We know the story. You’ve just gotten out of the shower and are getting ready for that event you’ve been looking forward to all week. You go to take a look in the mirror when the unthinkable happens. Your mane of beautiful hair looks as though it's just been hit by 1000 watts of electricity.
Panic starts to creep in – “I have to leave in 5 minutes! How do I get rid of this frizzy hair disaster before that?” Fortunately, all hope is not lost. We’re here to get you out of the woods and to get your hair into the best shape it can be! All you have to do is follow our advice, and you will be the frizz-free life of the party in no time!
Table of Contents:
- What Causes Frizzy Hair?
- Short-Term Solutions for Frizzy Hair
- How to Prevent Frizzy Hair
What Causes Frizzy Hair?
To put it simply – when hair fibers are running in different directions, frizzy hair makes its appearance.
The way that it happens is by moisture being allowed to pass through the cuticle layer (the outer part of the hair strand) and swell the hair strands. If the cuticle layer is sealed, the hair behaves, seems smooth and defined. That’s why frizzy hair also seems rough and dry.
In reality, many internal and external factors play into the appearance of frizzy hair. The bad news? Some of them, like genetics and the environment, are completely out of our control.
For one, when you live in a humid climate, because of all the moisture that’s in the air, your hair acts like a sponge and swells up, making it frizzy most of the time. As for genetics, curly hair is more prone to frizziness, because the hair fibers are not exactly aligned, rather flowing downwards in a coily or s-shaped manner.
Taking back control
But, on the other hand, we can easily control the products we put into our and the hair care practices we take part in, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel!
That’s why you should avoid rubbing your hair vigorously when you towel-dry it, as this not only causes frizzy hair, but also damages the hair shaft and makes it more prone to breakage. Using a lot of heat tools is no great way to treat hair either, so try to stay away from them as much as possible, or at least use them on their lowest heat settings.
Let’s take a look at some products that can fix your frizz in the blink of an eye, and some hair care practices that can prevent it from sneaking up on you ever again.
Short-term Solutions for Frizzy Hair
Here are the products that will fix your frizz emergency ASAP, turning your hair back to its initial, tamed shape:
Argan oil is famous for all of its nourishing hair benefits, but the good thing is that it can act as a short-term, emergency hair tamer too. A small amount of argan oil goes a long way, so if you are looking to reduce frizz without your hair looking greasy, pump just a few drops on your hands and rub it in between to create a little heat, then put it on the frizzy areas.
It will seal the hair strands almost immediately, and the effect will be most noticeable if the oil is left in the hair for upwards of 30 minutes, or even overnight, if it’s used as a preventive method.
Take a clean toothbrush or a similar tool, like a clean mascara wand, and spray a little bit of hairspray on it, then brush the frizzy areas gently. This trick works for curly hair as well.
Hairspray will work as an anti frizz solution for a few hours only, so it is best to use this right before you leave the house as your 5-minute remedy, and if you’re planning on returning before you call it a night.
An organic leave-in spray conditioner works just like argan oil would, but without the risk of leaving your hair greasy. It should give your hair the extra moisture it needs, protecting it from further damage, and making the combing process significantly easier.
If you have dry, dull hair, you might consider introducing a leave-in conditioner in your regular hair routine, as it can help you to get rid of frizzy hair in the long-term just as well.
How to Prevent Frizzy Hair
The above-listed solutions can usually tame frizzy hair for a short time and can contribute to its long-term prevention. But it’s best to learn how to treat your hair on a day-to-day level, that way you can make sure that you get rid of frizz forever:
Stick with sulfate-free products
Shampoos and conditioners that contain sulfates are your frizzy hair’s worst enemy. Sulfates are the leather-producing cleansing agents that strip the hair from its natural oils, making it dry, dull, and frizz-prone. Always look at the ingredient list to make sure your hair products do not contain any type of sulfates.
Use microfiber towels
As we’ve previously established, rubbing the hair vigorously with a normal towel certainly doesn’t help. Try to always pat dry your hair with a microfiber towel that won’t cause frizzy hair and damage.
Avoid hair dye and heated tools
If you have colored hair and suffer from a lot of frizz to the point that it’s become a major problem, you should try to cut down on the bleach and dye. Hair bleach, and box dyes, in particular, contain a lot of harmful chemicals that can severely damage your hair strands, and make frizz-prone hair suffer even more.
While we’re on the topic – also lay off the heated tools: no more blow dryer, curling irons or straighteners. However, if you must use a heated tool for that ultra-styled hairdo you’ve been dreaming of for weeks now, make sure that you (or your hairstylist) are using it at its lowest heat settings.
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