The Top Causes of Frizzy Hair and How to Tame It

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Aug. 28, 2020
Frizzy hair is every curly girl’s arch nemesis. It seems like no matter how much you try to tame your hair; it just turns into a lion’s mane. Whether it’s humidity, heat damage or no reason at all, we’ve all experienced a moment where our hair goes completely crazy with frizz. If this sounds familiar to you and you’re struggling with taming your frizzy hair, then this guide will help you deal with your unruly hair. The first step to taming frizzy hair is understanding it. 
What is Frizzy Hair?
Frizzy hair is the hair that sticks out or curls away from the head. These smaller, dryer strands won’t stay put and tend to adopt a different texture from the rest of your hair resulting in a fuzzy or puffy look. Curly or kinky hair types are more prone to dry hair and therefor frizz. In fact, having textured hair almost always has some form of frizz. Although you may not be able to completely eliminate frizz, you can significantly reduce it by changing your haircare habits. 
What Causes Frizzy Hair?
The hair consists of three separate layers – the medulla, cortex and cuticle. The outer-most layer, the cuticle, is made of flat overlapping cells that closely resemble shingles on a roof. It is used as a protective shell for the inner layers as well as locking in moisture. When the hair is dry or damaged the cuticle becomes raised which makes it more susceptible to damage and frizz. 
  • Lack of Styling products – If you don’t have an arsenal of effective styling products, then it will be extremely difficult avoid frizz. There’s no need for an entire aisle of styling products but having a few good products that help to nourish your hair is essential when tackling frizz. 
  • Use of Hot Tools – Regularly using hot tools can cause significant damage to the cuticle further encouraging frizz.
  • Over-Coloring the Hair – If you color your hair often, then the chemical damage from bleach and processing can affect the cuticle leading to more frizz.
  • Over-Shampooing – Washing the hair is necessary to get rid of dirt and debris but cleansing too often can lead to damage. Shampooing can strip the hair of its natural oils and cause the hair to become dry, frizzy and tangled. 
  • Weather – When it’s hot and humid, there tends to be a lot of moisture in the air which causes the hair to absorb moisture. The hair swells causing it to bend and become frizzy. 
  • Sun Damage – The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause discoloration, brittleness, damage and frizz. 
  • Friction – Using towels to dry the hair and sleeping on cotton pillowcases can enhance frizz due to its drying properties. Wearing tight hats or other head coverings can also damage the cuticle and lead to frizz. 
  • Underlying health Conditions – Many health issues can contribute to dry and frizzy hair. Eating disorders and thyroid disorders are just a couple conditions that can negatively affect the health of the hair. 
Treating Frizzy Hair
  • Find the Right Shampoo and Conditioner – Shampoo and conditioner play important roles in your hair care routine. Shampoo helps to keep the hair clean while conditioner moisturizes and detangles. It’s important to find a shampoo that does not strip your hair of its natural oils and a conditioner that provides intense hydration. Products that include hair friendly oils like argan oil or coconut oil are the perfect option. 
  • Use a Serum or Hair Mask – Since frizz stems from dryness, adding more moisture into your routine can help to prevent excessive frizz. Serums coat your hair and protect it from damage while hair masks provide hydration. This prevents the cuticle from opening up losing moisture. 
  • Air Dry or Use a Diffuser – If you use blow dryers to dry your hair, try air drying if possible. If you must use a blow dryer, try adding a diffuser to reduce damage. When drying the hair try using a microfiber towel rather than a regular one as this reduces friction.
  • Add Hair Oils – Hair oils are great at tackling frizz because they keep the hair moist. There are a number of oils that help to reduce frizz including coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, etc. 
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