It’s easy to prevent frizz. We will show you how.

Frizzy curly hair is a reality for women with curly hair. But there is so much we can do to prevent frizz or reduce it all-together.

What causes frizz?

Frizzy curly hair is common, surfaces at the most inconvenient times, and can often be hard to rid of- unless you know how.

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Here is the good news: Frizz is just a curl waiting to happen. Wherever you find frizz, you are sure to find the potential for waves, curls and coils.

The major underlying cause of frizzy curly hair is a lack of moisture. When curly hair is dry, it opens it’s cuticles (like outstretching arms) seeking moisture from the air which is why humidity often makes matters even worse, and curly angels, that explains that ”halo effect”.

An individual hair is covered in a layer of overlapping tiles, known as the cuticle. When the cuticle lies flat, hair can reflect light. When they are ruffled up, the hair wont shine, and instead the cuticles stick out causing hair strands to lock together like Velcro- causing frizz, knots and tangles which creates a fuzzy, wiry or irregular texture.

With curly hair, the cuticles are constantly opening up and searching for moisture. To combat frizz, we feed moisture into the hair.

Top tip:

Steam swells the cuticles open, and we inject much needed moisture through our deep hydration mask- one of the best and most popular treatments at our salons to combat frizz, has been our steam treatment!

You can try it at home, by running hot water in your shower, closing the bathroom door and allowing a steam to build up before applying your deep conditioning mask.

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Frizz taking over your life? Don’t despair, there are solutions. Photo courtesy of the adorable @elhady.habiba

Of course, there are other factors that can cause frizz.

  • Brushes
  • Friction from Hoodies or other types of clothing
  • Friction from Cotton terrycloth towels and cotton pillow cases
  • Humidity
  • Rain
  • Wind
  • Lack of moisture
  • Using the wrong products (products that contain silicones and sulfates)
  • Chemical damage including chemical damage from keratin treatments, permanent straightening treatments, bleach damage
  • Heat damage- hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron
  • Haircuts from salons that use a razor or texturing scissor or texturing techniques on curly hair (a big NO)
  • Improper handling
  • Shampooing every day
  • Infrequent hair trims
  • Rough brushing and brushing hair at the wrong time
  • Improper drying techniques
Kozma Curl frizz

All of the above have been known to cause frizz. Since so many variables cause frizzy curly hair, I think a better question would be ”what doesn’t cause frizz?”

How do we prevent our entire head of hair becoming a giant cotton ball you ask? Read on:

How do I prevent frizzy curly hair?

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Thanks humidity. I always wanted to look like the lion king. Photo courtesy of the adorable @elhady.habiba

Your arch nemesis frizz makes your life difficult, and can be frustrating to deal with. Thankfully, like all foes, frizz has an Achilles heel- hydration. Hydration acts like kryptonite to frizz. When in doubt, add moisture back into your hair. This can be done with rinse conditioner, hydrating mask treatments, leave-in conditioners, and refresh sprays.

tips and tricks to combat frizzy hair

De-Tangle With Love

don't use brush incorrectly on curly hair to prevent frizz

DON’T Use a tightly bristled brush to comb hair. Use fingers whenever possible to detangle. If needed, use a wide tooth comb when hair is wet and has been conditioned. Wet curly hair is a lot more prone to breakage so be gentle.

Avoid Friction from Clothing

Do avoid friction from hoodies or other types of clothing. if you cover with a scarf, make sure it is silk.

No Sulphates

DON’T Be afraid of shampoo (do use a gentle hydrating one) but do use it less frequently. Avoid shampoo with sulphates we always recommend  a sulphate free shampoo whenever possible.

Avoid Heat Damage

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DO Surrender the weapons of mass hair destruction! No more excessive use of flat irons, blow-dryers.

Trim Hair On The Regular

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DON’T Skip Trimming hair regularly. Aim for around every 4 weeks for a trim. Keeps ends fresh and healthy and encourages growth since there will be less breakage.

Dry Hair Correctly

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DO Avoid heat damage and frizz from blowdrying. The air from the blowdryer blasts the cuticle open and disturbs the curl families. Airdrying is best, but if you must speed up the drying time then use a diffuser.

Hands off!

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DON’T Touch your hair after applying styling product, until hair is completely dry. This is to avoid breaking the gel cacoon too early before the curl can be defined, and to avoid disturbing the curl families.

Avoid roughing up cuticles with friction

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DO invest in a 100% silk pillowcase and a microfiber towel to prevent friction from roughing up cuticles

Avoid Silicones

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DO avoid using silicones. Silicones coat the hair, creating a barrier that prevents moisture from entering. Remember- no moisture = frizz!

Avoid Chemical Damage

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DO avoid chemical damage at all costs. This includes keratin treatments, permanent straightening treatments, relaxers, and the wrong use of bleach (to color your hair, find a stylist trained in the Kozma Curl Method)

No texturizing Curly Hair

Don't do this to avoid frizzy curly hair
DON’T trust your curls with salons who are not trained to deal with curls correctly. Run from stylists who use razors, texturizing scissors, or texturising techniques on curly hair (a big NO) And find a salon who knows how to cut curly hair expertly.
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Frizzy curly hair out to there? No worries! Photo courtesy of the adorable @elhady.habiba
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This is @elhady.habiba after the Kozma Curl Method.
Frizz has been minimized and now she enjoys defined, hydrated curls. And she lived happily ever after.

We hope these tips helped you. There is no one perfect way to fight frizz. Changes to your curly routine will take some time to get used to, and to see results so hang in there!

Many of us live in a climate where humidity levels rise above 60%, and when that happens, sometimes there isn’t much you can do to live a frizz-free life. In this case, do your best but don’t worry about perfection!

Since we can’t live in a bubble to protect our hair, then we have to make peace that a little frizz is going to be unavoidable and comes with the territory of having curly hair. We must accept that a little fuzz or fluff is gonna happen whether we like it or not. Just as curly hair is part of us, so is frizz. So prevent it- but also know that some days frizz is gonna win, and that’s ok.

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