Salon Know How: How to Stop Frizzy Hair

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, here’s the thing… you don’t have to put up with dry, frizzy hair. You can do something about it.

Now, if you are a regular reader of our blogs, you’ll know that we’ve been working with hair for many years. We know from experience that where there’s a hair problem there’s always a solution and 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 as we cover ground such as what causes frizzy hair, the best products for frizzy hair and how to stop frizzy hair. Yes, you too can have frizz-free, glossy locks! 🙂

As always, whenever we tackle a hair problem like how to get rid of frizzy hair, we like to start at the beginning and talk about what it is and what the causes are. So here goes.

What is Frizzy Hair?

Every individual strand has different layers. To keep it simple we’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 here shows the difference between a smooth, well-hydrated hair shaft. As you can see, the cuticle is made up of tiny scales. The hair shaft on the left is smooth and the tiny scales are doing the job of protecting the cortex. On the right, the cuticle has lifted, leaving the cortex unprotected from the elements.

What is Frizzy Hair?

The cuticle is incredibly important not just to the health of our hair but also to how it looks and feels. The cuticle naturally controls the movement of moisture to the cortex. When this process is disrupted the hair becomes drier. The cortex is unable to retain moisture and absorbs it from the atmosphere, causing the hair to swell and leaving it with a dry, frizzy texture and with some hairs following a different pattern to the rest of the hair. That’s the frizz.

What Causes Frizzy Hair?

There are multiple causes of frizzy hair but for ease, we’ll break it down into 3 main areas:

Genetics

For those of us with curly, coarse or dry hair textures, frizz may be something that we’ve been fighting all our lives. Some hair is just naturally drier and therefore more prone to becoming frizzy. Of course, the hair also becomes more dry with age and hormonal changes such as the menopause can have an impact. We’ve written extensively about the changes that happen to hair as it becomes grey and what that means for taking care of hair. If you are interested in finding out more, take a look at our blog about taking care of grey hair.

Damage

What do we mean when we say the hair is damaged? This brings us back to the cuticle. The health of our hair is very much dependent on the state of the cuticle. If the scales are lifted 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 main culprits:
  • 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 a great way of manipulating hair and we would never advocate giving up heated styling altogether. However, if you are being plagued by frizz, it’s a factor. Reducing the amount of heat applied to the hair can help to minimise damage to your hair.
  • 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 hair into a ponytail or bun several times a day, the thing about hair is that it can actually cope with quite a lot but by minimising the number of times we touch our hair, we can also minimise damage.
  • Bleaching hair and colour treatments cause damage to hair. For colour treatments to work they open up the cuticle and change the pigment of the hair which is held in the cortex. Anyone who has ever coloured or bleached hair will find it’s drier as a result.
Water

Add water to damaged hair and it’s like the perfect storm. In a humid environment, with a lifted cuticle, the cortex will soak up moisture from the atmosphere and frizz will occur. You may even find hair becomes frizzy after washing.

How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair?

So all this begs the question of how to get rid of frizzy hair. We think that without making too many changes you can de-frizz hair. You may already be taking steps to tackle frizz and there’s a very simple mantra that we follow when it comes to hair; put back what you take out. If the hair is dry, give it moisture, if the cuticle is lifted, use products to soothe and smooth.

We talked above about some of the causes of hair damage and reducing damage is a big factor in reducing frizz. Having said that, there is no way you can mitigate against everything and, in some cases, you may not want to. For example, you may want to continue to style your hair with heated styling tools. So, if that’s the case, keep our mantra in mind and simply put back what you take out. Heated styling is drying so use a leave in conditioner to add moisture to your hair as you style.

How to Control Frizzy Hair

There are a few opportune moments during the process of caring for hair where you can make a big impact in controlling and reducing frizz.

  1. Washing Hair. Always condition the hair after shampooing. Conditioners are not just about adding moisture to the hair, they seal and smooth the cuticle.
  2. Drying Hair. Be gentle when 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.
  3. Styling Hair. Use styling products that add moisture, our preference is 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.
  4. In Between Washes. You may find your hair needs moisture in between washes. A hair hack for adding moisture in between washes is to mix a small amount of conditioner with a little water and smooth through the ends and mid-lengths of the hair. Alternatively, give hair a spritz of  Glossy Mist.

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 that lacks moisture is at a greater risk of frizz. Once your hair is washed and conditioned, how you treat it at this stage can be the difference between sleek locks and frizz. So, here’s what we 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.

How to Stop Frizzy Hair after Washing
Follow our 4 steps to stop hair frizz after washing.
  1. Immediately after shampooing and rinsing hair, and before you apply conditioner, use a small towel to gently blot the water out of your hair. This will help hair to absorb more of those lovely conditioning ingredients that smooth and seal the cuticle.
  2. 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 gently does it. If it’s easier, just wrap a towel around your hair until it’s no longer wet, but still damp.
  3. When hair is damp, it’s time to start styling your hair. Before styling apply your styling product. Now, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! Leave in conditioner is a great choice at this point. If you are using either of our leave in conditioner sprays, 2 to 3 spritzes is all you need. If you are using another brand, follow their instructions for application.
  4. So now hair is prepped and ready to go for styling. There’s lots of advice we can give about how to blow dry hair to avoid the frizz but if there’s one thing we recommend, above everything else, it’s don’t overdry your hair. It’s a common mistake and one of the biggest culprits for frizz. Our 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

This a question that comes up often and there are a couple of things that we recommend for taming frizzy hair overnight.

  1. 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 here’s what we 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.
  2. Say goodbye to cotton pillows. Much as we love this natural fibre, your hair doesn’t. You may well have heard that it’s better for your skin to sleep 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 is rubbed against the rough texture of cotton, it breaks and tangles. Once you start sleeping on silk or satin pillows, it really is 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

In answer to the question of how to tame frizzy hair naturally, you can start with the following:

  • 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 the heat.
  • Avoid overlapping colour treatments or bleach. Get your roots done professionally.

How to Stop Frizzy Hair: What’s the Best Frizzy Hair Treatment?

Time is your hair’s best friend in the fight against frizz. Not to sound too cryptic but what we are saying is that you need to give time to your hair and build a routine around giving your hair regular moisture. The thing is there are no quick fixes. Adding moisture to your hair is like adding moisture to your skin. You wouldn’t moisturise your skin once a month, or even once a week and think that was enough. Plus with heated styling, colour treatments we put our hair through a lot more than our skin. That’s why we advocate treating your hair to a 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, we’d like to share some ingredients that we love to have on our side and in our products for frizzy hair.

  1. Pro vitamin b5: Penetrates the cuticle to get moisture right to the core of the hair.
  2. Glycerin: Helps the hair retain moisture.
  3. Cetearyl Alcohol: Natural fatty alcohol that smooths the cuticle to lock in moisture.

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 our 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 our shampoos are good for frizzy hair. As mentioned above, both of our shampoos contain pro vitamin b5 to get moisture right the core of the hair and glycerin to help the hair retain moisture. That being said, choosing the best shampoo for you, depends on your hair type:

If your hair is dry, coarse, thick or curly, we recommend Hydrate and Shine Shampoo. If your hair is normal to fine, we recommend Revive and Shine Shampoo. Both shampoos are designed to limit frizz and following them with one of our conditioners will help to smooth the cuticle.

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!

Recommended Reading

Over the years, we’ve talked to and helped a lot of customers with hair concerns. We write about how 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. We’ve suggested some further reading below but please take a look at our Healthy Hair Blog to find more articles.

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Get more from your dry hair treatment and find out why it’s a hair essential.

Follow our tips on using a deep conditioning hair mask by hair type.

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