The F word…Frizz. If you have natural hair you know how frustrating it is to walk out of the house with nice curls or freshly blow-dried hair then looking like Simba by lunchtime.Like, thanks humidity, I always wanted to be Lion King. Hair all big, poofy and curls lost in there somewhere… Frizz is caused by a raised hair cuticle. When the cuticle is raised instead of lying flat, the hair appears rough, dry and all over the place.Kinky/curly hair types are more prone to frizz. This article will give you 3 solid ways to combat this annoying phenomenon.
1. Silk-lined Bonnets/Headgear
Exposing your hair to any kind of friction is bound to dry out hair and create frizz. For instance always touching your hair, sleeping on cotton pillowcases or wearing cotton accessories on your hair. Avoid frizz by wearing satin bonnets to bed or sleeping on a satin pillowcase. Also, when wiping your hair after washing it, ensure to use a T-shirt or microfiber towel which will leave your locs frizz-free.
2. Use Anti-humectant
A raised cuticle will let in moisture into the hair shaft, making it frizzy. You should definitely read more about that in this article about Understanding Hair Porosity. So the most important thing is to seal the cuticles to ensure your hair is not absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. Do this by using products that contain anti-humectant ingredients. There are also numerous products on the market designed just to fight frizz. Alternatively you can use an oil to help control the frizz. Light oils like coconut or almond oil are good for that. This article to get the low-down on how to use Apple-Cider Vinegar to seal your cuticles.
3. Ditch the Comb
So you’ve braided/twisted your hair after washing it. Once dry, it’s time to take down and reveal your gorgeous hairstyle. Don’t be tempted to use a brush or comb at this point because there is 100% chance of frizz.Slather some coconut/olive oil on your hands and take down the braid-outs/twist-outs or perm rod set using your fingers. And the key is to be patient till you finish!