Having that frizz is natural but sometimes it can get pretty annoying. There are special days that you just want your hair to have a smooth, flyaway-free style and there’s nothing wrong with that. Before dealing with this problem, you need to understand first what’s causing the frizz in the first place, and we’re here to help you with that! Keep reading if you’d like to get some tips and tricks to fight frizz and enjoy a smooth, shiny, healthy hair.
What Causes My Hair to Frizz?
Basically, your hair frizzes because of lack of moisture or humidity and unwanted moisture in the air. Also, another cause is dry hair or damaged hair. Let’s put it this way, your hair is damaged and dry, then you go outside when it’s humid—what will happen? Your hair becomes dry and it will absorb all the moisture from your surroundings. And poof! Unwanted frizz appears.
This is noticeable with people who have naturally curly or wavy hair as their hair tends to be dry, but the great thing is, there are several effective tips and tricks to avoid frizz.
#1 Change Your Shampoo
Search for a shampoo that’s packed with glycerin and sulfate-free. If glycerin is listed to the top, then you can be sure that it’s richly concentrated in the product. Glycerin is an ingredient that can fight frizz by penetrating the hair and hydrating it from the inside out. This type of shampoo absorbs that extra moisture in the air and gives a protective coating over the outside of the hair maintaining moisture confined in.
#2 Use Conditioner Everyday
We highly suggest that you don’t skip the conditioner every day. Most people don’t know that using conditioner every time you shampoo your hair will keep your cuticle hydrated to allow moisture to penetrate deeply into each strand. Conditioning your hair helps prevent the cuticle from opening up and allowing excess moisture from the environment to enter in, keeping it smooth.
You can change your conditioner with a new one that contains glycerin, and hydrating ingredients like shea butter. Take note that the right way to apply conditioner is starting from the mid-lengths down to your ends and avoid from your roots to prevent oiliness.
#3 Shampoo Twice a Week
Your hair doesn’t really need to be shampooed several times a week. Apply conditioner every day and just shampoo your hair every two days. This is called “Co-Washing” which helps maintain the hair at optimum PH as you are refilling moisture and ensuring the natural oils in your hair are not being stripped away.
#4 Use a Diffuser for Proper Blow Dry
If you want to keep your hair healthy, you need to learn how you can properly blow dry your hair without creating frizz. Once you master this, results won’t disappoint you constantly. To do this, you can use a diffuser when blow drying your hair, particularly for wavy or curly hair.
A diffuser will limit the amount of direct heat and powerful air hitting your hair, keeping it smooth. Also, with the use of a diffuser, it limits your hair from moving around when you blow-dry, which in turn, makes less friction and less frizz.
#5 Set Heat Tools on a Low Setting
It’s totally understandable to always feel the need to use heat tools to tame frizz and unruly hair. However, you are doing more damage to your hair if you’re using your heat tools on a very high setting. A safe range for the temperature of your heating tools should only be at 250 to 300 degrees to ensure minimal damage. If it’s above 365 degrees, it has the risk to swell the cuticle, which will actually end up doing more harm than good.
#6 Apply Coconut Oil
Maybe it’s time for you to incorporate coconut oil to your hair care, especially when it comes to frizz. Look for pure, organic coconut oil to incorporate in your routine. You can use it as a hair mask by applying the oil down the length of the hair, letting it sit for a few hours or using it as an overnight treatment.
Doing this will give you a visibly smooth and touchably soft hair. If you want to fight frizz fast without having the need to rinse, then just apply a generous pea-sized amount of coconut oil onto your hands, rub the product, then smooth it over the flyaways to fight the frizz.
#7 Get a Haircut or Trim
Make it a habit every 6-8 weeks to get a haircut or trim because having split ends and breakage can be a crucial cause of unwanted frizz. A trim will reduce the frizzy-look of breakage and strengthen healthy hair and scalp.
#8 Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase
Did you know that your old standard cotton pillowcase can pull at the hair fibers and produce friction while you’re sleeping, which in turn, causes frizz and tangles in the morning? Yes! But with silk, it can keep the hair’s moisture intact and won’t give your hair that unnecessary frizz since its cloth is a lot smoother and more gentle texture.
Author Bio: Ivandrea Ollero is a daytime writer for MD College of Australia, a registered training organization delivering quality vocational education and training in beauty therapy, hairdressing, nails, brows, and makeup. She also researches and writes custom content about home improvements, travel, finance, law, fashion, health, and beauty. She graduated from St. Scholastica’s College, Manila, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2016. Ivandrea provides helpful tips and hacks on various topics for her readers.