5 Dos and Don’ts of Frizzy Hair

Frizz is one of the most common hair issues that women face. and whether you’re curly or prefer sleek, straight locks, the flyaway is definitely not what you want. Some of us resort to quick and easy fixes like straightening to banish frizz, but in the long run it will do more damage to your hair. The only right way to deal with frizz is to first understand the causes.

What causes frizzy hair?

1. Very hot shower temperature

There is no doubt that hot showers are very relaxing, and especially in winter, we tend to spend more time under a stream of hot water to feel warmer. As pleasant as it may sound, this hot temperature does your scalp a disservice. Hot water can strip your scalp and hair of their natural oils that keep hair soft and shiny. So this lack of moisture will lead to dry and frizzy hair.

2. Dry your hair vigorously with a towel

Your hair is more brittle and weaker when wet, and therefore tends to break easily. Vigorous towel drying or brushing can damage your hair. That’s why it’s important to dry and gently brush your hair while it’s still damp.

3. Frequent heat styling

Excessive heat styling can cause damage to your hair, such as breakage and split ends, making your hair frizzy and unmanageable. If the absence of heat is not an option for you, be sure to use heat protection products to create a shield or barrier against the harmful effects of heat.

Now that we know the triggers for frizzy hair, and although some of the factors we can’t completely avoid like weather and humidity, here’s how to manage frizzy hair.

Find the right products for your hair type. Rethink the products you use. If you’re fighting frizz, clarifying shampoos are definitely not your best bet. Instead, opt for deeply nourishing shampoos, anti-frizz serums and leave-in conditioners. Mild shampoos can be a good option, especially if you wash your hair frequently.

Don’t shampoo every day. If your hair tends to get dry and frizzy, daily shampooing is the last thing you want to do. Leave at least a day between shampoos to give your scalp time to produce its natural oils that help fight frizz. Also, be sure to use a sulfate-free shampoo as it is less damaging and gentler on your hair.

Use lots of conditioners and deep hydrating treatments. Especially if your hair is curly, make sure your hair is always moisturized. Use conditioner on the ends every time you shower and avoid using it on your scalp, especially if you have an oily scalp. Use deep hydrating treatments such as masks or hot oil baths at least once a week to keep your hair supple, shiny and frizz-resistant.

Do not over brush. Constantly brushing or combing your hair can damage the hair cuticles, especially when it’s still damp. Also, coarsely untangling your hair will make your hair unmanageable. The best way to detangle your hair is to use a wide tooth comb and work from the bottom up. Be sure to use a high quality brush. There are brushes specifically designed for wet and detangling hair.

Use microfiber towels. Switch to either a microfiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt. They both perform better because they cause less friction and therefore no frizz. Don’t rub your hair too hard with the towel and try to avoid touching your hair until it’s completely dry.

Melissa R. Brumfield