Causes And Remedies For Frizzy Hair

February 18, 2009 at 2:18 pm 12 comments


Are you tired of your frizzy hair? Find out what cause your hair to be frizzy and how you can treat it:


Naturally curly hair
In naturally curly hair  the hair follicles, which are normally straight, have curves. This strips natural oils off hair causing lack of moisture which leads to frizzy hair.

Damaged hair
If you have long hair and brush and comb it a lot, then chances are you created some split ends. The short hair stubs stick out uncontrollably, causing the frizz.
Also, perming, coloring and bleaching can damage hair causing it to develop frizz.

Dry hair
Dry hair lacks moisture and therefore becomes brittle and breaks easily. As mentioned above, broken hair strands spring up uncontrollably.
Over-drying hair, overuse of styling products and spending too much time in the sun can all cause dry hair.

The moisture from humidity penetrates into the hair, coming into contact with the proteins inside it (Orthocortex and Paracortex). Because these proteins absorb moisture differently, they swell differently. This causes the hair shaft to bend and twist.


  • Use a conditioner and anti-frizz products that contain silicones (like dimethicone) as they helps to smooth hair.
  • Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week to add moisture to your hair.
  • Don’t wash hair too often, as shampoos can strip hair of its natural oils, which moisturize it, causing it to become dry.
  • Get your hair cut regularly to prevent split ends and frizz.
  • Avoid blow-drying your hair whenever possible. If you have to, limit it to two times a week.

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  • 1. jojoba  |  February 18, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    great post. i am the frizzy hair queen. lol

  • 2. GHD  |  February 18, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Great post, as always.

    I find it’s really hard for people to objectively decide their hair is damaged. It usually takes telling someone else how often you blowdry, colour and style your hair before they realise it’s a repair situation. And I do think that’s important; controlling frizz due to hair type is a different beast than frizz due to damage. I’m glad you addressed this (e.g. you might have a dry hair type, but it might also be because you blowdry a lot).

  • 3. prettybeautiful  |  February 19, 2009 at 12:49 am

    hey your post came in time for my rescue! lately my hair has been dry like hell :( i just bought a loreal anti frizz serum, hope it works for me!

  • 4. Ahleessa  |  February 19, 2009 at 3:53 am

    This is so helpful, but at the moment I’m not dealing with this. I’ll definitely use it in the future when I have frizzy hair… hehe~ Thanks for the information! :)

  • 5. beautifulwithbrains  |  February 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    jojoba: I’m sorry to hear that. I have frizzy hair at times and it is so annoying. Hopefully this tips will help you :)

    GHD: I think it’s important to know what causes your hair to be frizzy as different causes need different treatments. If you’re causing the frizz, by blowdrying it a lot for instance, you can easily fix it by stopping what you doing wrong. But if your hair is naturally frizzy then there’s not much you can do. There are products that help a lot, but they can’t change the genetics of your hair.

    prettybeautiful: glad to help. I’m sorry to hear that, I hope the L’Oreal product will help you. If you have dry hair, it is also important to deep condition hair once a week to give it the moisture they desperately need.

    Ahleesa: You’re welcome, but I hope you’ll never have to deal with frizzy hair :)

  • 6. Kennith of Cali  |  February 20, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Halle Berry was talking about how great Mixed Chicks products are for handling her frizz in the Shape Mag this month.

  • 7. beautifulwithbrains  |  February 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Was she? I knew she was using The Mixed Chicks Leave In Conditioner, but missed the Shape mag article. I’m noy surprised though, I’ve heard really great things about that product.

  • 8. lisa  |  February 21, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Wow, I am a little surprised at some of this information. My name is Lisa and I own a Hair salon in Santa Monica,
    First of all hair shape is determined by the follicle shape. The rounder the follicle the straighter the hair, the more pinched oval the curlier the hair. Which has absolutely nothing to do with how dry the actual hair is. Now having said that Curly hair by nature is dryer and typically the cuticle is more open than that of straighter hair. This has nothing to do with the health of the scalp or how often you should shampoo. I recommend cleansing & conditioning with moisturizing products daily or second day. I also like styling with a leave-in cond, curl activator & some sort of silicone. Every salon product is PH balanced and keeps the scalp and hair from any stripping action.
    Weather reactive Frizzy hair is caused by moisture lengthening the hair, which sort of deforms the curl. Chemical treatments certainly cause frizz but perming can restructure frizz to a beautiful curl.
    Damaging hair by brushing and combing HMMMM. I always recommend natural boar bristle brushes, simply because the cuticles of the boar bristle help lay flat your hair cuticle i.e. no damage just shine. Boar bristle brushes are wonderfully
    soothing and self pampering, Remember 100 strokes will also help stimulate your scalp to better oil production which in turns is distributed through your hair.
    Remember oil isn’t moisture. So external oils won’t fix your hair but rather coat it and clog your pores or follicles.
    If you are going to blow dry your hair, set your dryer to a medium heat with medium action and use a diffuser.
    In the end like everyone else (straight, wavy, curly)you have to find a cocktail that works for you and invest in professional products. They are the ones doing the most r&d for us.

  • 9. beautifulwithbrains  |  February 22, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Hi Lisa,

    thanks for your comment and sharing this useful information. I do know that treating naturally curly and frizzy hair and treating hair that is frizzy because is damaged are two different thing. So, if your hair follicles have twists, ther isn’t too much you can do and shampooing less may not make a huge difference. But if your hair is dry because you damaged it, then shampooing less or just using a less harsh shampoo can be useful. Maybe I should have written the post in a different style and specified the right treatment for every cause but I thought that would have been repetitive.
    Brushing and combing hair carefully won’t create damage but doing it too much, esp with the wrong tools, can result in split ends. Like everything else in life, brushing or blowdrying aren’t bad for you if done properly. It’s the excess that causes damages.
    But you’re right, it’s just a matter of experimenting and finding what works best for you.

  • 10. daniel  |  May 25, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    has anyone had luck / experience with the infusium products or “ion professional products”? my daughter is asian/caucasian and has a thick head of frizzy hair.

  • 11. Auburn  |  May 26, 2009 at 1:01 am

    I have many clients who love infusium, not the entire line I think there is a leave in curl controller.
    depending on the thickness and texture you can try
    Schwarzkopf smooth control shampoo & conditioner or their r rescue repair. Kenra has some great moisturizing Shamp/ cond. as well. Use a clarifier 1x week if you use the infusium, something like Malibu 2000 is great!

  • 12. beautifulwithbrains  |  May 27, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Daniel: I’m sorry but I haven’t tried these products yet.

    Auburn: thanks for your help and suggestions, hopefully they’ll help Daniel’s daughter :)


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