More and more curly-haired ladies are choosing to wear their curls naturally rather than alter it with chemicals or heat. Natural curls are beautiful, but women blessed with this type of hair can at times be unsure of how to style it. So in this article, we will share some tips and tricks on how to style curly hair without frizz.
“Frizz” is defined as hair that is formed into a mass of tufts or small and tight curls. Hair frizz comes about when the cuticle layer becomes raised, leaving the strands to appear dry rather than smooth and full of moisture. Frizz is common for curly-haired girls when it is humid outside, and when the hair is dehydrated. So how do we fight frizz?
1. Be Careful About Changing Your Color
The first way to fight frizz when you have naturally curly hair is to be careful about changing your color. Chemicals in bleach and hair dye are notorious for damaging the cuticle layer, which in turn brings about the appearance of frizz. Hair that was once smooth can begin to look thick and dry, which is something that you would obviously want to avoid.
If you enjoy the look of your natural hair color, the absolute best thing you can do is keep it the way nature intended it to be. Bleaching should be avoided. Fortunately, there are natural ways that you can darken or lighten your color.
To darken your hair, mix espresso with a leave-in conditioner or coconut oil and wash it out after about an hour. Repeat as often as you like to achieve a darker shade. If you would like to lighten your hair or see the appearance of highlights, try treating your hair with lemon juice. Spray the juice into your hair, and then sit in the sun for a small amount of time. Again, repeat as often as you would like.
2. Avoid Harsh Styling Methods
How else can you style your curly hair without frizz? Leave your hair dryer, straightener, and even hair brush out of the picture!
When it comes to your hair dryer and straightener, think about what happens when you stay outdoors in the middle of the summer heat for a long period of time. You feel hot, worn-down, and in desperate need of a cold glass of water. The same can be said for your hair when it is exposed to heat for hours, days, and weeks on end! Heating your hair up with these products can dry it out, and cause split ends – two contributors to frizz.
Air-dry instead of blow dry
The best choice is to stop using your hair dryer and allow your hair to air-dry instead. If you don’t want to go out and about with wet hair, try washing your hair at night. After your shower, wrap your hair with something silk and enjoy lovely curls when you wake in the morning. Something else you can do is change your pillowcase to one that is silk, and allow your hair to rest on this while you sleep.
If you enjoy straightening your hair, or you simply cannot stop using a hair dryer, allow one or two days out of the week for your hair to be all natural. Giving your strands a break is much better than applying heat to them daily. Also, use a heat protectant spray before applying heat to your hair to minimize damage.
Forego the hairbrush
Another point we would like to make is that a hair brush is not always your friend. Some ladies blessed with curly hair find that they have too many knots to work through in their hair to give up a hair brush completely, and this is okay. Just be sure to brush from the bottom up to avoid tearing your strands and causing split ends.
If you have curly hair that is easy to manage, try styling it with your fingers after your shower. Personally, I have found that my hair is much healthier without the use of my hair brush, and frizz is now non-existent.
3. Use the Right Hair Products
Another way to fight frizz is to use the proper hair products. Start with a shampoo and conditioner that is designed to deeply hydrate and fight frizz. One natural product that is excellent for this is coconut oil. If you like, substitute your store-bought conditioner with this oil in order to see deep hydration in your strands.
Once your hair is clean and conditioned, fight the urge to overload your hair with product. All your curly hair needs is one or two products, such as a little bit of mousse or styling gel. Run this through your hair with your fingers and then after this, avoid touching your hair. A little bit of frizz-fighting spray or hair spray is fine, but again, don’t overdo it!
In conclusion, having beautiful curly hair devoid of frizz is completely possible. Evaluate how you are taking care of your hair now. Make any adjustments that you need to in order to enjoy much less frizz. Another thing to keep in mind is that staying hydrated is imperative to having hair that is smooth and healthy so be sure to drink enough water each day. By following the tips laid out in this article, you will see much less frizz and much more beautiful hair. Good luck!