If you’ve found yourself asking the mirror on the wall, “Why, oh why, is my hair so frizzy?”, we have both good news and bad news. The bad news is the mirror on the wall won’t get back to you, but the good news is there is a reason, or many, why your hair is frizzy, and we’re here to help you determine the cause.
6 Common Causes of Frizzy Hair
Frizz results when hair fibers run in different directions and when the hair cuticle (the outermost layer of the hair) is lifted, enabling moisture to pass through the hair shaft and expand it. While you may have chalked it up to genetics and thrown in the microfiber towel years ago, there is more to frizzy hair than what your mama gave you. In fact, there are many things that could be disrupting your hair’s cuticle and causing frizz.
Before you sigh in despair and continue relying on hairstyles for frizzy hair, let us explain why this is more good news. You can’t change your genes, but you can change much of what else causes frizzy hair. Get to the root of your hair frizz so you can find the right way to fix it. How to get rid of frizzy hair and which hair products for frizz you should invest in will largely depend on what’s causing it.
So why does hair get frizzy? Let’s dive into the causes below.
Over-washing causes the cuticle of your hair to stay open, which causes frizz and leads to dryness, which can lead to even more frizz. In addition to the frequency of washing, the water temperature in which you wash your hair is important as well. Warm water will open the cuticle, allowing you to wash away impurities, but you need to seal the cuticle closed with a cool rinse to avoid frizz.
The way you wash your hair matters too. When you gather your hair in a heap on top of your head while shampooing or conditioning, you cause more tangles, damage, and friction to your strands, which, you guessed it, causes frizz. Be gentle with your wet hair because this is when it is most vulnerable.
What to Do: How frequently you wash your hair, the temperature water you wash with, and what products you use are all things you can change to see less frizz when you look in the mirror. It’s easier to cut back on washing when you have a shampoo that effectively cleans your hair with every use. Insert our No Frizz Shampoo, a rich lather paraben free shampoo that thoroughly cleanses and contains our Healthy Hair Molecule, which actually repels dirt and oil, allowing you to go longer between hair washes.
You can also take care to seal the hair cuticle. A sealed cuticle enables the hair shaft to retain moisture, making it less prone to frizz. Seal the hair cuticle before stepping out of the shower with a cool rinse.
2. Too Much Friction
When your hair encounters friction, it can become frizzy. There are multiple times throughout your hair care routine where you may be causing excess friction. As we mentioned above, one of these is when washing your hair aggressively. Another instance of friction commonly occurs when drying your hair. If you use a typical cotton towel to dry your hair, the texture is rough and hard on your damp hair, which can cause frizz and even breakage.
Additionally, your hair is prone to friction during sleep. Tossing and turning on a cotton pillowcase causes both frizz and tangles that you will need to brush out, resulting in, yep, more frizz.
What to Do: In addition to washing less frequently, you can swap from a rough cotton towel to a soft microfiber towel that is gentler on strands and even more effective at absorbing moisture when drying your hair.
While you probably can’t consciously choose not to toss and turn in your sleep, you can change how much friction and damage that tossing and turning causes. Wrap your hair in a bun or a loose braid to reduce the friction it incurs, and swap from a cotton pillowcase to a silk version, which is kinder to your strands.
When the air outside is full of moisture, AKA humid, your hair acts like a sponge; the cuticle opens and the hair tries to obtain moisture from the air, causing it to become frizzy. Hot and humid days are a great excuse to embrace your natural hair texture if you’re heading to the beach, but humidity hair can easily cause frustration when you’re attempting a smooth style.
What To Do: While you can’t play Mother Nature to tame your frizz, you can fight her with some powerful products. If you’re battling frizz because of weather, do yourself a favor and stock up on frizz-fighting products. The No Frizz collection will stop frizz in its tracks, even frizz caused by the environment. These products are created with our patented Healthy Hair Molecule that is 70% more effective at blocking humidity than silicones and oils. To tame flyaway hair in a pinch, grab a bottle of the travel-sized Humidity Shield to instantly smooth hair and protect it from humidity and UV rays.
4. Hair Texture
If you’ve ever asked yourself “Why is my hair frizzy?”, you’ve likely looked at your parents’, grandparents’, or siblings’ hair and noticed a similar hair texture somewhere in the family. After all, hair texture and color are passed on from generation to generation. Unfortunately, some hair types are more prone to frizz. Because frizz is the result of hair fibers running in different directions, the more curly the hair, the frizzier it can be.
What to Do: Even if you are born with it, there is something you can do about it. Can we get a “Hallelujah!”? You can embrace your natural, beautiful hair texture without the frizz that comes with it with the right products. If your hair type is medium to thick or coarse, try our No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream that smoothes the hair strand, leaving hair tamed and shiny, yet never heavy or greasy, so your curly hair can look its best. If you have fine to medium hair or tend to let it air dry, consider our No Frizz Vanishing Oil instead. It offers the same great benefits of the Styling Cream for hair like yours.
5. Harsh Ingredients
The types of products and ingredients you’re using in your hair care routine could be what’s causing your frizz. Watch out for sulfates in shampoos especially. When sulfates are used in lathering, cleansing products, they can deplete hair of its natural surface oils, leaving it feeling rough, dry and brittle. Sulfates can also deplete the scalp of its natural oils, leading to dryness, irritation, and frizz. So if you’ve been asking “Why is my hair so dry and frizzy?”, sulfates are a likely culprit. Common sulfate ingredients that can be stripping include: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate.
What to Do: Our No Frizz Shampoo is sulfate-free, so it gently cleanses hair and protects against frizz while it is at it, leaving strands polished and frictionless and hair feeling nourished and moisturized.
When hair is damaged, the protective cuticle layer itself is often damaged or even gone, which leaves the hair shaft exposed and makes frizz almost inevitable. Damage can result from a number of things, including the use of heat styling products, constant coloring, sun exposure, and excessive friction.
What to Do: Although damage is often unavoidable, it is possible to repair your hair with the right hair conditioning treatment. You can supply dry hair and damaged hair with much-needed moisture and repair using a powerful hair mask. Your hair will not only feel smoother, shinier, and healthier, but look it too, and the appearance of frizz will be hugely diminished. Our No Frizz Intense Moisture Mask will transform damaged strands. It provides maximum protection from frizz by restoring healthy hair’s natural protective layer. After just one luxurious use, it’s possible to see 70% reduction in breakage.
To stop damage and frizz before they start, consider incorporating a heat-protectant spray before using any heat styling product, which will protect against heat that damages hair and could cause frizz in the future. You can also switch to an ionic blow dryer which uses modern technology as opposed to older versions that rely on extreme heat to quickly dry hair.
Once you know what is causing your frizzy hair, you can begin to address it and say goodbye to frizz forever. Solutions can range from finding hair repair products that help control some of the frizz, or you finding some styling products or hair oils that help to maintain the frizz. Consider a few of these small lifestyle changes to diminish how much frizz you are met with in the mirror; a simple towel or shampoo swap can go a long way. You could also try a line of shampoo that is created with different hair types in mind. For example, a curl shampoo might help with frizz for curly hair or full shampoo can help give fine hair fullness without the frizz. Additionally, equip your shower and beauty cabinet with the frizz-fighting technology in our No Frizz Collection to see both instant and lasting results and help your hair look and feel its best. Once you find the right hair products online, you’ll never have to ask, “Why is my hair so frizzy?” again.