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How to stop frizzy hair

Frizzy hair. Some people love it, some don’t. But no matter your feelings on the matter, sometimes you just want to have a frizz-free hair day – because why not? It’s your hair, so choose what works best for you. Now, back to the frizz. The cure is often harder than the cause, but if you want to know how to stop frizzy hair then we have the answer.

But first, let’s get into the science of it all.

What causes frizzy hair?

If you have long hair, you’ll be all too familiar with humidity. Human hair is extremely sensitive to it, with straight hair becoming wavy and curly hair turning frizzy. But why does it do that?

The scientific answer is that the chemical structure of hair makes it highly susceptible to changes in the amount of hydrogen in the air. Hair is made up of bundles of keratin proteins, which can bond with the hydrogen and weaken it – meaning that on a humid day a strand of hair can generate a higher number of bonds, causing it to fold back on itself.1

A much simpler explanation is that when hair is damaged or dry, the outer layer of hair (the cuticle) begins to lift, allowing moisture to pass through and swell hair strands. Basically, when your hair becomes dry it starts to develop moisture which causes your hair to become frizzy.

What products can help stop it?

Taming hair frizz has become a major industry, with countless treatments and serums available that offer to fix it. There’s plenty of off-the-shelf remedies that can help you, but there are some natural treatments too. Here’s just a handful of products you can use to help hair frizz:

How to avoid getting frizzy hair

The best way to fix frizzy hair in the future is prevention. With that being said, here are some simple tips you can follow at home:2

  • Use a diffuser when blow-drying. Reducing the amount of direct heat and forceful air on your hair limits it from moving, which helps create less friction and frizz.

  • Let your hair dry 90% before blow-drying. Doing this can make a heap of difference to your hair, as it helps the strands dry without disruption. Also, remember to keep the dryer at least 6 inches away from your head and be sure to move it around to prevent overheating certain sections.

  • Avoid brushing hair before and after drying. Brushing your hair during this time can cause it to fray and ultimately frizz. Use your fingers to gently maneuver the hair when drying.

  • Use coconut oil as part of your routine. Coconut oil has plenty of benefits for your hair, especially when it comes to frizz. Try using coconut-based products to help nourish and treat your hair, for visibly smooth results.

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Last updated: 2 June 2020

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