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Frizzy hair got you in a fizz?

Frizzy Hair Crimping Your Style?

Frizzy hair does the opposite of what you want it to do. It stands away from the rest of your hair – and it can leave your hair looking frazzled and unkempt.

For in-depth information about what causes frizzy hair, see our frizzy hair FAQ below.

How to fix frizzy hair

When hair is frizzy, the scales that make up the hair’s cuticles are raised. Humidity passes through the cuticles and swells the hair strands.

This happens especially when hair is dry.

The solution? Give hair the moisture it craves, and smooth and seal the cuticles.

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Frizzy hair care solutions

Recommended combinations of leading hair treatment products for frizzy hair, for less than the cost of buying the products separately.

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Good shampoo for frizzy hair

Smoothing shampoo for frizzy hair uses natural oils, amino acids and protein (like keratin) to repair and smooth the hair.

3

Conditioner for frizzy hair

The best conditioner for frizzy hair is intensively moisturising and rich in natural oils. It coats and helps seal the hair cuticles.

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Best hair mask for frizzy hair

Use a hair mask once or twice a week, to inject extra moisture and boost control of frizz.

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Hair oil for frizzy hair

Hair oil is one of the best products for dry frizzy hair. It smooths and seal the cuticles, tames fly-aways and protects against split ends – which add to frizziness.

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Heat protection for frizzy hair

Prevent frizziness that’s caused by heat styling and UV exposure.

Frizzy Hair FAQ

 

Causes

What causes frizzy hair?
 

The main causes of frizzy hair are:

  • dryness and damage
    When hair is dry or damaged, the scales of the hair cuticle – or outer sheath – loosen and become abraded, instead of lying flat against the cortex.
  • humidity
    Wondering what causes frizzy hair in humidity? At a molecular level, humidity causes more hydrogen bonds to form between the keratin proteins that make up the structure of your hair. This encourages the hair to coil up. So humidity causes hair to frizz because it actually alters the hair’s chemical structure.
  • genetics, which determine your hair type
    Some hair types are more prone to frizz than others. Thick, curly hair, for example, tends to be drier and more susceptible to frizziness.
 
What causes frizzy straight hair?
 

Frizzy straight hair is usually a result of dryness.

This can result from heat styling, exposure to chemicals or other environmental factors. It may also be due to diet, medication or other health-related issues.

Straight hair may also be frizzy due to:

  • static in the hair
    Towel drying, brushing or combing dry hair, friction from a flat iron and even movement of your head against your pillow at night can all cause static. This can cause a halo of hairs stand away from the rest of your hair.
  • unprofessional use of thinning shears
    Thinning leaves hair at different lengths. If it’s overdone or doesn’t take your natural hair shape into account, it can result in shorter hairs sticking up and out. This can give your hair a frizzy, or frazzled, appearance – even if it’s otherwise healthy.
 
Why does shampoo make my hair frizzy?
 

Shampoo strips natural oils from the hair. Shampoos containing sulphates and other harsh ingredients are especially drying.

This is why it’s important to use a gentle, moisturising shampoo, followed by a suitable conditioner. Using an intensely nourishing mask once or twice a week is also excellent for taming frizzy hair.

 

Tips

How to fix frizzy hair at home: what’s the best approach?
 

Three key steps:

  1. Replenish moisture.
  2. Smooth and seal the hair cuticles.
  3. Protect the hair from further dryness and damage.

Even if your hair is naturally very frizzy, the right products and tools can make it much smoother and easier to manage.

Also be gentle with your hair.

Try to avoid excessive heat styling, chemical treatment, rough brushing and exposure to sun and pool chemicals.

Last but not least, have your hair professionally trimmed every six to eight weeks.

 
How to stop hair going frizzy when it’s humid or wet
 

Are you wondering how to...

  • stop frizzy hair after washing?
  • avoid frizzy hair after showering?
  • stop hair going frizzy in the rain?

What causes frizzy hair in humidity or wet conditions is hydrogen molecules. Strands of hair that are wet form more hydrogen bonds, and these cause the hair to curl in on itself.

You can’t completely prevent frizz. But you can minimise it by using an appropriate, moisturising conditioner and heat protector, straightening your hair and applying a serum or hair oil.

Natural oils can coat the hair strands, preventing moisture from penetrating them. They help prevent frizz, as well as helping smooth down hair as an “on the go” treatment if it’s already frizzy.

 
How to style frizzy hair for the best results
 

The big question, of course, is how to keep frizzy hair straight.

Try some of the following tips on how to style wavy frizzy hair – including how to detangle frizzy hair and how to blow-dry frizzy hair (or how to dry your hair without making it frizzy).

  1. Always apply a good heat protector, such as Agadir Argan Oil Hair Shield Intense Crème Treatment, before blow-drying frizzy hair or heat styling.
  2. Clip your hair into sections so you can dry one section at a time.
  3. Using a low to medium heat setting (to minimise hair damage), dry each section with the nozzle of your hair dryer pointing downwards. Avoid pointing it upwards.
  4. Straighten your hair using an appropriate flat iron. Straighten a small section at a time, using a brush or comb to hold the hair taut and passing the straightener from root to tip, up to three times. Aim to keep the hair pointing downwards as you straighten.
  5. Apply a small amount of a suitable hair serum or oil.
 
How to fix frizzy hair for guys
 

The same principles apply for frizzy hair in men as for women.

The best, longest-lasting, smoothest results come from a combination of:

  • using deeply moisturising hair products (including those rich in proteins like keratin)
  • being gentle with your hair (avoid rough towel drying and brushing)
  • using appropriate styling tools and techniques (see styling tips above).

A growing range of anti-frizz products for men is available. For example, try Agiva Hair Shampoo 01 Keratin Complex Intense Repair.

Also use a hair serum or oil. Argan oil is a recommended choice.

 
How to fix frizzy straightened hair
 

Sometimes the straightening process itself adds static to the hair. It can leave the bulk of your hair straighter but with “fly-away” strands that stick out.

The best way to fix frizzy hair after straightening is to apply a small quantity of a good hair serum or hair oil.

This will smooth down fly-away strands. It also protects the hair against moisture and UV damage so it stays sleek for longer.

 
How to manage dry frizzy hair
 

Once you’ve dried and straightened your hair, apply a little hair serum or oil on the go, whenever you need to treat frizziness.

However, remember that a little goes a long way! Be careful not to apply too much or your hair may become oily.

 
What chemicals to avoid for frizzy hair
 

Ideally, avoid hair products that contain sulphates.

Some examples are sodium laurel (also called sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate); ammonium laurel sulfate; and sodium dodecylsulfate.

These ingredients have a drying effect and so can add to frizziness.

It’s also best to avoid parabens, diethanolamine and triethanolamine, isopropyl alcohol and polyethelyne glycol.

 
How to fix frizzy permed hair
 

A perm can go wrong, leaving hair dry, damaged and frizzy.

If hair is damaged due to a perm or any other form of chemical treatment, your best bet is to:

  • use moisturing hair products that are high in proteins
  • consider investing in a good, leave-in conditioning spray
  • as needed, use a smoothing hair serum or oil to smooth down frizz
  • keep being kind to your hair to encourage healthy new growth.
 
How to tame frizzy hair overnight
 

Want your hair as sleek and frizz-free as possible when you wake up?

Follow these guidelines:

  • if you’ve washed your hair, dry it with a microfibre towel or a soft t-shirt instead of a normal towel
  • make sure your hair is completely dry before bed (see styling tips for frizzy hair above)
  • switch to a satin or silk pillowcase to reduce static
  • apply a small amount of a hair serum or leave-in conditioning spray
  • loosely tie up your hair (or plait it if you want natural waves by morning).

Opt for a serum or spray that contains nourishing natural oils.

A little coconut oil is good for frizzy hair – or opt for a product containing argan oil, which absorbs well and is ideal for treating frizz.

 

Products

What are the best products for curly frizzy hair?
 

Are you looking for products for thick frizzy hair, dry frizzy hair or curly or wavy frizzy thick hair?

Above, we recommend specific shampoos, conditioners, masks and hair oils, formulated especially for treating frizzy hair. We believe these are among the best hair products for frizzy hair in South Africa.

In addition, it’s worth investing in the right styling tools. See answers to the next three questions for tips.

 
What are the best brushes for frizzy hair?
 

It’s best to avoid brushes with cheap plastic bristles. These are more likely to damage hair and to generate static.

Good choices are:

If your hair is extremely frizzy, aim to avoid brushing it at all once it’s dry.

Instead, use your fingers to smooth it down.

 
What is the best flat iron for frizzy hair?
 

The best straightener for frizzy hair is a tourmaline ceramic straightener. This type of flat iron has ceramic plates with tourmaline – a crystal that’s ground into a fine powder – infused into them.

The tourmaline produces negative ions when heated. These neutralise the positive ions that are responsible for frizz and static.

The alternative to a ceramic iron is a titanium iron. Titanium gets hotter and is excellent for straightening thick, coarse hair.

However, it’s less gentle and less effective at preventing frizzy hair.

 
What is the best hair dryer for frizzy hair?
 

The most technologically advanced hair straighteners and hair dryers reduce the damage caused by heat styling.

A diffuser can also help, by dispersing heat over a wider area of your hair.

Nonetheless, any frequent or high heat exposure causes some damage. Over the long term, this can make hair more frizzy.

 
Is keratin treatment good for frizzy hair?
 

For truly sleek results that last beyond just one hair wash, consider talking to your hairdresser about professional Brazilian thermal restructuring treatment. This can completely eliminate frizz (at least for a period of several weeks)!

A range of Brasil Cacau and Brasilian Hair Seduction treatment products are also available for home use. They’re exceptionally effective for fixing frizzy hair.

These products are also the answer if you’ve already had a keratin straightening treatment and are wondering how to keep Brazilian hair from getting frizzy. Use them to prolong the treatment effects and keep frizz away.