Hello!!!! I am black, puerto rican, and dominican with long, thick, curly frizzy hair. I am in the military and constantly pulling my hair back in a bun which causes constant breakage around my edges and ends from the tight ponytail holders I have to put in. Do you have any ideas what products I can use to help maintain my hair strength?
Also, my curls always start out pretty and loose and wind up being tight and frizzy. Do you know how I can help prevent that? Also, I’m stationed in a really humid environment and whenever I straighten my hair, the frizz pops up in about 20 minutes. What can I do to help that?
Thank you so much for answering all my questions!!!!
First…thank you for serving our country!!
Now…on to hair questions
Amiga, you are not going to like what I have to say, but realistically speaking…I do not recommend you pull your hair too much. Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t you have to wear your hair a certain way? For instance, don’t you HAVE to wear it up often? If so, it’s better to let it puff up and get frizzy than to jeopardize the health of your hairline.
If your hair is long enough, put it in one braid or a twist and wrap it around into a bun, but try to avoid wearing pony tails often. If you can manage to get your hair done at a salon once in a while, go for it…let those occasions be special, but remember…it’s better to have frizzy, healthy hair, than none at all. Me entiendes?
As for products, try using an anti-frizz serum after shampooing. I have had moderate success with a few products, but the truth is when it’s very humid and I begin to sweat, my hair frizzes, regardless. The one thing that helps (a little) is if I sweep my hair up in a very soft, lose bun. I use either a jumbo bobby pin, or a butterfly clamp to hold it in place. Add ApHogee Two Step to your routine. Use the protein, followed by the moisturizer every other month. This will give you some strength. Also, if the hairline is fragile, go lightly on styling, using hot appliances and pulling it if you blowdry.
Remember to moisturize often. If you are sweating a lot, be sure to rinse your hair frequently, deep condition and implement a really good leave-in, like CHI Silk Infusion. You can also try making a tea of lavender, rosemary and sage. Just pour a cup or two of this tea over your hair as a leave-in rinse, followed by your favorite leave-in conditioner.
Hope this helps!