Control frizzy hair with simple ingredients

July 16, 2013 3:20:59 PM PDT
In this Stretch Your Dollar, we are helping you battle frizzy hair in Houston's heat with items you probably already have at home.

Look no further than your pantry or your fridge for quick and easy treatments that get results. From castor oil to beer, there is something to smooth your hair.

The words "frizzy hair" and "Houston heat" conjure up all kinds of emotions.

"I stay in the house, I avoid it at all costs," Houstonian Brittany Espree said.

"I think my hair just immediately turns into an afro," Houstonian Erin Keith said.

At the drug store hair aisle, you could get lost looking for your best defense, maybe even wasting money on products that never seem to work.

So we turned to beauty expert and salon owner Rachel Gower to help us out.

"Houston's humidity during in the summer is our hair's enemy, but there are lots of different ways to fix this and control it. And most of them are going to be in your pantry," Gower said.

In the pantry, we found several things that could fight the frizz. First up is apple cider vinegar.

"Shampoo, rinse with vinegar, condition to get rid of the smell of vinegar. And then very gently towel dry your hair with a T-shirt instead of a towel," Gower said.

Using a T-shirt will prevent your hair cuticle from getting roughed up, which causes frizzy hair.

And how about popping open a cold one? Not to drink, but for your hair.

"Beer is full of nutrients, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and anti-oxidants, all of which your hair loves," Gower said.

Mix some beer with your shampoo, equal parts beer and shampoo and condition then dry your hair completely by sectioning the hair, using tension with your brush.

"Point the hairdryer down so the cuticle is all getting blown in the same section," Gower said.

Next try carbonated water. Shampoo and condition your hair as normal and rinse completely. For the final rinse, use carbonated water. This works because carbonated water helps lower the pH of your hair, which it makes it less frizzy.

Finally, salons sell pricy anti-frizz serum. But you can use create your own by using argon oil, castor oil and/or avocado oil.

"Mix those together and you have your own Moroccan oil," Gower said.

Then apply the oil on dry hair to tame the frizz.

If you are in pinch, Gower says you can also use hand lotion, lip balm, and even cuticle oil to smooth frizzy hair when it's dry.

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