For many frizzy hair is a daily battle. For others it’s just an occasional problem. However, in either case it is frustrating, not to mention a task, to control that all frizz. Especially, for those who want long and shiny hair!
No matter how much effort you put in to make your hair look perfect, you very well know that in just a few minutes all that effort will be wasted! All you can see is a bird’s nest where your hair used to be. Honestly, it’s not an uncommon place to be in, as a whole lot of us (including me) have been there.
Though, many of us brush it off by blaming it on the texture of our hair, the case might not be the same. So what causes frizzy hair? Allow us to explain.
What Causes Frizzy hair?
Lack of moisture. Just like your body, your hair too requires constant water intake. But if it’s hydration requirements are not met, the outermost layer of each strand (called as the cuticle) rises to let the moisture from the air in. And if this continues, the excess moisture from the atmosphere will cause the hair to swell up and create a frizzy effect that you’re familiar with seeing.
How to Tame it?
Frizz is a cry for constant nourishment and moisture. So first you need to ensure that you drink enough water. Also, you need to ensure that you eat right and well, and not just all junk. Once you have these two things down, you also need to treat your hair with the right amount of oiling and some good homemade hair masks.
Home Remedies for Frizzy Hair:
1. Almond Oil and Egg
This combination is considered to be one of the best remedies for frizzy hair. As, while the almond oil acts as a natural hair emollient and conditioner, the egg repairs the damaged hair shaft with its high protein content. Here’s how you can make it.
¼ cup almond oil
1 raw egg
Combine the almond oil and egg until you get a smooth mixture. Section your hair and start applying the mixture to your scalp, to the length of your hair. Let it sit for about 40 minutes and rinse as usual. However, while rinsing due to ensure to use a good shampoo and conditioner, preferably one without sulfates. For smooth results, apply this hair mask at least once a week.
2. Avocado and Yogurt
Using an avocado hair mask is an effective and rather inexpensive way of controlling frizzy hair. The avocado contains Vitamins B and E which nourishes the hair and repairs any form of hair damage. Whereas yogurt cleans and deep conditions your hair completely.
1 ripe avocado
1 cup yogurt
Cut the avocado and remove the pit. Mash the avocado and the yogurt till you get a smooth paste. Apply the paste in your hair and let it sit for about 40-45 minutes. Wash thoroughly with shampoo, followed by a conditioner. Apply this mask once or twice a week to get better results.
3. Coconut Oil and Vitamin E
A simple combination of coconut oil and vitamin E, this hair mask is one of the most convenient home remedy to combat frizzy hair. And, perhaps beneficial too! While, Vitamin E helps prevent hair damage, coconut oil serves a deep conditioner for your hair.
1 part vitamin E oil
4 parts organic cold-pressed coconut oil
Mix both the oils and store it in a airtight container, for future use. Take about 2-3 tbsps of the oil, depending upon the length of your hair, and apply it on your scalp and through the lengths of your hair. Wash your hair, after letting the mask sit for about 40 minutes. Do the same once or twice every week.
Yes, beer is healthy for your hair. That’s why many people are switching to beer shampoo for better results! Not only does beer restore moisture but it also nourishes your hair. Rich in proteins and vitamin B, beer helps keep the cuticles healthy, thus taming frizzy hair.
1 pint of beer
Decarbonate the beer by pouring it in a bowl. Let it sit overnight until it goes flat. First wash your hair with your regular shampoo and then pour beer through your hair, while massaging the scalp. Rinse later with cold water. Repeat this once in two weeks.
5. Honey and Lemon
The honey and lemon hair mask helps remove dirt and grime from the hair shaft, which improves cuticle health; thus, reducing any chances of frizzy hair. Besides, the rich Vitamin C content also helps boost hair growth, while giving some natural and subtle highlights to your hair.
2 tbsps lemon juice
2 tbsps honey
1 cup water
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and pour it through freshly washed hair. Massage your scalp for a couple of minutes and then let it sit for about 10 more minutes. Rinse well with some shampoo and lukewarm water. Use this mask once in two weeks, for better results. However, do ensure that you also use other conditioning masks during the rest of the week to retain hair moisture.
Frizzy Hair Hacks:
Besides using the above-mentioned ways to reduce frizzy hair, one should also adopt some of the following hacks that help control frizz in the first place.
1. Get a good haircut
A good haircut is one of the best ways to control frizzy hair. You should get your curls trimmed once in every two months to remove any split-ends. Also, cutting off the damaged hair will make your hair look more lustrous and healthy.
2. Use a sulfate-free, glycerin-packed shampoo
Generally, shampoos that contain sulfates strip and dehydrate your strands, which is not what you want in your hair. Thus, only use shampoos that have glycerin high up in the ingredient list, as glycerin helps tame frizzy hair by penetrating the hair shaft and hydrating it from inside out.
3. Condition your hair well
Also ensure that you condition your hair well after every hair wash you take. Indeed, conditioning your hair well will help retain moisture and keep your hair shaft hydrated. Also, only use conditioners that contain glycerin as well as other hydrating ingredients (like coconut oil and shea butter), in them.
4. Use a hydrating hair mask
Doing a special treatment at least once a week, will help fill up any holes in your hair shaft, that could soak up outside moisture and cause frizz. You could use any hair mask, based on what ingredients suit your hair type.
5. Brush your hair regularly
Hanging your head upside down and brushing your hair with a boar bristle brush, regularly, helps distribute the oils from your scalp onto the rest of the hair, keeping it hydrated and healthy.
6. Anti-frizz hair products
Using a leave-in conditioner or a serum could help control frizzy hair. There are several anti-frizz hair products in the market, available for every hair type.