Frizzy Hair

Many people believe they were born with frizzy hair. It is true for some people. There are other contributing factors that cause your hair to become frizzy. Learn what causes hair frizz and how to tame the frizzy hair.

Frizzy hairWhat Causes Frizzy Hair?

– Hair texture: The hair texture is determined by genes so the hair texture you have is inherited from your parents. Hair that has a thicker shaft tends to feel coarse and rough, while hair with a thinner shaft is likely to feel smooth and silky.

– Types of hair: Natural curly hair usually has layers of the hair cuticle that are not tight together. This causes the hair to appear brittle and look frizzy. Black hair tends to be frizzier than Asian and Caucasian because black hair is curlier and therefore compels the cuticle to lift.

– Chemical treatments and heated appliances: Hair that is in a good condition has a smooth appearance and the layers of the cuticle are tightly knit together. However, when the hair is in a bad condition, the cuticle layers are not tight together, making the hair coarse and brittle. The hair must have a moisture content of at least 8% to be in good health. Chemical treatments such as perms, bleaches, and relaxers and heated appliances such as curling and straightening irons deplete the hair’s moisture.

– Environmental factors: Humidity can make your hair frizzy. There are two types of protein in the hair- Orthocortex and the Paracortex. When it’s humid, moisture penetrates into the hair and is absorbed by these proteins. Orthocortex and Paracortex absorb moisture differently. One may absorb lots of moisture and swell a lot while the other stays the same. This effect causes the hair shaft to bend or twist.

Sun’s rays also cause frizzy hair. Too much exposure to the sun will cause your hair to become dry and damaged.

– Dry/Damaged hair: Dry and damaged hair indicates that the hair has too little moisture to remain in good health. To prevent frizzy hair, you need to avoid the factors that cause your hair to become dry and damaged.

– Over brushing: Brushing helps distribute natural oils from the scalp to the ends. However, excessive brushing can cause split ends and broken hair. Once the hair breaks the end tends to spring outward uncontrollably.

– Hair product buildup: Over shampooing and over conditioning as well as excessive use of hair styling products such as gels and mousses can cause the buildup which prevents moisture to penetrate into the hair.

How to Tame Frizzy Hair?

– Use a sulfate free shampoo. Sulfate such as ammonium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and sodium lauryl sulfate strip essential oils from the hair and scalp, causing dry hair.

– Apply a hair conditioner that is made for frizzy hair to add moisture to the hair.

– After shampooing and conditioning, apply a leave-in conditioner that contains silicone to control the frizz.

– Don’t over brushing your hair. Use a wide-toothed comb when necessary.

– Don’t let your hairstylist use a razor to layer your hair. Razors can cause split ends.

– Get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks to get rid of split ends.

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2 Responses

  1. April 11, 2010

    […] Dry hair looks dull, tangles easily, is difficult to brush or comb, and feels rough or dry. Dry hair doesn’t reflect as much light as healthy, smooth hair does. Common problems that follow dry hair are split ends, brittle and frizzy hair. […]

  2. July 24, 2010

    […] – Use products and intensive treatments that help repair damaged hair. The repair products contain silicon based polymers that can smooth out the cuticle and coat your hair with some protective films. These products also help tame frizzy hair. […]

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