Frizzy hair happens when your hair’s cuticle layer becomes raised. This enables moisture to saturate strands, which swell in response. And with that saturation comes dry, frizzy hair.

Curly hair and frizz: a tough combo

Unfortunately, curly hair tends to have more frizz than straight hair because it’s drier. And dryness makes it more vulnerable to frizzing.

A lot of things can easily dry out curly hair. This includes:

  • Not drinking enough water
  • Eating a poor diet
  • Having a dry scalp
  • Not deep-conditioning enough
  • Taking certain medications
  • Bleaching or otherwise over-processing your hair

8 tips for keeping your hair frizz free

There are many ways to help de-frizz your mane. Here are eight of the most effective.

1. Break the brushing habit

Brushing stretches your hair, causing it to break easily. It also messes up your hair’s cuticle. Instead of brushing, towel-dry your hair and run a wide-toothed comb through it. You can also add some anti-frizz product to your hair, and skip the combing.

2. Wet your fingers and run them through your hair

Dryness causes frizz, and water fights dryness.

3. Condition, condition, condition

Here’s a surefire trick: Dilute some of your favorite conditioner and apply it to the tips of your hair.

4. Use conditioner that contains protein

Protein not only helps to tame frizz; it also creates shine.

5. Avoid relaxers and straighteners

These products can dry out your hair even more than can weather and other causes. They’ll make your brittle, too.

6. Moisturize

Because frizzy hair is naturally drier, it’s vital that you moisturize your hair as much as possible. Conditioners, natural oils, and frizz creams are all good options.

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7. Ditch the flat iron, curling iron, and blow dryers

These heat your hair, and this dries it out, makes it brittle, and promotes frizz.

8. Avoid hair products that contain alcohol.

Alcohol dries your hair out, making it even frizzier.

Frizz-busting natural oil

You can add these natural oils to your favorite conditioner, mix with some water in a spray bottle, or just apply them directly to your hair. Our favorite all-natural oils include:

• Argan oil

Argan oil is great at combating frizz caused by humidity because it restores vital hydration to hair.

• Coconut oil

Did you know that coconut oil can help reduce protein loss when it’s used as a hot oil treatment or a pre-shampoo treatment? This is because coconut oil contains special fatty acids that can readily penetrate hair, helping to hydrate hair and tame frizz.

• Sunflower oil

Sunflower oil contains linoleic acid, which deeply conditions hair when used as a hot oil treatment.

• Olive oil

Olive oil is not only good for your skin and body. It’s great for your hair, too! Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, which helps control frizz by keeping hair moisturized.

• Avocado oil

The unique molecular structure of the fatty acids found in avocado oil means that avocado oil easily penetrates the hair shaft, restoring hydration and decreasing frizz.

A can "'do" attitude toward fighting frizz

Frizzy hair can really put a damper on your day. But you can brighten your day by following a few simple frizz-busting tips. Added to your beauty routine, they'll keep even curly tresses full of shine and bounce.

References

  1. "15 Hacks That Will De-Frizz Your Hair Fast," Cosmopolitan, July 14, 2017.
  2. "15 Life-Changing Ways To Tame Frizzy Hair," BuzzFeed, July 17, 2015.
  3. "Beauty SOS: How to Tame Frizzy Hair," Harper's Bazaar, June 20, 2016.
  4. "How to Tame Frizzy Hair: 5 Tips," Luxy Hair, July 8, 2015.

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