How to fight frizz in your curls

I’m sure you’ve heard of frizz or most likely seen your hair frizzy and in the air. Frizz affects 9 out of 10 curlies, and while it’s impossible to eliminate permanently, there are a few things you can do to substantially improve it.

But what is Frizz anyway?

Each strand of hair is lined with small, overlapping cells that look like scales, which we call cuticles. When the hair goes through something different, some cuticles can become drier and open up, which will cause these hair strands to pull away from the others and lift up, leading to the famous and unpleasant frizz.

All hair types are prone to frizz, however, hair with curly or coily hair may be more likely to have this occur as it tends to be naturally drier.

What are the causes of frizz?

Frizz can occur due to many adverse causes, some of them are:

  • Lack of hydration: as we have already mentioned, frizz occurs when the cuticles become drier;
  • Humidity: when the environment is too humid, the hair strands tend to attract that humidity, which will cause the cuticles to open and the hair strands to lift;
  • Use of excessive heat: if you blow dry your hair with a hair dryer, diffuser or use hot styling tools, using a very high temperature, it is more than certain that your hair will frizz;
  • Electricity in the hair: when you comb your hair with plastic brushes or combs your hair tends to become even more frizzy, this is because hair is very sensitive to the electricity that occurs from these accessories;
  • Chemical treatments: these tend to increase the porosity of the hair, which is going to increase frizz. If you do chemical treatments on your hair, you should double your care.

So, how can I fight frizz?

As mentioned earlier, it is impossible to eliminate frizz permanently but there is regular care you can take to improve it, such as:

  • Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate

As mentioned, the main cause of frizz is lack of hydration. And the more the cuticles open, the more hydration your hair will lose and the more frizz will occur. That’s why it’s important to do nourishing and deep moisturizing masks weekly, in order to leave your hair strands healthy.

  • Use and abuse the conditioner

Daily conditioners help keep the cuticles closed, preventing moisture loss and, consequently, reducing frizz.

  • Go for a leave-in conditioner

A leave-in conditioner will allow your hair to absorb the moisture it needs throughout the day.

  • A sealer is the secret

By using a Sealer, you will seal the cuticles preserving moisture and hydration for longer. This not only prevents frizz, but also split ends.

  • Always use thermal protector

If you are going to use heat on your hair it is important to use a thermal protector, to avoid opening the cuticles and other damage.

  • On washing days, use cold or tepid water

In the summer it may seem easy, in the winter it will be quite hard, but believe me it is well worth the effort. Hot water tends to dry out your hair more, which leads to frizz. Cold water keeps the cuticles more closed, preserving moisture and nutrients.

  • Silk or satin pillowcases are your best friends

Silk or satin are very beneficial for your hair. Besides having less friction than cotton, they preserve moisture, let your hair breathe, don’t destroy your curls, and of course prevent frizz.

Do you still have any questions? Let us know in the comments ☺

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