The hair condition lovingly known as "frizz" is extremely annoying and makes the hair difficult to comb and style.
While many try to treat frizz with straightening irons and extra hair styling products, these measures are not only very temporary but will also serve to exacerbate the problem. If you truly desire frizz-free hair, you must be willing to get to the root of the problem.
Frizz is caused by an insufficiency and/or imbalance of moisture and protein. In some cases the hair only needs one or the other; a simple strand test can tell you which. Take a shed hair and wet it, then stretch it out. If the strand breaks immediately you need moisture and if it stretches significantly without breaking or recoiling back to its previous state, you need protein. Our everyday "hair care" routines are, in many cases, the primary cause of the hair's frizz.
Our everyday "hair care" routines are, in many cases, the primary cause of the hair's frizz.
While frizz occurs in every hair type, it is most common in curly hair; this is a naturally dry hair type because hair is lifted away from the scalp and the natural line of descent for natural oils coming from the roots.
Curly hair is also subject to the most drying abuse. Namely, in most places straight hair is in style right now so some fashion-savvy individuals consistently use flat irons and relaxing treatments to force hair into a shape that's unnatural for it.
Straighteners, hair dryers and curling irons literally cook your hair. Even on low settings these items severely dry the hair and damage the proteins the hair is made of. Chemical treatments like perms, coloring and relaxers are intended to destroy proteins. Now, does it make sense to try to "fix" a condition resulting from dehydration and protein deprivation with something that causes both? Certainly not.
As with many other problems, it will probably get worse before it gets better.
First, if you use shampoos with silicone-based ingredients (the ones ending in "cone"), you will need to do a rinse with diluted vinegar or some similarly gentle clarifying treatment.
This will strip away all the stuff that is designed to make the hair appear healthy and reveal what kind of condition it's really in.
To help correct the problem, many people opt for specialized washing regimes to promote natural oils in their hair. Some of the most popular are CWC (using light shampoo on the scalp only and conditioning twice) and WO (water only, fairly self-explanatory. Regardless of which of these specialized methods you prefer (except WO), it is highly recommended that you use a low-detergent shampoo.
Or, at the very least dilute your current shampoo to reduce the oil-stripping impact on your hair. Also bear in mind that hair does not need to be shampooed every day, often a rinse every day and a shampoo every other day is more than sufficient.
You can add additional essential oils such as jojoba, coconut or olive oil to add further moisture and to keep frizz down without the detrimental effects of hairspray or mousse. For curly hair, a few drops of your favorite oil spread on your palm then run through wet curls will result in significant and immediate improvement in the amount of frizz.
Curly hair can also be made frizzy simply by pulling hairs out of their natural waves and spirals. If you are in the habit of playing with your hair when bored, consistently styling dry or using a hair brush, these may all be contributing to your frizz. A wide-tooth comb of horn, bone, wood, or high-quality plastic (that is, plastic with no seams from its mold) is the best choice to get great, sleek-looking hair with minimal risk of damage from pulling, breaking, or thinning caused by seams scraping the hair.
Be prepared to exercise some patience when working to get the frizz out of your hair; repair may take a long time, and some severely damaged hair may not be able to be fixed. However, if you're willing to break some bad habits and adjust your routine a little, your hair WILL improve, if slowly or in the form of healthy new growth.
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