How to tame frizzy hair?

Frizzy hair is a very common issue in India. It is highly unfortunate, yet surprisingly a very common hair struggle that many girls like us face. Even after using many anti-frizz products, frizziness just doesn’t go away right? But what can we do? You know what, before going to the possible solution to it, let’s understand what it is and what causes it 

What is frizzy hair?

Frizz refers to the strands of hair that stick out from the rest of your hair—it’s the smaller, dryer strands of hair that just won’t stay put. Frizz tends to stand up or curl and adopts a different type of texture from the rest of your locks. 

What causes hair to become frizzy?

It could be due to humidity or heat. One possible reason for a product failing? Waiting too long to apply it post-shower, which allows fuzz to start forming, especially in a steamy bathroom.

Another factor could be the plant roots that travel toward the nearest source of water in the soil, your hair reaches for the nearest source moisture in the air. The effect is a head full of frizz that can ruin even the best beauty look. While you can’t zap the moisture out of the air on a humid summer’s day, you can apply enough moisture to your hair so it doesn’t have to search for it elsewhere.

Did you know there are different types of frizzy hair? Let’s take a look at them

Generally speaking, frizz is hair that diverts from the natural pattern of your hair, as it sticks up irregularly from the rest of your locks. That said, there are different variations of frizzy hair that one may experience:

SURFACE FRIZZY HAIR

Surface frizz is frizz that occurs only on the outside of your hair and tends to appear like static all-around your locks.

HALO FRIZZY HAIR

Halo frizz refers to frizz that only appears on the very top part of your hair. The name comes from how this frizz provides the illusion of a crown around the top of your hair

IN-THE-CURL FRIZZY HAIR

This is frizz that appears, quite literally, inside your curls (or wavy strands of hair). This frizz tends to make curls look unkempt and undefined. 

FRIZZY HAIR AT THE ENDS

This refers to the frizz that occurs at the tips of your hair, kind of like split ends. This frizz tends to manifest as dry, brittle strands at the ends of your hair.

POUF BALL FRIZZY HAIR

Forbes has confirmed that, yes, this is in fact the name for the frizz that overwhelms your hair and appears on top, underneath and throughout your locks. This is called pouf ball hair because, well, it results in a person looking like a pouf ball. We’ve all been there.

How to get rid of the frizz?

Start with a good haircut
Get rid of dry, dead ends. Split ends can travel up the strand causing more damage and frizz, so it’s best to get a haircut when you start to notice fraying. If you live in a region with high humidity, a good haircut which provides weight is recommended.

Turn down the temperature
While a hot shower may feel good on your muscles, it doesn’t do much good for your hair. The temperature of the water can cause the cuticle to rise and when the cuticles are raised, hair needs more moisture. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should suffer through a shivering shower: Just turn the knob down a notch or two so your shower is warm, but not steaming.

Wash wisely
Products with high alcohol content tend to dehydrate the hair causing the hair to search for moisture. To reduce frizz, use shampoos with hydrating ingredients like glycerin, which is a great humectant, meaning it absorbs the extra moisture in the air to create a protective coating over the strands.

Condition Your Hair Well
It is not important to shampoo your hair every time you shower., Even the best frizz-fighting shampoos can still strip away your hair’s natural oils and moisturizers. Instead, alternate between using shampoo and conditioner one day and just conditioner the next to lock in your natural moisture. Also, be sure to only condition from the nape of the neck toward the ends of your strands to avoid a greasy scalp.

Reduce friction
Rubbing a towel aggressively against your hair disrupts the cuticle. Instead of dry your hair in a towel turban to prevent friction frizz. You can also reduce friction by swapping out your cotton pillowcase for a silk pillowcase. The slippery fabric allows hair cuticles to glide across the pillowcase rather than get snagged by it.

Brush down frizz
Once your hair is dry and styled, you may still have a few flyaways. To set them into place, spray a clean mascara wand or toothbrush with alcohol-free hairspray before combing them through your hair. The close bristles make these tools perfect locking each hair into place for a sleek bun or a high-pony that pulls your hair out of your face and lasts all day.

Shield strands from heat
Minimize your use of hot tools on the hair, but on days when you just can’t put the curling iron down, you use a heat protectant to reduce damage to your hair. Most working sprays have heat protectants built-in as well as anti-humectants and can be used.

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