Frizzy & Flyaway Hair
Frizzy hair is defined as ‘tight wispy curls’, but it is also hair that has gone out of shape, has lost its smoothness and sticks up in wisps. Frizzy hair occurs in all hair textures, but is most common in curly, fine hair.
WHAT CAUSES FRIZZY HAIR?
HUMIDITY AND STATIC ELECTRICITY
Hair expands, stretches, and changes its protein bonds temporarily when wet or damp. This is why your hair sets into a desired style when you apply heat. However, it’s also why your hair will revert to its natural configuration as soon as it’s touched by humidity (moisture in the air). Where you go throughout the day affects how much frizz your hair will have, because humidity varies in different environments. You can be at home, travel on a subway, sit in an office, go out to get lunch and be in and out of air conditioning and central heating. These changes all cause your hair to reshape, often multiple times throughout the day.
The propensity for frizzy hair is partly unavoidable as no one’s hair is exactly the same length due to the hair growth cycle, or exactly the same shape – so it has the tendency to stick out in different places. Some hairs also may be curlier, wavier or wispier than others – determined by genetics.
However, hair breakage can further contribute to hair that is of different lengths and therefore to frizziness, and the longer your hair is, the more prone it is to snapping.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HAIR FROM FRIZZING
The best way to prevent frizz is to dry and style your hair with products that discourage your hair from absorbing moisture. The key ingredient in these products is silicones as they are moisture resistant and light in texture. However, you need to choose carefully as some silicones can leave your hair feeling greasy, coated, heavy, dull and even dry.
Also, be careful not to use too much of a product containing silicone when heat-styling. This can cause ‘silicone burn’ –an unpleasant brittleness and dullness of the hair that’s almost as maddening as the frizz.
If your hair sticks out in odd places, use a ‘smoothing’ styling product to tame your hair and temporarily smooth unruly wisps.
Hair that is broken and dry is more prone to looking frizzy. Hydrate your hair with a weekly pre-shampoo conditioning treatment to discourage breakage and smooth your hairs’ cuticles. A daily protective spray will also help shield your hair from daily environmental weathering and damage.