Today I am tackling a very popular topic, we’re gonna talk about how to control fizz naturally and with products.
A couple things you need to know to fight frizz whether you have straight hair or curly.
I got some tips for you, so let’s get in to it.
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Causes of Frizz
Frizzy hair can be caused by a variety of things. It can be from dead ends, it can be porous hair, it can be hair that’s not moisturized enough and it can be due to improper styling.
Dead ends are obvious but dead ends are literally frizz incarnate and it’s living on your hair. I know that it gets annoying hearing hairstylists say “oh my gosh you need to cut your ends,” and you’re like “you’re just trying to get my money.”
But no. It really is that you have dead frizzy ends living on your hair and the damage is traveling up. So the longer you wait, the worst the frizz gets. Just cut it out.
And then you have porous hair. To explain what that is, your hair has this cuticle layer, which lays like shingles and it protects the spongy inside of your hair, which is called the cortex, where all the moisture and proteins and good stuff lives.
When those cuticle layers start to lift, things can get inside and damage the cortex. Or there are things like chemical processing and heat styling that can actually lose those shingles and just expose the spongy heart of your hair and that creates a lot of frizz.
So obviously it can happen through chemical treatments, through a lot of heat styling. For people with wavy and curly hair, your cuticle structure is actually already more open than most, which means your hair just comes pre-porous for you and it’s already a lot more thirsty than any other hair type.
So if you heat style, chemically treat or have wavy, curly hair, you wanna put a lot more moisture back into your hair, which leads to your hair lacking moisture.
Not Enough Moisture Oil
Now typically when we talk about moisture, we talk about water but what your hair can often use when it’s frizzy is more fat. It needs lipids in it to help to moisturize it, but also to weigh down the frizz a little bit.
So we’re gonna talk a lot about how to add oils and lipids back into your hair today.
Not Styled Correctly
And finally you can be styling improperly and I’m gonna talk about a couple little hair styling habits that you can use to create more smooth, shiny hair.
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How to Control Frizzy Hair Naturally and With Products
So first of all, let’s talk about maintaining moisture in your hair. This is gonna be a little bit of a waiting game.
You can start implementing these things and you’ll see a difference in the first couple of days to a week, but you’re gonna see the most over several weeks. So just keep that in mind.
You could wash your hair less often. That’s like a great thing because it’s easier, but it also just gives your hair a chance to moisturize itself. So shower less frequently.
Also when you do wash your hair, you should shampoo just the roots because I’m assuming the frizz is mostly from the middle to the ends of your hair.
You want to get rid of any dirt, oil, sweat build up on your scalp, but you don’t necessarily need to run the shampoo over your ends. You can actually let the shampoo cleanse your ends as it runs out of your hair and that will keep the moisture a lot more settled.
Then we move on to conditioner, which is really the key product if you have frizzy or unruly hair. It’s what you need.
That’s a great way to get the oil and lipids back into your hair. The best way to make sure that you do that is pick a very moisturizing conditioner. You wanna pick one that is good for coarse, frizzy, color treated hair, because it’s gonna have those heavy moisturizing agents in it.
Two brands that I would recommend to look at.
First is Shea Moisture. I love that when you turn the bottle over, the advertisement that’s on the front is on the back. Sometimes if you look at something like an argon oil conditoner and then you turn it over, argon oil is literally the last ingredient. They took their conditioner and put two drops of argon oil in it and now it’s argon oil conditioner. Don’t fall for that.
I also really love Herbal Essence. Normally when I think of mass drugstore hair care, I think it’s probably trash ingredients. But they have the science behind what they do and the rigorously test.
The next thing that is very important are hair oils, like a leave in oil. With really frizzy hair, you want to take it to the next step. You want to make it a little heavier.
Shea Moisture has good hair oils. Another one I love is Living Proof nourishing oil. This one is so, so good. I also love the Restore Perfecting Spray. This one’s a lot lighter but I think it’s really good.
You could even hypothetically have a leave in conditioner and an oil and you just mix them together. You have that hybrid – it’s not as heavy as just using an oil but it’s a little more than just using a leave in conditioner.
Either way you need to find your perfect little weapon, your hair weapon against the frizz to help weigh it down even more.
And finally it’s really good to use a deep conditioning treatment on your hair every one and a half to two weeks. It’s just really gonna keep adding in the extra moisture.
Good Hair Care Habits
And now let’s move on to some good hair care habits.
First of all I really recommend getting a satin pillow case. It does not have to be real satin, it just has to be silky feeling. Mine is like $15.00.
Just get what works for you, but seriously it will change your life. I don’t wake up with bed hair anymore because of it which is crazy, so I could only imagine how much it will help someone with frizzy hair.
And then if you have wavy to curly hair, you’re probably already know this, but only brush your hair either while it’s wet or if you’re getting ready to wash it, because it’s just gonna balloon out.
If you do detangle your hair while it’s wet, you wanna make sure that you’re using detangling brush and then your conditioner or leave in conditioner to lubricate the hair so it detangles more easily.
Another well known curly hair tip that’s good for everyone is don’t use your typical towel on your hair to dry it. Actually use a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt to scrunch and dry your hair because it causes less frizz on the hair.
I love this next tip.
When you apply your leave in conditioner or your hair oil, rub it between your hands and then start on the ends and then slowly work your way up. Because that way the majority of your product is applied to the ends and then less and less as you go up, which is pretty much about as much as your hair needs.
While we’re on the leave in products thing, I actually really recommend applying it while your hair is wet, not dripping wet but not damp either. That way you’re sealing in that moisture that’s already in your hair, sealing in the water and adding in more fats. It’s just a perfect combination if you do it then.
I would also recommend that if you have wavy or curly hair and you’re gonna air dry, apply a product that’s gonna help to tame and control the frizz. One that I really love is Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls.
This works so well, your hair doesn’t feel like a gel at all, it doesn’t feel crunchy but it gives you so much definition and so much taming. I really, really love it.
I also recommend that if you’re going to scrunch something like this into your hair, only do it while your hair is very wet because when you start to scrunch hair that is a little bit more on the damp side, when you scrunch and you pull your hand away, you’re gonna see those little frizzes starting to come out.
So really try to like get it in there while your hair is wet and then just don’t touch it, let it be.
There you go. That’s an overview of how I would take care of very frizzy hair. My hair on the frizz scale is probably on the less frizzy side.
But I do have the color treatment, so I do use a lot of these tricks to keep my hair as shiny and healthy as possible.
Samantha is a hairstylist with over 12 years of color and stylist experience. She enjoys using her knowledge to create what her clients really want when they sit down in her chair. Her passion is creating unique looks that her clients feel great in.