Combating Frizzy Hair
Combating Frizzy Hair
Summer is coming and that means frizzy hair will be here soon enough. Even though the ground is just now defrosting and spring is upon us, it’s never too early to start prepping our hair for the summertime frizz. We all know that frizz happens at all times of the year but summer frizz seems to be the most frustrating and harsher of the frizz.
What exactly is frizz?
Frizz occurs when the cuticle layer of your hair is raised, allowing moisture to pass through and swell the strands. As a result, your hair appears dry and frizzy instead of smooth and defined. In general, curly hair tends to have more frizz than straight hair because of dehydration in the strands, which leaves it more vulnerable to frizzing.
Hair can be dehydrated for many reasons. Some of these include:
- Not drinking enough water
- Not sleeping with satin or silk accessories and your hair is rubbing against drying materials.
- The oil your scalp naturally secretes is not making it down the strands of hair over the days after washing.
- You are not deep conditioning often enough or with the right types of products.
- Your shampoo may be drying your hair.
- Medications you are taking are causing changes in your body that affect your hair.
- You have over-processed chemicals in your hair, such as high-life dye or bleach that have damaged the cuticle.
Frizz fighting products
Products that claim to ward off frizz are almost always going to contain silicones. Silicones attach to the hair and create a barrier that stops external moisture, mainly humidity, from getting in the hair shaft. The trick to using styling products with silicones is to use a hydrating shampoo with a deep conditioner or treatment that has essential, fatty oils and other nutrients prior to styling.
In addition to silicones, frizz-fighting products also tend to contain certain types of proteins like wheat or soy protein that help with hydration and strength. Other common ingredients are essential fatty oils like avocado, olive and coconut oil, and sealants such as mango or shea butter.
Tips to help you avoid frizz
- Use a bit of protein-rich conditioner, diluted with water, to refresh the areas that are most frizzy.
- Always sleep in satin and silk accessories.
- Make sure you are using a hydrating shampoo, alternating with a restructuring/repairing shampoo.
- Always deep condition your hair. The more hydrated it is, the longer your style lasts and frizz stays at bay. Alternate moisturizing treatment with repairing treatment.
- Look for alcohol-free styling products.
These are helpful ways to help you find ways to help control frizz but understand that there is no one, perfect, frizz control product or solution. Changes to your regimen, such as the addition of new treatments or oils can take several applications to show a true difference. You should not expect perfect, frizz-free locks after one use of a new product. Also keep in mind, if you live in a climate where humidity levels are frequently above 60%, expect your hair to frizz no matter what you use or do. You will have to, at some point, just become comfortable with a bit of frizz from time to time. We say embrace it because it’s all natural and it’s all you!