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I'm just a girl who transformed her severely damaged hair into healthy hair. I adore the simplicity of a simple hair care routine, the richness of diverse textures, and the joy of sharing my journey from the comfort of my space.
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Frizzy, curly hair is common and can be challenging to manage, especially if you don’t know what causes the frizz and how to deal with those flyaways. While some people embrace frizzy locks, others don’t want anything to do with it.
Frizz is often a natural by-product of curly hair because of the hair texture. Genetics, dehydration, humidity, damage, and incorrect styling techniques contribute to frizzy, curly hair. It can be manageable using the correct care methods and products to hold shape and seal in moisture.
Read on to learn more about frizz and why you have them, how to prevent and manage them, what products are best for your hair type, and some styling tips. We answer all your burning questions!
Hair Frizz Explained
Hair frizz is the physical state of the hair. It refers to hair that looks misaligned or “spiky” spread around the scalp area caused by small fibers that project away from the main body of hair. It is often called “flyaways” (short hairs perpendicular to the hair shaft).
Three factors contribute to hair frizz:
You inherit certain hair types and textures through your bloodline. You may have the same if a parent or grandparent has curly hair that naturally frizzes. Albeit your genetics, your frizz can be controlled.
Damage is often the primary reason for frizz, especially with curly hair. Curly hair tends to tangle and break easier. Color and bleaching also cause damage, and not using correct hair care methods and products lead to weak, thin hair that breaks, resulting in frizz.
Humidity is less a cause of frizz and more a trigger for flyaways. Humidity rearranges the hair fiber hydrogen bonds that hold the hair’s protein structure.
When they are broken, the cuticles lift. Moisture penetrates the hair shaft and absorbs it into the cortex, causing it to swell.
Frizz is not only present in humidity. Variations in hair texture may also influence the appearance of frizz. That means that all hair types can experience frizz.
What Causes Frizz In Curly Hair?
We have looked at the primary reasons for frizz and understand that it can happen to any hair type. But since it is most common and often a natural result of curly hair, let’s understand why.
Curly hair craves moisture. Unlike straight hair, natural oils struggle to run down the hair strands because of the twists and twirls. This leads to slower natural hydration.
Curly hair requires additional products like hair masks or leave-in conditioners to hydrate and lock moisture in. Conditioner is also essential after washing oils out.
Overwashing also leads to dry hair because it strips the natural oils from the scalp and roots, leading to dry hair that becomes weak, brittle, thin, and damaged, which causes breaking and ends in flyaways.
Lack Of Hold
After washing and styling, curly hair can often look smooth and perfect. But as the day passes and there is exposure to different environmental factors like sun, wind, rain, etc., and rubbing against clothing, accessories, chairs, or hands can change the texture.
When that happens, frizz can occur because there is not enough hold from the product to keep the hair in place or withstand moisture loss. Leave-in conditioners, serums, mousse, and hair sprays can help hold your hair in place and keep it smooth and supple.
Incorrect Hair Care And Styling Techniques
There are specific methods that people with curly hair should use during care and styling. Curly hair should not be brushed vigorously, especially not once dried and styled. Not using conditioner and rarely oiling can lead to weakness and damage.
Excessive use of heating tools like curling irons, flat irons, and hair dryers is also damaging. Lack of heat protectant, using excessively hot water, not using moisture-locking products, or using incorrect products (straight hair products instead of curly care) can all contribute to frizz.
21 Additional factors that cause frizz in curly and other hair types include:
Change in season or weather conditions.
Damage from heat styling tools like curling irons and flat irons.
Rubbing and friction from towels, pillows, scarves, hats, hands, rough brushing, etc.
Underlying health issues.
Internal dehydration, poor diet, and vitamin deficiency.
How To Prevent Frizzy Curly Hair
There is no such thing as a one-and-done remedy for frizzy hair. You can reduce frizz and, over time, get rid of it if you consistently take proper care of your hair. Everyone’s hair and lifestyle are different. Determine what works best for you, and let your hair guide you.
12 Tips to minimize frizz and keep your curls looking luscious:
Use a conditioning mask (or deep conditioner) to strengthen and moisturize your hair. Regularly oiling is also beneficial.
Use a leave-in conditioner after you wash your hair. It helps reduce frizz by sealing in moisture.
Let your hair air dry to help reduce the appearance of frizz and prevent heat damage.
Use a good quality and hydrating shampoo and conditioner. It’s always best to get products specific to curly hair types. If you have color-treated hair, make sure to use a shampoo and conditioner that are designed for that.
Make sure your products are sulfate and paraben-free.
Look for shampoos and conditioners that contain gentle cleansing agents such as cocamidopropyl betaine or decyl glucoside. A clarifying shampoo can be used once a month (or as needed) to remove product build-up and residue from your hair.
Avoid products with drying alcohol like ethanol, isopropyl alcohol, and SD alcohol.
Apply a heat protectant before using heat-styling tools.
Avoid twisting and rubbing your hair with a towel after washing. Use a microfiber towel or turban towel cap instead.
Products with dimethicone (silicone) can help with smoothening and sealing in moisture. Excessive use can weigh your hair down, and it is essential to wash your hair thoroughly (use clarifying shampoo) after using silicones.
Avoid silicones if:
You do not wash your hair with any sort of shampoo. Silicones don’t rinse off. They accumulate, and you’ll have heavy, limp hair and product residue.
You have thin or fine hair that gets weighed down easily.
You don’t like how they make your hair look and feel.
25 Favorite Frizzy Curly Hair Products
Hair porosity, the quantity of sebum produced, and curl pattern are just a few variables that determine whether or not a product or treatment is suitable for one person versus another.
Many products on the market help reduce frizz, but finding the right one for your hair type can be confusing. Below is an extensive list of products to help you choose the best option:
Bounce Curl Hair Spray: This truly and genuinely works excellently in humid environments! A little spritz on your curls before going out goes a long way. (Discount code for all of my readers to save $ is ‘muse’)
Apply styling cream, gel, or mousse while your hair is damp to help define curls, reduce frizz and add shine. Always scrunch the product into your spirals.
Allow your hair to air dry if time permits, or use a low heat setting on your blow dryer with a diffuser to help them retain shape.
If you don’t want to use too much product but still need more hold, spray an anti-humidity spray into your palms and then run your hands through your hair.
Use a heat protectant when using any heating tool for drying or styling.
After using heating tools, apply a serum to smoothen and protect your hair, add shine, and lock in moisture.
Frizzy, curly hair can be a challenge, but with the right tips, it’s manageable. Experiment with different methods and products to find what works best for you. And don’t forget, a little frizz can be cute!
“I was so excited to embrace my curls and take better care of them. As I started to dive in, I immediately became overwhelmed with the information.”
I read books and tried doing things because "that's what I'm supposed to do," but it didn't always work and I didn't understand why. I'm so grateful for Verna and her blog. Her info. actually helped me understand more of the science of why some methods helped and what products or ingredients to use and why. Anyone that compliments my hair and wants to start a curly journey, I tell them to start here. My hair is so much healthier and I'm so happy with it.
Curly hair is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. It could be super-defined one day and it might be a frizzy concoction the next day! And just like chocolates, no two curly heads are identical. Our mission? To arm you with the tools to restore and maintain that unpredictable mane, ensuring you rock and revel in the hair you were born with!