You maybe know that feeling well. It’s the one you get when you look in the mirror and see that your hair looks like you’ve been standing too close to a helicopter as it landed. Despite your best efforts to keep them under control, your strands are all over the place. Once again, you’re freaked out by the sight of your own hair!
It’s the frizzy hair problem experienced by lots of people. If you’re one of them, don’t despair. In this article, we’re going to look at the causes of frizzy hair and how you can treat it. Scroll down to learn some top tips for taming frizz!
What Are the Causes?
Frizzy hair is a multi-layered problem with many different causes, but the core issue is dry hair. If your hair lacks moisture, then it is prone to frizz. The problem gets worse when the air is humid, as humid air contains a higher ratio of water vapour. These water molecules are heavy with hydrogen atoms that bind to the hair and cause your strands to twist and fold and cling to other hair strands. The result is a frizzy mess.
The long-term solution, therefore, is to address the dryness problem by regularly moisturising your hair and scalp. In the short term, you can tackle some of the other layers of the problem that turn dry hair into a bird’s nest. That’s what we’re going to look at now.
Hot Showers, Tools, and Towels…
Blistering Hot Showers
Who doesn’t like standing under a hot shower for several minutes? Nobody in the whole wide world is the answer! Here’s the bad news, though: hot water robs your hair and scalp of much of the natural oil that keeps your tresses moisturised. If your hair is already prone to dryness, that’s not good. Frizz is the likely outcome. You don’t have to stop taking showers altogether to fix this problem, just cool it a bit when it comes to the water temperature.
Overuse of Heated Styling Tools
If you’re a big fan of straighteners, curling wands, triple barrel wavers, hot air hairbrushes, and blow dryers, then you need to consider if you’re too reliant on these heated styling tools. That’s because they are all the friends of frizz when used too much. Like hot showers, they can strip your hair of moisture and leave your strands dry and damaged. Cut back on your use of them if you can, and always use a heat protector in your hair before you reach for your heated tool of choice.
Careless Towel Drying
So, maybe you’re trying to do the right thing by using a towel to dry your tresses rather than a blow dryer. Top marks for you, right? Well, you certainly get a few marks for effort, but anything more depends upon how you’re using the towel. Using your towel to create a turban-style wrap for your hair can draw oil and moisture from your hair, so no marks for that. Substitute your bath towel with a microfibre towel instead. Use this to gently pat your hair dry. Avoid any vigorous rubbing or towelling action. Not only does this cause hair breakage, but it could also add static electricity to your frizzy hair problem.
Breakage and Split Ends
Mentioning hair breakage leads us to consider your hair brushing technique. Brushing your hair too vigorously or too often can cause your strands to break. Since brittle hair and split ends are more prone to frizz, that’s not good. Doing nothing about split ends is not an option, as they only get worse if left untreated. Regular trims are the recommended way of dealing with them. If you can’t make it to the hairdresser regularly, a serum will at least disguise the look of split ends. It also works to seal moisture into your hair after you’ve washed it.
Clever Product Deployment
We mentioned the effect of humidity on dry hair at the start of this piece. It’s a major factor in turning dry hair into frizz. You can’t control the weather or the air around you, but you can exercise choice in the products you use. Use a lightweight leave-in conditioner to keep your strands moisturised. If you’re not already using any hydrating oils in your hair, maybe it’s time you started. Apply some hairspray to hold your hair in place on really humid days.
Frizzy hair is one of life’s irritations, but it is treatable. People with dry hair or thin, fine hair are more likely to experience frizz, but no one is immune to it. Following some of the steps we’ve outlined above should help you bring your rebellious strands under control.
If you have any concerns about the condition of your hair, or if you’re worried about hair thinning and hair loss, Vinci Hair Clinic is here to help. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation to all our new clients. Simply get in touch with us and book your appointment. We have clinics worldwide, so we’re never too far away!