6 Tips for Controlling Frizz in Natural Hair
Let’s face it, our natural hair is prone to frizz. Frizzy hair is viewed as a virtue by our adventurous sisters because it adds fullness and texture to natural hairstyles. Then there are those of us who wish that we could take a magic wand and “poof” the frizzies away.
The good news is that you don’t need a magic wand to reduce or eliminate frizz in your natural locks. Check out these tried and true methods used by other naturals for frizz-free hair:
1. Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: Frizzy natural hair is accentuated when your hair is dry – and we all know that our delicate hair is a magnet for dryness.
Make a habit of deep conditioning your locks with hair-friendly oils such as coconut, jojoba, argan, and olive oils. Apply a heat cap, a hot towel, or sit under a hooded dryer using low heat for 15 minutes to ensure that the oils are absorbed into the hair shaft. Add some protein like raw eggs, mayonnaise, or yogurt into your oil conditioner for an added boost of conditioning.
2. Don’t use harsh shampoos on your hair: If you were to look at frizzy hair under a microscope, you’d see that the cuticle, which is part of the hair shaft is raised which translates into frizzy hair. To control frizz, the hair shaft needs to be smooth. Shampoos that contain harsh detergents such as sulfates can raise the cuticle on the hair shaft as part of the cleansing process which contributes to frizz.
Try using sulfate free shampoos or co-wash your hair more often to prevent roughing up the cuticle layer of the hair shaft.
3. Rinse your hair with cold water: As cold as you can stand! Hot water also raises the cuticle layer, while cold water smooths and seals it.
4. Try aloe vera juice or apple cider vinegar rinses: Many naturals, myself included, swear by aloe vera juice rinses which smooths and seals the cuticle because of the ph balance. Just mix one part aloe vera juice, gel, or apple cider vinegar with 2 parts water – and make it cold if you can for an added smoothing boost.
5. Use a microfiber towel when drying your hair: Microfiber towels are a godsend because they absorb more water than a conventional towel and reduce frizz.
6. Don’t comb your natural hair: This is key if you want to wear your hair loose. Combing your hair will encourage frizz. You should manipulate your hair as little as possible.
Do you have other strategies that help you prevent frizz?
Author: Dianne Shaddock
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