MANE Events – Combating Frizzy Natural Hair

“I’m having a hard time keeping my hair from frizzing.”

In text chat with one of my line sisters, the topic of frizz came up. Although one can never truly eliminate frizz in naturally curly hair, here are some pointers I have for combating frizzy natural hair.

1. Learn when your hair is thirsty. Most frizz is due to lack of moisture in the hair strands. Properly moisturizing your hair will leave the hair shaft shiny and smooth.  I normally moisturize my hair when it is damp, first locking in the moisture from the dampness with a leave-in and then sealing it with either Shea butter or some other type of oil. This type of moisturizing technique can last me up to 5 days, depending on the season.  If I feel my hair getting dry, spritzing water on my strands and sealing it with oil throughout the week before bedtime or in the morning does the trick.

2. Understand how your hair reacts during the seasons. In the summer, I find that my hair is more prone to frizz due to the increase in humidity. “Well isn’t humidity adding extra moisture? Shouldn’t you want that?” Uh, not when I’ve spent time styling my locks! I combat it with adding oils to my ends. Oils act as a barrier to moisture both ways, so to not oversaturate my hair with moisture, I add oils to keep it out.  In the winter’s harsh conditions, hair is more prone to dryness. Here again, moisture retention is a must.

3. Protect your ends. If they are splitting and/or dry then that may be your culprit to frizzy hair. When my ends are split, I cut them. Health is more important then length, and healthy hair grows.  Add additinal protection to your hair from winter’s cold climate by wearing protective styles – twists, buns, and updos.  Avoid, whenever possible, having them exposed to your clothing fabric as that can also dry out your locks. If you do decide to wear your hair out, make sure it is a properly moisturized (back to the first point).

4. Respect your elders… er, I mean ends.  They have the most history on your scalp, as they are the oldest parts of your hair shaft. Treat them kindly, nurture them, and understand they have moisture needs.

5. Embrace it! I’ve learned to pick and choose my battles, and frizz isn’t one I’m going to necessarily win. Do the above methods cut back on frizz in my hair? Sure, they do. Do they totally eradicate the problem? Nope.  As I continue to embark on my hair journey, I will learn what works best for me.  I hope that you will do the same.

A couple of other pointers could be to:

  • Use shampoo/conditioner that are specifically formulated to combat frizz
  • Air dry your hair oppose to blow drying it.  If you do blow dry your hair, make sure you use a diffuser attachement.
  • Sleep with a satin cap and/or on a satin pillow case
  • Use a t-shirt instead of a towel to dry your freshly washed strands.

Whatever you choose, remember everyone is different.  Hope this helps!

  • Hmm…t-shirt??

  • Yep, a t-shirt! Towels, on naturally curly hair, can damage your curl causing breakage in hair (How many times have you seen hair in your towel after you have dried it?) It can also strip your hair of product (i.e. conditioner). If you don’t want to use a t-shirt, you can also use paper towels or microfiber towels for similar results. Just make sure you dry your hair in one direction and avoid using the scrubbing effect on your strands with anything you use… t-shirt or not.