Did you know that having frizz is part of having curly hair? Did you know that you’ll never fully be able to get rid of it? Did you know there’s no such thing as frizz free curls? Well, I take that back…you can have frizz free curls for about the first hour after freshly styling your hair…then the frizz starts to creep your day. I want to let you in on a few things I’ve realized. Frizz IS a curl waiting to happen. Once you’ve figured out how to work with your curls and they’re looking pretty good, you may find you’re still obsessed with trying to get rid of your frizz. Here’s a big secret I have to tell you…
You will NEVER totally get rid of frizz and you don’t really want to… A little bit of frizz makes your hair look touchable, lived in, shows you’re carefree, like you just ‘woke up like this’, and also could translate that you look like you just had a romp in the hay 😉 Frizz is functional; it allows you to have volume, plus it makes you look like an angel because you have a halo! Want to have more sensual hair? Embrace your frizz and just watch this video.
You can’t really have body or volume without some functional frizz helping you get it that way. And honestly, you are the only one who notices the frizz. No one else sees it! Think back to how many compliments you still receive, even when you feel your hair is frizzy that particular day? Everyone else sees your beautiful curls and wishes they were so lucky. It’s time to give yourself a break, it’s time to ease off on perfecting your routine or adding to your product graveyard under your bathroom sink. Maybe you don’t even realize you’ve already figured out the best curls you’re ever going to have…relax and enjoy your hair. I know I have started to just enjoy the journey. There’s a confidence you exude when you’ve accepted every part of yourself (including your frizz) and that is what other people find attractive.
If you still want tips on reducing your frizz ( I totally know you do!) you can read below about troubleshooting your frizz. I’ve included some tips that are standard for all curl types and textures that I have found work well in my daily practice. Please share this with your curly friends who are struggling!
This is when you apply olive oil, coconut oil or another type of natural oil onto the hair (or you could try Devacurl No Poo) on dry hair either overnight before your wash day, or at least about an hour beforehand. It will soften the cuticle, especially on low porosity hair and allow your cleanser and conditioners to perform better for you. When you hop into the shower, cleanse it out and continue with your conditioner stage.
Cleansing with a sulfate free cleanser:
Sulfates in shampoos are like detergent that you wash your dishes and laundry with. They are too harsh, dehydrate your hair, and strip the hair of its natural moisture which equals more frizz. You can find sulfate free cleansers in a lot of places now, but PLEASE, read the labels. Just because it’s sulfate free, doesn’t mean its silicone free and that’s just as bad.
Conditioning with a silicone free conditioner:
When there is silicone in your conditioner it coats the hair in a layer of liquid plastic and prevents the water (which is our hydrator) from entering the hair shaft. When the hair cannot get enough moisture inside, it will reach out into the atmosphere to get it…ergo, frizz! Making sure you work your conditioner into the hair, versus just letting it sit on top forever in the shower, will reduce your frizz. The more water you can pump into the hair, the less frizz you’ll have when you’re done your styling. Be careful not to leave too much in the hair, as too much conditioner left in can attribute to more frizz.
Applying silicone free styling products:
This will allow the moisture in the environment to be able to enter and exit as necessary. Also, water soluble styling products allow your hair to ‘breath’ and will result in being able to break your gel cast and still retain your curls. If your products contain silicones, the crunch will still be there, even after you’ve scrunched it out so read your labels! This book has a full listing of what ingredients are good and bad in your haircare products…It also has great tips for you so it’s worth the purchase if you want to educate yourself about your hair.
Applying your products when the hair is super wet:
I mean really wet. Think about it…when is your hair the LEAST frizzy? It’s when it’s wet! Capturing your curls when they are SUPER wet equals less frizz. You can always remove lots of water once the products have been applied if you want more volume…The more water you remove, the more volume you’ll have but with less frizz if you’ve done it this way. Remember, the more you touch your hair from the time you get out of the shower to the time it’s fully dry, the more frizz you’ll create. Less touching=less frizz.
Brushing, combing or raking your hair AFTER you get out of the shower:
Sometimes people inflict frizz on themselves and don’t even realize they are doing it. If you rake through your curls with a brush, comb or fingers after getting out of the shower, you are in essense shattering the curl pattern that nature (aka water) just made for you. For people who like the look of curls that are raked through with tons of separation, that’s great! But if you are currently raking your products through the hair and not loving all the separation that happens, then try not separating all those big curl clumps the next time you wash. Separation of curls to some people looks like frizz…having an ah-ha moment?
Applying your products:
Close your fingers together when applying your products so that your hand looks like a fish fin, or seal flipper…grab your styling products and then apply them in a gliding motion down over the hair while keeping your fingers together. Once applied, (and keeping fingers still together!) scrunch your curls up towards your head. This slight tweak in your routine of keeping your fingers together can keep your curls in bigger clumps, and when that magic happens, your curls will look less frizzy. Notice how many times I recommended ‘keeping your fingers together’…it’s super important!
Choosing the right products for your hair:
This is the tough one that I cannot answer unless seeing your hair, asking you a ton of questions about it and really delving deep into your routine to see if I can help. You may just have not chosen the right products for your porosity, density, texture and curl pattern. If you’re still getting a lot of frizz, maybe your hair doesn’t like that styling cream so much. There’s not too many curly girl friendly gels that you can overuse, so my rule of thumb is that it’s better to use more, than not enough. You can always scrunch out your crunch. GooseFootPrints offers a scientific analysis of your hair and can recommend some helpful tips on the properties of your hair, so you may want to check that out.
Deep moisture, protein, Olaplex. These are three treatments I would highly recommend you all try, at least once. Everyone can use a deep moisture treatment. Some people’s hair will love protein, but not everyone’s hair likes it. Olaplex is awesome and I think every curly girl’s hair could benefit from the treatment. Call your local salon and ask if they offer it. You can purchase some great deep moisture and protein treatments from lots of Curly Girl friendly companies such as: Jessicurl, DevaCurl, Original Moxie, Briogeo, Earth Tones Naturals, Mop Top, and Curly Hair Solutions. Also, good old fashioned coconut oil works great seeing as it’s moisture and protein in one. All deep moisture and protein treatments are best used when heat is included. Whether that is a hood dryer, or a plastic cap wrapped in a big thick towel…
Clarifying your hair:
When your curls are acting funky and when your frizz seems to be getting worse, you may just need to clarify your hair. You can buy clarifying shampoos from companies such as Mop Top, Original Moxie, Malibu (Undo Goo); or you can use Apple Cider Vinegar. The recipe ratio is 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar inside of 1 cup of water. You can make as much or as little as you want. I recommend a clarifying treatment once a month, and if your curls are on the low porosity side, I may even recommend more often as products seem to just sit on the outside of the hair shaft in low porosity hair and built up over time.
There are more reasons you could still be experiencing frizz, and if you’ve tried all of the above tips and are still stumped, I can help you in more detail. You can book an online Curl Class with me through my website here. I would love to help you love your curls!