I love messing around with my own hair and sharing hair tips and tricks with others.
It's one of those days again. My hair just won't cooperate with my self-esteem. It's like they're both in a constant fight. As soon as my self-esteem starts rising, my hair starts putting up a fight. Lately, the weapon of choice has been frizziness. It could be the humid weather, or it could be that my hair has been trying to get back at me for all the things I've done to it over the years (bleaching, cutting, blow-drying). Whatever the reason, all I knew this frizziness had to stop. Here's how I achieved frizz-free hair.
Possible Causes of Frizzy Hair
Before we attack the enemy, we've got to figure out why he's being such a jerk to us. Maybe there are some good reasons behind his seemingly nonsensical attacks. There are plenty of reasons why your hair may be frizzy:
- Excessive blow-drying: Blow-drying can lead to dryness and frizziness if done too often or not done properly.
- No moisture: If your hair is lacking natural oils, proteins, or essential fatty acids, it will be frizzy.
- Weather: We are familiar with "humid weather" hair. It's all over the place!
- Chemicals in hair products: Did you know your favorite coconut-strawberry hair product could actually be causing your hair to be frizzy? Don't be misled by its delicious smell.
What Can I Do About My Frizzy Hair?
Ah, such a good question! Let's start with a few simple changes we can make to our routine. Without further ado, here are my eight tips for beating frizz and looking your best.
1. Wash Your Hair Properly
There are only two rules:
- Apply shampoo only to your scalp.
- Apply conditioner only to the ends of your hair.
Doing this will keep your hair healthy and less greasy for longer periods of time.
2. Don't Wash Your Hair Every Day
Washing your hair every day can strip its natural oils, leaving it dry and brittle and leading you to frizzy town. If you have dry hair, you can easily go without washing your hair for at least 3 days (or more if you handle it). If you have oily hair, wash it every other day, or depending on how long you can take it the greasiness of it. I have super oily hair, so I can only go 2 days without washing it or else I'll look like I haven't showered in years.
Fact: Our scalp produces excess oil because we've been stripping it from its natural oils with harsh chemicals for so long. When we do this to our scalp, it starts thinking: "Oh no! I have no oil left. I need to produce more and more oil..." So by ridding your scalp of any trace of oil, you're actually encouraging your scalp to produce more oil. It's a vicious circle.
One of the best ways to keep your natural hair oils is to wash your hair with shampoo that does not have any harsh ingredients. Homemade or DIY shampoos are your best route. They're not hard to make and your hair and scalp will thank you by giving you frizz-free days.
3. Stop Using Harsh Hair Products
Most commercial hair products have some type of alcohol. Alcohol dries your hair and makes it be frizzy. Check the products you're using now and get rid of them if they contain any alcohol. Even if they smell wonderful, they're not really helping your hair.
Natural Hair Products to Control Frizzy Hair
Instead of wasting your money and giving it to big companies that don't really care about your bad hair days, why not use natural things to keep your frizzy hair in place?
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Here are a few ideas:
- Use argan oil. I can't brag enough about this oil. It's great for skin and frizzy hair.
- Use coconut oil. Coconut oil is another one of my favorites. Can be used all over your body and it's also a great natural sunscreen.
- Use jojoba oil. Don't let the "oil" name mislead you. Jojoba oil is actually more of a serum. Ninety-six percent of jojoba oil is made up ceramides, which are awesome for your hair.
Don't overdo it when you apply oils to your hair. A little goes a long way. Only apply oil to the ends of your hair (never apply oil to the root or else you'll look like a greasy snail). Apply the oil right after you shower when your hair is still very wet.
4. Use a Wooden Comb
If you don't own one already, get a wooden wide-tooth comb. It is important to comb—not brush—your hair right after you shower, always starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots. Why?
- A wooden comb will keep static away from your hair. Plastic or metal combs or brushes add static to your hair, making it look frizzy.
- Wide-tooth combs will detangle even the naughtiest knots in a gentle way and without breaking your hair.
- You will avoid hair breakage if you start combing your hair from the ends to the roots.
- Your hair is more elastic when it's wet. You will experience more breakage if you comb it when it's dry.
5. Apply Hair Masks
One of the reasons your hair gets frizzy is because it's dry. Help keep your hair healthy by applying natural, moisturizing hair mask treatments at least once a week.
6. Stop Heat Styling
I know how addicting blow-dryers and straightening irons can be. Whenever my hair would get frizzy I would run to them and tame my hair into submission with a straightener. Even though that helped my problem in the short run, it didn't help me much in the long run.
Heat can damage your hair immensely. Even though they can make your hair look flawless for a while, in the long run, they will damage your hair and you will need more heat to attain the same results. It's kind of like a drug addiction if you think about it.
If you're already at the point where you need more and more heat to keep your hair frizz free, your hair needs a heat detox.
It's simple. Don't blowdry or straighten your hair, except for special occasions. In the beginning, it will be painful, and your hair may be beyond frizzy, but with time your hair will adjust and it will become frizz free.
It will take you about 2-6 weeks to see results. Don't get discouraged! You can go that long without heat.
Alternatives to Heat Styling
There are ways to keep your hair frizz free without having to use heat.
- Use good, ol-school rollers. Yes, like the ones your grandma used.
- Use the upper part of a pantyhose as a beanie. When your hair is damp, get your pantyhose beanie and put it on your head. Once the "beanie" is on your head, twist it around slowly so that your hair ends up around your head as if you were wrapping bandages. Leave the beanie on for 1-2 hrs (or sleep with it). Remove your beanie and enjoy your beautiful, frizz-free hair.
7. Choose the Right Haircut
We all want to look cool and get those haircuts the models are sporting. Those asymmetrical, razor cuts work well for them because they have the time—and the staff—to keep it looking flawless. But what about us poor souls that don't make a living with our looks? Sometimes we don't even have the time to eat right, much less to spend hours keeping our modern cuts impeccable.
The truth is that those haircuts will make your hair very frizzy, especially those razor cuts. Choose more classic hair cuts that will keep your hair frizz free for a longer time.
8. Use Glycerin to Battle Frizz
We already said that most commercial hair products can have chemicals that worsen your hair's health. In view of that, why not make your own hair products?
Glycerin is great against frizz. It naturally absorbs moisture from its surroundings which helps keep your hair and skin moisturized. Moisturized hair is frizz-free hair.
Here are a few recipes you can follow.
For Extra Frizzy Hair
- 3 parts water
- 1 part vegetable glycerin
- A few drops of essential oils
Mix everything together, place in a spray bottle and use as a leave-in conditioner.
For Medium Frizzy Hair
- 9 parts water
- 1 part vegetable glycerin
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix everything together, place in a spray bottle and use as leave-in conditioner.
DIY Hair Cream (For Hair of All Types)
- 3 parts aloe vera gel
- 1 part glycerin
Frizz-Be-Gone Spray (For Hair of All Types)
- 5 tbs. grapeseed oil
- 3 drops of favorite essential oil
- 3 drops of glycerin
- 1 tbs. aloe vera gel
- 8 oz. of water
There must be a million other ways to keep your hair looking impeccable. If you know any more tips, share them with the world by leaving them in the comments!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Bharti marwah on May 24, 2017:
What does 3 parts of water means ?
Parts means ????
huny on June 19, 2016:
I loved the aleo vera and glycerin idea...will surely try this,thnQ
Silver Q (author) on July 05, 2015:
Hi, Kristen Howe,
Thank you very much!
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 27, 2015:
Great tips on how to get rid of frizzy hair, Silver Q. Very useful and helpful!
Emma on January 13, 2015:
Wow! Great thngkiin! JK
Silver Q (author) on November 18, 2014:
Hi Jill Freeman:
No, I have not tried co-washing, but I will definitely look into it. Thank you for reading, commenting and your awesome tip!
Silver Q (author) on November 18, 2014:
DIY projects are awesome! You know what's in it, and and you can also feel proud of yourself. It's a double whammy!
Jill Freeman from Pennsylvania on November 05, 2014:
Love the DIY recipes. Have you try co-washing? My daughter has been co-washing for over six months now and her hair is HEALED! It also looks gorgrous - NO Frizz and tons of wavy curls!
annanee from USA on November 05, 2014:
I like the idea of making your own shampoo at home. I did do my own soap, I will try the shampoo recipe as well. Thanks!