If you’ve ever spent hours achieving the perfect, soft, and defined curls, only to be disappointed by frizz when your hair dries, then you’re not alone. But fear not! There are a few reasons why this might be happening, and we’re here to help you understand and overcome them.
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Breakage is causing a frizz halo.
One possible culprit for frizz is breakage. If you neglect to trim your damaged ends, you may start to notice breakage throughout your hair. Unfortunately, this is a cause of frizz that can’t be fixed or reversed. The best way to deal with it is to identify the root cause of the damage, such as hair dye or excessive heat tool usage. Once you understand what’s causing the damage, it becomes easier to avoid those problems. Pamper your curls with extra protein or moisture masks to give them some extra TLC.
Brushing your hair after a shower.
Detangling wavy and curly hair is essential to prevent matting, but timing is everything. After your shower is not the ideal time to brush your hair. Hair clumps together best when it’s soaking wet, so brushing your waves after the shower can disrupt their definition and clumping. To preserve your curl definition, try brushing or detangling your hair during your shower while you have a conditioner with good slip in your hair. Opt for gentle brushing or finger combing to avoid stretching, breaking, or damaging your hair.
Not giving your hair enough moisture.
One of the main causes of frizz is dry hair. If you’re experiencing frizz, it’s a sign that your hair is thirsty for moisture. To combat this, consider using a deep conditioning hair mask packed with moisture on a once-a-week basis. Additionally, try incorporating a leave-in conditioner into your routine to help lock in moisture and keep your hair happy and hydrated all day long.
Not using a product with enough hold.
If frizz is accompanied by your curls falling out throughout the day, it may be a sign that you need a styling product with stronger hold. The level of hold required depends on your hair’s texture type. Remember, it’s crucial to ensure your hair gets the moisture it needs alongside a stronger hold gel, as some curl definers can dry out your hair and exacerbate frizz.
Using a regular terry towel.
While regular terry cloth towels work fine for some people, those with naturally wavy or curly hair might find them problematic. Terry cloth towels tend to draw too much moisture out of our hair too quickly, leading to deformed curl clumps and frizz. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: try drying your wet hair with an old t-shirt instead. They’re less abrasive and won’t suck out as much water, helping to preserve your curls’ definition.
Diffusing with too much heat.
If you use a diffuser to dry your hair, remember to go low and slow. Using high heat or a strong blow setting can cause significant frizz, even with a diffuser. Instead, set your diffuser on the cool setting to minimize frizz. It’s also helpful to let your hair partially air dry (up to 75%) before diffusing.
Not being gentle enough when removing clips.
Clips can be a great tool for adding volume and lift to wavy and curly hair during the drying process. However, it’s essential to be careful when removing them. Sometimes, clips in the back can be hard to see, and rushing through the removal process can lead to hair ruffling and frizz. Take your time and gently remove the clips, ensuring you don’t cause any snags, breakage, or additional frizz.
Touching your hair before it’s completely dry.
We understand that natural hair is so beautiful, and it’s tempting to touch and play with it. However, this can be detrimental to the appearance of your curls. Try to resist the urge and give your hair an extra 10 minutes after you think it’s completely dry before doing anything else to it. Only after it’s fully dry, give your waves a quick tousle before scrunching out the crunch.
Damage that needs to be cut off.
Frizzy hair can be a sign of damage, as damaged waves and curls struggle to clump together easily. If you notice that the damage is concentrated at the bottom of your hair, consider getting a haircut to remove the damaged ends. Although it may be difficult to part with some length, it’s worth it to achieve the defined curls you’ve been working so hard to achieve.
For more information on hair care and styling tips, check out the 5 WS. They have a wealth of resources to help you understand and take care of your hair.
Remember, it’s essential to listen to your hair’s needs and experiment with different techniques and products until you find what works best for you. Embrace your natural curls with confidence and enjoy the journey of discovering how to make them thrive!