How Can I Reduce Frizz in My Hair?

Reviewed on 7/1/2021
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Here are 12 ways to get rid of frizzy hair and restore moisture to your locks

Almost all of us have battled frizz. Of all the hair woes, frizz can be the most difficult to manage, especially since frizzy hair tends to absorb moisture from the air and turn into chaos. 

Regardless of what is causing your hair to frizz, here are 13 effective tips to help you bring your frizzy hair under control.

13 ways to bring your frizz under control

1. Cold water

Bathing in hot water may feel great on a cold day, but heat strips moisture from the outermost layer of the hair. Always use cold or lukewarm water to wash your hair. Prolonged exposure to hot water can make hair dry, rough, and brittle. 

2. Conditioner

Most people will shampoo their hair, but conditioner is also crucial to protect your hair and help it retain moisture. Use shampoo only at the roots, but apply conditioner from midshaft all the way to the tips, leave it on for a few minutes, and then rinse. Make sure no shampoo and conditioner is left on the scalp. Product buildup can cause itchy scalp and hair loss.

3. Banana

Banana has great hair conditioning properties especially when it’s combined with honey. After using a banana mask on your hair, make sure to rinse it thoroughly and proceed with shampoo and conditioner.

4. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is one of the best ingredients for intense moisturizing. In combination with a suitable carrier oil, this mask forms a protective layer over the hair cuticle and minimizes moisture loss, making the hair soft, smooth, and shiny. Combine aloe gel with almond, coconut, or argan oil, leave it on for 20-30 minutes, and then wash off with shampoo and conditioner.

5. Avocado

Using an avocado-based hair mask is another effective way to control frizz. It contains vitamin B and E which nourish hair and repair damage. Yogurt can also be added to the mask to cleanse and deep condition hair. Let it sit in the hair for 40-45 minutes, then wash thoroughly with shampoo followed by a conditioner.

6. Hair serums

Most hair serums that contain argan oil and vitamin E are effective at protecting hair from frizz and tangles. Use a few drops on wet hair after a shower. 

7. Styling products

Use anti-frizz styling products, such as anti-frizz serums and hair sprays, which contain water-soluble silicones (dimethicone copolyol and cyclomethicone). These products coat the hair with a thin film, which acts as a barrier between the hair strands and outdoor humidity. Always invest in quality, hydrating hair products that work to restore the lost moisture that often causes frizz in the first place. 

8. Drying

After prepping hair with hydrating leave-ins, blow dry hair carefully choose heat settings that will cause the least damage or moisture loss. You can also choose to air dry.

9. Satin pillowcases

Cotton pillowcases suck moisture from hair. Satin or silk pillowcases are smoother and gentler to hair, helping to retain moisture and reduce friction. You can also try satin caps that wrap around the head and prevent rubbing between sheets and your hair.

10. Keratin treatments

Keratin treatments are great at fighting frizzy hair, and effects can last for several weeks and save styling time. After treatment, you will need to use special hair products to keep your hair smooth and shiny. 

11. Hair glossing treatments

Hair gloss and glaze treatments coat hair strands to reduce porosity, eliminate frizz, and add reflective shine to hair. These treatments also enhance the color vibrancy and slow down the color fading process.

12. Brazilian blowouts

This hair smoothing treatment infuses a mixture of amino acids into the cuticle layer to make hair smoother, shinier, and less frizzy.

13. Hair Botox

Hair Botox is a new ultra-nourishing technology that uses organic compounds to restore damaged hair. The formula contains active ingredients that claim to penetrate the hair shaft to repair damaged fibers, seal gaps, and flatten ruffled cuticles.

More tips for keeping your hair frizz-free

  • Always use protective head caps while swimming because chlorine-rich water can damage the hair shaft. 
  • Avoid brushing your hair too much, using too many styling gels, and undergoing too many heat treatments. 
  • Make sure to have a diet rich in protein, vitamin B complex, and vitamin C
  • Drink about 6-8 glasses of water daily. 
  • If your scalp is persistently itchy and flaky with frizzy hair, visit a skin and hair specialist.

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References
Fries WC. How to Tame Frizzy Hair. https://www.webmd.com/beauty/features/how-to-tame-frizzy-hair#1

American Academy of Dermatology. How to Stop Damaging Your Hair. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/stop-damage

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