If you’re blessed with the frizzy hair gene, you know what it means to want to move to another state because you visited once. Just once, and that’s the only time your hair has ever behaved.
Not all of us can go to that extreme to tame our manes, though.
You’ve probably tried a million hair products. You know what it feels like to get the perfect look, walk outside into the humidity, and lose it instantly. The struggle is real.
There’s a reason for the dreaded frizz reaction. It usually happens when the hair strand’s cuticle layer is raised, letting moisture in and swelling the tendril. Instant frizz!
Curly hair has an even harder time avoiding this problem. Dry hair frizzes easily, and the natural oils in your scalp take longer to get through each strand when it’s not straight.
But your hair is the envy of so many other people! You can quit cursing at your frizzy locks and enjoy the beauty of them with these simple yet unusual fixes.
1. Know Your Haircare Products
Since frizzy hair is a tell-tale sign that you don’t have enough moisture in the cuticles, finding the right hair care products can be the solution.
When your hair doesn’t have enough moisture in it, it will try to absorb what’s in the air.
The result? Instant frizz.
Hair products with certain ingredients in them can reduce your frizz potential. Look for beauty care products like:
- Shampoo with keratin in it to close the cuticles
- Conditioner with keratin in it to close the cuticles
- A leave-in conditioning treatment with coconut or another oil
- Curl enhancers with coconut oil and shea butter if your frizz is from curls
If you have frizzy hair, you can’t use just any product. The sooner you start shopping strategically, the quicker you’ll manage those flyaways!
2. Use Treatments
The great part of living in today’s world is that there are tons of solutions to every problem. With frizzy hair, you have a smorgasbord of treatments to choose from, including weekly treatments and hair protectant.
Masks aren’t just for your face. A weekly hair treatment with a strong moisturizing mask keeps your cuticles healthy and locks in hydration. Opt for a mask that has coconut and/or argan oil in it. Any natural oil is good, but avoid mechanical oils.
Anti-frizz smoothing sheets are one of the latest tools in the battle to prevent frizz. They work similarly to a blotting paper. Oil is infused in the sheet, and you blot them into your hair to get rid of the frizz.
To truly control your flyaway hair, you have to take extra steps that people with other hair types might not have to. The good news is that you have a ton of options! Masks and smoothing sheets are just a couple of ways you can give your hair some extra TLC.
3. Get a Haircut
Most people with curly or frizzy hair get so frustrated at least once in their life that they chop it off. This usually doesn’t end well.
It’s not the length of your hair that’s affecting the frizz. It might be, in part, the dead ends. Regular trims are a must for those with chronic frizzy hair. However, keeping weight in your hair with the right cut actually helps you get a handle on it.
Blunt lines are best. Talk to your hairdresser about the best style for your face and frame, but in general, frizz-reducing cuts include:
- Short, layered bobs: They help keep the moisture in each strand and thin out hair that’s thick and coarse.
- A blunt, below-the-shoulder cut: It gives you length while still limiting frizz potential.
- Longer layers with shorter bangs: This work well for super curly locks
- Long, straight curls: Letting your curls grow straight and long makes them wavier and less spirally.
Fixing frizzy hair starts with a great stylist and the right cut!
4. Avoid Extra Friction
Since friction is one of the leading contributors to frizzy hair, you want to make sure you limit any extra rubbing as much as possible.
One way to get a grip on the frizz and cut back on how much you have to fight knots is to take care of them in the shower. Use a wide-bristle comb to spread the conditioner from the roots to the ends.
If you love hot water, that’s fine, but do a cold water rinse before you get out to close the cuticle layers. This also closes the pores in your scalp to lock moisture in.
When you get out of the shower, use a towel turban instead of rubbing your hair dry. That reduces the friction. You don’t have to wait for the turban to do its thing. Load up on leave-in conditioner and heat protectant, and use a blow dryer (on cool).
As you’re brushing out your hair, stick with a brush that has boar bristles. These are gentle enough for stressed, dried hair, but they work well to tame those flyaways.
5. Watch the Heat
Using the cool air setting on the blow dryer is the healthiest way to dry your hair. For frizzy locks, though, hot tools like curling and flat irons can also seal the cuticle.
If you’re not careful, though, they can dry your hair out, adding to the frizz instead of getting rid of it. Heat protectant is a must for all hair types, but especially yours!
The right oils in your heat protectant product serve as a barrier between the temperature and your fragile strands. It seals the moisture in, which prevents the natural tendency of your cuticles to search for it in the air.
Flat irons and curling irons seal and smooth the cuticle, giving hair that glossy, sleek look and soft feel.
Frizzy hair is a major frustration for millions of people, but you can get it under control. Getting to the “root” of your flyaway problem and taming your errant tresses is easy with these quick solutions!
About the Author
Adam Marshall is a freelance writer who specializes in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Scout on the Circle to help them with their online marketing.