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ylieberthal Oct 12th, 2007 09:46 PM

frizzy hair
My hair frizzes really badly in the humidity do I ususally just wear it in a pony tail in humid climes. Is there any point in taking my curling iron for evenings and while in Vietnam? I know, I am oh so vain!

glorialf Oct 13th, 2007 04:32 AM

Get a haircut and is meant for curly/frizzy hair. Did it 30 years ago and it was the most liberating event of my life. No longer worry about humidity and don't even own a hair dryer or curling iron. Just have a drip dry weather proof hair do. That after ironing my hair, wrapping my hair in toilet paper at night and avoiding humidity whenever possible. Fabulous new freedom!

simpsonc510 Oct 13th, 2007 05:01 AM

OK, I have to ask. What is a frizz proof haircut??? I now have frizzy hair (very curly) for about the last 4 years. Never had it before... result of surgery. Won't go into specifics.

Anyway, I have my hair shampooed and "straightened" once a week at a salon. I'd love to know how to get it cut so that I could "cut out" the salon visits, and still be able to wear the ponytail when I want to.


Kathie Oct 13th, 2007 08:10 AM

The simple answer is that there is no reason to take a curling iron.

Carol, I consider my haircut "wash and wear." I don't even own a hairdryer. My hair is naturally curly and it looks its best in humid climates or light rain - no wonder I live in Seattle!

Gloria, no wonder Carol considers us "twins!"

ylieberthal Oct 13th, 2007 09:00 AM

I've tried that, but it doesn't work. the frizz starts at my roots, but the curl starts about 3 inches out from that. If I had tight curls it wouldn't be a problem, but as I've grayed I have lost my curl

hawaiiantraveler Oct 13th, 2007 10:34 AM


They use a thinning scissors. I think thats what it is called. I get it done every fourth haircut or so. Others need it more often. It depends on your hair.


glorialf Oct 13th, 2007 01:15 PM

It's all in the cut and in your telling the person who is cutting it (and who knows frizzy hair) what you want (i.e. drip dry).

Girlspytravel Oct 13th, 2007 02:05 PM

Y-they have really good hair stylists/salons in Asia-I have long hair, and I get a wash, blow dry and FLAT IRON-and it really works very well in the humidity. I can get all of that for the equivalent of about US 6.00-8.00. There's a hair salon right across the street from Yaang Come in Chiang Mai, and the dude did a fabulous job on my hair, to the point that people stopped me on the street to comment favorably-he charged me $5.00! So do consider going in and having your hair styled while there-I don't know where you are going, but it is well worth it. And I WOULD take my curling iron if that is what you use, but I think to tame frizzies, a flat iron is 100% better-and I took mine all over SE Asia-so what? (but all the hair salons I went to-both upscale, and local salons, had flat irons, so that wasn't really a problem).

rbphilly Oct 13th, 2007 06:14 PM

I have very thick hair that gets frizzy when the humidity is high. Before we went to SE Asia 2 years ago, my hair dresser got me a product called Moisture Block made by sabino. Along with my curling iron it worked well. It will also make your hair nice and shiny! Cost is around $ 20-25 for 3.5 ounces. You can order it online or buy it at most beauty supply houses.

ylieberthal Oct 14th, 2007 12:20 AM

thanks for great advice. The iron is going with me and so is the moisture block. I wear a ponytail all day but like a sleeker look if we ar e having a nice dinner

Smeagol Oct 14th, 2007 04:52 AM

i have long(ish) hair and always take my straighteners. just make sure its bone dry before you go out (after you have straightened it of course) and spray a bit of humidity hairspray on. works ok for me

bok1 Oct 14th, 2007 08:48 AM

I'm not sure but I think you can only take 3 oz tubes, so be careful that the screeners at the airport don't confiscate your tube.:0)

Marianna Oct 14th, 2007 01:08 PM

I have hair which curls up if I let it dry naturally and gets frizzy in humid weather, sometimes so frizzy that the curl totally diappears and it is a mass of frizz! In dry weather it is smoother, but never totally straight. I do not have it thinned out with thinning shears, that makes it even more frizzy for me. Unfortunately, I look awful in flat hair, especially on top, so a pony tail is not something I can do with my curly hair. I fought the curl when I was young and straight was the "in" thing, but now I go with the curl if it is humid and use products to keep it controlled and relatively frizz free.

Presently, my hair is layered, a bit longer than chin length and it works well for me. A good hair drier (with the cooling button or ionizer) helps along with the products. If you want it smooth, then it needs to be fully dry and treated with the products before you go out into the humid air. Even doing that, depending on your own hair tendencies, and even with the curling iron, it may work for a short while and then it will frizz up anyway. I aleays have something to smooth it out in my purse. I put it in a small container and carry with me when I go out.

There are tons of smoothing products out there now. I do not know where you live, but in the US, you can get Selecca Shine Smoothing Balm. I use this and it tames the frizz and shines the hair) and Fructis Smoothing Masque (name may have changed recently) and other smoothing products as needed. You can put more than the 3 oz. in your suitcase but not in a carry-on.

Good luck with the frizz and don't worry about it too much unless it really bothers you. If it does, take a good smoothing product and your curling iron or use a hair drier. Try products out before you go. For me, if it is curly, that's fine...I just try to tame the frizz.

Most of all, enjoy your trip!

ylieberthal Oct 14th, 2007 03:03 PM

Thanks so much. I went to the Beauty supply today and bought a hair spray for humid weather and a defrizzer. I'm leaving in Wednesday on will report on my trip when I return

Mango7 Oct 14th, 2007 03:20 PM

You could always shave it off like Britney spears did. Imagine the freedom you'd have.

bea_001 Oct 14th, 2007 05:44 PM

I just pray that in my reincarnation I have straight hair. My curly hair has been my karma.

Before my trip to China this coming Thursday I have a stopover in LA and wonder if Mariana could tell me where to find the Smoothing Balm. Is it a drugstore product? I live in a cold climate city with no humidity, except when it rains, like today. I usually can manage my hair but Im wondering what to do when in Shanghai.


ylieberthal Oct 14th, 2007 09:02 PM

Mango...thanks a bunch, but no thanks.
I live in LA and went to a beauty supply today asking for high humidity hair spray and a defrizzer.
They sold me a travel size hair spray called ICON Finishing spray and a product by preology called supersmooth that you spray on wet or dry hair and when using an iron. there is a little shopping mall very close to the LA airport called Howard Hughes Center. They have a beauty supply there

ylieberthal Oct 14th, 2007 09:02 PM

oops, it is called Pureology

BostonHarbor Oct 15th, 2007 05:17 AM

It's pretty funny how those of us with frizzy hair pack so much stuff to deal with it. I am so jealous of the woman I travel with. She is a "wash and wear" gal and I'm a "I'll be right there, I just have to tame this mane" gal. For those of you who don't understand, frizzy hair just makes you feel unattractive and can really put a damper on your day.

During the day, I ususally pile my rapidly expanding hair inside a hat and put on a big pair of sunglasses (trying to channel my Jackie Kennedy), and at night I take out the hair curling iron using it to both smooth and curl.

I would never travel without my curling iron. I'd rather give up an article or two of clothing (which I should anyway) than my hair stuff.

So to all the women with frizzy hair, we do understand why this is such a popular thread.

A lifelone member of the Frizzy Sisterhood. :-)

simpsonc510 Oct 15th, 2007 06:17 AM

This thread is really awesome. I am reading everyone's responses with great interest. I am now tempted to try a layered haircut. Since my curl is such a new thing for me (since about 4 years ago) I have had hair that is shoulder length and longer. Each time I get an inch or two of it cut off, the curl seems to get tighter. Makes me quite concerned about getting a shorter style, but it just may be the right time to give it a try.

Kathie, I do like your hairstyle! I wish (but don't know for sure) that my hair would look like that if I were to cut a lot of it off.

Keep the frizzy hair comments coming! I need "support" in my decision to go shorter.


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