Few things in hair care have such a negative connotation as frizz because it reminds people of their mom’s awkward school pictures from 1983 and, overall, just doesn’t look like the pinnacle of hair health. Thankfully, we have hair expert, Helen Reavey, by our side to offer a few tips and tricks on how to truly treat frizz and reduce your anxiety that you’re turning into the teenage version of your mom.
What is frizzy hair caused by?
Frizzy hair occurs when the moisture in the environment is absorbed into your hair shaft. This results in the swelling of the hair shaft, raising the cuticle and causing a puffing effect. Dry, damaged, porous hair is usually most affected by humidity, although anyone can experience frizz if their hair is lacking moisture.
How do I stop my hair from frizzing?
In order to prevent frizz, your hair cuticle must be properly moisturized, and the cuticle must be well sealed. You'll also want to focus on keeping the hair cuticle as intact as possible, as it's a protective outer layer that will cause the hair to look more uniform, healthy, and manageable.
To ensure this, you must use a combination of both humectants and emollients. Both are important for different reasons, and we’ll break those down next.
1. Use hair products with humectants.
Humectants attract water to the hair, providing it with the adequate moisture it needs. While they are effective moisturizers, because they are water-attracting, using them alone will not fight against frizz, and may actually do the opposite, leaving your hair in a frizzier state than normal. A key tip to remember is that water-based humectants are the most effective at ensuring your hair receives adequate hydration. We love the Rahua UV Hydration Detangler as a leave-in conditioner and the Briogeo Mega Moisture Hair Mask for a balanced routine. When shopping for your hair, look for common humectants, such as:
- + glycerin
- +hyaluronic acid
2. Use hair products with emollients.
Emollients on the other hand do not effectively moisturize the hair but act as a sealant instead. Emollients help prevent moisture from being lost by creating a coating around the cuticle that keeps moisture locked in. Common emollients include:
- + oils
- +hydrolyzed proteins
3. Use a powerful duo to fight frizzy hair.
When used in combination with each other, humectants and emollients will help you to both adequately hydrate your hair, while keeping that moisture locked in. One will not be effective without the other in fighting frizz, so it’s important to include both in your routine.
You can find both humectants and emollients in our Conditioner as it contains: glycerin, hydrolyzed pea and soy protein, and many essential oils. You can apply a small amount of it to wet hair, leave in for the rest of your shower, rinse with cool water to seal the outlet layer of the hair cuticle, and air dry for a natural, frizz-free finish.
4. Avoid excessive friction that can damage.
Most damage is caused by friction that you would never think about, such as your hair brushing against an itchy winter sweater. Swap your cotton or jersey pillowcase for a satin or silk pillowcase to reduce frizz while you sleep. We also recommend only detangling your hair with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb while your hair is wet, as wet hair is in its most vulnerable state and can snap or break off more easily when using a brush.
Frizzy Hair Mistakes
Avoid 100% oil-based hair products as it's not an effective moisturizer for your hair, which is commonly misunderstood. Many people make the mistake of solely incorporating hair oils into their haircare routine in the hopes that they will bring hydration to their ends, only to be left confused when their hair remains dry and dull.
Although oils may make your hair appear more smooth and shiny, they will not absorb into your cuticle the way a humectant does.