Tips that really work for managing frizzy hair
No matter what your hair type, ethnicity or genetics, the majority of people are susceptible to at least little frizz when the temperatures heat up and the humidity kicks in for the hotter, more humid summer months. These frizzy hair tips help control and greatly reduce the frustrating, unruly effects of frizz to give you exponentially more great hair days!
The problem is that most anti-frizz products sold commercially are loaded with silicones and temporary coating agents. They have a higher molecular weight, and tend to weigh the hair down, or make it look dull, dry or lank (no movement, wig-like) in the process of calming frizz.
This defeats the purpose of improving the appearance of the hair by reducing bothersome frizz, so the natural remedies recommended below help eliminate or greatly reduce frizz without creating these other two undesired side effects.
Rinsing with apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, an all time favorite natural remedy for a variety of human ailments, is also an excellent natural frizz fighter (and incidentally one of the active ingredients in our shampoo), and can also help really define waves and curls. Its natural acidity and enzymes smooth the outer cuticle of the hair, making it a flatter surface and helping to seal any porous areas that may attract all that extra humidity.
Simply dilute organic apple cider vinegar with water using about a half and half ratio, or ¾ ACV to ¼ water ratio, and rinse before you shampoo. The ACV allows your hair to not only be shinier and more resilient, but it also gentle cleanses the hair of any buildup which can make hair appear dull.
Your hair should feel “squeaky” clean after the rinse and shampoo, and your conditioner will penetrate much better, more effectively sealing off the cuticle for even more humidity and frizz resistance.
Cold water after-rinse
In addition to using an ACV rinse before shampooing, try also rinsing with a final shot of cold water after you’ve washed and conditioned your hair *. Cold water works as an additional sealant, helping to smooth and close off the pores in the hair shaft as well as increasing shine.
*Another important tip related to rinsing – and we recommend this with our popular Deep Hydration Conditioner as well – never over rinse the conditioner out of your hair. 30-45 or 50 seconds is plenty of time to rinse excess out without completely rinsing all the benefits of a conditioner out of your hair – one of which is to help calm frizz.
Cold air shot blast with the hair dryer
When blow drying, try sealing off the hair with a super cold shot (most dryers have a cold setting), after the hair is completely dry. Some newer fancier dryers will even have a turbo cold shot that amplifies the effects of the cold air by also increasing the power behind it, helping to really smooth the cuticle for that final blast of air. This helps to “set” the hair and prevent future frizz from forming. And again, it helps to increase the shine.
Coconut oil “mask”
Periodically, up to once a week, try a coconut oil “mask” on your hair. This is a pretty intensive treatment, not something typically recommended to do any more than once a week or even twice a month, kind of like the hot oil treatments that gained popularity a few decades ago.
*Frizzy hair tip with an added bonus of subtly, citrusy scented hair – You can pair it with one of your favorite essential oils like lemongrass or citrus oils to rev shine up more since citrus oils help with porosity and increase shine. Simply melt down solid coconut oil, enough for your length of hair, add your essential oils, and distribute throughout washed, wet but wrung out hair.
Allow the oil mixture to soak for about a half hour then wash it out and condition the hair as usual. Coconut oil is excellent for reducing hair porosity. Its medium chain fatty acids can really penetrate the individual strands without coating them too much or weighing them down. It’s also excellent for scalp health. When you reduce porosity, you reduce the amount of pores the humidity has to enter the shaft and expand the hair, creating frizz and promoting unruliness.
While we’re talking about hair dryers…
The type of hair dryer you choose can really determine whether you have a good, frizz free hair day or not as well. You may pay more, but a high quality ionic high wattage hair dryer, can last for years and pays off in the better results and frizz control.
Ionic dryers use a technology where negative ions flow from the nozzle, which breaks down the positive ions in the water soaking the hair, in turn decreasing the time it takes to blow the hair dry. This decreases the chances that frizz will form, and decreases the amount of time you’re subjecting your hair to heat. *Tip – blow down on the hair shaft, never against the cuticle or natural “grain “of the hair.
Higher wattage means more blowing power, which also decreases the reliance on heat for drying. Since repeated high heat and chemical treatments can increase porosity and rough up the cuticle, it’s a huge benefit to have a drying tool that gets the job done in a much shorter amount of time with the added benefits of sealing off the shaft and protecting it against moisture.