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Control Frizzy Hair with these Frizzy Hair Remedies

So the weather is finally cooling down, but that may not mean your frizz is ready to.  Frizzy hair is a year-round problem, and for most it’s a problem they would love fixed.  If you’re stuck dealing with frizzy hair, an important question to ask is “what is the cause of frizzy hair?”  Most people may think that frizzy hair is the result of humidity and rain.  Though this is true to some extent – frizzy hair lacks moisture and protein, so it soaks up the moisture in the air – it’s not the number one cause of frizzy hair.  The main cause of frizzy hair is related to what you’re doing to it throughout the styling process.

This isn’t secluded to coloring and overusing heat appliances (though these play a part in causing frizzy hair). Frizzy hair is also caused by the products we apply to and the treatment we give our follicles.

People with curly or thicker hair tend to be very rough on it (and notice how curly and thick hair also tends to be more susceptible to frizz?). Vigorously combing or brushing hair – especially when wet – stretches the hair. This stretching causes breakage, and you can guess what this leads to … yes, frizz. So be gentle with your precious locks!

Another thing to keep in mind is the number of products and amount of product that gets put into hair. When you put large amounts of hairspray, gel, and mousse in your hair in an attempt to tame frizz, you’re actually doing more harm than good. Due to the high alcohol content in the products, using more of each product negates your frizz control efforts and instead promotes frizzy hair.

Now that one question has been answered – what causes frizzy hair? – we can move onto the next: how do you tame that frizzy hair? Wendy C. Fries, freelance writer for WebMD.com, offers 12 quick and easy frizz control tips to transform that frizzy hair into frizz-free hair!

How to Tame Frizzy Hair

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What Causes Frizzy Hair?

Hair is complex. It’s made up of three layers and thousands of cells. But the reason it gets frizzy is pretty simple.

Your hair’s outer layer — the cuticle — looks kind of like a shingled roof, says dermatologist Carolyn Jacob, MD. When hair is smooth, those shingles lie flat. But when you run a brush through dry, curly hair, those “shingles” lift.

To compound the problem, frizzy hair is often drier, and naturally tends to absorb moisture from humid air, says Dennis Baker, a stylist who owns Baker Lanier Salon and Day Spa in Atlanta. Again, those “shingles” lift.

Fortunately, there are ways to tame the frizz. You just have to give it a little effort.

Frizzy Hair: 12 Quick Tips to Keep Hair Frizz-Free

  1. Don’t brush dry hair. If there’s one tip repeated by just about every expert, it’s this: avoid brushing hair after it dries. Brushing not only disrupts your hair’s cuticle, it can also stretch hair, leading to breakage.
    Instead, Connie Eeyerlin, a stylist at Dionysius Salon in Eugene, Ore., suggests towel drying hair after a shower; brushing, combing, or finger-combing it; adding a touch of your preferred conditioner or anti-frizz product, then just say no to styling with brush or comb.
  2.  Comb dry hair with wet fingers. If you shouldn’t brush, what can you do when humidity or a brisk day leaves your hair a frizzy mess? Water is the key, says Eeyerlin. “The problem with frizzy hair is that it’s dry. Water is a basic response to this basic problem.” Eeyerlin suggests wetting your hands, then finger-combing to tackle frizz and tame tangles.
  3. Tame with a touch of conditioner. To foil her frizz, California archivist Kimber Camacho favors watering down a bit of hair conditioner, then using her hands to apply it to just the tips of her hair.
  4. Look for protein in your conditioner suggests dermatologist Jacob. A protein-infused conditioner will not only help you manage frizz, it helps create shine, too.
  5. Don’t over-process hair. Relaxers and straighteners can make hair brittle and lead to breakage, Jacobs says, so go easy on these products.
  6. Put moisture back in your mane. Frizzy hair tends to be drier, so you need to put moisture into it. Use a conditioner, a natural oil, or a frizz cream, says stylist Baker in Atlanta. He says natural oils are better than synthetic because they are absorbed into the hair, while synthetic silicon moisturizers lay on top of the hair, making it appear dirty.
  7. Stop ‘cooking’ your curls. “Anything that would blister your skin doesn’t feel so great on your hair either,” writes Teri LaFlesh, author of Curly Like Me. To minimize frizz, LaFlesh suggests avoiding flat irons, curling irons, and limiting heat sources to a blow dryer with a diffuser.
  8. Use a round brush to smooth your hair. If you spin a round brush through your hair as you blow dry it, it helps smooth the cuticles flat, says Baker.
  9. Dry only the roots of your hair. To help reduce the chance of frizzy hair, Eeyerlin suggests blow drying only your roots, it gives hair lift but helps you avoid drying out the hair shaft and hair tips.
  10. Go alcohol-free. Because alcohol can dry hair out, setting you up for frizz, look for alcohol-free products. That may mean switching to salon-quality shampoos, conditioners, and hairsprays, says Eeyerlin. “Salon-quality products don’t have to last as long on the shelf, so they don’t contain as many harsh ingredients — like alcohol — as supermarket and drug store products do.”
  11. Fight afternoon frizz by smoothing hair with a small amount of detangling spray, the kind made for baby hair. Marie Gains, a North Carolina caretaker, says “I spray a smidge of it in my hand and then smooth it down. It’s very lightweight and doesn’t make your hair look oily.”
  12. Talk to your stylist. “If what you’re using works, use it,” suggests stylist Eeyerlin, whether it’s a pricey product or a great drug store find. But if you want help in the fight against frizzy hair, remember that your stylist is there to help and probably has a host of hints that’ll help keep you frizz-free from morning to night.

So you’ve tried these frizz control tricks but are still looking for a few more? There are a few home remedies used to de frizz that frizzy hair. The most common and convenient household products that act as frizzy hair remedies are dryer sheets, mayonnaise, cold water, vinegar, and even beer!

  • Dryer sheets are easy to take on the go. Just lightly run the sheet over your frizzy hair to get rid of any static and keep it smooth.
  • Cover that frizzy hair with about ½ cup of Mayo and place a shower cap on for about 20 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual.
  • Cold water smoothes down the cuticle, which prevents breakage and snarls – things that often come with frizzy hair. It’s also a great energy boost in the shower to help you wake up in the morning!
  • After shampooing and conditioning, apply a mix consisting of 1/2 cup apple vinegar and 1/2 cup water in your hair. The Vinegar helps to correct the pH balance in your hair. Vinegar also will leave your hair with a nice shine. Shiny and frizz-free hair: What more could one ask for?
  • Beer replenishes the moisture that’s lacking in frizzy hair. The darker the beer the more nutrients and moisture provided. Simply coat your frizzy hair and let it sit for a few minutes. When rinsing out, use cold water. This will also help get rid of the smell!

We leave you now with all of these frizz control tips you can use to put that frizzy hair to shame! Just keep in mind: no hair product is a magic tool. Nothing can permanently change frizzy hair to a smooth flowing mane, but after reading this article you can certainly put your frizzy hair on the right track – to healthy, beautiful, manageable hair.

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