Friday, February 19, 2010

FASHION FAQ: It's Electric!

Dear Budget Belle,
How do I get my hair to not be full of static cling in the winter?

- Shocking Beauty

Dear Shocking Beauty,

Great question! Static electricity tends to be more of a problem during the winter months because the air is very dry. Couple that with the fact that most of us wear hats to keep us warm, and you've got a big static-y/frizzy problem. Fear not! There are a few ways you can avoid this winter hair Don't.

First, invest in a good ionic hair dryer. A quality hair dryer can be used all year-round and will last you for many years to come, so I recommend spending a decent amount of money on one. The ionic hair dryers, in particular, work to close the cuticle layer so that your hair dries flat - translation: silky, smooth hair. I have the T3 dryer, which is definitely pricey but WELL worth the investment. (More info about that in a future post.)

Second, don't be afraid to use product to smooth our your hair and protect it from frizz. I personally like the "Living Proof" line of "no-frizz" products. Just comb a dollop of the straightening cream through your hair while it's still damp, then blow-dry as usual. The result is smooth, frizz-free hair. The Living Proof products are sold at Sephora, but you can probably find a product at your local drugstore that will work as well. Look for something that includes "silicone" on the ingredient list.

Last, keep some pomade on hand for touch-ups and fly-aways. A little dab is all you need to smooth any frizz that Old Man Winter has created. Take a small amount, rub it between your hands to warm it up a bit, then apply as needed.

There you go - basic steps to keep your hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free! Now bundle up, it's cold out there!

XO, The Budget Belle

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