Frizz – To form or be formed into small tight curls or tufts causing it to not being smooth or shiny.
Every head of hair is prone to frizz. It doesn’t matter if it’s straight or curly. And in reality, your head is never really 100% frizz free. There’s always a small amount of frizz somewhere on your head and that’s OK. The idea here is to keep frizz from taking over your hair completely.
Naturally curly hair is very prone to frizz, more-so than straight. Because natural hair is already formed in such a fashion that it has many grooves and twists along the hair strand, it’s already susceptible to becoming bunched into a tighter curl leading to a lack luster and dull looking appearance. In more technical terms, frizzy hair is hair that has a cuticle layer that’s raised. When your hair is fine, it’s a bit easier for that cuticle to become damaged and lifted leading to frizz. That’s because fine hair is so “light weight” and the cuticle layer is a lot smaller than on someone with heavier strands.
Even if you don’t have fine hair, there’s a number of reasons why a head full of beautiful curly hair could become frizzy, including:
- Color processing
- Split ends
Regardless to why your hair may be frizzy, if it’s fine hair you’re working with the following tips I’m about to share can help cut down on frizzy hair.
Method 1 – Embrace Silicones
I know many naturals that read this will give me the side eye and say I don’t know the curly hair rules. However, rules are made to be broken in some cases.
For starters, Silicones are substances composed of polymers that seal shine into the hair shaft, make it significantly more manageable and helps to fight off frizz.
I have a head full of curly hair that has never had issues with silicones (water soluble or otherwise). As a matter of fact, even when I was relaxed I used products containing silicones and it continued to grow long without moisture retention problems. Silicones truly aren’t the demons people make them out to be.
If you have concerns with product build up, there are many water soluble silicones (PEG-8 or higher dimethicone, Dimethicone PEG-X phosphate, Dimethcione copolyol, Bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane) at your disposal.
Even if you don’t use a product containing a water soluble silicone, a clay wash and/or apple cider vinegar rinse can take care of any product build up. Using a shampoo with sulfates is also an option but I’ve never found the need to use sulfates. Now, these are just too harsh for fine hair.
So, I say I all of that to share the first effective method I have found for eliminating frizz in fine hair – Embrace silicones!
Apply a small amount of conditioner containing silicones in your hands and smooth the hairs that appear to be frizzed. Conditioner is very light weight and will not weigh your hair down like heavy butters or other products.
Method 2 – Water/Jojoba Oil Mix
Dampen your hands with a tiny amount of water and mix a lightweight natural oil like jojoba oil with it. Then smooth out the frizz by using the praying method with your hands. Fine hair loves jojoba oil because it’s very light and much like the sebum that comes from your own scalp.
Method 3 – Whipped Butter Products
Emulsify a small amount of a whipped butter based product like Jane Carter Nourish ‘n Shine in your hands and smooth frizz strand by strand. This works especially well when you have a small halo of frizz at the crown of your head. Whipped butters work well with fine hair.
Method 4 – Gel It Down
Gel is a lot heavier than a light weight oil but it can still be used effectively in fine hair. Since all gels are not created equal, using a lighter weight gel like pure aloe vera gel is the best option. Simply, rub a bit in the palm of your hands and smooth/scrunch into your hair.
After of few days of rocking a wash and go, you may notice frizz begin to rear it’s head. Smoothing a bit of gel on your frizzy fly aways can eliminate them immediately.
If all else fails, give your hair a good shampoo-free washing and follow it with a moisturizing deep conditioner. Hair that’s well moisturized is more apt to resist becoming frizzed.
Check out this article on discovering your frizz type: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/frizz-control/whats-your-frizz-type