Is nothing more upsetting than spending hours on your hair â€“ carefully shampooing and conditioning with special smoothing formulas, blow-drying your hair with a diffuser, spray a straightening spray just to be on the safe side â€“ only to step outside and have the humidity turn your once sleek and straight blow out into a icky, frizzy mess? Ah, summer problems strike again.
Frizzy hair is a curse many of us have to face, but it doesnâ€™t have to be this way. (Right? Someone tell me Iâ€™m right!) Read on to learn what could be causing the kinks in your mane as well as some tips for how to tame them. Then, let us know in the comments how you deal with frizzy hair!
What exactly causes frizzy hair?
Sadly, thereâ€™s no one perfect answer as to what causes frizzled hair; it really varies from person to person. Part of it has to do with genetics and your hair type. Curly and wavy hair are more likely to frizz out than straight hair simply because of the natural shape of the hair follicles; the hair fibers twist around the shaft in certain ways which naturally lead to more kinks if moisture’s in the air. Itâ€™s as complicated as it sounds, and there isnâ€™t much you can do to fix this problem short of getting a relaxer treatment.
That leads us to another major contender in the frizz-causing department: the weather. Weâ€™ve all been there. What starts as a nice, sunny morning can quickly turn into a torrential downpour, and youâ€™re stuck in the rain without an umbrella. But why does this cause frizzles? When the water molecules absorb into your hair follicles, two things can happen: if you have finer hair, youâ€™ll probably notice some limpness because the extra H20 is weighing the hair down. With coarser hair, though, the molecules force the follicles to expand, leading to fly-away and frizz.
Finally, the very beauty routine mentioned before could be the culprit. Whenever your brush your hair, for example, after blow drying, youâ€™re only disturbing the hair follicles youâ€™ve just smoothed down; hence, more frizziness. Then, it could be the nature of your hair dryer. Finally, think about how you dry your hair: terry-cloth towels may feel nice and soft, but their rougher texture also upsets your individual strands.
How do I solve frizzy hair?
We canâ€™t change our genetic makeup or the weather, but we can adjust our hair routine to help tame some of the frizz. First, if you blow dry your hair often, make sure youâ€™re using the proper technique. The air should be blowing in the same direction as the hair shaft, allowing the follicles to be tamed and smoothed. In laymanâ€™s terms, this means hold the hair dryer slightly up your head and point downward. Additionally, if you think your towel could be the culprit, rumor has it that wrapping your wet hair in a cotton t-shirt will keep the frizzes away.
Another popular kink fighting method is to use an anti-frizz serum. These products promise to fight the frizz so you donâ€™t have to worry about it. Of course, these products arenâ€™t miracles in a bottle, so donâ€™t realistically expect to see no frizz at all if itâ€™s a common problem for you. However, many serums will decrease the amount of frizzles you will see, so give them a try. MakeupTalk Members lovely John Friedaâ€™s Frizz Serum in Extra Strength.
Finally, just remember: frizz is a part of life. We all face it as some time. Donâ€™t let it make you feel self-conscious. Chances are youâ€™re the only one who noticed it, and in the odd case someone else notices your frizzles, it just sounds to me like they have too much time on their hands.
Written by Courtney Brown