What causes frizzy hair and how to fight it

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It’s easy to dismiss frizzy hair as a minor inconvenience that you just have to live without thanks to Singapore’s hot and humid climate.

Frizz is not always easy to manage and our hair can react differently depending on our hair type. To fight frizz, it’s important to first uncover its root cause.

Frizzy hair occurs when all of the individual hair fibers run in multiple directions. There are four main factors that cause frizz: the environment, the diameter of the hair fiber itself, the level of curl and the amount of damage.

According to John Freida, here are seven daily care tips to combat frizzy hair.

1. Get regular cuts

Split ends can go all the way up the hair shaft. Eliminate breakage and stop frizz by achieving even cuts.

2. Gently dry towel

Use a soft cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel to remove excess moisture from your mane instead of a regular towel.

3. Switch to silk or satin sheets

Rough cotton sheets can cause a lot of friction, roaring your hair cuticle and leaving you with a frizzy, tangled mess in the morning. Switch to silk or satin pillowcases to reduce friction and fight frizz.

4. Tie hair overnight

Protect your hair from excessive friction by securing it in a loose braid or an overnight bun.

5. Avoid touching your hair too much during the day

Bad hair habits, like running your fingers through your hair all day, can ruffle your hair cuticle and make it look puffy and frizzy.

6. Protect your hair during your workouts

It may sound crazy, but sweat can actually dry out your hair. The combination of salt and protein found in sweat can be very dehydrating to the hair. Before your workout, mist on a leave-in conditioner to seal in moisture and create a sweat barrier.

7. Give your hair the TLC it needs

Avoid long, hot showers, excessive exfoliation, and hot tools like traditional hair dryers and flat irons to prevent frizz. One trick is to finish your shower with cold water to close your hair follicles, as well as the pores!

You can of course also use anti-frizz products such as the John Frieda Frizz Ease Brazilian Sleek hair care range. Infused with new Frizz Immunity Complex and blended with Frizz Immunity Complex, it helps smooth strands, hydrate and restore hair’s natural defense against frizz.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Brazillian Sleek Frizz Immunity Hair Care Set (Photo: Stephanie Zheng)

John Frieda Frizz Ease Brazillian Sleek Frizz Immunity Hair Care Set (Photo: Stephanie Zheng)

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Melissa R. Brumfield