Frizzy hair has been subjected to hurtful name-calling. They have been called unruly, untamed, unmanageable, fly-aways and many such unkind names. This common hair struggle can be an exhausting and never-ending battle for many.
What causes hair to become frizzy?
There are two main reasons:
- Lack of moisture in the hair
- Excess moisture in the atmosphere that causes hair to become frizzy.
Common knowledge agrees that the lack of moisture in hair results in dryness, causing frizz, but how can excess moisture in atmosphere work against it? Humid surrounding causes the outer layer of the hair to absorb moisture from the air, causing the hair to swell, which results in frizz.
Dehydrated hair could be a result of drinking less water, lack of deep conditioning, moisture or oil from scalp not reaching the hair strands, use of drying shampoo, prescribed medications or over-processing, coloring, and chemical hair treatments. Don’t fret and find out easy ways to manage and rule frizz like a pro.
How to Tame Frizzy Hair?
There are a few simple tips which could help tackle your frizzy mane, like:
Use a sulfate-free shampoo
Chemical-based shampoos contain sulfates which creates lather but strip off the healthy oils and nutrients from your hair and scalp. Therefore, pick a sulfate-free shampoo, preferably a natural one. Have you heard of Shampoo Bars? Organic shampoo bars have abundant nourishing and revitalizing ingredients that treat hair follicles while moisturizing the hair and removing frizz.
While selecting your shampoo, check for one of the following ingredients for penetrating hydration-
- Glycerin combats frizz by penetrating into hair and hydrating it inside out. Glycerin also absorbs excess moisture from the air and creates a protective coating.
- Argan Oil is great for all hair types, including color-treated hair. It adds shine and has antioxidants (Vitamin E) which work to control frizz.
- Rosemary Oil strengthens the hair roots and improves the nutrition of the scalp to restore damaged hair, dryness and frizz.
Never skip your conditioner
Conditioning is a must for people with frizzy hair. It keeps the cuticle hydrated, such that the moisture penetrates deep into the roots of each strand. This prevents the cuticle from opening up and thereby preventing the hair from becoming frizzy.
We recommend that you use cleansing shampoo only twice a week. It’s a myth that hair needs to be shampooed several times a week. You can apply only the conditioner and skip the shampooing at other times. This is called co-washing. It keeps the pH optimum as you are replenishing the moisture and ensuring that the natural oils stay intact.
Use hydrating Hair Oil or Hair Cream
To combat the dryness, hydrate the hair using oils, creams or masks that contain the likes of hemp seed oil, coconut oil and castor oil. If you apply a light layer of oil while your hair is wet; it acts as a barrier preventing moisture from penetrating.
Satliva offers an all-natural product, Hemp with Argan hair oil comprising of rich ingredients like Hemp seed oil, Argan oil, Castor oil, and Rosemary oil. It works as a perfect blend to battle frizz, accelerate hair growth and add shine to your hair. Hemp Seed Oil is nourishing, moisturizing and enhances hair growth with its fatty acid profile.
Another suitable product from the range of Satliva products is their Canmelon Hair Cream. This must-try cream is made using Indian Hemp seed oil, Watermelon Seed Oil, Candelilla wax, Argan oil, Lime oil, and Neroli oil. It moisturizes the scalp and hair while controlling the spilt ends and frizz all day long. It is perfect for all hair types.
Avoid Hot Showers and Heat Treatments
Extra hot water can crank up your hair. While it is relaxing for the body, it strips away the natural oil that is required to keep the strands moisturized and shiny. You should turn down the shower for lukewarm or cold water and practice shorter showers (Good for your hair and mother Earth).
On similar lines, heated hair treatments can lead to higher frizz. Be it a hairdryer or curling iron, or the flat one, stay away from such tools as much as possible. For days when it is too hard to resist, you may do so at lower temperatures and preferably after applying a heat protectant product. Let your hair air dry 90% before blow-drying.
Check your Pillow and Towel
Wrapping your hair tight in a rough and abrasive bath towel may draw moisture out of your hair and cause frizz, especially if you have curly hair. Avoid friction as this may cause tight locks, clumps and deformed coils. Instead, use a microfiber towel and reduce hair damage.
Similarly using a silk pillowcase instead of cotton can reduce the amount of frizz and breakage of hair. If you have split ends, get them removed routinely or get a hair cut.
Frizz is your hair screaming for nourishment and moisture, so preserve the precious natural hair oil. However, occasional bad hair days are common on these humid days of Monsoons.