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Is Your Towel the Source of Frizz?: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?— but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week.

About a week ago, I was pumping through a workout through the awesome tutorials at ToneItUp. In the midst of a thigh-burning lunge, I was suddenly struck by hair envy. Has anyone else noticed how Katrina’s hair is out of this world?

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This babe has some of the most admirable beachy waves I’ve ever seen—there doesn’t appear to be a frizzy in sight. I was so intrigued I dropped the weights and immediately began looking up how to mimic Katrina’s hair instead of her equally enviable abs.

In the course of my research, I discovered that the source of frizz may all boil down to our bath towels and the oh-so cute turbans I make to dry my strands after showering.

As it turns out, the fibers in most bath towels can leave hair frizzy after all that rubbing and twisting to rid it of excess water. The weight of a towel turban will also pull on the roots, which tends to promote breakage. All things I don’t opt-in for.

So instead, I’ve been taking a tip from Katrina at ToneItUp.com. You can try it too—all you need is a plain white cotton t-shirt. Surprise—you even get to keep the turban!

Here it is:

The next time you get out of the shower and want to dry your hair sans blow dryer, run a frizz fighting serum through your strands (my current fave is CURLS Cashmere Curls),  flip your hair upside down and grab your nearest white t-shirt. I’ve found that fitting my head into the neck of the t-shirt so that my hair is surrounded by the shirt’s body is the best method. From there, twist the shirt around your locks, being careful not to create too much friction. You’ll be able to form a topknot and tuck the end of the shirt beneath it for a nice hold.

After five minutes or so, release the t-shirt. If you’re opting for waves or curls, use the t-shirt to scrunch your strands as you would with your hands while using a diffuser. Allow your hair to dry completely before taking to it with a curling iron to promote extra bounce. You’re done, mama—beachy hair that’s totally frizz-free!

—Paulina

Extra credit: after curling your hair, prep your strands with a texturing shine spray for a piecey, tousled look.

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