Frizzy hair can be a nightmare, especially in summer months, when the weather is humid and only makes it worse. The reason for frizzy hair is simple yet overlooked by so many people. If you want to find out how to tackle your frizzy hair, and what ingredients to look for, read on.
Firstly, what causes frizzy hair? Many people have had frizzy hair all their lives and haven’t even considered that there are ways to tame their locks without the use of a flat iron. It’s best to keep in mind the cause of your frizz, before trying to tackle it, as you know exactly what you want to do. Essentially, frizzy hair is caused by dryness and a lack of moisture around the scalp. Your hair cuticle, the outermost part of the hair shaft, is formed by layer of dead skin cells, which overlap. In healthy hair, these layers lay flat on top of each other, but these layers a rough and raised when the cuticle is dry. The cuticle strengthens the hair shaft, so when it is raised (damaged) it isn’t as effective.
So, we know why our hair becomes frizzy, but how can we treat this? There are a number of ways to treat damaged hair cuticles, and the first one is by avoiding heat tools as much as possible, especially the flat iron. This may sound counter-intuitive, as most people tame their frizz by straightening their hair. Straightening frizzy hair is like putting concealer on a pimple: you can’t see it anymore, but the problem is still there. Once you have taken care of your hair, you won’t need to use a flat iron.
Another way to repair your hair is give it the moisture it is lacking. There are a number of products which will give you this benefit. The first one is a deep conditioner, which you can find in any drugstore, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. The key ingredients to look out for are natural plant oils, such as coconut, argan, jojoba or shea butter. These hydrators will all work to moisturise your hair.
Look out for a moisturising shampoo, or consider swapping the one you are using, as many shampoos contain overly stripping ingredients, which disrupt the balance of natural oils in our scalp. In addition, consider washing your hair less often. Every time we wash our hair, it has to replace the natural oils which have been lost in the process and washing your hair too often can result in dry hair.
If you are interested in trying something else, there are many home remedies and ingredients which you can use to moisturise your hair, such as:
- Coconut oil is a simple household ingredient and, when it comes to your hair, a little goes a long way. A tub of coconut oil is also very inexpensive, especially when you consider how long it will last. You can either use it as a conditioning mask or post-wash treatment. If you want to use it as a mask, apply enough to coat the bottom two thirds of your hair after shampooing, and leave it in for a few minutes before rinsing and use 1-3 times per week. If using as a post-wash treatment, just apply a small amount of coconut oil to damp hair and disperse from midsection to the ends. Make sure not to use too much.
- Tea tree oil can be used in different forms. One of the best options is to use a shampoo with tea tree oil already in it. This means you don’t have to remember to apply anything else to your hair, and you can just continue with your normal hair regiment. If you would like to use tea tree oil as a part of a home remedy, mix it with almond oil or another carrier oil in a 1:10 ratio of tea tree oil to the carrier oil. You can use it as an overnight mask or leave it in for 30-40 minutes before washing out. Use this once a week. Avoid using tea tree at full strength in your hair, as this can be too harsh.
- An egg and yoghurt mask is another home remedy which is incredibly easy to get hold of and to make. This mixture can promote hair growth as well as moisture and nourishment. The yoghurt is great for scalp health and can soothe and relieve damage. All you need to do is mix one egg with two tablespoons of yoghurt, leave this in your hair for up to 30 minutes and rinse. Use once or twice a week and you’ll notice the benefits.
- Although it can be more difficult to get hold of, jojoba oil is another ingredient which provides moisturising and nourishing properties for the hair. It has a variety of benefits, all of which contribute to good scalp health and can also promote hair growth. An effective way of implementing jojoba oil into your routine is either finding a product (such as shampoo or conditioner) which contains jojoba oil, or even mixing a small amount of it into your regular shampoo and conditioner for an extra shine boost.
Avocado, including avocado oil or blended avocado, is full of healthy fats and lipids. These can help to nourish your hair and also contain biotin, a vitamin which can promote healthy hair growth. Studies have also shown that some of the minerals found in avocado can potentially seal cuticle cells, which is a prefect treatment for frizzy hair. You can make an avocado hair mask by mixing these ingredients and leaving in for 10 minutes before washing hair:
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon raw honey
- 1 egg
- Another way to receive the benefits of avocado is by eating it regularly, as what goes into your body also benefits it on the outside!
There are also many more, but all of these ingredients are easy to get a hold of, and all have moisturising properties.
The bottom line is that the best way to treat your frizzy hair is to ensure that it is nourished and protect it against damage. It’s worth putting in more time to treat your frizzy hair, rather than doing things to disguise it, as this can be damaging in the long run. Keep damage to a minimum and consider creating a weekly hair treatment regime.
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