Are you constantly trying to tame your mane? Then you are not alone. A natural voluminous hair is an ideal look we all strive for. But sometimes sleek and shiny hairdo can bring a change to our personality. There are some unavoidable causes of frizz in your, weather being one. For many of us taming the mane is a daily battle. So it is important to know all about your enemy to defeat them. Here you’ll learn everything important to tackle frizzy hair. Without wasting any time in introductions, let’s just dive into the topic.
Causes Of Frizz
No matter what triggers frizz in your hair, the underlying reason is the same: a raised cuticle layer. This causes your hair to look dry and frizzy. When the cuticle layer stays flat, the hair appears smooth and sleek. Curly hair is more prone to frizzy hair due to the dryness in the hair. Straight hair is a sign of moisturized and hydrated hair.
Following is the list of causes that causes of damaged hair cuticle.
- If you are not drinking enough water i.e. at least half your weight in ounces per day, then chances are you may be sitting with frizzy hair right now.
- A balanced diet is also necessary to keep the frizz out of your hair.
- A satin or silk pillow cover may sound like a luxury but these are the fabrics that don’t cause friction like rough fabrics.
- Your scalp release oil to keep the roots and the hair moisturized, but if your hair is curly the oil does not reach the strands, making your hair dry.
- If the porosity of your hair is low this may cause frizz in your hair.
- Not deep conditioning your mane can leave it dry.
- You may be using too much protein in your hair without enough moisture. The protein-moisture balance is off.
- The hair oils and moisturizers may not be getting absorbed into the hair.
- Medications are also one of the causes for frizzy hair.
- Highlights and bleach have over processed chemicals in them and damage the cuticle.
- Long hot water showers strip of the natural oils and moisture of the hair.
- Using flat and curling iron damage and cause frizz in the shafts of your hair.
- A blow-drying session without a diffuser is a sure way to frizz town.
- Not brushing your hair before hair wash can lead to lots of tangles and they cause uneven distribution of hair product.
Frizz Fighting Products
Now that we are all caught up on what, how and when of frizzy hair, let’s focus on products to use to tame the unruly mane. The majority of the products that claim to ward of frizz 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. The best way to avoid frizz is to install moisture while hair is wet. Use of heat protectants ensures sufficient supply of silicones.
There are some natural oils which will help tackle frizz. Following is the list of oils you may want to try.
- Argan Oil: It seals the hair cuticle and protects it against frizz caused by external elements like humidity.
- Coconut Oil: It reduces protein loss when used in hot oil treatment. The composition of coconut oil plays a huge factor in providing hydration to the hair shafts. The fatty acids in coconut oil are of low molecular weight which makes it easy for the oil to penetrate into the hair.
- Sunflower Oil: It contains linoleic acid, a fatty acid good for hydration. The bulky structure of this oil does not penetrate the hair shaft, but when it is used in products or in hot oil treatments, it can tame frizz.
- Olive Oil: This contains vitamin E which is a source of antioxidants. They help to grow and moisturize hair. Olive Oil can help tame frizz due to its molecular structure. It is small enough to penetrate strands, and it acts as an emollient to pull moisture into the hair shaft.
- Avacado Oil: It contains saturated fat, that makes it easier for the hair to absorb this small molecular structure.
You may be wondering how to use these oils and incorporate into your hair care regimen. Don’t fret, following are some of the ways you can reap the benefits of the oils mentioned above.
- Add a couple tablespoons to an applicator bottle and mix some of your favorite hydrating conditioner and deep condition.
- Include these oils in hot oil treatments.
- In a small spray bottle mix an oil and water. Spray this mixture on the hair in the days after washing to add moisture to your hair.
- Dab a bit of oil on the ends of your twists, curls or braids at night to seal in moisture.
Hacks To Completely Avoid Frizzy Hair
- Apply some oil to your fingers before styling or fluffing your hair.
- Dilute some protein rich conditioner and apply to the most frizz-prone areas.
- Your blow dryer should contain ceramic diffuser and it would be much better if you can choose ionic blow dryer.
- Use of satin or silk pillow cover is recommended.
- Make sure you are using a hydrating shampoo with natural oils.
- Deep condition your hair because the more hydrated it is the longer your hair will be frizz free.
- Use a microfiber towel instead of normal bath towel after hair wash, so your hair cuticle is not damaged. If you don’t have a microfiber towel, use a clean t-shirt to get the same effect.
- Repeated hot oil treatments often infuse your strands with essential oils.
- When buying new hair products make sure they are alcohol-free.
- Consider use of a heat protecting leave-in as they are designed to create a barrier against external elements. If you are worried about build up, then use a clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar to rinse it off.
There is no perfect haircare regimen to get rid of frizzy hair. You may have to try few things. Sometimes the treatment takes a little time to show results, so patience is also one of the recommended products in the fight against frizzy hair.