Frizz can be a result of environmental factors such as humidity, and is caused by a lack of moisture in your hair. If you step outside with thirsty, dry hair, it will absorb any excess moisture from the air – and poof, hello frizzy locks. Overuse of hot tools can also be a culprit behind frizzy hair resulting in heat damage and split ends. Although you can’t control the weather, you can adapt your haircare routine to help control your frizz.
How To Fight Frizz
First and foremost, you want to do is determine how much of your hair is actually damaged and how much is just frizz. Any damaged hair or split ends should be trimmed. Your hair will thank you.
Make sure you’re using the right shampoo and conditioner. Choose products that are formulated for your hair and scalp type. You should steer clear of any sulfates and alcohol listed on your product labels. These ingredients cause your hair to dry out and won’t do your frizz any favors.
When it comes to caring for your mane, try letting your hair air dry most of the way before switching on your blow-dryer to reduce heat exposure. Look for nourishing hair oils to use on your ends, and use a deep conditioning treatment or mask once a week. Keeping on top of regular trims, and investing in a silk pillowcase will keep your hair looking great.
1. Swap out your hair elastics for silk scrunchies to say goodbye to breakage.
2. Spritz a clean toothbrush with hairspray and use it to gently comb down flyaways for a quick frizz fix.
Are You Using The Right Products For Your Hair Type?
Hair not looking its best? Your products might be to blame. Using the wrong products for your hair type can leave you with limp, oily, or even brittle hair.
If you have fine hair, it is best to avoid heavy or creamy products that will weigh down your hair. Stay away from oils, pomades, heavy conditioners, and firm hairsprays. You should look for weightless, or volumizing products instead.
Thick or Coarse Hair
Those with thick or coarse hair should avoid products that contain alcohol or sulfates that can dry out hair leaving it brittle and prone to breakage. Lightweight and volumizing products can’t stand up to thick tresses, so you should seek out moisturizing, frizz-fighting products including mousse, oils, wax, pomade, or creamy conditioner.
Curly hair requires similar care to thick hair in that it needs hydrating and heavy conditioning products. Try to avoid drying products that contain alcohol and sulfates. Lightweight products wont do your curls any good either. Look for curl creams, alcohol-free gels, oils, and creamy conditioners.
Color Treated Hair
Color treated hair needs to be treated much more carefully than virgin hair. To prevent damage to your already stressed strands, try to avoid drying products that contain alcohol and sulfates. You should also be wary of dandruff or clarifying shampoos that are not formulated for color-treated hair. Instead, look for color-safe moisturizing products, deep conditioning treatments, and always use a heat protectant.
Damaged or Brittle Hair
Damaged hair should be treated similarly to color-treated hair. Seek out creamy conditioning and hydrating products and steer clear of fortifying products or any that contain alcohol, sulfates, biotin, or keratin. Deep conditioning treatments and masks will be your best friends, and it wouldn’t hurt to take a break from your curling iron for a while.
For additional reading, we talk about choosing the right shampoo and conditioner for your scalp and hair type here.