This story was originally published on NaturallyCurly.com
For folks with curly hair, frizz crops up all the time, and it's incredibly tough to eliminate. Sometimes it’s caused by heat, sometimes by lack of moisture. Other times, it's simply a bad hair day. No matter the reason, when frizz shows up there’s no way to ignore it. Nor should you—it can be an indication that your hair is suffering from dryness or damage. Harsh chemicals, excessive processing, and constant heat from blow-drying or straightening can all lead to flyaways, split ends, and broken strands. To combat the problem, you need a combination of tactics, all designed to moisturize and protect against the elements. Here are our five favorite tips.
Get acquainted with a good, deep conditioner that will penetrate the shaft and deliver the moisture your hair is craving. For extra hydration, leave it on for 5-10 minutes in the shower.
Take It Easy
Are you a little, um, violent with your curls? Combing, brushing, pulling, squeezing, and tugging on your hair, especially when it’s wet, can cause breakage and damage. Make a conscious effort to be gentler.
Switch It Up
Your towel or blow-dryer might be contributing to your frizz problem. Upgrade your appliances by purchasing an ionic blow dryer. This will reduce frizz by compressing the cuticle and keeping your strands smooth. If you towel-dry, buy a super absorbent microfiber towel and again, be gentle—you don't want to disrupt the cuticle layer.
If you don’t have time to blow-dry or air-dry your curls, use a protective spray before you step outdoors, especially if it's warm out. Protecting the cuticle before subjecting your hair to heat is important when it comes to preventing frizz; the same goes for when you use heat tools to style your hair.
Add a Layer
When you walk outside with dry hair and it's humid, the shaft swells from absorbing any moisture in the air. The result? That puffy look we all (unfortunately) know. Try adding a thick cream or serum into your styling routine to keep your hair hydrated and moisturized.