You are tired of having bad hair days, almost every day?! Well, it's safe to assume that one of the reasons could be, because of the unruly frizz in the hair. Although curly/wavy hair types are more prone to frizzy conditions it’s not limited to that, as all hair types once in a while experience it due to the hot/humid weather. I am sure you might have tried everything and even stocked up on Conditioning Shampoo, conditioners, and hair serum to control the frizz but to no effect. Don’t get overwhelmed, this blog is going to help you with taming and managing your frizz effectively with minimum effort and small changes.
What Causes Frizzy Hair?
Ironically, humid weather is one of the major causes of dry, frizzy hair too as the water molecules penetrate your hair cuticles and cause it to reconstruct its shape making it look frizzy and dry.
- Also, most people have oily scalps and roots but their strands are dry and frizzy because the natural oils cannot travel down to your hair strands.
- Excessive sun exposure dries out your hair leading to frizz.
- Getting in direct contact with chlorinated water causes it too.
- Improper care of your hair or not choosing the products per your hair type causes frizz too.
Frizzy hair is not necessarily genetic but our hair porosity and hair type are. As we have mutually agreed that curly/wavy hair types are more prone to frizz and experience it to a greater extent but let’s not forget that it also has to do a lot more with your hair porosity.
Hair Porosity is simply your hair’s ability to soak and hold moisture. Hair porosity largely is of 3 types.
Low Porosity: Difficulty obtaining moisture, but high retention once it does.
Medium Porosity: Have loose cuticles, allowing easy absorption of moisture.
High Porosity: Readily obtains moisture and readily loses it hence causing Frizzy hair and thus are more prone to frizziness even after you apply haircare products.
Hair Care Routine For Taming Frizzy Hair?
Choose a conditioning shampoo: Frizziness happens due to lack of moisture in your hair strands, opting for a pH Balanced Shampoo that doesn’t rip off the natural oil from your hair roots, and a conditioning shampoo that provides and retains moisture in your hair strands can make all the difference.
Conditioner helps restore moisture to hair that you might have lost while shampooing your hair. Conditioner helps in replenishing and restoring the moisture keeping your hair soft and frizz-free. Now since we all have different hair types and different hair porosities, and thus it makes sense that there are different kinds of conditioners available as well.
Let us first understand the 4 major types of Hair Types:
- Straight: Sleek and usually tend to be on the oilier side.
- Wavy: Neither straight nor curly, wavy hair lies in between these two hair types, it could be either thin or thick, and the thicker it is the more prone it is to frizz.
- Curly: It lies between the wavy and curly and is usually thicker, the tighter the curls the more chances of it to be coarse and frizzy.
- Coily: Extremely thick, dry, and spongy and it is most prone to frizziness.
7 Major Types Of Conditioners:
Since conditioners contribute fairly in controlling frizz and managing hair it becomes paramount to choose the one that suits our hair type and needs the most. There are 7 Types of Conditioners available largely. Let’s try to understand them briefly.
Deep Conditioners: Thicker consistency with heavy moisturizing ingredients like Shea butter, cOil, and Argan Oil are formulated for people with thicker hair types including curly, coily, and colored/treated hair as they are more prone to be dry or damaged. It is best to use it only once a month.
Moisturizing Conditioners: It is usually oil-based to provide a moisturizing effect and is best suited for people with dry, curly, or moderately curly hair.
Protein Conditioners: Formulated with protein like Keratin that provides strength to weak, fine, and thin hair and provides nourishment to dry, wavy hair.
Cream Rinse Conditioners: Lighter in consistency and provide mild nourishment to people with wavy hair or medium straight hair. It isn’t recommended for curly or coily hair types.
Instant Conditioners: It is super light and is usually commercialized in the form of creams or sprays that are to be used post-shampooing. It is best suited for fine, straight hair as it won’t weigh them down.
Leave-in Conditioners: light Comes in different consistency and is to be applied and left to help nourish and moisturize the hair strands till it wears off, it works best for people with curly, coily hair as an additional layer of protection and moisturization.
Retain and seal the moisture your conditioner just provided with a Hair Serum For Frizzy Hair. Hair serums are a sealant that retains and locks the moisture in your hair which is extremely helpful in high porosity hair types as it prevents further water and moisture loss. Straight/Fine hair folks, you can altogether skip the conditioning part if your hair isn’t much dry, or frizzy. A simple moisturizing serum would suffice without wearing your hair down.
Applying a Hair Mask once a week for ultra care and moisture also significantly helps in repairing and preventing hair damage and helps in taming your unruly, frizzy hair. This however is not recommended for fine or straight hair as it might weigh down the hair.
Letting your hair dry naturally and avoiding any hairstyling tools that involve heating also can significantly improve your hair health, if you cannot let go of styling your hair and you fall in the curly girl category, it is better to attach a diffuser instead of using the conventional dryers to minimize the effects of it.
- It is best to get a new start by getting a new haircut or simply by trimming the dead ends so you can have a fresh start for healthier, happier hair.
- Using lukewarm water to rinse your hair is one of the simplest yet most effective parts of your hair care routine. Too hot or too cold water can strip off the natural oil from your scalps making it difficult for your hair to compensate in a short time and thus it might turn frizzy and unruly.
- Choosing silk pillowcases to minimize friction and thus prevent any possible damage to your hair while you sleep.
- Detanglers are specially designed to help you detangle your hair with ease and reduce the chances of breakage and damage.
- Pre-conditioning with natural hair oils helps add shine to hair, and prevents hair strands from over-drying or making them frizzy.
- Avoiding towels and opting for a microfibre towel or simply any old cotton T-shirt to dry your hair prevents friction and friction-led damage to your hair strands.
- Avoiding chemical hair treatments such as Keratin or Rebonding as they are temporary solutions and can cause more damage than good over time, they could lead to hair thinning and damage over time as they involve altering the structure of your hair via chemicals and heating appliances. These procedures may seem tempting due to the immediate results but it's important to realize that they are however temporary.
A little effort and investing in readily available haircare products helps you manage and control frizz and thus contributing to your overall health in the long run, healthier hair, happier you.