Want beautiful frizz-free hair?
Frizzy hair is a common problem for most curlies, and even sometimes those with straight hair. But if you’re looking for easy ways to get sleek shiny locks whether your hair is pin straight or full of curls, check out these tips!
10 TIPS FOR FRIZZY HAIR
KNOW YOUR CURL TYPE
The first tip on the list is specifically for wavy to curly hair, as most of the time frizz is just a curl that needs encouragement. By knowing your curl type, you can start a routine that’s specific to your curls and your hair type. For example, wavies might want to wash their hair with shampoo regularly, but people with tight curls might skip it altogether and just wash with conditioner. You can also get an idea of which styling products would be suitable for you when you know your curl type, as some products like creams and butters are perfect for people with coily hair but weighs fine hair down.
Start to learn more about your curl type and properties of your hair and it will be easier to find products that suit it to fight the frizz.
KEEP YOUR HAIR MOISTURISED
Frizzy hair can be a sign that your hair isn’t properly moisturised. This can happen when it’s dry in the air and the moisture from your hair transfers into the environment, or when it’s humid and water from the air is absorbed into your strands, making them swell and frizz.
You can fight the frizz and keep hair properly moisturised by taking note of the humidity and using products accordingly. In particular you’ll want to use emollients, moisturising oils and butters if it’s not very humid or very humid, and use humectants if the dew point in the air is between 40-60.
Some shampoos contain strong detergents that can strip your hair of its natural oils and over dry your hair, resulting in possible damage and causing frizz. You can stop drying out your hair when you wash it by using shampoos without strong sulphates, or just washing your hair with conditioner. It will result in less of your natural oils being removed from you hair when you wash it, making it shiny but still clean.
WASH YOUR HAIR LESS
If you’re washing your hair daily it could be causing your hair to be overly dry and frizzy. Try washing your hair less to give the natural oils your scalp produces a chance to make its way through to the lengths of your hair. Plus when you wash your hair your scalp compensates by over producing oil to moisturise it, so by washing it less your hair will actually be less greasy!
Try skipping your daily wash and washing it every other day maximum, but once or twice a week is better.
SEAL WITH COLD WATER
Hot water lifts the cuticles in your hair strands, making it easier for moisture to leave and making your hair look dry and frizzy. Sealing with cold water can help to flatten the cuticle, helping to retain moisture and reduce frizz. Not to mention if your shower water is too hot it can actually be damaging your hair! So lower the heat for less frizz.
DON’T LEAVE IT WET FOR LONG
Your hair is at its weakest when it’s wet, as when water enters the shaft it causes the strands to swell and make them more prone to damage. To minimise damage when your hair is wet, avoid too much manipulation and be sure to quickly. Gently remove excess water from your hair by squeezing it out.
DON’T BRUSH YOUR HAIR WHEN IT’S WET
As hair is more prone to damage when wet, brushing it when you’ve just got out the shower (or in the shower) is a really bad idea. It’ll result in unnecessary damage and a whole lotta frizz.
To untangle your mane when it’s wet, try coating your hair in conditioner first. It will make your hair slippery and the strands will glide over each other. Then use a wide tooth comb to gently untangle your tresses. Start at the ends of your hair and work your way up.
USE A SATIN PILLOWCASE
Believe it or not, you might be making your hair frizzy when you sleep. If you have a cotton pillowcase, it can steal moisture from your stands overnight. This will dry your hair out and cause frizz by the morning.
Try switching to a satin pillowcase instead. Satin is a soft, smooth material that helps to retain moisture. Your hair will glide gently over the material, reducing frizz whilst you’re sleeping.
If you toss about in your sleep, it can result in a frizz ball (not great when you’re in a rush for work!). To stop damage to your ends and frizz overnight, try a hair style called “pineappling”.
You can wear you hair in a pineapple by piling your hair on top of your hair and loosely tying it up with a scrunchie in a sort-of bun. The ends of your hair will stick out slightly, hence the name. This way the ends of your hair don’t move as much whilst you sleep. And because it’s loosely up you won’t cause any strain on your scalp.
TRIM YOUR ENDS REGULARLY
Frizzy hair is sometimes due to damage, like the ends of your hair splitting or breaking off. It’s a myth that you can fix split ends with hair treatments; the only way to get rid of them is to cut them off. Split ends can actually travel up the hair shaft and cause even more damage. So get rid of them as soon as you can!
Getting regular trims to remove split ends can help to prevent further damage occurring and stop frizzy hair.
These are some of the simplest ways to prevent frizzy hair. If it’s helped you, please share it on Pinterest!
It’s important to remember that frizz can be a sign of damage. So to prevent further damage and to grow your hair healthily and long, check out these tips for preventing damaged hair!