The Ultimate Guide To Frizz: What Causes It, How To Manage It, And More
15 December 2017
While it may sometimes feel like you’re the only person dealing with hair woes, there is at least one concern that plagues almost everyone: Frizzy hair.
Whether your hair is long, short, thick, thin, curly, or straight, chances are good you’ve dealt with frizz at least once in your life. If you’ve stepped outside on a sweltering summer day and watched as your hair slowly reverts from its smooth blowout back into its natural texture, you’ve probably spent countless hours trying to figure out how you address frizz.
To get to the bottom of our most pressing frizzy hair questions, we reached out to Rachelle Hawkins, Mizani brand ambassador and educator. Hawkins gave us the 411 on what causes frizz, how you can help manage it, and how to help reduce your chances of experiencing frizz before it even happens.
What causes frizz?
Humidity usually gets the blame for causing frizzy hair, but ultimately it comes down to one thing: your hair is lacking moisture. Frizz happens when your locks are dehydrated and they begin to seek moisture from their surrounding environment. This is why frizz is usually most noticeable when it’s humid outside. Your dry locks do their best to soak up the moisture from the air, causing your strands to swell with temporary moisture and appear frizzy.
Can you manage frizz before it happens?
Good news! Hawkins says it is absolutely possible to manage frizz before it happens, but it may require you overhauling your entire haircare routine. We know that dehydrated hair is the root of all frizz, so it’s a matter of figuring out what is stripping the moisture from your hair.
Things like exposure to extra hot water during your shower and excessive heat styling all strip hair of its natural oils...Excessive shampooing, especially with super clarifying or foaming formulas, and drying your hair with a rough towel—these are also everyday culprits.
Fortunately, many of these everyday culprits have fairly simple solutions. If you’ve been accused of taking showers that are hotter than the sun, consider turning down the heat. On wash days, stick with warm water and your hair will thank you. Can’t bear the thought of parting with your sauna-like showers? At the very least, give your locks a final rinse with cold water to help seal your cuticles and lock some of the moisture into your strands.
If you wash your hair every day, you run the risk of having some seriously dry locks. Luckily, even most ladies with oily strands don’t need to wash their hair every day. If your constant cleansing leaves your locks feeling dry, consider cutting down to washing two or three times a week. If you can’t bear to cut back, consider swapping out your regular shampoo for a hydrating co-wash. The co-wash will help cleanse the buildup from your scalp without making your locks feel dry.
How you wash your hair isn’t the only shower habit that can lead to frizz. How you dry your hair is just as important. There are towels on the market specifically designed to dry your hair with less frizz-inducing friction. If you don’t feel like picking up a special towel just for your hair remember these simple rules: Twist most of the water out of your hair before leaving the shower and always pat and squeeze, never rub your hair with a towel.
How you style your hair is key.
If heat styling is your vice, Hawkins has a few tips just for you. First, invest in hot tools that allow you to adjust the temperature settings. Next, properly identify your hair type. Identifying your hair type will help you determine what temperature setting it is safe to use on your locks.
f you have fine hair, expect to use a much lower temperature setting than someone with coarse hair. If you’re unsure which temperature setting is safe for your hair, don’t hesitate to ask your stylist. Lastly, invest in a good heat protectant and make sure the temperature on your protectant corresponds with the temperature setting you use on your tool.
“Always use a heat protectant if you are styling with hot tools. I like Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk because in addition to being a heat protectant, it also has amazing nourishing and strengthening benefits that will go a long way in fighting frizz,” Hawkins says.
Once you’ve styled your hair, you want to make sure you set it with products that will continue to fight frizz.
“Work into or finish off your styling with products that repel moisture. Mizani’s HRM Humidity Resistant Mist provides a lightweight flexible hold to styles while helping to shield the hair from moisture caused by high humidity situations.”
How you style your hair every day is important, but how often you head to the salon may be even more important. Heading to the salon for regular haircuts doesn’t just keep your hair looking good, it also has the potential to keep frizz at bay.
“I’d strongly encourage regular maintenance with trims as well,” Hawkins adds. “Damaged ends can work up strands and create additional frizz.”
Basically, the best thing you can do to manage frizz is take really good care of your hair.
If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect frizz-fighting hair care routine, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite frizz-fighting hair products for every hair type from straight to textured. Follow these simple routines and your frizzy mane will be a thing of the past.
If you have straight hair:
Any girl with naturally straight hair knows, just because you have pin-straight locks doesn’t mean you’re immune to frizzy hair. Make frizz a thing of the past with these simple hair-smoothing products.
L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Shampoo And Conditioner
The professional formula—infused with Prokeratin and oils of kukui and evening primrose—provides intense smoothing.
L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Shampoo And Conditioner, $60.00 MSRP
L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Double Serum
Make sure your smooth hair lasts all day with L’Oreal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Double Serum for rebellious hair. The smoothing effects can last up to four days!
L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Double Serum, $26.00 MSRP
If you have wavy hair:
If you have naturally wavy hair, you need a hair care routine that will control frizz without weighing down your enviable texture.
Matrix Biolage SmoothProof Shampoo And Conditioner
The Matrix Biolage SmoothProof Shampoo And Conditioner system cleanses, detangles, and controls frizz. Formulated with water-resistant camellia oil, Matrix Biolage SmoothProof provides humidity control and anti-frizz smoothness—even in 97 percent humidity.
Matrix Biolage SmoothProof Shampoo And Conditioner, $38.00 MSRP
Matrix Air Dry Wild Boho Texturizing Air-Dry Cream
Enhance the texture of your natural waves with Matrix’s Air Dry Wild Boho Texturizing Air-Dry Cream. This air-dry cream texturizers and enhances natural shape of hair for an effortless, tousled look.
Matrix Air Dry Wild Boho Texturizing Air-Dry Cream, $18.00 MSRP
If you have curly hair:
Curly hair is notoriously frizz-prone, but it doesn’t have to be. The perfect hair products will help to define the look of your gorgeous ringlets while fighting frizz.
Kérastase Discipline Cleansing Conditioner Curl Idéal
Kérastase’s Discipline Cleansing Conditioner Curl Idéal is a silicone-free, sulfate-free, gentle cleansing conditioner for unruly curly hair formulated specifically to treat and define the look of curls.
Kérastase Discipline Cleansing Conditioner Curl Idéal, $47.00 MSRP
Kérastase Discipline Oléo-Curl Cream
Kérastase’s Discipline Oléo-Curl Cream is an anti-frizz styling cream that will help your unruly curls feel smoother, supple, and looked defined. The styling cream has the added benefit of being a heat protectant as it is enriched with xylose, an ingredient recognized for its thermo-protective properties.
Kérastase Discipline Oléo-Curl Cream, $37.00 MSRP
If you have textured hair:
When you have textured hair, moisture is the key to a frizz-free, beautiful mane. Swap out your regular shampoo, conditioner, and styling product for products formulated to retain the moisture in your hair.
Mizani True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo
Mizani’s True Textures Replenish Shampoo is a silicone-free and paraben-free system that cleanses, helps retain moisture, and helps maintain the natural curl pattern for touchable texture with its moisturizing formula.
Mizani True Textures Moisture Replenish Shampoo, $32.00 MSRP
Mizani True Textures Intense Moisture Replenish Treatment
Revitalize and intensify for touchable texture with the paraben-free, silicone-free, True Textures Intense Moisture Replenish Treatment. Use this nourishing treatment weekly, to help maintain the natural curl pattern.
Mizani True Textures Intense Moisture Replenish Treatment, $10.86 MSRP
Mizani True Textures Curl Define Pudding
Help to define the look of your curls with this moisturizing curl pudding formulated with coconut, olive, and marula oils.
Mizani True Textures Curl Define Pudding, $18.00 MSRP
If you have colored hair:
If your signature hair color isn’t the one nature blessed you with, you’ll need a hair care routine that’s as dedicated to maintaining your hair color as it is to controlling your frizz.
Pureology Smooth Perfection Shampoo And Conditioner
Pureology’s Smooth Perfection Shampoo and Conditioner system cleanses and helps tame frizz-prone, color treated hair. The zero sulfate formula with camellia oil and Pureology’s exclusive Thermal AntiFade
Complex, helps ease blow-drying, fights frizz, and restores manageability.
Pureology Smooth Perfection Shampoo And Conditioner, $59.00 MSRP
Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier
Discover your new daily obsession for amazing hair color. This lightweight mist primes, protects, and prefects, while delivering 21 essential benefits for color-treated hair, including helps control frizz.
Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier, $26.00 MSRP
You’ve been following all of the rules, but on the night of your big date your hair is still experiencing some frizz. How do you fix it?
First thing’s first, don’t panic. Dealing with frizz is frustrating, but on a super important day it can really mess with your self-esteem. Luckily, Hawkins insists the fix is pretty easy.
“Once your hair is frizzy, there are simple solutions to remedy. Re-wet the frizzy areas before blow drying the areas smooth,” the stylists explains. “You can also use a flat iron if need be—just make sure to use your heat-protecting and humidity-resistant product first, and be considerate of the temperature of your hot tools.”
If you’re heading out and won’t have access to a blow dryer or flat iron, throw a shine serum in your makeup bag. The serum will coat your strands and temporarily give your locks a smooth appearance.
Now you’re equipped with all of the tools and knowledge to never let frizz ruin your day—or your selfies.
Interested in a customized hair care routine consultation? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.
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