If you’re always asking yourself “why is my hair so frizzy and poofy?” Here are some causes for frizz and frizzy hair treatments that can help you get those smooth, silky locks in 5 minutes!
One of the biggest hair complaints? Frizzy hair! But what causes frizzy and why does your hair get so poofy all the time?
Well I’m here to answer that question. The only reason you are frizzy is because your hair cuticles are open and are not laying flat and smooth as they’re supposed to.
When this happens, the moisture from inside your hair shaft escapes and the air molecules from outside enter the hair cortex, causing your strands to change shape. Result? Frizz!
So the simplest answer to the question why your hair is frizzy and poofy is that your hair cuticles are open and your hair is dry.
But what are the causes that lead to this situation? Let’s find out!
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Why Is My Hair So Frizzy And Poofy
Your Hair Is Dehydrated and Dry
The hair cuticles are supposed to lie flat over one another like scales of a fish. But when hair cuticles are left open due to any reasons such as harsh product usage, heat, or excessive friction, it causes moisture loss from hair. This leads to frizz.
However, the contrary is also true. If you lose a lot of moisture from hair due to any reason you can end up with poofy hair.
Some of the most common causes of dry hair are using a lot of heat styling tools on hair, washing hair with hot water, excessive UV exposure and also because of using too many chemical treatments on hair.
All of these reasons can lead to hair becoming.
Another thing to remember is that naturally dry hair is more prone to frizz. Curly and wavy hair textures cannot distribute sebum from scalp on hair evenly due to their shape, this makes the hair textures more “dry” than straight hair.
You Have Over Processed And Damaged Your Hair
Like I’ve mentioned before, the biggest reason why your hair appears frizzy and poofy is because of your hair cuticles being open. And this damage to hair cuticles can occur if you’ve been styling your hair a little too much.
Using chemical treatments like perming, smoothening, etc. or using bleach or hair color on hair can leave it dry, damaged, and cause open cuticles as well. Hence, frizz.
So if you want to control frizziness, I highly suggest taking a break from all your flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers. Yes, blow dryers too! It’s best to either air dry your hair or use a diffuser attachment.
Also make sure you regularly moisturize and nourish your hair using hair masks and conditioners if you color or bleach them often. This will minimize the damage done to your hair cuticles and control frizz to a great extent.
You Are Using Too Much Heat
I’ve mentioned above about how using a lot of heat styling tools can damage hair, leaving cuticles open and strands prone to frizz and breakage.
But did you know that tools like hair straightening irons or curling rods aren’t the only ones causing heat damage?
Your hair can also be damaged if you use water on the hotter side while shampooing your tresses. The heat from the water might not be very direct or potent as with styling tools. But it can still lead to frizz as there can be a lot of friction on hair during a shower (we’ll come to that later!).
Another ill-effect of using hot water on hair (and consequently getting open hair cuticles) is that your hair color fades very quickly as the dye leaches out of open cuticles easily.
So there are plenty of reasons why you should at least use lukewarm water while washing your hair. And then for best results rinse off one last time with cold water to seal cuticles.
There is Too Much Friction On Hair
Listen… the easiest way to damage your hair cuticles (and then get frizzy, poofy hair!) is to create too much friction between the strands.
If you’re very rough while washing your hair or are using a shampoo with harsh surfactants then your hair can get damaged and even tangled very easily. And this leads to frizz.
And it’s not just about how you’re washing your hair, it’s also about the when. If you’re shampooing your tresses everyday, cut it out. This can also lead to frizz by both causing friction-related damage and overdrying.
Another way that most people create frizzy hair is by vigorously towel drying it after a shower. Go easy on hair after you’ve washed it.
I recommend buying a microfiber cloth and gently pressing wet hair into it for removing excess moisture before air-drying or diffusing.
A very common yet neglected reason for friction on hair is your movements while sleeping. Yup! All that tossing and turning in the night causes friction between your hair and pillowcases.
So it’s better to use a silk bonnet while sleeping or invest in silk/satin pillow covers as they reduce friction.
It’s Just The Humidity
Sometimes, it’s just the humidity! When the moisture levels outside in the air is greater than the moisture levels in your strands, then the water molecules from the air enter the strands.
This excessive moisture binds to the proteins in your hair that give you your hair textures and causes strands to change shape.
A simple solution to this issue is to use something that repels moisture from outside and prevents it from getting inside your hair strands.
You can use silicone-based leave-in conditioners or opt for coconut oil instead if you want a more natural option.
How Do I Make My Hair Less Frizzy And Poofy
If you want to prevent your hair from getting too frizzy and poofy here are some awesome tips you can follow.
- Reduce the use of heat styling tools on your hair.
- Use the hair dryer on low setting or with a diffuser attachment
- Do not vigorously towel dry your hair instead use a microfiber cloth to gently press excess water out of hair
- Use lukewarm water to wash your hair and rinse off with cold water to seal hair cuticles
- Avoid using harsh shampoos especially ones with sodium laureth sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate as they strip moisture from hair
- Apply a hair serum or leave-in conditioner on wet hair to seal in the moisture and prevent frizz
- Brush hair gently and detangle hair using a wide toothed comb as rough handing can lead to open hair cuticles
FAQs about the Causes of Frizzy Hair
Why is my hair poofy after I shower?
When you wash your hair the friction caused when you’re shampooing and rinsing can leave hair cuticles open. This can lead to hair becoming frizzy. And even if you’re being gentle with your hair, the heat and humidity from using hot water in the shower can also lead to poofy hair.
What is the best shampoo for frizzy hair?
The best shampoos for frizzy hair are mild, smoothening shampoos. These are free of harsh sulfates and cleanse hair without causing too much damage to the cuticles. They also contain agents like silicones, oils, and humectants that moisturize and smoothen hair. If you want a salon brand shampoo for frizz you can try the MATRIX Total Results Mega Sleek Shampoo and if you’re looking for a cheaper drugstore brand you should try the OGX Frizz-Free + Keratin Smoothing Oil Shampoo.
Does coconut oil help hair frizz?
Yes, coconut oil can help with frizz. It’s an occlusive which means it prevents moisture from escaping your hair. This oil can also make your hair cuticles lie flat and prevent tresses from becoming all poofy. Sometimes, frizz also occurs if your hair absorbs excess moisture in humid climates. And coconut oil can stop hair from absorbing more moisture, hence preventing frizz.
How do I get rid of frizz in 5 minutes?
If you want to get rid of frizz in 5 minutes the easiest thing to do is to apply a leave-in conditioner for frizzy hair. These products contain smoothening agents that make hair cuticles lie flat instantly and reduce frizz in minutes. If you do not have a conditioner or serum at hand, you can use hair oils like coconut oil or argan oil instead for a quick fix. Just rub the oil in your palms to warm it up and apply it over your scalp and hair. However, this hack can leave hair greasy so be careful.
Technically, the only reason why you have frizzy, poofy hair is because the cuticles of your hair strands are open. However, there can be several reasons for this cuticle damage to occur as I’ve listed above.
One of the other reasons for frizzy hair is a lack of moisture. If you have dehydrated hair it will appear poofy. And a quick solution is to apply some leave-in conditioner or oil.
Also, most women who consider their hair poofy or frizzy actually have wavy or curly hair. So the next time you take a shower see how your hair looks when wet and clean.
If it forms waves or a curl pattern that means your hair might be of a completely different texture.
In this case, use the curly girl method where you moisturize your hair and diffuse and scrunch it to form curls (or wave patterns).
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!