Frizz is a common problem for many hair types, and it can ruin your look by making you appear unkempt. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to reduce frizz in both curly and straight hair. In this blog, we’ll share 14 ways to reduce frizz in your hair.
What is Frizz in Hair?
Frizz is a term used to describe hair that is dry, damaged, and lacks moisture. It is characterized by hair that appears frayed and has a rough texture. Frizz occurs when the outer layer of the hair, called the cuticle, becomes raised and allows moisture to enter the hair shaft, causing it to swell and become frizzy.
Frizz can be caused by a variety of factors, including humidity, heat damage from styling tools, chemical treatments, and genetics. It is more common in curly and wavy hair types, as these hair textures are more prone to dryness and damage.
14 Ways to Reduce Frizz in Your Hair
To reduce frizz, it is important to keep hair moisturized and healthy. Using the correct shampoo, and deep conditioning treatments can help to smooth and tame frizz-prone hair. Let us look at 14 ways to reduce frizz in your hair, that are easy and can be done at home.
#1 Choose a De-Frizzing Shampoo
If your hair is prone to frizz, the best way to fight back is with a de-frizzing shampoo. These products contain soothing ingredients that help reduce flyaways and smooth your locks all day. When buying a new shampoo, look for words like "smoothing" or "anti-frizz" on the label - these are signs that it contains ingredients designed especially for this purpose.
#2 Brush your Hair Gently
Brushing your hair is easy to smoothen out the cuticles and keep frizz at bay. You should use a boar bristle brush and comb through from bottom to top, gently massaging the scalp. The goal is not to pull at your hair or scalp - you want to brush it upward so that all strands are smoothed out. Brushing your hair can help distribute natural oils and eliminate tangles, so it's best to do this when your hair is dry.
#3 Air Dry Whenever Possible
Try drying it naturally- without a blow dryer- to help your hair retain its natural moisture and reduce frizziness.
Air drying your hair also helps prevent frizz because it allows each strand's cuticle (the outer layer) to lay flat against its core, making them less likely to tangle up. Heat tools like blow dryers or straighteners on wet hair damage both strand layers, so they stick together more easily, which means more knots and tangles. (1)
#4 Trim your Hair Regularly
Regular trims can help keep your hair from getting frizzy. If you don't trim your hair, it may become damaged and break off at the ends. Trimming reduces split ends, which can contribute to frizziness and encourages the healthy growth of new hair.
#5 Use a Silk or Satin Pillowcase
Try using a silk or satin pillowcase to avoid frizz in your hair. The smooth fabric will prevent friction between hair strands and the pillowcase, which normally occurs when we sleep on our sides—rubbing our hair against pillows causes this friction.
The soft material of silk or satin sheets allows less friction between your head and bedding, which helps prevent frizzy hair.
#6 Use a Leave-in Conditioner After Showering
After taking a shower, apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair strands. Leave-in conditioners contain ingredients that help keep moisture locked in and protect the strands from damage caused by weather or chemical treatments. They keep frizz at bay by creating an invisible barrier between strands of hair and the air around them.
#7 Deep Conditioning Regularly
Once or twice a week, use a deep conditioner on your hair. You can also use a deep conditioner after you've washed and dried your hair--it will help seal in moisture and prevent frizz.
Hair conditioners are great for all hair types because they add moisture back into the strands, which helps prevent breakage due to dryness or heat styling tools like blow dryers and flat irons. This step is especially important if you have frizzy hair that tends toward dryness.
#8 Limit Exposure to Heat-Styling Tools
The best way to avoid frizzy hair is by avoiding heat exposure on your tresses. Heat can cause damage and breakage of hair strands. Using a heat protectant spray before any heat styling tool on your locks helps considerably. Try using flat irons or curling irons with ceramic plates rather than steel ones; these will help prevent additional damage and keep the temperature low enough not to harm the cuticle layer on each strand of hair. Additionally, consider using a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment instead of blowing air directly into wet strands - this way, there's less risk of drying out those already-frizzy ends.
#9 Use Coconut Oil on Your Hair
Coconut oil can be effective in reducing frizz in hair. It has moisturising properties that can help hydrate and smooth hair fibres, reducing the appearance of frizz. To use coconut oil for frizzy hair, you can apply a small amount to your palms and distribute it evenly through your hair, paying extra attention to the ends. Leave it in for at least 10-15 minutes, then wash it out with shampoo and conditioner. It can also be used as an overnight or pre-wash treatment. However, it's important to note that coconut oil may not work for everyone and every hair type. Porosity and individual hair need should be considered when using it.
#10 Use a Hair Mask
Hair masks can provide extra moisture and nourishment to the hair, helping to smoothen and tame frizz. Use natural ingredients like yogurt or aloe vera for making a hair mask. To use a hair mask for frizzy hair, follow these steps:
- Mix 1 cup of yogurt with 2 tablespoons of almond oil to prepare a DIY hair mask
- Shampoo your hair and gently towel dry to remove excess water.
- Apply the hair mask evenly, paying extra attention to the ends.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap to keep the mask in place.
- Leave the mask for the recommended time, usually 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse the hair mask out thoroughly with warm water.
- Style your hair as desired.
You can find hair masks specifically formulated for frizzy hair at most beauty supply stores or make your own at home using ingredients like coconut oil, honey, aloe vera, banana or avocado. Choosing a hair mask suitable for your hair type is important, as some masks may be too heavy for fine or oily hair.
#11 Choose Products with Natural Ingredients
Choosing products with natural ingredients can be a good option for taming frizzy hair. Natural ingredients, such as coconut oil, shea butter, and argan oil, can give the hair hydration and nourishment, helping to smoothen and control frizz. When choosing products for frizzy hair, look for ingredients like:
- Coconut oil: Moisturizes and smooths hair fibres
- Argan oil: Helps to hydrate and protect hair from damage
- Shea butter: Provides deep hydration and nourishment to hair
- Aloe vera: Adds moisture and helps to soothe the scalp
- Avocado: Rich in vitamins and fatty acids that can hydrate and repair hair
It's important to avoid ingredients like sulphates, alcohol, and silicones that can strip hair of its natural oils and make frizz worse. Additionally, read the label carefully and choose products suitable for your hair type, porosity, and individual hair needs.
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#12 Use the Right Brush for Your Hair Type
Choosing the right brush for your hair type is important for taming frizz. The right brush can help to distribute the hair's natural oils, reduce tangles, and minimise breakage, all of which can contribute to frizz. Here are some brushes to consider based on hair type:
- Straight hair: A paddle brush with widely spaced bristles can help detangle and smoothen hair without creating frizz.
- Curly hair: A wide-tooth comb is ideal for detangling curly hair as it helps to reduce breakage and minimise frizz.
- Wavy hair: A round brush can help to define waves and reduce frizz in wavy hair. Look for a brush with boar bristle, as they are gentle and effective at smoothing hair.
- Coarse or thick hair: For coarse or thick hair, a vent brush can help to detangle and distribute products evenly through the hair, reducing frizz.
It's important to avoid brushes with metal or nylon bristles, as these can be too rough and cause damage to the hair, leading to frizz. Also, always brush your hair gently and avoid brushing it when wet, as this can cause more breakage and frizz.
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#13 Massage your Scalp Regularly
Scalp massage can reduce frizz and improve the appearance of hair by improving blood circulation, promoting relaxation and distributing natural oils. To do it yourself, follow these steps:
- Wet your hair slightly with lukewarm water to soften the hair and make it easier to massage.
- Apply a small amount of hair oil, such as coconut or argan oil, to your palms.
- Begin using your fingertips to massage your scalp in a circular motion gently.
- Work your way from the front to the back of the scalp, taking your time to ensure that you cover every area.
- Continue to massage for 5-10 minutes or until you feel relaxed.
- Rinse your hair with warm water and style it as desired.
Regular scalp massage can help in reducing hair frizz, improve the health of your hair, and promote relaxation. You can massage your scalp a few times a week, depending on your hair type and personal preferences.
#14 Hacks to Control Frizziness in Long Hair
Preventing frizz from occurring in the first place is often easier than attempting to control it once your hair has become unmanageable. For example, protecting your hair from environmental factors such as wind, sun, and humidity is important to prevent frizz. You can do this by wearing a hat, using a hair scarf, or applying a leave-in conditioner with UV protection.
Another preventative measure is to keep your hair hydrated by using a deep-conditioning treatment once a week and drinking plenty of water to keep your hair and scalp hydrated from the inside out.
To control frizz once it has developed, you can use a styling product that provides control, such as a frizz-fighting serum or mousse. You can also use a boar bristle brush to gently detangle and smooth your hair, and avoid using hot tools, like hair dryers and flat irons, that can dry out your hair and increase frizz.
In summary, preventative measures and treatments can help reduce frizz and improve the overall appearance of your hair. The best approach will depend on your hair type and the specific issues you face.
We hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any others, please share them with us in the comments below. We love hearing from our readers and learning new things about caring for our hair, so it looks great daily.
FAQs on Reducing Frizzy Hair
How do I permanently get rid of frizzy hair?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to permanently get rid of frizzy hair. However, by using the right hair care products, tools, and techniques, you can control and manage frizz. It's also important to maintain a healthy hair care routine, which includes using a deep-conditioning treatment, keeping hair hydrated, and avoiding harsh chemicals.
Which shampoo is best for frizzy hair?
The best shampoo for frizzy hair will depend on your hair type and the issues you face with frizz. However, a shampoo designed for frizzy hair that contains natural ingredients, such as coconut oil or argan oil, can help hydrate and smoothen the hair, reducing frizz. Look for sulphate-free shampoos, as sulphates can strip the hair of its natural oils and make frizz worse.
Why is my hair so frizzy?
There are several reasons why hair can become frizzy, including
- Environmental factors: Humidity, wind, and sun can cause hair to become frizzy.
- Lack of hydration: When hair is dry, it is more prone to frizz.
- Overuse of hot tools: Regular usage of hair dryers, flat irons, and curling irons can dry out the hair and cause frizz.
- Damaged hair: When hair is damaged, it is more prone to frizz.
- Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes, such as pregnancy and menopause, can cause hair to become frizzy.