Having a bad hair day? Hair a frizzy mess? You’re not alone. For various reasons, many people battle the dreaded frizz. But how do you tame a fluffy ‘do? If you’d like to learn how to tame frizzy hair, read on for some frizzy hair tips for healthier-looking locks.
What Causes Your Hair To Frizz?
You certainly know frizzy hair when you’ve got it. Your hair seems to take on an entirely different texture – it’s fluffy, but somehow also flat, formless but focus-pulling, curly but drab. It’s woolier than a sheep, and nothing seems to fix it.
Well, it’s impossible to fight the frizz if you don’t know what’s causing it. So, let’s get to the root of the problem.
Why is my hair so frizzy?
Your Hair Might Be Dry And Dehydrated
Dry hair thirsts for moisture. So, the minute it finds even a hint of it, it zaps it up fast – and hello frizz. This newly frizz-ed hair feels thicker and fluffier (for some people, it’s like their hair has just inflated like a pufferfish). This is because hair strands are now bloated with moisture. The hair cuticle is also raised, allowing more moisture in but also creating a rougher hair texture.1
If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, you may feel like your hair frizzes much more easily than your straight-haired pals’ hair does. This is because wavy or curly hair tends to be naturally drier. The thought on this is that natural oils from the scalp find it more difficult to navigate down the hair shaft of a curl.2
Your Hair May Be Damaged
Damaged hair is caused by all those things that are done in the name of beauty – things that aren’t particularly healthy for your locks. Think too much heat styling, too much bleaching or dying, wearing tight hairstyles, and over washing.
Damaged hair tends to show up as dry, brittle hair with split ends, and so – as per above – that parched hair is crying out for any moisture it can get.3
Humidity Rules Your Day
It’s the kind of weather that puts fear into the hearts of women everywhere – humidity. Not only does it leave you dripping sweat within minutes of leaving home, but your hair balloons almost instantly into a fluffy pouf ball.
Humidity is a curse on pretty much all hair types and textures, though those with curlier hair or those with dry or damaged hair seem to carry the brunt of it. Remember, when hair is drier, it’s more porous – and it sucks up moisture like a sponge.
Identifying Types Of Frizzy Hair
Though frizzy hair is a problem shared by many, there are different types of frizz that can occur on your head. Perhaps you can relate to one of these?
Surface Frizz is found on the outside of your hair and presents as a static aura around your head.
Halo Frizz is a “crown-only” frizz and presents as, you guessed it, a halo.
Pouf Ball Frizz is everywhere. On top, underneath, and throughout your tresses. Your hair seems to pouf out from every possible angle.
Curly Frizz is distinct to curly hair and lives in the curls, making them fluffy and undefined.
End-Zone Frizz is common on dry, split ends. No matter how sleek you get your hair to look, the ends just appear fluffy – or dry and brittle.
How To Tame Frizzy Hair
The good news: frizzy hair can be tamed. Mostly.
Unfortunately, many experts agree that there is no product on the market that can completely hold up long-term in a tropical environment.4 In those cases, you’re best to go “au naturel,” or tie your hair up on your head.
But for most people, there are small things you can do every day that may help to control frizz on those bad hair days. It’s all about healthy hair habits.
1. Washing Your Hair
You can start with how you wash your hair when it comes to avoiding frizz. Here’s how:
Avoid Washing Hair Daily
If you wash your hair too much, you can strip out too much of the natural oils. This may leave your hair and scalp drier. Washing your hair every two to three days is generally recommended.5
Apply The Right Product
Dry or curly hair types require shampoos and conditioners that are packed with moisturizing and smoothing agents to help nourish and seal the cuticle.6 When applying conditioner, apply it from the mid-lengths through to the ends of your hair to keep the conditioner where it’s most needed –– the ends.7
For the ultimate in hydration, invest in an ultra-nourishing cleansing conditioner that works as both a shampoo and conditioner without the drying ingredients that can be found in many shampoos.
Rinse With Lukewarm Or Cool Water
Hot water opens up the hair cuticle and may dry out your hair. Cool water seals it shut, thereby locking in the moisture.8
2. Drying Your Hair
When hair is wet it’s at its most fragile, so proceed with care. Brushing your hair while wet can not only cause breakage, but also leaves hair open to frizz when it dries.
- Use a wide-tooth comb or a special wet hairbrush to comb hair through. This may help keep the hair from being pulled or overly agitated.
- Use a microfiber towel or a soft cotton t-shirt to dry hair. Don’t rub at your hair to make it dry. Roughing it up can lead to friction between hair strands, opened cuticles, and ultimately frizz. Simply wrap it up in either of these fabrics and leave it be.
- Invest in a nourishing treatment hair serum that can help seal the hair cuticle and any split ends. Any extra moisture that you can apply now will leave hair less porous once it dries. Ideally, find one that also has heat and UV Protection.
- Don’t blow out hair while it’s soaking wet. Let your hair sit in the towel first to remove as much moisture as possible. Turn to the hairdryer only if you simply must heat style it.
- Always blow-dry hair with a hair diffuser, as it more evenly disperses the air. This may help to reduce frizz.
3. Sleeping On Your Hair
You can actually fight frizz while you sleep. Let’s take a look at these frizzy hair tips.
Wash And Air Dry Hair Before Bed
When you wash your hair in the morning, you’re always tempted to style it immediately – as you’re likely heading out. But do it at night, and you’ve got nowhere to be. This means you can patiently let it air dry completely.
Switch Your Pillowcase
For the same reason you ditched your cotton towels for a microfiber towel, you should also switch your cotton pillowcase for a silk pillowcase. Silk is renowned for fighting frizz and helping blowouts to last longer.9 This is because hair glides over the silk fabric, leaving it smoother and tangle-free.
Treat Hair To An Overnight Hair Mask
Once a week, treat yourself to an overnight moisturizing hair mask to deeply nourish your strands.
Tie Hair Up
Tie your hair up into a loose bun or braid using a soft scrunchie to avoid tangles and frizz-causing friction. Once again, the ideal fabric for your hair is silk (or satin).
4. Styling Your Hair
One of the main causes of frizzy hair is excessive heat styling. So it’s essential that you consider just how much heat styling is taking place during your week and try to tone it down if you can.
Then, take a look at the products you’re using. If you really want to know how to tame frizzy hair as part of your regular hair routine, moisturizing products are everything.
Such products should aim to:
- Smooth hair and tame flyaways (like a balm or pomade)
- Moisturize and define natural curls (like curl creams)
- Smooth, detangle, and deeply hydrate (like leave-in conditioning sprays)
Remember, the more deeply hydrated your hair is, the less likely frizz can take hold.
A Recap: Your Frizz-Free Hair Questions, Answered
How Do You Control Frizzy Hair When Applying Heat?
Answer: Try to limit how often you heat style your hair, but if you need to, there are things you can do to better protect your hair. Firstly, if you’re using a flat iron or curling iron, don’t heat style while your hair is wet. If you’re using a hairdryer, let your hair air dry till it’s only a little damp before you start your blowout.
Also, use a nourishing hair serum with built-in heat protection to help seal the hair cuticle and create a protective barrier between your hair strands and the heat.
How To Control Your Frizzy Hair When It’s Humid?
Answer: If you’re in a humid environment, you should seek out hair serums, balms, curl creams, and leave-in conditioners to help to smooth hair, define curls, and hydrate before you go out into nature’s steam room.
If all else fails, and in some conditions, it will, bundle up your hair in a neat updo and get on with your day.
How Do I Stop My Hair From Being Frizzy After Washing It?
Answer: After washing your hair, rinse with cool water, and then apply a nourishing treatment or leave-in conditioner to wet hair. Comb it through with a wide-tooth comb or special wet hairbrush. Then, bundle it up in a microfiber towel to dry for about 30 minutes. Then let it air dry without the towel.
If you’re heading to bed soon after, wrap your hair in a silk scarf or sleep on a silk pillowcase.
What To Do With Your Frizzy Hair?
Answer: Is your hair styled and it’s still a frizzy mess? Can’t seem to fix it on the spot with product alone? Your best bet is to bundle your hair into a neat twist, or pop on a hat or scarf, and just let it be. Tomorrow is a new day.
When you next look frizz in the eye, turn to these frizzy hair solutions to help get your hair back on the smooth wagon. Bad hair days happen to everyone, and sometimes they just can’t be avoided. But armed with this new frizzy hair knowledge, you can certainly make them rarer.