Frizz is something that just about every natural experiences, some more than others. But, what is frizz exactly? Frizz is the result of a lifted hair cuticle that has expanded in response to differing factors that we’re going to discuss in this article. A lot of the time, frizz is unavoidable and is a naturally-prone trait for many. This is especially true for coily, kinky, and curly hair textures. Nonetheless, there are ways to lessen the appearance of frizzy hair and prevent it from interfering with your styles.
Here is what may be causing frizz in your natural hair:
1) THE WEATHER
Humid weather is a big cause of frizz. The water molecules present in the humid air interact with the protein bonds throughout your strands, creating the appearance of frizzy hair. Additionally, if your hair is dry and you go outside in the humidity, the hair cuticle lifts and expands in an effort to absorb the moisture in the air, causing frizz.
2) YOU ARE MANIPULATING YOUR HAIR TOO MUCH
Another big cause of frizzy hair is over-manipulation. When styling your hair and after you have applied your products, simply leave it be. Too much manipulation can disturb the curl pattern as you aren’t allowing the product to fully set and absorb.
3) HEAT OR CHEMICAL DAMAGE
The use of heat tools, hair dyes, relaxers, etc. can cause irreversible damage to the structure of your hair strands. If this damage is left untreated, it shows in the appearance and health of your hair. A damaged hair cuticle typically remains in a constantly lifted state, is highly porous, and has difficulty laying flat and smooth. Damaged hair can give off the appearance of constantly frizzy hair as the hair cuticle has more difficulty laying flat and retaining moisture.
4) YOU HAVE HIGH POROSITY HAIR
Highly porous hair is commonly caused by previous hair damage. However, it is a natural hair trait for some. Porosity is your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. High porosity hair has an easier time absorbing moisture since it involves a slightly lifted hair cuticle. But, it has more difficulty retaining moisture because the hair cuticle does not lie flat and smooth. This often creates the appearance of frizzy hair as highly porous strands are prone to dryness.
5) YOU DIDN’T THOROUGHLY DETANGLE
When our hair is tangled, the various strands are intertwined with each other. This can lead to the appearance of wiry, frizzy hair. If you don’t detangle before your wash and go’s, or with your twist-outs/braid-outs, you aren’t going to get as much definition and your style is going to turn out frizzy as various hair strands are raised and tangled with each other.
6) FRIZZY ENDS? IT MAY BE TIME FOR A TRIM
Frizz concentrated in a certain area of one’s hair is another issue many naturals experience. If you have been noticing that the ends of your hair appear to be constantly frizzy, it may be time for a trim. The ends of our hair are the oldest parts and are more prone to dryness and breakage from the constant friction against our clothing. This can also cause split ends and if left untreated, can begin to travel further up the hair shaft creating the appearance of thinning, frizzy, brittle ends.
7) FRIZZY ROOTS? LOOK AT HOW YOU ARE APPLYING YOUR PRODUCT
For those who experience frizzy roots, look at how you are applying your products. Are you concentrating your deep conditioners mostly on your ends and forgetting about the roots? This can cause your roots to puff up if they are being deprived of moisture. Try to make the effort to apply a good amount of moisturizing product to your roots and throughout the length of your strands.
8) YOUR HAIR IS CONSTANTLY DRY
If you are not adequately moisturizing your hair on a consistent basis, it could be why you are always experiencing frizz. A lifted/raised hair cuticle is going to have a frizzy appearance. To alleviate frizz, moisturizing and sealing products like creams, oils, etc. help to smooth the hair cuticle and lock in moisture.