Frizzy hair is often associated with curly hair, but the truth is any hair type can become frizzy. If you’ve ever battled with a halo of frizz, or you find yourself wondering why your hair never looks glossy or shiny, I’d like to reassure you.
You don’t have to put up with dry, frizzy hair. You can do something about it.
If you are a regular reader of our blogs, you’ll know that I’ve been working with hair for many years. I know from experience that where there’s a hair problem, there’s always a solution.
Frizzy hair is no different.
It’s time to take the bull by the horns, or the frizz by the halo, as it were, and tame that frizz.
This blog is all about taking the frizz out of your hair and out of your life.
I’ll be covering ground such as what causes frizzy hair, the best products for frizzy hair and how to stop or get rid of frizzy hair.
I’ll also be tackling some common questions about dry, frizzy hair with questions such as, How can I tame frizzy hair naturally? or What’s the best anti frizz spray?
Find out how you can have frizz-free, glossy locks! 🙂
Whenever I tackle a hair problem like how to get rid of frizzy hair, I like to start with the cause.
So let’s kick off by talking about what frizz means and the causes of frizzy hair.
What is Frizzy Hair?
Every individual strand of hair has different layers.
To keep it simple, I’ll focus on the outer layer, the cuticle and the inner layer, the cortex.
When hair is in good health, the cuticle is smooth and flat.
When the cuticle is smooth and flat, it acts as a protective layer around the cortex, locking in moisture so that the hair maintains its flexibility and shine.
If hair becomes dry for any reason, the cuticle can lift.
The diagram below shows the difference between a smooth, well-hydrated hair shaft. As you can see, the cuticle is a series of tiny scales. The hair shaft on the left is smooth, and the scales are doing the job of protecting the cortex.
On the right, the cuticle scales have lifted, leaving the cortex unprotected from the elements.
The cuticle is vital. Not just to the health of our hair but to how it looks and feels.
The cuticle naturally controls the movement of moisture to the cortex.
If our hair is damaged, it can disrupt this process, and it becomes drier.
That means the cortex is unable to retain moisture and absorbs it from the atmosphere.
Consequently, this causes your hair to swell and leaves a dry, frizzy hair texture, with some hairs following a different pattern to the rest of the hair.
That change in hair pattern is the frizz.
What Causes Frizzy Hair?
There are multiple causes of frizzy hair, but for ease, I’ll break it down into three main areas:
Some hair is just naturally drier. Therefore dry hair is more prone to becoming frizzy.
Of course, your hair also becomes drier with age; hormonal changes such as menopause can also have an impact.
I’ve written extensively about the changes that happen to hair as it becomes grey.
Are you interested in finding out more? Take a look at my blog on taking care of grey hair.
Damaged Hair is prone to becoming Frizzy.
What do we mean when we say the hair is damaged?
That brings us back to the cuticle.
The health of our hair is very much dependent on the state of the cuticle.
If the scales lift, then the cuticle can’t effectively do its job of protecting the cortex, making hair prone to frizz.
There are plenty of things that can cause our hair to become damaged.
Here, in no particular order, are some of the primary causes of damaged hair.
- The sun, wind, cold weather, basically the elements. As soon as our hair comes to the surface, it’s subject to the elements. For some lucky people, their hair can handle it. But for most of us, the weather will have a hand in making our hair dry.
- Heated styling of all kinds. Whatever your heated styling tool of choice; the hairdryer, the straighteners or the heated rollers. Heated styling is an excellent way of manipulating and styling your hair. I would never advocate giving up heated-styling. However, if frizz is a problem for you, it’s a factor that you should consider. Reducing the amount of heat applied to your hair can help to minimise damage.
- Excessive brushing, excessive towel drying, excessive combing, excessive messing about with the hair. We are all guilty of contributing to hair damage. Whether you rub your hair with a towel when it’s wet, or you are constantly fiddling about with it during the day. From getting the brush out too often to scraping your hair into a ponytail or bun several times a day, the thing about hair is that it can cope with quite a lot. However, by minimising the number of times we touch our hair, we can also minimise damage.
- Bleaching hair and colour treatments cause hair damage. For colour treatments to work, they open up the cuticle and change the pigment of your hair. That’s because the pigment is in the cortex. The cortex is the same place your hair retains its mositure. Anyone who has ever coloured or bleached hair will find it’s drier as a result.
I’ve written a blog on How to Repair Damaged Hair, which gives some further input on fixing hair damage.
If you have bleached hair, I recommend you take a look at my blog on How to take Care of Bleached Hair.
A humid environment exacerbates the risk of Frizzy Hair
Humidity is the concentration of water present in the air.
If you live in the UK, this can be a problem most of the year-round. Except for a couple of months in the summer.
Expose damaged or dry hair to humidity or water in the atmosphere, and it’s the perfect storm.
Because, in a humid environment, with a lifted cuticle, the hair’s cortex will soak up moisture from the atmosphere. That’s when frizz will occur.
You may even find hair becomes frizzy after washing. That’s why conditioning and deep conditioning are vital in preventing and taming frizzy hair.
How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair?
So all this begs the question of how to get rid of frizzy hair.
I believe you can get rid of frizzy hair without making too many changes to your hair care routine.
You may already be taking steps to tackle frizz.
I have a simple mantra that I recommend you follow when it comes to hair; put back what you take out.
What does that mean? If your hair is dry, add moisture; if your cuticle lifts, use products to soothe and smooth your hair.
We talked about some of the causes of hair damage above.
Thinking about how you can reduce hair damage is vital in reducing frizz.
That said, there is no way you can mitigate against everything and in some cases, you may not want to.
For instance, you may want to continue to style your hair with heated styling tools.
So, if that’s the case, keep my mantra in mind and put back what you take out.
Heated styling is drying, so you have a couple of options.
Choose a leave in conditioner to add moisture to your hair as you style.
- Leave in conditioners are an excellent option for helping to reduce hair frizz. That’s because they add moisture to the hair.
- That means leave in conditioners are preventative against moisture loss when heat you apply heat to your hair.
Add a deep conditioning hair treatment to your weekly hair care routine.
- Hair masks and deep conditioners add moisture and smooth the cuticle.
- Add a deep conditioner to your hair care routine to get rid of frizzy hair.
My haircare range reflects my philosophy of adding moisture to the hair.
I believe adding moisture to frizzy hair can make the most significant impact, and it’s the best way of taming frizzy hair naturally.
For a more detailed discussion on leave in conditioners and how to use them, look at my blog, Leave in Hair Conditioner.
How to Control Frizzy Hair
There are a few opportune moments when caring for your hair where you can make a significant impact on frizz control and taming frizzy hair.
- Washing Hair. Always condition the hair after shampooing. Conditioners are not just about adding moisture to the hair. They also seal and smooth the cuticle.
- Drying Hair. Be gentle when your hair is wet. Wet hair is more prone to breakage. Gently squeeze the water out of the hair. Don’t rub hair with a towel.
- Styling Hair. Use styling products that add moisture. I recommend leave in conditioners. Reduce the amount of heat you apply to hair. Either opt for a cooler setting on the hairdryer, try less damaging styling techniques, or dry your hair for less time.
- In Between Washes. You may find your hair needs moisture in between washes. Here’s a hair hack for adding moisture in between washes. You can mix a small amount of conditioner with a little water. Then smooth through the ends and mid-lengths of the hair. Alternatively, give hair a spritz of Glossy Mist.
At this point, I think it’s worth saying that you are in control of your hair.
That means frizz control is within your grasp if you choose to take charge of your hair.
By taking charge, you can easily make a difference.
Hopefully, the 4 steps I’ve highlighted above demonstrate that.
It’s also worth taking some time out to think about your hair and make a plan to defrizz hair.
If you were sitting in front of me right now and you asked me how to defrizz hair, I’d ask you the following questions.
How often do you wash and condition your hair?
- This question is vital. If we don’t wash our hair and add moisture by applying conditioner regularly, it becomes dry.
- Regular hair-washing means different things for different people and different hair types.
- Fine hair types may need to wash and condition every day or every other day, whilst people with afro hair may cleanse and condition hair once a week or once every 2 weeks.
- The two hair types above are at opposite ends of the spectrum, and the number of times you need to wash and condition your hair can vary, depending on your hair type.
- The vital thing is to establish our hair care routine and stick to it.
- For most hair types, 2 to 3 times a week is a good rule of thumb.
- You can work this out by taking notice of your hair after washing and also on the days when you haven’t washed your hair.
- By taking the time to notice your hair, you can start to understand what it needs. Once you understand what it needs, you can make adjustments to your hair care routine.
How do you dry your hair after washing?
- This is a critical time for hair. When hair is wet, it’s prone to breakage.
- Be gentle with your hair. Gently pat out the excess water with a towel, don’t rub. Because rubbing will rough up the cuticle, leaving hair vulnerable to frizz.
How do you style your hair?
- It’s worth paying some attention to how you style your hair.
- Consider choosing a lower heat on the hairdryer. Heat is drying for hair, so any opportunity to reduce exposure helps.
- Think about the length of time you spend styling your hair. In my experience, most people tend to dry their hair for too long. You should switch the hairdryer off at that sweet spot where your hair goes from damp to dry. Continuing to dry hair with a hairdryer when it’s already dry is damaging for hair.
What styling products do you use?
- Using styling products with silicones and alcohol denat may give quick fixes, but they leave hair dry.
- I’ve talked about leave in conditioners, and I think they are the best choice to defrizz hair when styling.
Are you using a deep conditioner?
- That is your secret weapon in the battle to defrizz hair. Use a deep Restore and Shine Hair Masque weekly to defrizz your hair.
These are questions to help you think about how you can get frizz control. Spending a bit of time thinking about this will help you get a frizz-free plan for your hair.
How to Stop Frizzy Hair after Washing
First up, make sure you are using the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair.
Think about whether or not your shampoo and conditioner are giving you enough moisture.
Remember, hair without moisture is at greater risk of frizz.
Once you’ve washed and conditioned, how you treat hair at this stage can be the difference between sleek, frizz-free locks and frizz.
So, here’s what I recommend for how to stop frizzy hair after washing:
Hair is most vulnerable when wet. There’s a greater risk of breakage, so being gentle at this point is one of the best things you can do to prevent frizz.
Follow my 4 steps to stop hair frizz after washing.
- Immediately after shampooing and rinsing your hair, and before you apply conditioner, use a small towel to blot the water out of your hair. That will help hair to absorb more of those conditioning ingredients that smooth and seal the cuticle.
- After rinsing out the conditioner, follow the same step of gently blotting the water out of your hair. Think about your hair like a delicate fabric; rubbing hair will lead to breakage, so be gentle. If it’s easier, wrap a towel around your hair until it’s no longer wet but still damp.
- When hair is damp, it’s time to start styling your hair. Before styling, apply your styling product. Leave in conditioner is the best choice at this point. If you are using either of our leave in conditioner sprays, 2 to 3 spritzes are all you need. If you are using another brand, follow their instructions for application.
- So now hair is prepped and ready to go for styling. There’s lots of advice I can give about how to blow dry hair to avoid frizz, but if there’s one thing I recommend, above everything else, it’s don’t overdry your hair. It’s a common mistake and one of the biggest culprits for frizz. My styling mists will help here as they speed up drying time. However, you need to know when to stop. As soon as hair feels dry to touch, stop. Don’t continue.
How to Stop Frizzy Hair: Tame Frizzy Hair Overnight
That is a question that comes up often, and there are a couple of things that I recommend for taming frizzy hair overnight.
Try using a hair mask overnight.
- Check the instructions of the brand you are using, but if you are using Restore and Shine Hair Masque, this is what I recommend for how to tame frizzy hair overnight:
- Shampoo, rinse and gently blot out water from your hair. Apply Restore and Shine Hair Masque to the ends and mid-lengths and leave to dry. If your hair is very thick, it’s a good idea to do this early in the day, giving your hair a chance to dry before you got to bed.
- Before you go to bed, wrap your hair in a silk or satin scarf (maybe not your favourite one!) and let the hair mask work its magic whilst you sleep.
- In the morning, rinse your hair and style as normal. No need to shampoo. Your hair should feel silky smooth. Do that once a week, and you’ll notice a big difference in the texture of your hair.
Say goodbye to cotton pillows.
- Much as I love this natural fibre, your hair doesn’t. You may well have heard that your skin benefits from sleeping on the slippery texture of a silk or satin pillow. Well, what’s good for the skin is good for the hair.
- When we sleep, we move around, and when our hair rubs against the rough texture of cotton, it breaks and tangles. Once you start sleeping on silk or satin pillows, it’s a revelation. Hair becomes so much easier to manage in between washes, and, of course, it massively reduces frizz.
How to Stop Frizzy Hair: Tame Frizzy Hair Naturally
If you want to tame frizzy hair naturally, I’ve made some suggestions below.
- Wear a hat to protect hair in extremes of weather; heat, cold, rain.
- Limit the number of times you brush, comb or touch your hair.
- Reduce heated styling and always use a leave in conditioner to counteract the dryness that comes from heated styling
- Avoid overlapping colour treatments or bleach. Get your roots done professionally.
- Use my natural deep conditioning hair mask with avocado oil to tame hair naturally.
You may have heard about the benefits of avocado oil for hair. Avocado oil contains fatty acids. That makes it an excellent choice for taming frizzy hair naturally. For example, it contains Oleic Acid, which helps the hair retain moisture. That’s why it’s an active ingredient in Restore and Shine Hair Masque and one of my favourite superfoods for a healthy hair diet.
Check my blog, Deep Conditioner: Avocado Hair Mask.
How to Stop Frizzy Hair: What’s the Best Frizzy Hair Treatment?
When you find a frizzy hair treatment that delivers results, it feels like you’ve struck gold.
I spent four years developing my hair care products and, I put Restore and Shine Hair Masque right at the heart of the range.
That’s because your hair needs the best foundation to be frizz-free. Hair needs moisture at the core, locked in by a smooth cuticle.
When your hair can retain moisture, it has the right foundation to prevent frizz.
Using a frizzy hair treatment or deep conditioner is the best way of taming frizz.
Give your hair time and build a routine of giving your hair regular moisture.
There are no quick fixes. Adding moisture to your hair is like adding moisture to your skin.
I’m guessing you wouldn’t moisturise your skin once a month or even once a week and think that was enough. Plus, with heated styling and colour treatments, we put our hair through a lot more than our skin.
That’s why, for frizz control, I advocate treating your hair to a deep conditioning hair mask once a week every week.
How to Stop Frizzy Hair: What are the Best Products for Frizzy Hair?
So, you’ve probably got the message by now that moisture is your hair’s best friend in the battle against frizzy hair.
However, I’d like to share some ingredients that I love to have on my side when taming frizzy hair.
My philosophy is you can solve most hair problems, including frizz, by adding the right level of moisture to the hair.
My products reflect that philosophy, and I developed them to add moisture to the hair, leaving it smooth, shiny and frizz free. That means my products all deliver frizz-free solutions.
If you are looking for the best frizzy hair products, I thought it might be useful to share some of the ingredients I chose for my range and why I chose them.
Pro vitamin b5:
- Pro vitamin b5 is a cornerstone ingredient for my product range. Everyone one of my products contains pro vitamin b5. Because pro vitamin b5 is small enough to penetrate the cuticle, it can get moisture right to the hair’s core.
- Glycerin is the perfect partner for pro vitamin b5 as it helps the hair to retain moisture. That means pro vitamin b5 benefits stay for longer.
This is a natural fatty alcohol that smooths the cuticle to lock in moisture. Cetearyl alcohol, in its raw form, has a soft, creamy texture. It’s often found in high-end skincare to soften the skin. It shouldn’t be confused with sensitising alcohol. It’s safe to use on sensitive skin.
This powerful trio of natural ingredients is at the frontline of fighting frizz and, you’ll find pro vitamin b5 in every one of our products, working hard to add moisture to the hair.
Glycerin is in all my shampoos and conditioners, and Cetearyl Alcohol is in every one of our conditioners, smoothing and sealing the cuticle.
How to Stop Frizzy Hair: What’s your Best Shampoo for Frizzy Hair?
Both of my shampoos deliver excellent results for frizzy hair.
As mentioned, both contain pro vitamin b5 to get moisture right to the core of the hair and glycerin to help the hair retain moisture.
That said, the best shampoo for you depends on your hair type:
If your hair is dry, coarse, thick or curly, I recommend Hydrate and Shine Shampoo.
If your hair is normal to fine, I recommend Revive and Shine Shampoo.
Both shampoos limit frizz, and following them with one of my conditioners will help smooth the cuticle.
What’s the best anti frizz spray?
Both of my styling mists contain pro vitamin b5 to add moisture to the hair as you style. They come in small bottles, but these anti frizz sprays give BIG results.
Both contain tiny bubbles of keratin and argan oil which target damaged hair and smooth the cuticle. That means they lock in the moisture, leaving your hair smooth and frizz-free.
But that’s not all. The bubbles of keratin and argan oil are reactivated, in between washes, by combing or brushing your hair. That means you’ll get frizz-free hair protection for longer.
Both styling mists work for all hair types.
Want more volume? Choose Styling Mist for Volume
Want extra gloss? Choose Styling Mist for Glossy Finish
So, that’s the heads up on what causes frizzy hair and, of course, how to stop frizzy hair.
We hope we’ve offered some inspiration and that you are now ready to go frizz-free!
About the Author
Norris Ogario is founder and Creative Director of Ogario London. Developed in his London salon, the Ogario London haircare products reflect his belief that hydration is the key to fixing most hair problems. You can style hydrated hair with ease. Plus, hydration leaves hair shiny and healthy. Norris has over 35 years of hair know-how. With expertise in all hair types; from dry hair to fine or grey hair, from frizzy to damaged or bleached hair, curly hair and afro hair, Norris offers his expert advice.
Over the years, I’ve talked to and helped a lot of customers with dry hair concerns. Additionally, I write about all aspects of healthy hair, from tackling frizz to getting rid of split ends and share salon tips and techniques for looking after all hair types.
I’ve suggested some further reading below, but please look at our Healthy Hair Blog to find more articles.
Firstly, the way we style and care for our hair is not the only factor determining hair health and shine. Because, good nutrition is vital.
So, if you want to delve deeper into how you can improve your healthy hair diet, take a look at our blog, Healthy Hair: Choose the Best Foods for Hair Growth.
Did you know that colour treatments have a significant impact on reducing moisture in the hair? Particularly, if you bleach your hair.
For further reading on dry hair, Salon Know How: How to Moisturise Dry Hair is a must-read.
Have you tried styling your hair with leave in conditioner? It’s a great option for adding moisture to hair, prior to heated styling. Because, it gives hair the best foundation for styling, without compromising the health of your hair.
Ogario London is a salon developed, natural hair care range. We are passionate about our products, and, delivering the best results is at the heart of what we do. Do you have questions about our products? Or, would you like advice on the best products for your hair type? For instance, do you have another question about how to look after your hair? If you do, please get in touch at email@example.com.
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