A little frizz here and there is fine. It’s your hair’s natural way of reacting to various elements and situations. Although some have already learned to embrace their frizz, many of us still wished we could tame it down. Even just for a bit.
Well we have had enough! We put together this guide on how to tame frizzy hair. There is no single solution to frizzy hair. It could also be caused by a variety of factors. Before we get to the solutions, let us first break down the causes. If you could avoid them, then you may also be able to avoid having frizzy hair to begin with.
What Causes Frizzy Hair?
Hair doesn’t become frizzy just because it has a mind of its own or because it wants to. There are different factors that could lead you to develop frizzy hair and they are as follows:
Have you noticed that there are times when your hair is more frizzy? One of the factors that could affect that is the humidity. When it is humid, there’s more moisture in the air. That also means there is more hydrogen in the air.
Hydrogen will bond with the proteins and water molecules in the hair.
When that happens, your hair forgets the styling you did to it and reverts to its natural state.
The increased hydrogen bonds also cause hair to become curlier. Some people with straight hair may observe their hair become wavy as well.
That could all lead to hair being frizzy.
Another factor that could cause hair to become frizzy is the dryness of your hair. If your hair isn’t properly moisturized, it will find a way to hydrate itself.
That means that it would love to take in the moisture in the air once it is exposed to it.
Dry hair in a humid environment is a perfect recipe for frizzy hair. Your dry hair is ready and dying to absorb all the moisture offered by the humid environment.
Curly hair tends to be a bit dryer. That’s why it is more common for it to be frizzy, especially when exposed to moisture.
Hair damage is another thing to look out for. There are many causes of damage to the hair. Nevertheless, damaged hair tends to be dryer and as we’ve mentioned dry hair will tend to frizz more.
Your habits when it comes to your hair can greatly affect the damage it develops. Overusing heat styling tools, over washing, too much coloring, and other harsh treatments could all contribute to the damage. Remember to brush your hair when it’s wet if you’ve got curly hair.
Ways On How To Tame Frizzy Hair
1. Carefully Choose Your Shampoo
The products you use on your hair may cause your hair to be frizzy or less frizzy. If you want to tame the frizz, select shampoos that have a high glycerin content.
The sooner glycerine is listed in the ingredient list, quicker it should be in your shopping cart.
Glycerin is an ingredient that helps hydrate the hair from the inside. It is a humectant. It absorbs moisture in the air and creates a coating over the hair strand to keep the moisture in.
Aside from looking for glycerine, it also best to choose sulfate-free ones. If you check on the ingredient list of most shampoos, you’ll find sulfates as a common one.
That’s because it is used to create that satisfying lather.
That lather makes your hair squeaky clean… but it also strips away the natural oils of the hair.
That could lead to unwanted hair dryness and frizziness.
2. Don’t Forget Your Conditioner
Shampoo can be drying to your hair because it is meant to remove excess oils and buildup. However, you can counter that by using a conditioner every time you shampoo your hair.
A conditioner hydrates the hair deeply.
When the hair is properly hydrated, the cuticles are less likely to open up and try to absorb moisture whenever present. That will lead to smoother-looking hair without unwanted frizz.
There are many different hydrating ingredients that could be included in a conditioners . We love Olaplex hair care products, and have written about Olaplex 3 previously.
Just make sure the conditioner is suitable for your hair type.
Those who have curlier hair may find that products with shea butter work best for them. However, for someone with straight hair, it could be too rich.
If you have sensitive skin or scalp, a gentler formula would be best.
3. Avoid Overwashing Your Hair
Wash your hair, just not too much!
Hair that’s freshly washed and conditioned may look and feel great. However, you don’t have to do that every day.
Washing your hair with shampoo can be done at intervals. This will avoid stripping your hair off its natural oils.
If you need to wet your hair every day, you could just use a conditioner for the day.
Shampoo your hair only when you think there is a build-up or when there is too much oil on it.
4. Regular Hair Mask
Hair masks are these nifty products you can use on your hair to further hydrate them. They help get moisture inside the cuticle and keeping it there. This will prevent the hair cuticles from seeking moisture in the environment.
That greatly prevents your hair from getting frizzy.
Nutty-Smelling Argan Oil is a common ingredient in hair masks. Aside from commercially available hair masks, you can even create your own hair mask with ingredients you’ll find at home.
A DIY hair mask could be as simple as mixing coconut oil and honey. Coconut oil, what can’t it do?
5. Avoid Using The Hair Dryer Immediately After Washing
Heat stylers, which include your flat irons, curling irons, curling wands, and of course your favorite hairdryer (one of ours is the Cura T3), can cause your hair to dry up. This is especially true if you tend to use the highest temperature while drying.
If you must blow-dry your hair, try to let it air dry first.
When your hair is mostly dry before you use a blower, you’d be spending less time heating up your hair, drying it out.
Also, consider using the option with the lowest temperature, and consider using an ionic or tourmaline hair dryer.
Nowadays, there are multiple hair blowers that have the option to use cooler air than the hot air we were all used to.
Also, make sure to keep your hair protected from heat styling by using heat protectant .
These will help minimize the damage that your hair develops due to the heat of your styling tools. They can make your hair greasy, but they will prevent frizz. There’s always a balance.
6. Get Your Hair Trimmed
The ends of the hair are usually the ones that are more damaged. Regular trims can help remove those split ends, which are dry and could lead to frizz.
If you don’t want to have your hair trimmed regularly at a salon, you could certainly do it at home.
Just make sure to use hair cutting scissors and not just any scissor you find at home. If you just use the scissors from your drawer, then you’ll cause more damage to your hair.
That could also to more frizzy and damaged ends.
7. Go For Keratin Treatments
Getting a keratin treatment at a salon could be a long-term solution to your frizzy hair. This treatment provides keratin for the hair so it can be strengthened and repaired.
The result is smoother, shinier, and less frizzy hair.
There are also some formaldehyde-free keratin treatments that you can use at home.
8. Use A Microfiber Hair Towel
Did you know that using the wrong kind of towel for your hair could cause it to frizz?
Most of our towels are made of cotton. Rubbing cotton on hair creates friction, which leads to damage and frizz.
Avoid that by getting yourself a microfiber towel instead.
9. Clamp Them Down!
Another way to tame your frizzy hair is to use hair accessories to clamp down your hair. Bobby pins should do the trick. They keep your hair in place and your up-do on point.
Take it to a whole new level by clamping the frizz down some more with various hair products like hair spray or hair gel.
These will keep every hair strand in place until the day ends.
Frizzy hair is annoying. But it is perfectly normal to have some, it’s just the way the hair reacts to its styling and its environment.
When hair lacks moisture, it tends to open up the cuticles and grab moisture from the air. That causes your hair to frizz.
There are different ways to combat frizzy hair.
The goal is to keep the hair hydrated enough so it doesn’t need to grab the extra moisture in the air. That could be done by selecting the right products to use on your hair and considering how often you need to use them.
Additionally, prevent damage to your hair by using heat styling tools carefully. At least protecting them by using various heat protectants helps prevent frizz.
And if your hair is already frizzy, you could still tame it down a bit by clamping it down with bobby pins, a hair gel, or some hair spray.