Do you ever look at someone with sleek, smooth hair and think how?
Some hair types are more prone to frizz than others (having curls and coils is both a blessing and a challenge). But that doesn’t mean that you have to give in to the frizz.
Understanding what causes frizz can help you to prevent it. Then knowing exactly how to tame frizzy hair, and which tools are right for your hair vibe, will help change the game. Which hair brush is best for frizzy hair? What causes hair frizz in the first place? We’re about to find out.
What causes frizzy hair?
When it comes to frizzy hair, prevention is key. There may be some things that you’re doing — or not doing — to your hair that’s exacerbating your frizz.
There are also genetic and environmental factors that contribute to frizziness. But once you know how to handle your hair, they won’t have the final say.
Frizz factor #1: How moisturized your hair is
Your hair’s moisture level is the main cause of frizz. Dryer hair tends to be frizzier, while more moisturized hair usually looks smoother.
That would explain why coiled and curly hair is usually frizzier than straight hair, because they have naturally lower moisture levels.
Frizz factor #2: Humid / hot weather
Remember that episode from friends when Monica gets Frizzy hair? She said it herself — it’s the humidity!
When your hair lacks moisture it looks to absorb moisture out of the air, and that creates frizz.
So the fundamental formula for poofy hair is: dry hair + warm humid weather = frizzy hair day.
Frizz factor #3: Rough towel drying
Your hair is most prone to breakage when it’s wet. That’s why we don’t advise rubbing your wet hair with your towel, but gently squeezing the water out instead.
Abrasive bath towels are not only rough on the hair, but they can also draw your much needed hair oils away. Try switching your hair towel to a microfibre, which is a much gentler option. It also helps to speed up the drying process!
Frizz factor #4: Over-brushing
When you brush your hair too often it can lead to breakage, especially if you’re prone to knots and tangles.
It’s best to just brush your hair when it needs it to avoid too many split ends. Using a hairbrush for frizzy thick hair will also help to maintain a healthy condition.
Frizz factor #5: Split ends
You may notice that when you’re due a haircut, your hair tends to get even frizzier. That’s because where split ends are, you’ll usually find frizz too.
Split ends are particularly prone to frizz because they’re further away from the scalp and all its natural oils that help to keep your locks in good condition.
Frizz factor #6: Not using heat protection
Exposure to heat is another cause of split ends. Hair dryers, straighteners, curlers, crimpers and other heat styling tools can all strip your hair’s moisture, leaving you with dry, damaged and frizz-prone locks.
Frizz factor #7: Harsh hair products
There’s a common theme occurring here. Can you spot it?
Your hair has natural moisture levels that we want to protect and boost to avoid frizz.
Some hair products might be quite harsh on your hair, stripping away its — can you guess? — moisture!
Frizz factor #8: Washing hair with hot water
If you’re a hot shower lover, we’ve got bad news for you. When you shower with water that’s a little too hot, you’re stripping your scalp and hair of its natural oils.
Washing your hair with warm water is best, plus a blast of cold water at the end can really help to lock in moisture and keep your hair looking sleek and shiny!
How to smooth frizzy hair
Now you know how to minimize your frizz levels, it’s time to learn how to really smooth out your locks.
Switch to a boar bristle brush
A boar bristle brush is designed specifically to detangle stubborn knots without causing pain, minimize breakage, and leave you with smooth and shiny hair — the dream!
This type of brush works to distribute your natural hair oils throughout your hair, allowing your natural moisture to work its magic.
Tackle surface frizz first
If your hair has a static look to it, then you can tame the frizz by aiming to add moisture and washing your hair less often.
If you are using heat styling tools, always use a heat protection spray and keep the heat as low as possible. When drying your hair, aim the nozzle down the hair rather than up, helping to smooth out the hair cuticle.
What to do with frizzy curls
Use hydrating products wherever possible in your hair care routine. When drying your hair, pat it gently with a towel (or an old t-shirt) and scrunch it, don’t rub it!
We’d also recommend that you avoid touching your hair too often to prevent frizz.
What to do with frizzy ends
Dry and frizzy ends are more common for people who have dyed their hair, use harsh products or regularly use hot styling tools.
Use hydrating products on the ends of your hair and try to give it a break from your heat styling tools every now and then. Where possible, opt for towel drying over hairdryers.
What to do with frizz all over!
Try to cut down on how often you wash your hair and ensure that the products you’re using are adding, not removing moisture.
You may be over-brushing, so be mindful of when you’re combing your hair and try to only do it when it really needs it.
Find your anti-frizz tool kit
The Wet Brush range contains several products designed to banish frizzy hair and detangle all hair types. Shop the selection today.