Frizzy hair in men: causes, treatment and prevention

Frizzy hair is hair that sticks out or curls away from your head and looks fuzzy or puffy. Frizz is a common problem faced by men with dry hair. Curly or frizzy hair types are particularly prone to drying out and becoming frizzy.

Men are just as likely as women to have frizzy hair. Unless you keep your hair extremely short or buzzy, you’re likely to deal with frizz at some point. Hot, humid weather usually aggravates the condition, as dry hair absorbs moisture from the air.

Even if you’re prone to frizz, changing your hair care habits can go a long way in taming your mane. Over-washing, regular heating, and using products that dry out your hair all contribute to frizz.

Let’s look at some of the most common causes of frizzy hair and how you can treat it at home.

Your hair is made up of three layers. From innermost to outermost, these layers are the medulla, cortex, and cuticle.

outside cuticle is made up of flat, overlapping cells that look like shingles on a roof. Its job is to protect the inner parts of your hair from environmental damage and lock in moisture.

When your hair is dry or damaged, the cuticle lifts instead of lying flat. When this happens, your hair becomes weaker and more susceptible to damage which can contribute to frizz.

The following can contribute to frizz:

  • Time. When it’s hot and humid, the humidity in the air causes your hair to absorb moisture and swell. This swelling causes the hair to bend irregularly and become frizzy.
  • Sun exposure. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause discoloration, brittleness and frizz.
  • Excessive shampoo. Shampooing your hair too often can strip your hair of its natural oil and make your hair dry, frizzy and tendency to tangle.
  • Chlorinated water. Chlorinated swimming pool water can dry out your hair.
  • Brushing or straightening. heat your hair regularly can damage your hair and contribute to frizz.
  • Friction. Friction from wearing tight hats or rough towel drying can damage the cuticle and inner layers of your hair.
  • Health conditions. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa can lead to malnutrition that makes your hair dry and brittle. Thyroid disorders and a variety of other medical conditions can also lead to dryness.

The following treatment options can help you manage your frizzy hair at home.

Finding the right shampoo and conditioner

Both shampoo and conditioner play an important role in your hair care routine. The shampoo helps cleanse your hair while the conditioner helps moisturize and detangle it.

When shopping for a shampoo or conditioner, look for a product that says it’s “moisturizing,” “for frizzy/dry hair,” or contains oils like argan oil or coconut oil. .

You may also want to avoid shampoos that contain sulfates as they can dry your hair out further.

Hair serums

Hair serums are silicone-based products that coat your hair and protect it from damage.

Serums can help fight frizz by preventing swelling and helping your hair retain moisture. Look for a serum that contains moisturizing ingredients like castor oil or aloe vera.

The best time to apply the serum to your hair is immediately after washing it, while it is still damp.

Shampoo less frequently

Even shampoos designed to be moisturizing can strip your hair of essential oils if overused. If your hair tends to be dry, you may only need to shampoo every three days or less often.

To reduce dryness and frizz, only try shampooing when your hair is oily.

Hair oils

Hair oils help control frizz and flyaways by keeping your hair moist. Many types of oils can help reduce frizz. Some of the most commonly used oils for dry hair include:

Leave-in conditioner

Leave-in conditioners are designed to stay in your hair instead of being rinsed out. They are generally lighter than the type of conditioner you use in the shower. Manufacturers of leave-in conditioners say they’re more hydrating than traditional conditioners because they stay in your hair longer.

Hair mask

Hair masks provide your hair with ingredients that keep it moist and nourished. You can buy a premade hair mask or make your own from ingredients like bananas, honey, or egg yolks. Hair masks are usually left in your hair for 20 minutes to a few hours.

Even if your hair is prone to frizz, taking steps to minimize dryness and damage can help you minimize it.

  • Avoid shampooing every day. Shampooing your hair strips your natural oils and can lead to dryness. If you have naturally dry hair, try washing your hair only when it’s oily.
  • Avoid heat. Try using lukewarm or cold water to wash your hair instead of hot water. It’s also a good idea to minimize blow-drying and straightening if you’re dealing with frizz.
  • Cover your hair while swimming. Wearing a swim cap in the pool can minimize the amount of hair that comes into contact with chlorine.
  • Condition your hair regularly. Conditioning your hair helps keep it moist. Even on days when you don’t use shampoo, you can use conditioner to moisturize your hair.
  • Cut your hair regularly. Trimming split ends can help reduce fraying and the appearance of frizz.
  • Avoid products containing alcohol. Hair products that contain a group of alcohols called short-chain alcohols can dry out your hair and promote frizz.
  • Eat a balanced diet. A balanced diet can help you avoid nutrient deficiencies that can negatively affect the quality of your hair. Biotin and protein are two particularly important nutrients for hair development.

Frizz is a common hair problem that men face. It is often caused by dry or damaged hair. Even if you’re prone to frizzy hair, you can reduce it by making a few changes to your hair care routine.

Avoid over shampooing your hair. If your hair is naturally dry, you may only need to shampoo once every 3 days. It’s also important to use conditioner regularly to help keep your hair hydrated and nourished.

Melissa R. Brumfield