Lions, tigers and frizz- oh my!
Frizzy curly hair. Do those 3 words cause you anxiety? Is frizz a familiar and unwanted foe? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Even hearing the word frizz can strike fear into the bravest of women.
What causes frizz?
Let’s just dive right in to the bad news: frizzy curly hair is common, surfaces at the most inconvenient times, and can often be hard to rid of- unless you know how.
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.
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.
Of course, there are other factors that can cause frizz.
- Friction from Hoodies or other types of clothing
- Friction from Cotton terrycloth towels and cotton pillow cases
- 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
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?
Your arch nemesis frizz makes your life difficult, and can be frustrating to deal with. Thankfully, like all enemies, 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.
De-Tangle With Love
Avoid Friction from Clothing
Avoid Heat Damage
Trim Hair On The Regular
Dry Hair Correctly
Avoid roughing up cuticles with friction
Avoid Chemical Damage
No texturizing Curly Hair
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.