Always having bad hair days because you can’t tame your frizzy hair? Good hair days were a rare occurrence for me too during my early college days thanks to all the frizziness. One of the reasons for my
A lot of us have to deal with frizzy hair on an everyday basis. There are so many products on the market that claim to tame frizz, but most of them fail badly. If you ever wondered how you can tame your frizzy hair then this post is for you.
But before trying to tame frizzy hair, we must understand why our hair turns frizzy.
What causes frizzy hair?
The outermost layer of the hair strand is called cuticle. It is made up of tightly overlapped scale-like keratin structures. Under normal conditions, the cuticle lies flat and smooth.
Frizz occurs when the cuticle is raised and allows too much moisture to pass through it. The cuticle can be raised due to several reasons-
1. Dryness due to shampoos that strip away moisture, air-conditioning, dry climate.
2. Damage from heat styling, chemical treatments.
3. Friction caused by rubbing towel while drying, while sleeping , wearing tight hair accessories.
4. Rough handling of hair during back combing, tugging on hair bands, brushing too often etc.
If you live in a humid climate, the frizziness can get worse. There is a lot of moisture in the air, and the raised cuticle raised keeps absorbing more moisture than needed leading to poofy, frizzy hair like in my case.
How to tame frizzy hair
So I started looking for ways to tame the frizz, and the key to taming them was some simple changes in my haircare routine and products. My hair still gets a bit frizzy when humidity levels rise a lot (like during the rainy season), but I have most of it under control.
It took me over a year due to experimenting with different products and tips to tackle them. But you will start seeing the results in a few weeks if you start following all these tips below.
1. Use Gentler Shampoos
While sulfates are great at degreasing, they tend to be harsh on our hair when used regularly. Specifically, if you have dry hair since it strips off all oil from your hair and increases negative charge on hair causing frizz.
So if you have frizzy hair, use gentler surfactants and cleansers on your hair to avoid your hair from getting dry. Most drugstore and high-end shampoos are sulfate-based. So look for shampoos among the natural/organic haircare category.
Dilute the shampoo with water and then apply it only to your scalp and not your hair. Your scalp accumulates most of sweat, dirt and oil and needs a thorough cleansing. The lather that runs down from scalp during hair wash is enough to cleanse your hair strands.
2. Avoid Silicones
Silicones are occlusives found in conditioners that form a layer on your hair strand and avoid moisture from escaping. But if your hair lacks moisture, it won’t even let any moisture in while giving a fake, temporary smooth texture.
Also, the most commonly used silicones in hair care products require a sulfate-based shampoo to remove them which dries out your hair thus starting a vicious cycle.
So avoid any hair products with silicones in them. This includes serums too since almost all hair serums are silicone based.
Instead, choose natural occlusives like beeswax and plant
3. No more heat styling.
Regular use of hair dryers, straighteners and curling irons don’t just damage the cuticle but also leave your hair dry and frizzy. So if you are struggling with frizz, its best to limit heat styling to special occasions only (or better, completely). And give your hair time to recover from the damage.
Meanwhile, air dry your hair and learn how to work with your natural texture using different hairstyles. I find messy braids and buns to be really effective.
If you do have to blow dry your hair, wait until your hair is 70-80 % dry, apply a heat protectant and use the lowest possible heat setting. Also, hold the hair dryer at least 6 inches away from your hair. A
4. Use oils regularly
Applying natural oils (not mineral oil) to hair is super beneficial and is one of the most important aspects of hair care. Oils help condition, protect, nourish and repair hair damage.
Applying oil before washing helps retain moisture in the hair. While different oils can provide different benefits to hair, I would suggest using the good old cold-pressed coconut oil for dry, frizzy hair.
It is cheap, easily available in India and can penetrate the hair shaft to moisturize from within to reduce frizziness. It also helps prevent protein loss.
Apart from coconut, you can use olive, jojoba, grapeseed, hemp, argan oil or a perhaps a mixture of these to your hair.
Oils are not just a pre-shampoo treatment. You can use a few drops of oil on hair ends post washing as a frizz-fighting serum to tame any flyaways and seal the moisture. I personally use grapeseed oil since I already have it but any dry oil will do.
5. Use micro-fibre towels
This swap has been super helpful in dealing with my frizziness. The regular towels that we use for drying our bodies are way too harsh for the hair strands.
The friction from rubbing your towel on hair can raise hair cuticles and invite frizz. Micro-fibre towels are way gentler on hair and also speed up the hair drying time since they absorb more water.
When towel drying your hair, avoid rubbing your hair and just gently squeeze away the water instead. Then wrap the towel around your hair for another 15-20 minutes so it absorbs some more water from your
6. Sleep on Silk Pillowcases.
The friction caused by your hair rubbing against the cotton pillowcase when you sleep is another contributor to frizziness. Every time you twist and turn in your sleep, the rubbing action damages the cuticle layer.
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase (satin if you are on a budget) reduces this friction and can help combat frizzy hair. Also, use satin hair bands if possible.
The key to tame frizzy hair is being gentle while dealing with your hair and keeping it well moisturized. Every once in a while, apply a deep conditioning mask.
Here are some products to help you deal with frizzy hair and tame them.
Got some more tips on how to tame frizzy hair? Do leave a comment below and help out your fellow frizzy manes.
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