Ever heard of the phrase ‘frizzy hair, don’t care’? Yeah, us neither, because it is difficult to ignore the fact that your hair turns into a puffy mess sometimes. Let’s picture an all too familiar scenario: You wake up early, wash your hair, spend an hour styling it and do a dramatic hair flip as you leave the house ...Only to reach your workplace and scream in horror as you stare into your reflection in the mirror. Your gorgeous curls or sleek straight hair is now…*gasp*….all over the place! Frizz is like those annoying relatives that show up uninvited at your home every year, and don’t seem to want to leave. So what do you do? You make them leave. As you need to do with frizz.
Ever wondered who creates the poofy monster on your hair and where it comes from? We got to the bottom of it: frizz occurs when the outer layer of your hair, or the cuticle layer, is raised, leading to moisture entering your hair, making it swollen and puffy. This makes your hair look dry and frizzy instead of soft and smooth.
If you think that ‘frizzy’ is just your hair type, think again. There’s a lot of factors that contribute to your hair becoming frizzy. This could be your diet, your water intake, the wrong kind of shampoo, medication or chemical treatments. Curly hair is more likely to be frizzy than straighter hair because the strands get more dehydrated. And what’s the solution to dry/dehydrated hair? You guessed it- it’s moisture! The first step would be to make sure you consume enough water (at least 2 liters a day) and improve your diet and lifestyle. If your hair still remains frizzy, worry not, we’re here to help!
If you’ve noticed your hair getting frizzy and unmanageable, the first step would be to get to the bottom of the problem: what exactly is causing it? Make a simple checklist of all the things that can cause your hair to frizz up, and crossing off things that you think don’t apply to you. Once you get to the root cause, it will be way simpler to tackle that particular problem.
We said it before and we’ll say it again: Moisturised hair is KEY to eliminating frizz, and there are two ways to deal with this problem. Let’s explore the options available to us:
One of the solutions to treating frizzy hair is with the help of products available in the market, and there are definitely some great ones out there! The one product you can probably find in your own bathroom right now is conditioner. So remember the golden rule: NEVER skip conditioner! If you feel like your conditioner is weighing your hair down too much and making it oily, try to invert your hair wash procedure: Apply conditioner to your hair first, lightly rinse it with water, and then shampoo your hair! This method has certainly worked wonders for a lot of people. Besides that, you can also let your hair lock in extra moisture by applying a serum to the length of your strands when your hair is damp.
If you’re in the ‘experimental’ phase where you’re trying different things out to figure out what your hair actually responds well to, we’d definitely recommend home remedies! You don’t really want to spend thousands of rupees on a number of products, only to find out that half of them don’t suit your hair. Plus, natural ingredients are less likely to have an adverse reaction and damage your hair further.
We did a deep-dive of the internet, so you wouldn’t have to, and compiled a list of the best home remedies to treat your frizzy hair. Most of them include ingredients easily available at home, so you can treat it like a fun art project! So run into your kitchen and start mixing!
For damaged, dry and frizzy hair, fresh tea leaves are an excellent home remedy! They help reduce hair fall, increase volume and give your hair a healthy shine. Follow these steps to incorporate tea leaves into your hair-care routine:
Do this every alternate day for three weeks and you’ll notice a difference.
There’s more to this fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) than the hipster ‘avocado toast’! One of the biggest reasons to love this hair mask is that it’s inexpensive and does an amazing job of preventing dryness. Plus, you can use the leftover pulp to make guacamole and eat it with nachos. #SelfCare, amarite?
Try this twice a month!
If you want to restore the moisture in your hair naturally, you can take the party to your bathroom! Just FYI, beer is packed with minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients. And if you want to take a few swigs mid-bath, nobody’s there to judge you! Here’s how you can use it:
Remember to try this once every 2 weeks. (You’re welcome!)
When it comes to tackling frizz, bananas are pretty much life-savers. They contain potassium, vitamins, carbohydrates and natural oils, which help add shine and moisture to hair in distress. Plus who doesn’t want their hair to smell fruity and fresh? Follow these steps to make a delicious banana mask:
Try this once every two weeks.
Okay, we get it. They smell terrible- especially when they’re uncooked- but hear us out! Eggs are one of the best ingredients when you want to bring your hair back to life! They moisturise your hair, and make it glossy and soft! Plus they’re *extremely* cheap! Who doesn’t love a good bargain?
Twice a month should work well to reduce frizz.
You’re probably already aware that coconut milk is a super ingredient. Besides being a delicious addition to your food or beverages, the milky liquid is excellent for frizzy hair because it moisturises the hair and gives it all the nourishment it needs.
Try this thrice in two weeks for best results.
This is probably the easiest home remedy of them all. Honey is nature’s gift to us. This natural beauty ingredient is known for its moisturising and conditioning properties. Additionally, it can also help calm down an itchy scalp.
You can use this mask once a week for good results.
We couldn’t exclude this versatile ingredient from this list. Besides being great for the skin and its other health benefits, apple cider vinegar can really help control the frizz on your hair. It balances the pH of your hair and helps seal in all the moisture by closing your hair cuticles. Here’s how you can use it:
We’ve put together a list of questions to clear your doubts about frizzy hair.
Yes, it IS possible to de-frizz your hair while you sleep. First, get rid of all your cotton pillowcases and replace them with silk ones. Cotton is known to suck the moisture out of your hair, which is why you often wake up with frizzy hair. Besides that, make sure you brush your hair before you go to bed, and tie it in a loose pony to avoid tangles as you sleep. It’s also a good idea to oil your hair before hitting the sack at least twice a week!
Your hair is most vulnerable to frizz as soon as you step out of the shower. In order to curb that, you first need to make you are that you conditioned it adequately. After the wash, be very gentle when you towel-dry your hair, no aggressive rubbing and pulling! Once your hair is slightly drier, apply a moisturising serum to your hair, and wait for it to completely dry. If you must blow dry it, wait till it is almost dry and then use heat. If you blow dry soaking-wet hair, it’s going to become extremely frizzy. And comb your hair only once it is completely dry.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking- is it even possible to never deal with frizzy hair again? Well, the answer is yes, but you’ll have to work for it! You need a complete lifestyle overhaul when it comes to your hair care routine. You’ll need to wash your hair as little as possible (only once or twice a week), ditch any products with harsh chemicals, minimize the use of heat on your hair and promise to use a hair mask twice a week.
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