While we love moisture in our hair, our hair hates moisture in the air. Monsoons have set in, and the excess humidity is ideal for frizzy hair and flyaways. We all are looking for a solution on how to get rid of frizzy hair? While it is difficult to get rid of frizz permanently, it can be controlled in many ways. Frizz can make hair difficult to control and style. The increased volume and flyaways can make it challenging to achieve desired hairstyles, leading to a messy appearance. Managing frizz requires extra time and effort. You may need to use various products, styling tools or techniques to control frizz and style hair effectively. In this article, we will discuss the causes of frizzy hair and how to get rid of frizzy hair at home.
Taming the Wild Mane and Bidding Farewell to Frizzy Hair – The Basics
During the monsoon season, the air becomes saturated with moisture, leading to high humidity levels. When the hair strands absorb excess moisture, the hair shaft swell and become frizzy. Hair that is already damaged or has split ends is also more susceptible to frizz. Rainwater can also disrupt the hair’s natural pH balance and cause the cuticles to lift, making the hair more prone to frizz.
Achieving frizz-free hair during monsoons is a dream we can attain with proper hair care practices and the use of suitable products. It is important to look for products that are specifically formulated to combat frizz and provide hydration to your hair. Invest in anti-frizz products like leave-in conditioners or styling creams designed to combat frizz in humid conditions. Consider wearing hairstyles that keep your hair protected from the humidity, such as braids and buns.
The Science Behind Frizz
Hair is hygroscopic, meaning it can absorb and retain water from its surroundings. Excess moisture absorption can lead to frizz. People with high porosity hair are more prone to frizz as they have raised cuticles. This means the moisture can penetrate the hair shaft more easily, and the hair loses its smoothness, making it more difficult to manage. The excess moisture also disrupts the hydrogen bonds, that are responsible for maintaining the hair’s natural shape. When these bonds are disrupted, hair loses its natural structure leading to frizz.
Common Mistakes Causing Frizz
1) Using Harsh Products
Shampoos containing harsh sulphates and chemicals can strip your hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and frizz. Opt for gentle, sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner that help retain the hair’s natural oils and moisture.
We recommend using Love Beauty and Planet Natural Argan Oil & Lavender Sulphate-Free Anti-Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner. This plant-based shampoo and conditioner is infused with the goodness of pure argan oil and 100% organic coconut oil. Argan oil is known to moisturise the hair for smoother-looking, frizz-free hair and coconut oil is known for its hydrating properties.
2) Skipping Deep Conditioning
Deep conditioners help replenish moisture, nourish the hair and reduce frizz. Use a hydrating, anti-frizz hair mask or conditioner at least once a week to keep your hair well-hydrated.
Calm your frizz with Love Beauty and Planet Argan Oil & Lavender, Paraben Free Smooth & Serene Hair Mask. This conditioning mask, with Moroccan Argan oil, tames frizz and helps nourish strands for smooth, gorgeous hair. Take a generous amount of mask and apply from mid-length to the tips. Keep it on for five minutes and rinse as usual.
3) Towel Drying Vigorously
Rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel to dry it can cause friction and lead to frizz. Instead, use a microfiber towel or an old cotton t-shirt to remove excess water.
4) Using Heat Styling Tools Often
Excessive use of heat stylers like blow dryers, flat irons and curling wands can damage the hair cuticles, making your hair susceptible to frizz.
Overnight Hair Care for Frizz Control
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1) Use Silk or Satin Pillowcases
Cotton pillowcases can cause friction and lead to frizz and tangles. Switch to silk or silk pillowcases or satin bonnets to minimise friction and keep your hair smoother while you sleep, as they are gentler on the hair.
2) Moisturise with Hair Oil or Serum
Apply a small amount of hair oil or serum to the ends of your hair and work it towards the mid-lengths. Choose lightweight oils like argan oil, jojoba or almond oil. These oils help seal in moisture, reduce frizz, and keep your hair hydrated throughout the night.
Use Love Beauty and Plant Argan Oil & Lavender Hair Serum for Frizz Free Hair. This serum promises up to three times smoother hair, up to 99% reduced breakage and 230˚ C heat protection. Pump out a few drops and apply evenly from the mid-lengths to ends.
3) Avoid Tight Hairstyles
Tight braids or high ponytails can cause stress on your hair and lead to frizz. Opt for comfortable styles like loose braids or bun to prevent it from tangling and rubbing against your pillowcase.
Natural Remedies for Taming Frizzy Hair
1) Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a fantastic natural moisturiser for hair. Warm coconut oil and apply it your hair, focusing on the ends. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing it out with a gentle shampoo. Coconut oil helps seal the cuticles, reduce frizz and add shine to your hair.
2) Aloe Vera Gel: Aloe vera is known for its hydrating and soothing properties. Aloe vera helps lock in moisture, making your hair smoother and more manageable.
3) Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse: Apple cider vinegar or ACV rinse helps balance the pH levels of your hair, smooth the cuticles and reduce frizz. Mix one part of ACV with two parts water and use it as a final hair rinse after shampooing.
Weatherproofing Your Hairstyle
1) Apply Anti-Frizz Products
Use hair serums, leave-in conditioners or anti-frizz sprays specifically designed for humid conditions. These products help create a protective barrier around your hair, thus, reducing frizz.
2) Water-Resistant Hair Products
Look for water-resistant hair products that can withstand rain and humidity. Water-resistant hair wax, pomades or gels can help your hairstyle in place during wet weather.
3) Use Hair Accessories
Incorporate hair accessories like headbands, scarves, hairpins and hairbands to keep your hair in place, and protect your hair from getting wet in the rain.
FAQs about Taming the Wild Mane and Bidding Farewell to Frizzy Hair
Q1. Does trimming hair reduce frizz?
A. Yes. Regular hair trims or haircuts are essential to prevent split ends and damage which can worsen frizz. For healthy mane, trim your hair every six to eight weeks or as needed.
Q2. Can using hairspray help control frizz?
A. Yes, using a flexible, humidity-resistant hold hairsprays can help maintain the shape of your hairstyle and combat frizz caused by rains.
Q3. Can over-washing hair cause frizz?
A. Yes, over-washing hair can strip away its natural oils, leading to dryness and frizz. Washing your hair too frequently can disrupt the moisture balance and make your hair more prone to frizz.
It is essential to adopt a hair care routine tailored to manage frizz during the monsoons. Experiment with different products and techniques to find out what works best for your hair during the monsoon season.