Frizzy hair can be inherited or can be caused by hair dryness made worse by overuse of chemical treatments such as perms or relaxers, over washing your hair, poor quality shampoos and conditioners, or hot and windy weather.
Some people's hair is more prone to go frizzy because it is naturally dry, delicate and susceptible to damage.
Those at risk need to take good care of their hair and keep it healthy, hydrated and undamaged.
This article reviews the best way to manage frizzy hair and outlines a range of home remedies you should try to get rid of frizzy hair.
Tips to Prevent and Manage Frizzy Hair
Hair is composed mainly of lipids, water and most importantly a protein called keratin, which is significant for providing hair with its structure and strength. Chnages in the proportions of these constituents change the way hair behaves. It is people with predominantly dry hair that experience the frizz in humid weather. There are very good reasons for this. Dry or porous hair strands absorb moisture from humid air, which changes the reactions between adjoining keratin protein molecules. The added moisture swells the hair and physically breaks outside layer of the hair, called the cuticle, causing the hair to frizz. As everyone knows some types of hair are more prone to frizzing, including hair that is ruined by overheating when drying, damaged by chemicals for tinting and permanent waves and styling and even by vigorous brushing. Overuse of poor quality shampoos, conditioners and use of alcohol-based sprays and gels also causes drying.
So the key is to always keep dry and vulnerable hair well moisturized. Changes in weather, such as increases in humidity are then less likely to influence the hair strands. Good quality conditioners can assist in reducing the risk of a frizz. Both dry hair and dry skin require regular moisturizing to sustain moisture content for an optimal appearance and health.
Ways to Prevent and Control Frizzy Hair
Wash your hair twice a week using a good quality shampoo and conditioner that matches your hair type. Don't wash your hair more frequently than twice a week. Washing hair less frequently can help keep your hair moist and decrease dryness and frizziness.
Condition your hair using a deep conditioning method every time you shampoo, unless you have extremely fine hair. After shampooing and rinsing, apply a good quality conditioner, rub into the scalp and hair, and leave it one for at least 5-15 minutes before rinsing out with cool water rather than hot. Rinsing in cool water helps reduce frizziness by sealing the hair shaft.
Don't rub your hair with a towel. Instead gently squeeze the excess water from your hair and wrap your hair in the towel to gently soak up any additional moisture for 10 to 15 minutes.
Comb a leave-in conditioner through your damp hair using a comb with wide teeth. Smooth the conditioner through the hair especially on the tips. Frizzy hair is often more likely to have split ends, and treating the tips with conditioner helps to stop the ends from splitting. This also helps to increase the weight and smoothness of your hair, and so to decrease the frizz by helping the hair to hang flat.
Let your hair air dry, rather than using a hair dryer, which can dry and damage your hair, especially using warm or hot settings. The strong air flow and heat from blow dryers can create frizz and damage to your hair.
Apply a good quality anti-frizz cream to dry hair. Rub a small amount or cream on the palms or your hands and smooth it onto your hair, beginning at the roots and finishing at the tips. Re-apply the cream whenever your hair starts to frizz.
Remedies to For Getting Rid of Frizzy Hair
Blend 2 tablespoons of gram flour (chickpea flour) with coconut milk to for a paste and massage it into your scalp and onto your hair. Wrap your hair in a towel and leave it on for 5-10 minutes, before rinsing off with running water.
Make your own homemade hair conditionerusing natural oils such as olive, coconut, safflower, castor or mustard oil. Regular use of oils and homemade conditioners rich in natural oils will help prevent hair dryness and reduce the frizz.
Whip an egg to which has been added 1 tablespoon of vinegar or water. Rub into your hair and leave on for 20 minutes before washing your with warm (not hot) water.
Mayonnaise is a simple and effective natural remedy especially the varieties made from egg.
You can also use beer as a rinse or conditioner to help prevent frizzy hair.
Mash together a ripe banana and a soft avocado together to form a paste. Rub it into the hair and leave on for about 15 minutes before washing your hair normally.
Rinses to Minimize Frizzy Hair
Rinsing your hair well with one of the following can help reduce dryness and frizz:
Carbonated water rinse - After washing your hair, give it a final rinse with sparkling or carbonated water, which have a low pH level and help control frizziness.
Apple Cider Vinegar - Give your hair a final rinse with a half to half mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. The vinegar also gives you hair a nice shine!
Beer - is another great rinse option, replenishing moisture in your hair, especially dark beers such as Guinness. Simply add beer to your hair after shampooing and leave on your hair for a few minutes. Then simply rinse your hair with cold water.