Hair Hacks You Need to Know to De-Frizz Your Hair Right Now

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Every mama knows what's its like to have a bad hair day. Dry hair strands that look like they have been subjected to electrocution, curls that are more unruly than a three-year-old or, simply put, hair that refuses to stay in place.

In times of desperation, the messy bun or the 15-second ponytail is often the default hairstyle of mamas too tired to care. Do you see a raised hand? That was mine—and there are certainly days when smoothening out fly-aways is a near-impossible mission.

Thankfully, there are hair hacks I've learned along the way that has helped me deal with unruly hair, especially on summer days when high humidity leaves the hair frizzy and lifeless.

1. Look for moisturizing oils and extracts in hair-care products.

Growing up in the Philippines where coconut oil is a household staple, I have been introduced to the versatile uses of coconut oil at a young age, one of which is its ability to moisturize hair and scalp. To this day, I look for coconut oil in the ingredient list of my hair-care products, which I've found in Hask's Exotic Oil Collections.

If you follow my blog, you are probably aware that I have recently been obsessed with Hask hair-care products because it is formulated with natural ingredients, which include not only coconut oil, but also argan, blue chamomile and orchid extracts. Hold up, orchid extracts in hair-care products? You read that right. Extracts from the delicate flowers are long known in Asia  to have deep hydrating benefits to the hair. Orchid oil is lightweight so it doesn't weigh hair down, perfect for frizzy hair.

To put orchid oil's ability to control frizz to the test, I've recently sampled the Hask Orchid & White Truffle collection. On this particular day, the humidity levels were high, so my hair had been misbehaving. After using the full collection—shampoo, conditioner and hair mask—I saw a big difference. Annoying frizz and fly-aways were tamed!

2. Use only sulfate- and paraben-free hair-care products.

This is one thing I don't compromise, which is exactly the reason why I've since been using Hask because its products do not contain ingredients like sulfate, paraben and alcohol. When it comes to products I buy for the family, I try to be more aware and conscious of what we use on our bodies.

Despite conflicting information on whether sulfate is truly toxic or not, I prefer to err on the side of caution. My advice is to get yourself educated on toxic ingredients in personal care products and make informed decisions based on that. Feeling overwhelmed by all the information on the internet? Consider researching reliable websites like safecosmetics.org, ewg.org and mayoclinic.org which offer science-based information.

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3. Use a boar bristle brush.

Frizz happens when hair strands lack natural moisture. The scalp naturally produces oil, called sebum, which coats each hair strand and keeps it moisturized. The boar brush is an effective anti-frizz tool because the bristles help to carry the sebum from the scalp to the tips of the hair shaft. This, in the process, repairs dry hair, adds luster and decreases frizz.

4. Gently press, don't rub.

I used to make this mistake, but there's a proper hair-drying technique: Gently press excess water from the hair, don't rub strands together. When you wring out your hair or rub strands to dry, it can worsen split ends and damage the hair. Frizz is a symptom of a dry and damaged hair. I've read several beauty experts recommend switching to a microfiber towel as it absorbs water better as you gently press your hair to dry. 

5. When styling, don't overdo with heat.

I am one of those women who prefer to air-dry their hair more often than spending minutes blow drying it. My laziness to blow dry has actually been great for my hair as exposing the hair to regular heat can damage it, leaving it more susceptible to frizz. On the rare occasions I really need to blow dry, I use a heat-protectant serum to keep heat from damaging the strands.

What hair hacks have worked for you in keeping frizz at bay? Perhaps you can share your best tips in the comment box and we can exchange beauty hacks?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hask, but all opinions are my own because I only work with brands I love. Hask hair care products are also available at Ulta.

Taming the Tangles: 5 Easy Ways to Care for Your Kid's Hair

Every mom who has to take care of her kid's hair knows the story of the beast called Tangles which hides in between the knotted hair strands of an unsuspecting child. For most moms, taming this unruly beast is nothing short of a nightmare. How many times have you desperately tried to untangle your kid's hair while in a mad rush to get them ready for school in the morning? How often have you heard, "Ouch, that hurts!" while trying to comb and style your little one's precious mane? It can be frustrating both for you and your little one who find the hair-care process a rather painful experience.

Thankfully, there are easy ways to tame the tangles. Here are five mommy-tested tricks that have worked for me and my little one:

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1. Never let your child sleep with wet or damp hair.

As a mom, I understand the struggles of evening routines with the little one. Our evenings often look like this: school assignment, dinner, bath time, an hour of free time to play or watch TV, brush and floss the teeth, bedtime stories, night-time prayer and goodnight kisses. In between all these, I let the little one's hair air-dry as I try to avoid using heat-styling devices that may potentially dry out her sensitive scalp and hair. 

Hair experts agree: Letting a child sleep with wet hair is never a good idea. This can cause the hair to dry in an unruly and knotty way, leaving you with more "ugh's" and "ouch" as you try to style your little one's hair the following morning.

2. Use conditioners and hair-care products with kid-safe ingredients.

Here's something I've learned: Just because brands label a product as "kid-friendly" doesn't necessarily mean it's "kid-safe." Many products that are supposedly designed for kids still contain harmful ingredients like sulfates, phthalates, dyes and fragrances. As a rule of thumb when shopping, I take the time to read the listed ingredients on the back of hair-care products before deciding to purchase. I believe we have a responsibility to know what we are putting on our bodies, most especially on our kids.

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Using products with clean ingredients leave the hair less prone to tangle as it is overall gentler on your kid's scalp and hair. I especially like SoCozy's new Hush Sensitive Collection , designed for kid's sensitive scalp and hair, and available at select Target locations.

The little one loves the built-in brush on the Hush Sensitive 2n1 Soothing Shampoo + Conditioner as she gets to play with it while brushing her hair during bath time. The bristles are ultra-soft but works wonders in helping to increase micro-circulation to the roots of the hair in order to help encourage healthy hair growth. To further protect her scalp, I usually end fun bath time with a quick application of SoCozy Hush Sensitive Scalp Serum Balancing Treatment, which delivers intense moisture to the scalp.

3. For stubborn tangles, use a detangling spray.

Trust me, if you are a mom to a little girl who fancies herself as Rapunzel, a detangling spray is your best friend. I can't tell you the many times it has saved me from completely "losing it" just because there were hair knots too stubborn to untangle on this little one's head! Just a little spritz on tangled areas with SoCozy Hush Sensitive Detangler Ultra-Gentle Leave-In and—viola!—hair is easily managed and combed without the painful tugging and tantrums.

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4. When styling, brush from the bottom up.

To minimize hair breakage while combing and styling your kid's hair, brush from the bottom up. Doing this simple trick ensures you get to untangle hair at the bottom first before completely combing it. It is also advisable to use a soft-bristled round brush or wide-toothed comb to make styling easier. 

Unless you stick to easy hair styles like a no-sweat ponytail, styling a kid's hair can be tricky. I often like to put Ariana's hair in either a braid or high bun, so to help make the process easier, I use a lightweight mousse like SoCozy's Hush Sensitive Styling Foam to naturally hold her hair in place.

5. Let your little one sleep on a satin pillowcase.

Yes, there's logic to this. Cotton sheets are rough and can create friction on the hair when sleeping, leaving it more prone to tangles. Instead, let your little one sleep on a soft, satin pillowcase. It' doesn't only help to minimize hair knots as it allows hair strands to simply glide across instead of getting tangled, satin also feels luxurious to the touch which aids in getting a comfortable sleep.

Whichever hair-care routine you create with your little one, remember that it's important to teach them the value of personal grooming early on. Which hair-care trick has worked best for you and your kids in taming the beast called Tangles?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by SoCozy Hush Collection. All opinions are my own.

The Mane Event: 4 Tips to Fabulous Hair

Even before I became a mom, I have always favored hair styles that didn't require an hour to put together. A one-minute pony tail, a messy hair bun or a no-effort hairband—and bam, I'm ready to face the world! 

My self-care philosophy has always been practical: Life is too short to spend much of it in front of a mirror with a curling iron. So how do you get fabulous hair without salon-like effort? The trick to low-maintenance hair styles starts with having healthy hair. 

Here are four hair-care habits to develop in order to maintain a healthy hair:

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1. Limit exposing your hair to extreme heat. 

Unless I am headed out to an event wherein styling my hair is necessary, I simply air-dry my hair. It doesn't take a hair expert to know that consistently exposing hair to extreme heat can eventually damage it. Thus, I often limit the number of times I blow dry or use heat-styling devices like flat or curling iron. Signs to heat-damaged hair includes excessive hair breakage, split ends and hair texture that feels dry and lacks luster. To nurse hair strands back to health, take a pause from using heat-styling devices and give your hair regular deep-conditioning treatment. 

2. Invest in good hair products with clean ingredients. 

I cannot stress this enough. Educate yourself on the dangers of toxic ingredients found in many personal-care products. Because there is so much information on the internet today, it can be challenging to filter truth from lies. If you are not sure where to start with your research, check out the Environmental Working Group's website, which offers the latest scientific research and education on healthy living. In general, many experts advise steering clear from harmful ingredients like sulfates, parabens, phthalates, alcohol, fragrance and dyes. 

When shopping, I tend to select hair products with natural ingredients, and have recently discovered the new Hask Greek Yogurt Collections (available exclusively at Walmart). Hask Greek Yogurt comes in three collections that address specific hair needs. Its Repairing collection is packed with blueberries and acai to restore damaged hair while the Color Protection collection contains cranberry and promegranate to help retain color vibrance.

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I picked the Hydrating collection after seeing it contains fig and Greek yogurt as key ingredients. I have heard many benefits of Greek yogurt on moisturizing hair and scalp, so my curiosity was piqued. The best part? Hask Greek Yogurt is free of sulfates, pthhalates, parabens, gluten and drying alcohol, all harmful ingredients commonly found in many hair products. Aside from the fact that the products clean and condition my hair well, I love that the combo doesn't come with an overwhelming fragrance, just a subtle whiff of honey-drizzled yogurt scent. Fragrance is one of the many known allergens so, in general, I stay away from products with overwhelming scent.  

3. Treat yourself to a scalp massage.

I used to shampoo my hair incorrectly. Instead of lathering all over, concentrate on the scalp where oil, dirt and product ingredients tend to build up over time. There's a good reason why hairdressers give you a scalp massage when you are in a salon, it helps to stimulate blood circulation and remove dead skin cells on the scalp. On the contrary, the proper way to condition is to do it from mid-shaft toward the ends where the hair is at its driest. 

4. Deep-condition at least once a week.

Honey is known to have nutrients that leave the hair with a glossy shine, which is why I look for this ingredient in my deep-conditioning product. As a budget-conscious mom, I hate spending a fortune in a salon, so I prefer to do my weekly deep conditioning at home. With Hask Greek Yogurt Deep Conditioner packaged in a squeezable packet, I needed to ensure I do it right so I don't waste any little bit of product. 

To do this, I followed the advised of many hair experts to start from the ends and work my way up when conditioning. For added benefits, I wrapped my hair with a shower cap covered by a warm towel, allowing heat to help the hair absorb nutrients faster. I left it on for about 20 minutes. It's amazing how a simple hair care trick like this could make a huge difference in repairing hair and restoring its shine.

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Like any other woman, I believe hair is our crowning glory, so it deserves all the care we can give. After all, queenly or not, it is the one crown we wear every single day. What hair care tips and tricks do you have? Which golden rules do you follow when it comes to maintaining a fabulous and healthy hair?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by haskgreekyogurt.com. All opinions are my own.