Why does my curly hair get frizzy?
Bad news for those of us with curly hair – unfortunately we’re more prone to frizz than those with other hair types! This is mainly due to the fact that curly hair is more susceptible to dryness, which also makes it more vulnerable to breakages and split ends too. But, you might be asking yourself, why does frizz appear in the first place?
Well, frizz tends to appear when your hair follicle (the outer protective layer of your hair) is lifted, which allows more moisture to permeate your hair, causing your hair strands to swell. This means that you’ll get more flyaway strands and your curls will easily lose definition, merging into a fuzzy mess!
There are a number of triggers associated with frizz so, to keep you in the know, I’ve listed a few of the more common ones below!
- Over shampooing
- Over brushing
- Thermal heat
- UV radiation
- Dry air
Some of these factors (like the weather!) are obviously beyond your control but don’t let that discourage you! As I’m about to discuss, there’s plenty you can do to tame your frizzy locks!
How do you treat curly frizzy hair?
Okay, so your hair is starting to display signs of that tell-tale frizz – what can you do to treat it and restore some lustre back into your hair? Well, quite a lot actually! Below I’m going to cover just a few of the steps you can take to avoid frizz as well as a few helpful hints and product that might help you along the way.
Step 1 – Invest in silk pillows or wrap them in a t-shirt
Now you might be thinking ‘what exactly does my pillow have to do with my hair?’ but actually, most pillow cases can promote frizz as your hair will rub against them during the night, creating the friction which triggers frizz. A silk pillowcase is a good remedy however, understandably, the price tag attached to this luxury item might put most people off. That’s why I often recommend using a t-shirt as an affordable and effective alternative!
Step 2 – Don’t over-shampoo or under-condition your hair
Shampoo is great for giving your scalp and hair a cleanse but you really don’t want to overdo it too much. This is because shampoo works by stripping the oils from your hair, which can sometimes leave it feeling drier, especially if you’re using products that are loaded with artificial fragrances and parabens. Ideally two or three times a week is more than sufficient when it comes to shampooing your hair but conditioner is another matter.
If you’ve got dry, curly hair you can afford to be a bit more generous with your conditioner as this can help to keep the ends of your hair nice and hydrated. When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, it’s always best to use a product that is tailored towards your hair type – that’s why I often advise my customers to try John Masters’ Organic Lavender Shampoo coupled with their Organic Hibiscus & Honey Reconstructor. These products are prepared using a variety of natural, botanical ingredients to help soothe your scalp, strengthen your hair and leave you with smoother locks.
Step 3 – Apply an oil
After you’ve exited the shower don’t reach for your towel! Towel drying your hair can encourage frizz which is why you are better gently dotting your hair or wrapping it in a t-shirt. When your hair is no longer soaking wet but damp, it’s the perfect time to apply an oil. A good hair oil can help to reduce breakages and the appearance of split ends plus, they’re excellent for taming frizz! My special favourite in this department has to go to John Masters’ Organic Dry Hair Nourishment & Defrizzer.
This amazing treatment utilises 7 organic oils, including jojoba oil, rosemary oil and flaxseed oil to help keep your hair hydrated and to fight frizz by taming flyaway strands and static. Perfect for frizz prone hair, you’ll only need a couple of drops as a little can go a long way! Simply press into your damp hair, using a wide tooth comb to make sure it’s evenly distributed.
Step 4 - Avoid being too generous with your hairbrush
Before you start to think about drying your hair, you probably first run a brush through it in order to remove any tangles or knots. Well stop right there as raking a brush through your curls is an instant recipe for frizz and breakages! If you really have to detangle your curls, I’d recommend doing so in the shower with a wide toothed comb straight after conditioning your hair otherwise your curls could end up losing their definition. It could even help to incorporate a detangling product into your routine at this stage – John Masters do an Organic Rosemary Detangler which could be useful here as, not only does it help to get rid of tangles, it also infuses your hair with soy and wheat proteins for added strength!
Step 5 – Think carefully about how you’re going to dry your hair
Once you’re satisfied your hair is washed and thoroughly detangled, you’re probably ready to think about drying your hair. Unfortunately, thermal heat is a big no-no when it comes to curly hair that’s prone to frizz as the concentrated amounts of heat can damage hair cuticles and result in breakages. That’s why It might be worth investigating some heat-free ways of drying and styling your hair – my colleagues Gill and Ayesha attempt to tackle this tricky issue in their respective blogs, ‘How do you dry curly hair?’ and ‘How do you curl your hair naturally?’
However, if heat really is unavoidable for you then, as Gill mentions, it really might be worth investing in a diffuser. This application which you can attach to your hair dryer helps to disperse heat and air rather than focusing it on one specific area of your head. Not only does this help to minimise some of the adverse effects associated with thermal heat, it can also encourage your hair to dry in ringlets rather than flattening it – a win all round!
Step 6 – Don’t be afraid to set with product
Ideally by now you should have some nice loose curls but the bad news is that, throughout the course of the day, your hair can become more and more exposed to potential frizz-factors. That’s why it’s always worth investing in a product that’s going to help to enhance the longevity of your style without imbuing your hair with a whole host of harsh, dry chemicals. John Masters offer a solution with their Hair Spray. This product is specifically aimed at tackling frizz without leaving a sticky or greasy residue on your hair. It’s lightweight and only utilises 6 ingredients, including aloe vera and bergamot fruit oil, to help nourish and soften your hair without leaving any flakes behind!