If this is your hair on most days, you need to keep reading this article:
Whether it’s the weather or for seemingly no reason at all your hair decides to go all Diana Ross on you, frizzy hair is definitely something that a lot of us struggle with. In this blog post, we are answering questions you may have been asking yourself for years:
- Why does my hair get frizzy?
- How can I get rid of frizzy hair? (our best 5 tips)
- What are the DOs and DON’Ts for frizzy hair?
A word from Mimi:
I personally have struggled with frizzy hair my whole life and know how upsetting and daunting it can be. When I was younger, I didn’t know what was wrong with my hair and I didn’t know what to do to make it normal. I had a lot of friends who had beautifully silky straight hair, and I just thought - something is terribly wrong with my hair.
And then when I got older and I would go traveling, anytime I was in humid conditions, even if I straightened my hair beforehand - my hair would just get pouffy and frizzy - and again, I was like “I don’t know what to do! What is going on?!”
So through years of trial and error and trying different techniques and products, I learned how to deal with this crazy mane and how to tame my frizzy hair.”
(i) Watch this video at the end of this blog post.
Today, we are sharing Mimi’s learnings and our own best 5 tips on how to get rid of frizzy hair.
Why does my hair frizz, anyway?
Before we talk about how to tame frizzy hair, we want to explain what makes hair frizzy in the first place.
Frizz is mostly caused by a lack of moisture in your hair, but humidity can also contribute to it.
Let’s say you have dry hair, and you go outside when it’s humid - what happens to your hair? The hair is dry, and the air has a lot of moisture, so your hair literally wants to drink that moisture in! And then POUF! Hello, unwanted frizz.
If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, then you already know that it has the tendency to be naturally dry. Naturally dry hair is prone to becoming frizzy a lot.
The good news is, there are 5 really simple things you can do to prevent it!
1. Choose a sulfate-free, glycerin-packed shampoo.
Look for a shampoo with glycerin high up in the ingredient list (the closer ingredients are to the top of the list, the more concentrated they are). Glycerin helps combat frizz by penetrating the hair and hydrating it from the inside out. It is also a great humectant, meaning it creates a protective coating over the outside of the hair so it’s less likely to lose moisture. Win-win!
2. Always use conditioner.
Keeping your hair topped up with moisture prevents the cuticle from opening up and letting moisture in, keeping it smooth. Look for a conditioner that contains glycerin, as well as other hydrating ingredients (like shea butter), and apply it from mid-lengths down to your ends. Keep it away from your roots to prevent oiliness.
3. Twice a week, only use conditioner on your hair.
You might think your hair needs to be shampooed several times a week, but it doesn't. Every two days, apply conditioner instead of shampoo and then rinse it out. Conditioner contains a small amount of surfactant (what shampoo uses to cleanse your hair), and also the small amount of oil in the product attaches itself to hair oil cleaning it away. This also called “Co-Washing” which helps keep the hair at optimum PH as you are replenishing moisture and ensuring the hairs natural oils are not stripped.
4. Use a hydrating mask once a week.
Keeping hair hydrated helps prevent the hair opening up and letting in moisture contributing to the frizz (See tip 2!). Doing a mask of oil or a specialized hair treatments will keep hair moisturized and less prone to damage from styling. Look for masks containing coconut oil or castor oil; both amazing for hydration and will give your hair an incredible sheen when washed and styled also. Here is a great DIY mask you can do all by yourself with just 2 ingredients, and here are 5 more DIY masks that we know you'll love.
5. Let your hair air dry 90% of the way before blow-drying.
This is a stylist's trick and it is honestly life changing! By letting your hair 90% dry you are not disrupting the hair strand as it’s drying, which helps keep it smooth. It also means, as you then blow-dry with a brush you get a much sleeker finish as the heat is being directed down the hair. The bristles are also guiding the cuticle keeping it straight. Result - oh-so-smooth! Here is a video on how to blow dry your hair straight:
Some Frizzy Hair DOs:
- When you come out of the shower, towel dry your hair very gently (pro tip: using a soft cotton t-shirt instead of a harsh towel) and start brushing slowly from the bottom of your hair moving up. Then blow dry your hair with a round brush as shown in the video above. The round brush really helps to smooth the cuticles and take out the frizz.
- Use a little bit of argan oil (read our post on 5 best oils for your hair here) after blowdrying and spread it evenly throughout the hair. If there are still some frizzy hairs left at the top, use a tiny bit of hair wax and smooth them down. Have it handy with you when you go out!
- If you’re having a hair emergency when you’re out, you can just take some water and pat the hair down. It’s a temporary solution, but hey, whatever works!
Frizzy Hair DON’Ts:
- Don’t ever brush your hair when it’s dry. It’s just going to create a frizzy mess.
- Stop feeding your hair alcohol. If you look at most of your products and look at the ingredients - most drugstore products will have alcohol, because it’s really cheap for them to put it and they put it in most of your products. If you’d like to learn more about using natural products vs. drugstore products, check out this post.
All sounds great but you still need some extra help in the battle on frizz? Check out Mimi’s video on how to tame frizz:
If you give these tips a try and rave about them on Instagram, don’t forget to tag us @luxyhair!
Let us know in the comments below when you try them out, and how they work for you! :)
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