What Causes Frizzy Hair?

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When you’re a kid, frizzy hair can be kind of fun and cool. It makes you look adventurous or even a little wild. When you’re an adult, however, and you have a big interview, meeting, or date, it can be frustrating and annoying.

At its most basic form, frizzy hair occurs when your hair doesn’t align with the surrounding hairs and instead stands up or curls in a direction different from the rest of your hair. So stopping what causes this to happen is the first step. And there are many things that do that, including:

  • Lack of moisture
  • Humidity
  • Unwashed hair
  • Excessive shampooing
  • Extra hot and long showers
  • Your hairbrush
  • Excessive styling heat
  • Styling tools
  • Harsh shampoos and conditioners
  • Bleaching
  • Hair combing technique
  • Your pillowcase
  • Diet 
  • Genetics
  • Chemicals from color and highlight treatment

Of course, some of these culprits are more guilty than others, and we’ll take at a few of the bigger ones now, plus a few ways to stop them.

Frizzy Hair From Humidity and Heat

When the air is humid, the extra moisture has to go somewhere, and sometimes it decides your head is a good place. Once there, it penetrates the hair shaft and causes it to twist and bend, which then forces your hair to go in a different direction than the rest.

This can occur in especially humid environments. However, you can be preemptive and use shampoos, conditioners, and styling products that include moisturizing ingredients that repel heat and humidity.

You can also combat the humidity by limiting how much you wash your hair with shampoo, especially the ones that contain sulfates and parabens as they dry out your hair the most, making them more susceptible to moisture.

You can also take shorter, cooler showers. (We know! We know! We love our long, hot showers, too!) After your shower, let your hair air dry before grabbing the curling or flat irons. And, for the hairdryer folks out there, set it to the lowest setting and use a diffuser.

Frizzy Hair From Styling and Brushes

This is going to sound obvious, but when you style or comb your hair against its natural flow, it leads to tangles and knots, which then adds to frizz and damage. Sometimes, even when you comb it the right direction, it still won’t fall in line. Believe it or not, it might be your hairbrush that’s the problem.

If your brush is causing the problem, it’s an easy fix, though. Find a brush that best fits your hair type. While you’re at it, minimize the number of hair clips and bands that pull at your roots, and the harsh chemicals, like hair-lift dye and bleach, that dry out hair and damage it.

Frizzy Hair From Other Things

If you’re already doing the things above and frizz is still a problem, you can try tackling it from the root. Eat a nutrient-rich diet that includes foods with iron and zinc. Oh, and don’t forget to stay hydrated. (Drink that water!)

Finally, swapping your pillowcase for one made from satin or silk help as other materials can cause extra rubbing. They’re also great for fighting bed head!)

What’s The Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Frizzy Hair?

We’ve talked about it before, but any shampoo that contains sulfates isn’t good for your hair. They strip your hair of natural oils and moisture, drying your hair out and leading to a host of complications, including frizz.

The good news is that switching over to a natural shampoo can help. There are a lot of natural ingredients out there that cleanse, moisturize, and hydrate hair while also blocking humidity. Just make sure they’re sulfate-free and paraben-free.

Here’s a list of natural ingredients you can look for on the bottle:

Argan Oil seals in moisture against frizz caused by external elements like humidity and styling heat. It also contains linoleic acid, a fatty acid that’s good for hydration.

Avocado Oil has a small enough molecular structure to enter the hair shaft and provide moisture to strands with its high level of saturated fats.

Sweet Almond Oil is rich in minerals, deeply moisturizes and strengthens hair, increasing luster and volume.

Keratin is a conditioning protein found naturally in hair that coats and blocks humidity causing frizz.

Of course, you could save you some time shopping for an all-natural shampoo and conditioner that helps with frizz if you gave Puretanica Cool Bliss Shampoo and Conditioner a try. It has all of the ingredients you want and none of the ones you don’t to help combat your frizzy hair.

That, or you could just embrace your naturally frizzy hair and run wild and rampant through the world. We won’t judge.

 

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