Just like having breakouts you can’t control, frizzy hair is as annoying, curly-haired girls especially know this. While it can be bearable when you are indoors, rocking your hair outside isn’t something you always look forward to, because what if the wayward strands misbehave?
As annoying as this can be, you can still have your frizz under control with the right tools, techniques and products. All you have to do is read this detailed guide on how to tame your frizz and the best products for frizzy hair.
What is frizzy hair?
Imagine smooth, shiny and silky hair, frizzy hair is the complete opposite. It is often rough, dull and of a different texture from your normal strands. It is usually difficult to manage because it often sticks out from the rest of the hair, tangles up easily and your hairstyles can barely hold its shape throughout the day.
What causes frizzy hair?
Frizzy hair can affect all hair types and is caused by varieties of factors, some that can be controlled, some that can’t (like your genes). The good news is with the right products as well as knowing what causes your hair to frizz, you can finally have the shiny and smooth hair you’ve always dreamed of. The following are factors that causes frizzy hair
Apart from worrying about sunburns during summer, another thing often worried about is your hair going frizzy due to the humid air. Humidity and your hair are just not friends and will never be friends. It just has a way of tampering with your strands such that the affected strands in straight hair tend to become wavy, wavy hair appears curly and curly hair appears to be coily, and that’s definitely not the makeover you deserve.
- Heat styling
Blow drying your hair especially with high heat or using curling or flat iron too frequently can dry your hair out and cause frizz. This is because constant heat application can strip your hair of it’s moisture.
- Using shampoos that contain sulfate
Sulfates are bad guys contained in shampoos, they are known to make them lather and to cleanse dirt and oil from your hair. The downside of this chemical is it strips your hair of its natural oils and causes it to dry, and when your hair dries out, frizz happens.
- Overwashing your hair
You might think washing your hair daily is good stuff but it’s the complete opposite. Daily shampooing can dry your hair out and cause frizz because by washing your hair daily, you are washing off the natural oils in your scalp that are supposed to keep your scalp moisturized.
- Towel drying your hair
Your hair when wet is weak, vulnerable and prone to damage if mishandled. Aggressively towel drying your hair is a big no. You should preferably air dry it or wrap a microfiber towel around it to soak in the moisture
Other causes of frizzy hair are washing your hair with hot water, brushing your hair too often and using products that contain silicones and other harmful ingredients like parabens, sulfates, alcohol and phthalates.
How to tame frizzy hair
Knowing the root cause of your frizz can make controlling it easier, if it’s caused by frequent heat application on your hair by styling irons or blow dryers, you should reduce heat application and use heat protectant spray before applying. The following are the other ways you can keep frizz under control
- Use sulfate-free shampoos
In simple terms, sulfates are bad guys in shampoos posing to be good guys. While they may cleanse the dirt in your scalp, they also take out the natural oils in your hair that’s supposed to keep it moisturized, and what does that leave you with? Dry frizzy hair.
This can totally be avoided by using sulfate-free shampoos that have hydrating qualities. You should look for hydrating ingredients like glycerin in your shampoo.
Note: You should avoid washing your hair daily even if they don’t contain sulfates.
- Condition daily
You should never underestimate the benefits of conditioning your hair daily especially if you have dry and frizz prone hair. You know what moisturizing creams do to your skin, conditioner does the equivalent to your hair.
Conditioners help to add and seal in moisture in your hair and keep your hair radiant, smooth and shiny.
You should invest in good conditioners or preferably leave-in conditioners to keep your hair hydrated and to keep your frizz under control.
- Deep condition at least once a week.
Adding extra hydration to your hair with deep conditioners won’t hurt anyone, ( it might hurt miss frizz) so grab a good deep conditioner and get to work.
Deep conditioners will not only hydrate your hair, but will also protect your hair from split ends and heat damage.
- Dry your hair the right way
You should not use your regular towels to dry your wet hair, microfiber towels are the best fit for your hair in this case, they prevent friction and make your hair dry faster. You should also not rub your regular towels aggressively on your hair, they could affect your hair cuticles due to the friction.
Also avoid blow drying with high heat, if you must, it’s advisable you let your hair air dry first then blow dry with low heat, or use a diffuser with your blow dryer.
- Sleeping using silk bonnets or pillowcases
To avoid waking up with frizzy hair, you should sleep wearing a silk or satin bonnet, or use a silk pillowcase. This helps to lessen the friction that occurs when using cotton sheets. This friction snags at your hair and strips your hair of its oils and moisture leaving you with dry frizzy hair.
- Use heat protectant sprays
Another way you can keep your frizz under control is by using heat protectant sprays before using heat styling tools. These tools, especially when frequently applied, strip your hair of its moisture and cause it to go dry and frizzy.
It is best to minimize the use of these tools, but on days when you can’t, do not forget your spray.
- Use natural oils
Natural oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil, castor oil and argan oils are useful in taming your frizz. They provide you with sleek smooth and shiny hair while sealing in moisture in your hair. You should look for these oils in your hair products
Other ways to tame your freeze is taking lesser hot showers or avoiding it completely and taking warm or cold showers instead. You should also trim your hair occasionally to get rid of split ends.
Best products for frizzy hair
Knowing the causes and how to tame frizzy hair might not be the only thing you need to do to get rid of frizz. Choosing the right products is also very important. There are certain qualities you should look out for in your hair products especially hydrating qualities to keep your hair moist and your wayward strands in check.
I have compiled a list of suitable products to get the work done for you. All you need to do now is add to your cart!
- Briogeo farewell frizz smoothing shampoo
Made with a blend of rosehip, argan oil and coconut oil, what’s not to love about this brand that ensures its products contain no harmful ingredients. This smoothing sulfate and silicone-free shampoo is made specially for those with frizzy hair, or dry damaged hair.
It hydrates your hair, tames your freeze and helps to restore your hair’s shine.
- Silk 18 conditioner
“I have finally found what I’m looking for” says a reviewer on amazon. That could be you too. This conditioner promises to moisturize your hair, deep condition it and tame your frizz. Best part is it is free from toxic hair ingredients and it contains natural oils like argan oil and jojoba oil to seal in moisture in your hair.
- Botanic hearth keratin conditioner
This conditioner is suitable for people with dry or damaged hair although any hair type can use it. It does an excellent job at taming frizzy hair, providing hydration for your hair and sealing in moisture.
It contains special ingredients like amino acids, collagen and argan oil that nourishes and fortifies your hair.
- Ouai leave-in conditioner
Are you looking for a conditioner that does it all? And by “all” I mean a conditioner that hydrates, reduces and tames frizz, protects your hair from heat damage ( from UV rays and heat styling tools), detangles and leaves your hair smooth and shiny. You do not have to look too far because this multitasking conditioner is just what you need.
It contains tamarind seed extract that provides hydration to your hair without weighing it down, panthenol and vitamin E for conditioning and detangling your hair as well as hydrolyzed proteins to protect it from damage.
- Briogeo farewell frizz blow dry perfection & heat protectant crème
This category in the brand’s products is named “farewell frizz” and they really meant it. This cream has been scientifically proven to decrease frizz by 80% for up to 48 hours and has also been further tested and confirmed using human hair tresses. Isn’t that amazing?
Another plus is it protects your hair from heat damage up to 450 degrees F and has been scientifically proven too.
You should consider getting this to reduce frizz , protect your hair from heat damage and for moisturized, shiny and smooth hair.
- Philip Kingsley deep conditioning treatment
This deep conditioner helps to hydrate all hair types, deeply conditions your hair, reduces frizz, strengthens your hair, prevents breakage and nourishes your hair.
If you have curly hair, it can help restore your curl’s natural bounce. It is also great for pre-pooing.
- Nature lab perfect smooth shampoo
This shampoo’s packaging is as attractive as its qualities. Formulated for dry frizzy hair, it helps to tame and reduce unruly frizz. It also helps to hydrate your hair and seal in moisture improving its look and texture.
- Slip silk pillowcase
You are definitely not going overboard sleeping in a silk pillowcase. This particular brand does not only reduce friction in your hair by keeping your hair’s moisture where they belong, it also does the same with your skin. It ensures you do not wake up with your hair looking like a bird’s nest or with sleep creases on your face.
- Aquis microfiber hair towel
With this towel, you can get your hair to dry faster without complications. In fact, it provides several other benefits like strengthening your hair, leaving it soft when it’s dry, taming frizz and defining your curls if you have curly hair and it is more gentle on your hair than regular towels.
- Hairitage double down conditioning wash shampoo
This one is especially great for people with 4c hair although any hair type can use it. Co Washing is usually the best option for this hair type in order to retain moisture in your hair while cleansing. With this co-conditioner, you can effectively cleanse your hair and scalp without stripping your hair of moisture. Your hair also gets nourished in the process. It being free from toxins is a way to assure you that your frizzy hair gets controlled without repercussions.