Frizz is created when water is absorbed from the air by the hair through the cuticle, causing the shaft to swell.
mrs basse asked
“Do you have suggestions for products to reduce frizz? I have just BC’d and I have like 4 different hair textures. I have alot of straight hair in the top on my head from heat damage from presses and flat irons and all that hair is just kinda straight a frizzy. Help!”
Frizz can happen for MANY reasons that are hard for me to diagnose without knowing your specific hair and routine. However, you made some very telltale comments that lead me to suspect that I know why your hair is frizzy:
You “just big choped” and “have a lot of straight hair with heat damage from presses and flat irons”.
I suspect the heat damage has compromised the shaft of your hair allowing more moisture into the strand and thereby making it frizz.
“All that hair is just kinda straight and frizzy”.
This is because that hair is heat DAMAGED, as in … well … damaged. If you read my post about dry hair you’ll learn that heat styling breaks downs bonds in the hair’s structure. When the outer layer of the hair is damaged, it allows more water into the hair shaft and thereby creates more frizz.
Stop heat styling your hair
and if you can’t stop, you HAVE to increase the level of moisture maintenance to compensate for how dry and how damaged your hair has become. I’m not gonna promise you a miracle on the already damaged hair, but you should definitely be trying to intentionally grow new healthy hair from the root. If you choose to continue heat styling, always use a heat protecting product and opt for ionic tools because they compress the cuticle which helps keep moisture out.
Deep condition your hair every time you wash, try using a hot oil treatment weekly
I deep condition every I wash, have done if for years, with great results. The conditioner can help coat the hair and keep atmospheric moisture absorption at bay. I don’t do the hot oil treatments but I should (and used to). I think I’ll get back into doing this on my ends when possible.
Be aware of product pH
The pH of your products should be around 4-4.5 which is the natural pH of hair. If you don’t want to bother with testing pH, buy shampoos, conditioners and styling products that are labeled pH balanced already. Also be aware that your water may be the wrong pH for your hair. The pH being off means the cuticles of the hair shaft will not lie flat, allowing moisture into the strand and causing frizz.
Don’t rough up your hair
Don’t towel dry your hair by rubbing, don’t tease your hair, don’t do anything that causes unnecessary friction. This will lift the cuticle, allow moisture into the strand and cause frizz.
Use an anti-frizz product
Products like Chi Silk Infusion, Biosilk and any “anti-frizz” or silicone based product will help reduce frizz by essentially coating your hair strands with a barrior to keep the moisture out. If you want to be real ole school you could use old fashioned grease but I think this makes you hair dirtier over time. You can try a more natural sealant (any oil, find one that works for you) to do something similar but less long lasting.
Don’t let your hair get dry; Dry hair = Frizzy hair.
Hope this helps answer your question. The irony is, as I sit here typing, my twists are super frizzy, and I’m kinda ok with it LOL. Anyhoo…
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