How to Get Rid of Frizz
If you have hair that’s prone to frizz you know first-hand how frustrating it can be to try to tame your mane. But caring for your hair doesn’t have to feel like a chore. We’ve made caring for frizzy hair a breeze thanks to our simple tricks below. Want to learn how to get rid of frizz once and for all? Keep reading!
What Causes Frizz?
Frizz occurs when the hair’s outermost cuticle layer is open and exposed to humidity. When dry locks seek moisture, the cuticle opens to try to get it from the air and the result is frizzy-looking hair. Certain types of hair are more prone to frizz including curly, wavy, and/or coarse textures. What’s more, when hair starts to go grey and loses its natural pigment, it can also be more susceptible to frizz. While it may seem like hair that gets frizzy is in fact damaged, this isn’t always the case. So if you experience frizz whenever the humidity is high, don’t panic—just follow the tips below!
Caring for Frizz-Prone Hair
When hair is wet it’s at its most vulnerable, so everything from the way you wash it, the way you dry it, and the way you detangle it, can set it up for frizz once its dry. In the shower, instead of scrubbing away, gently massage your shampoo and conditioner onto your scalp and throughout your strands. When it’s time to rinse, turn the water temp down to cool. This helps to close the hair’s cuticle and can help lock in the hydration from your conditioner. After you hop out of the shower, instead of reaching for your towel, opt instead for a clean old t-shirt—or a microfiber towel—and squeeze the excess water out instead of rubbing. These fabrics are much more gentle than traditional towel fabrics. If you need to detangle be sure you’re using a wide-tooth comb or a brush that’s been created specifically for wet hair, as this ensures you won’t create breakage. Finally, before you dry your hair—whether you’re going to air dry or blow-dry—you’ll want to seal in moisture to prevent your hair from looking for it elsewhere. Use a dime-size amount of serum or oil and distribute through damp strands. This will keep your hair looking smooth and frizz-free.
Best Products for Frizzy Hair
Since frizz is a result of dry, dehydrated hair seeking moisture, it’s only natural to combat it by keeping our locks well-conditioned. Hydrating shampoos and conditioners should become a part of your haircare routine—try formulas including coconut oil or cocoa butter.
Along with your hydrating shampoo and conditioner, you’ll want to keep moisturizing oils on hand to keep the moisture sealed into your strands and the humidity out! Other must-haves include leave-in conditioners, deep-conditioning masks that you can use once a week, and a styling wax to help to tame any flyways.
Turn Down the Heat
Heat—whether caused by hot tools or a steamy shower—can dehydrate our locks. Dehydrated hair is often dry, dull, and unruly—read: super frizzy—so it’s key to turn the heat down if you want smooth hair. Keep the water in your shower lukewarm and save the hot tools and the blow-dryer for special occasions. Instead, use a styling mousse or gel and allow you hair to air dry. If you must blow-dry, use your dryer’s lowest setting, always point down in the direction of the hair shaft, and finish with a little oil to keep things smooth!