If pouring rain, 100 percent humidity, or a particularly hot day tend to turn your carefully styled locks into an unmanageable lion’s mane, you’re not alone. All too often—and usually moments before that all-important first impression—the slightest hint of moisture in the air sends sleek hair into fits of frizziness.
Whether your straight hair is riddled with flyaways or your type 4C curls are prone to breakage and dryness, we’ve got a tip—or 10—for that! But first, let’s get behind all that fluff and find out the cause of all that frizz.
What causes frizzy hair?
Frizz is caused by a lack of moisture—in your hair, not the air. Crazy, right? But when tresses are tapped out, the cuticle becomes rough. That rough texture allows the hair’s outer layer to absorb moisture from the air, causing strands to swell and frizz. The more damage, the more frizz.
Minimize flyaways by breaking up with frizz’s BFFs:
• Hot tools like blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons
• Hot water when washing and rinsing hair
• Over-processing caused by too much bleach, dye, and heat
• Harsh chemicals that hide in most commercial hair products
• Infrequent haircuts (Even when growing out your hair, trim it to avoid split ends and other damage.)
When it comes to your curling iron and dye job, if you’re unwilling to drop ‘em like they’re hot, try some of these tips for revitalizing even the most damaged hair.
Frizzy hair solutions
Before you give up on gorgeous locks and hide hair under your backup beanie, try your hand—or hair—at one of these frizztastic solutions.
1. Sleek and shine. Use a nourishing hair oil like Mirah™ Lustrous Hair Oil, a combo of Argan, Abyssinian, and Monoi oils. Use your fingers to work a small amount into hair, smoothing it with your hands as you go.
2. Stay hands-free. Twisting, tucking, twirling—playing with your hair is a hard habit to break, but it’s high time you try. Touching hair throughout the day can cause breakage, fostering more of that troublesome frizz.
3. Air dry. Ditch the blow dryer and embrace the natural look! Apply your hair care products like Mirah or mousse to wet hair and leave alone until dry.
4. Skip the suds. Frequent shampooing can do a number on hair. Try to limit the number of times you wash your hair each week. You’ll become a dry shampoo master in no time!
5. Deep condition. A little TLC can go a long way when tackling frizzy hair. Treat hair to a hydrating mask at least once a week. Extra parched hair may need deep conditioning more often. Fine hair? Try this hot oil treatment. Thick and/or curly hair? Reach for this more intensive DIY hair mask.
6. Tame flyaways. Fend off those wispy wonders a couple different ways depending on hair type:
• Fine: Spray hair spray on a mascara wand and lightly comb over flyaways.
• Thick and/or curly: Use this DIY pomade to define curls and smooth your part and hair framing your face.
7. Rehydrate regularly. Dive into deep hydration with this frizzy hair solution! This leave-in conditioner features hair-loving essential oils and a rich, hydrating conditioner. Combine all ingredients in a glass spray bottle and spritz onto wet hair.
• 2 tablespoons Copaiba Vanilla Conditioner
• 10 drops Mirah Lustrous Hair Oil
• 2 drops Cedarwood essential oil
• 2 drops Lavender essential oil
• 2 drops Peppermint essential oil
• 3 ounces distilled water
8. Keep your cool. Heat in all its forms—curling iron, flat iron, blow dryer—is bad for your hair. Even warm water can do damage, stripping the hair of its natural oils. When washing your hair, use the coldest water you can stand and occasionally set aside the styling tools.
9. Throw in the towel. Your trusty towel is not as terrific a hair-drying option as you think. Instead, dry hair with a microfiber cloth or cotton T-shirt—smoother material won’t rough up hair, helping it stay sleek.
10. Enjoy smooth sleeping. Swap out your cotton or sateen pillowcases for ones made from silk. The fabric’s gentle texture will reduce friction as you drift off to dreamland.