I honestly don’t mind a bit of frizz, yet there are days when frizzy hair is not okay. I’ve noticed that there are certain things that I can do to prevent frizzy hair when I don’t want any part of it. Here are six fantastic suggestions that I can say really do make a difference.
1. Don’t Dehydrate Your Hair With Harsh Cleansers
I’ve noticed that frizzy hair is also dehydrated. No matter what your hair texture is, skip out on shampoo all together or at least not as often. You definitely want to avoid shampoo that contains sodium laureth sulfate which is a chemical detergent that sucks the moisture right out of hair and does not rinse off hair completely. I personally find washing my hair with a conditioner to be very cleansing for my hair and scalp without stripping it of moisture. My favorite store bought conditioner for co-washing is Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner.
If you are into DIY beauty, here are four simple hair rinses/cleansers for your hair with that are extremely easy to make:
2. Seal The Hair Cuticle
There are a few ways that you can seal the cuticle of your hair. Once you have finished washing your hair do a final rinse with cold water. If you can’t tolerate very cold water, just make the water a cooler temperature than what you were originally washing your hair with. I’ve seen a drastic difference when I skip this step.
Another way to seal the hair cuticle is to spritz your hair with aloe vera juice or gel before applying your styling products. Aloe vera has a pH of approximately 4 which closes the hair cuticle automatically. Aloe vera also moisturizes the hair, makes it shiny, and helps makes curls pop if you are a curly girl.
3. Find A Good Leave-In Product
No matter how amazing your hair care routine is, what you leave in your hair is just as important. Some with fine or straight hair can get away with using lighter products such as aloe vera, this DIY Leave-In Conditioner, catnip tea, or a bit of jojoba oil. A great simple DIY conditioner for medium textured hair is the DIY Curl Conditioning Serum.
For those with coarse or dense curly hair you will need something much heavier. I suggest leaving a natural conditioner in your hair. Here are a few I’ve tried and liked. You can also mix two different types of leave-ins. When I want fluffy big hair I will only use a DIY conditioner, yet for perfect curls I’ll add flaxseed gel and/or shea butter to the equation for weight and more definition. You could also layer the DIY Curl Conditioning Serum under a heavier product.
4. Battling Hair Damage
No matter what your hair type or texture, heat appliances, chemical straighteners, and bleaches/dyes can cause serious damage to the hair cuticle. Damaged hair usually results in frizz to some degree as well as split and frayed ends. If at all possible I suggest giving your hair a break from all heat and chemicals while slowly trimming off damaged hair. Be patience as you nurture your hair back to health. Also consider natural hair coloring alternatives. You can also try Mountain Rose Herbs Henna a natural conditioning and coloring system which comes formulated with natural indigo, cassia, and henna creating various individual shades.
Deep conditioning treatments are wonderful for healthy and damaged hair alike. My favorite deep conditioning treatment is with coconut milk. I will mix canned coconut milk with a ceramide oil and apply with a spray bottle for easy application and distribution to dry hair. I’ll then braid my hair up and leave it in for at least an hour before washing it out and styling as usual.
Some prefer to use hot oil treatments with olive or coconut oil. Hot oil treatments are a very easy way to deep condition the hair. No matter how you do it, deep conditioning the hair really makes a difference.
5. Don’t Discount Henna & Cassia Treatments
One of the biggest reasons why I love henna so much is that it eliminates frizz. There is not one store bought conditioner, deep conditioning treatment, or styling product that provides the overall results of consistent henna treatments. I’ve written about henna pretty consistently since discovering its benefits in 2010. There are a bunch of great articles on henna where I share my personal henna recipe with Godrej Nupur Mehendi Henna and more. Go here for all of the henna articles on Minimalist Beauty.
6. Which Hair Tools Are Right For Your Hair
I can honestly say after eight consistent months of not using a hair comb except once as an experiment (mistake), that finger detangling my hair has been much gentler and has allowed my curls to form easily. Some prefer to use a seamless comb and others a paddle brush. It really just depends on the state of your hair at the time, and also finding the right tool for your hair.
If you have straight, wavy, or curly hair, seamless combs are the best. The one that I used to love and use consistently was a seamless wooden comb. I discovered this year that my hair was too fine for even that amazing comb.
In general avoid combing wavy and curly hair dry which creates frizz and hair breakage. See more hair accessory recommendations here.
What tips help you deal with frizzy hair?
(Image by Dawn Michelle)