Learn how to get rid of frizzy curly hair easily and naturally in just 5 minutes! Check out what causes curly hair to become as well.
Having curly hair does look beautiful for sure, but it has its fair share of disadvantages too and one of them is frizziness.
While curly hair can be hard to maintain, because it gets dry and damaged easily, when it is coupled with hair frizziness it can become even more difficult to maintain your locs.
While both straight and curly hair can get frizzy, (yes, no hair type is spared from hair frizz), curly hair types are more prone to frizz.
So, I’m sure there are many of you out there looking for answers to your questions like why your curly hair is getting that frizzy.
Are there ways to solve it? Is it the reason why you’re experiencing hair fall?
Well, this article can fill you in on everything you need to know about curly hair and its related hair frizziness. So here you go!
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What does hair frizziness mean?
Frizzy hair can be identified very easily because of those noticeable small strands of hair when they stick out and stand out, compared to the other hair on the head.
If you have frizzy hair you might also feel that your hair feels rough. This is because your hair is dry.
Frizz occurs when the hair strand lacks moisture, the cuticle on the hair shaft raises and the moisture present within the hair strand also escapes, making the hair become even more dry.
When the strands become dry, it tends to look frizzy.
How to Get Rid of Frizzy Curly Hair
Make sure your hair is well-moisturized
Well-moisturized hair can help prevent your hair from drying out and becoming frizzy. There are many ways you can keep your hair well-moisturized.
Firstly, oiling your hair on a regular basis (say twice a week) can help coat the hair shafts and keep it away from frizzing out, because curlier hair types do not get sufficiently coated with the hair’s natural oil or sebum.
But remember not to over-oil your hair.
Secondly, remember to use a good conditioner once you have shampoo washed your hair.
When you shampoo wash your hair, the hair loses its moisture and therefore, the conditioner will help your hair regain its moisture and help seal it in the hair strand.
Thirdly, try the method of co-washing, instead of shampooing and then conditioning your hair.
All you gotta do is wash your hair with only conditioner and skip using the shampoo for a while.
Lastly, you can use deep conditioning hair masks to help repair your damaged hair and also keep it better moisturized.
Be mindful of the products you use on your hair
This aspect is very important because most of us use products that contain chemicals like sulfates, parabens, ammonia etc; that are very harsh and damaging to the hair.
These chemicals can make our hair dry out easily and make it more prone to split ends and frizz.
So, choosing products that do not contain harsh chemicals or all-natural products is the best way out.
Use cold water when you wash your hair
Using cold water is the best option when it comes to reduction of frizz and dry hair issues.
If you do not wish to use cold water, you could use lukewarm or warm water to wash your hair or after your hair wash with warm water; let a little cold water flow over your hair to seal the hair cuticle, trapping in the moisture.
But strictly remember not to use hot water at all.
Protect your hair while using heat styling tools
While avoiding the use of heat styling tools is recommended, at times you would require to use these tools to style your hair for probably an occasion.
Well, at this point, remember to use a heat protectant spray for your hair before you use the heat styling tool on your hair.
The heat protectant spray will coat the hair shaft and prevent it from getting heat damaged and later, frizzing out.
Sleep with your hair covered or use the right pillow cover
If you tend to have the issue of extensive hair frizzing, then you can either sleep with your hair covered in a satin or a silk bandana or silk bonnet.
Or you can also choose to tie your hair up loosely (so as to avoid hair strand friction) and sleep on a satin or silk pillow cover.
What Causes Curly Hair To Become Frizzy
Frequent use of hair styling tools
Hair styling tools use heat, in order to style the hair. Be it hair curlers, hair straighteners or even blow dryers.
Heat is one of the main reasons that cause hair to become dry because it opens up the hair cuticle and lets moisture flow out. When the hair is dry, it becomes frizzy.
So avoiding the use of heat styling tools, including blow dryers (which means air drying your hair is the best way out) is advisable.
Incorrect hair washing or over washing
If you always wash your hair with hot water (well, I know how soothing that feels), it can be drastically detrimental to your hair health in the long run.
It will open up the cuticles on the hair shaft and let the moisture seep out and dry the hair up, making it frizzy. This practice must be avoided in order to reduce hair frizz.
A lot of people wash their hair too often and over washing can also dry your hair out.
Each time you shampoo your hair, the hair loses some of its natural oils (sebum) and this tends to make the hair dry.
You do not trim your hair often
Regular hair trims help keep split ends at bay. Once your hair develops split ends, it creeps up the hair strand and damages it further, making it look frizzy.
So trimming your hair at least once in three to four months can help avoid and reduce hair frizzing.
Your hair succumbs to humidity
For those of you who live in humid climates, humidity can be an enemy to your curly hair.
Humidity tends to make the hair become more frizzy as the atmospheric moisture is more and when the excess moisture enters into each hair strand it expands and makes the hair look frizzy.
You sleep with wet hair
Sleeping with wet hair can often be a cause for hair frizziness because when the hair dries up, it dries in a tangled position and tends to get knotted.
Then when you turn your head in your sleep, friction is caused between the hair strands and it tends to become frizzy.
You spend time outdoors
Spending time outdoors means exposure to sunlight. The hair getting exposed to sunlight will mean extensive sun damage to the hair strands, also making it dry up and become frizzy.
FAQs Frizzy Curly Hair
Is my hair falling out due to my curly hair being frizzy?
Well, it is important to note that hair frizziness is not directly related to hair fall. But what you should know is that hair frizziness is caused when the hair is dry.
When dry hair is being brushed or combed, it gets further damaged and can break away. So this can be the reason for your hair fall.
Are there any products I can use to keep away frizz?
Yes, there are multiple products you can use for hair frizz.
There are products like hair gels, pomades, hair waxes, styling serums, heat protectant sprays, moisturizing shampoos, hair oil, conditioners, hair creams etc; that can help tame frizz.
These can also reduce frizz to a large extent by keeping the hair moisturized.
What are some good brands to buy anti-frizz products?
There are brands like Park Avenue, L’Oreal Paris, Kama Ayurveda, Dove, Bed Head, Axe, Hask Curl Care, Coco and Eve, John Frieda, GHD Bodyguard, Noughty, Kerastase Paris and many more, for all types of anti-frizz products.
You can check out the product reviews and look for products with good ratings before buying them.
Is it true that curly hair is more prone to hair frizz?
Well, yes, it is true that while all hair types can succumb to frizz, wavy, curly or kinky hair types are more prone to their hair frizzing out, as compared to those with straight hair.
There can be one simple explanation to this, apart from all the other factors that lead to hair frizzing.
When the hair is curly, the natural oil of the hair (sebum) doesn’t flow down evenly from the scalp, till the end or tip of the hair strand, because of the curls obstructing its path.
So this can contribute to the hair drying out quicker than those with straight hair, making curly hair more prone to frizz.
Can swimming cause hair frizziness?
Swimming pools contain chlorinated water.
When this water touches our hair, a chemical reaction takes place and begins to make the hair dry up and become frizzy.
So for those who spend long hours in the pool on a regular basis, they are required to keep their hair covered with a swimming cap.
The final takeaway
Maintaining curly hair and keeping it away from frizz, while also taming the existing hair frizz can be a hard task.
But if you follow a good hair care routine and take good care of your curly locs, the problem of your hair frizzing will reduce to a considerable extent.
Remember to keep your hair well hydrated and moisturized at all times and avoid the use of heat styling tools, often.
If you use any sort of heat treatment to your hair, use a heat protectant spray to avoid too much hair damage. If you look after your hair right, you can keep frizz at bay!
Leah LOVES hair. So much so, she dedicated an entire website to it! One of the founders of Hair Everyday and Chief Editor, Leah enjoys reviewing all the hair products and showcasing the best. She believes her most underrated articles are her hair care tips!