Tips for Controlling Your Frizzy Gray
First let me explain my system.
Before I ever decided to make this website I purchased almost
all my hair products (and a lot of other stuff!) from
Drugstore.com. I love it. Why?
- Anonymity. I live in a
small town and there are definitely things that I donít want
to go into our local drugstore and buy.
- Free shipping if you spend 49 bucks on eligible
products. What could be better than that?
- They let you keep your own list of favorites. When you
need something, up pops your list. You check the items you
need and away you go.
- Lastly, they give you back 5 percent of almost
everything you buy. Every few months they send you an
email with the drugstore.com dollars amount youíve
accrued, and you can go on the website and spend your
savings. What a deal.
Thatís why most of the products I recommend
are offered through Drugstore.com. I use it. I like it. I
think you will too.
Control Your Frizzy, Graying Hair
- Get a professional to color your hair especially
if your pre-gray hair was dark and you are going light.
Professionals have access to products that lift color better
and are less damaging to your hair. Think twice before you
go darker with a rinse. The friends that have done this
almost always have glaring light-gray roots, which are
much more noticeable against their darker hair. When
you use lighter highlights the gray/salt-and-pepper new
growth is camouflaged and you can go longer between
- You can never use enough conditioner. The one
that Iíve found that works the best on graying hair is
Nioxinģ. Nioxin not only helps
tame the gray frizzies, but each Nioxin product was
developed just for aging and/or thinning hair. The best
system is to wash your hair first thing when you get in the
shower and then leave the Scalp Therapy
(conditioner) on until you are done with everything
else...washing, shaving your legs, etc. Iíve also
discovered that the day after I have my hair colored, it
really helps to pile the Biolageô
Conditioning Balm on my hair about half an hour before I
shower so it can do an intensive rehydration and help
alleviate some of the damage done by the coloring.
- To avoid heat damage, always use a leave-in conditioner
before you style with heated hair appliances such as hair
straighteners and hair curlers (see below). I use
Aveda Confixor Liquid Gel which
doesnít make my hair look greasy or stiff and smells
absolutely wonderful. I canít tell you how many people
comment on how nice my hair smells. UPDATE: I still use
Aveda Confixor, but now I also use
on the ends of my hair when it is still wet. Why use it only on the ends? This
product is the only thing I have found that really
moisturizes and smooths the frizzy ends of your gray hair.
Unfortunately, if you use it on your whole head
it does make the roots of your hair look a bit greasy so use
Before I straighten or curl my hair I also run some
through my dry hair to protect it from heat damage.
So to summarize, Aveda Confixor all over my wet hair, Leave-in.Luxury
on the ends, and Body.Guard on my dry hair before I use
heat. Whew! A lot of products, but you do what you gotta do!
- Don't shampoo your hair every day.
You can skip a day and wear a shower cap when you bathe
or skip the shampoo and put just conditioner on and
then rinse. I know it sounds crazy, but try it.
Just conditioner works especially well if you live in a cold
climate where the dry, indoor
winter environment plays havoc with all hair, let alone dry,
- Don't use a hair dryer unless
absolutely necessary. If you can't let your hair air dry
in the morning, then take your shower or bath the night
before when you can let it air dry.
- Use the right hair appliances. I have made an
extremely important discovery and it is
What is tourmaline, you ask? Tourmalines are precious gemstones with
highly unique natural properties that result in the natural
emission of ions when they are crushed and heated. This
means that when tourmalines are applied to hair appliances
they somehow help to keep your hair from having the frizzies. I was
dubious, but now I am a believer. It works. I bought
an entire collection of tourmaline hair appliances including
a tourmaline hair dryer,
and hair curler.
I even splurged and
tourmaline hair brush
so I would have tourmaline from
start to finish. Not only does my hair not kink and wave in
all kinds of weird places anymore, but I no longer have a
halo of fly-aways surrounding my head when I look in the
mirror. It is heaven.
To style: I
let my hair dry naturally if possible or use my
tourmaline hair dryer when I have to get ready
fast. Then I pull the top
layer of hair up into a clip and use the
tourmaline hair straightener on the
bottom layer. When thatís done I undo the clip, straighten
the top layer and then use the curling
iron to curl the ends under and to touch up here and
- Use Rogaineģ as soon as you notice your hair is
leaving your head a little more quickly than it was a few
years before. The earlier you
start to use Rogaine for your hair
thinning, the better your chances for success, and it
probably is less expensive than you would expect. In fact,
a 3 month supply is only about $49.99 regularly and Drugstore.com has it on sale every few months for even
less. I canít guarantee that you wonít have thinning hair
eventually, but at least you will know that you did the best
you could. Hey, who needs regrets?
Thatís itÖmy method for frizz-free gray
hair that hopefully wonít thin as you get
older. Not too expensive and not too difficult. I canít
guarantee that your graying hair will respond as well as mine
has to the changes in hair products and appliances, but
honestly, I donít know why it wouldnít.