Teach hairstylists how to address hair by texture and type and not race. But until then, it’s really up to the Hairstylists to figure this gap out. Hair stylists need to learn how to work with all hair texture and types. It’s their duty as a professional.”
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Janet considers hair her life’s work and career, and with over 20 years of experience in the industry she’s definitely a force to be reckoned with. If her resume doesn’t set her apart as one of the most sought after stylists in the industry (she’s made television appearances on CTV’s The Social and The Marilyn Denis show, worked on the set of music videos for Drake and styled the locks of mega celebrities like Rita Ora, Winnie Harlow and Keisha Chante) then perhaps her name and fabulous locks will.
LovelyJanuary 28, 2021
Thanks for these tips! Her hair looks amazing!
Pretty Little HangersFebruary 4, 2021
Isn’t it stunning!? Thank you for reading, Lovely <3