What Is Frizz? Understanding Frizzy Hair And How To Reduce It

Frizz. The arch-enemy of curly hair around the world. Or maybe even hair in general. 

Whether you have straight, wavy, or curly hair, there is a good chance that you’ve experienced or are experiencing frizzy hair. 

Most people will experience some level of frizz from time to time. 

And that’s perfectly ok. 

Frizz is not necessarily a bad thing, however, there are ways to help identify what type of frizz you are experiencing and the best way to combat it. 

In this post, we will talk about what frizz is, how to reduce it, and will share a whole bunch of tips and tricks on how to style your hair in a way that limits the amount of frizz. 

But before we get started, I want to shed some light on the fact that frizz isn’t a bad thing. 

Within the curl community, it’s become a 4 letter word and it really shouldn’t be. 

In the words of Lorain Massey, “frizz is a curl just wanting to happen”.Put another way, because of frizz, we can have gorgeous curls. 

Another important thing to remember about frizz is that without it, our curls would be flat, stringy, and look wet. 

Yes, there are many ways we can reduce frizz, but it’s important to remember not to vilify it. 

We can find a healthy balance of normal frizz and learn to embrace and accept it. 

If you are looking for a way to understand your hair better, you can fill out this quiz to get a better understanding of homecare and product recommendations. 


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What causes frizzy hair?

Frizz happens from lack of moisture.

When the air is dry or humid, it can cause your hair to lose moisture. When your hair loses moisture, it causes the hair cuticle to become rough which creates frizz.

The outer layer of your hair begins to absorb moisture causing the hair strand to swell and produce frizz.

But it’s not as simple as adding more moisture.

Your hair requires moisture with a small enough molecule to penetrate it and moisturize your hair from the inside out.

And don’t forget about protein.

Your hair also needs the right amount of protein to reduce frizz. If you add too much moisture, you can actually cause more frizz.

For an in depth post about the relationship between protein and moisture and your hair, you can visit this post.

How do you stop frizz?

There are many different factors when determining how to stop frizz but it comes down to five simple strategies.

  • Healthy at home habits 
  • Investing in a quality product line 
  • Using one product line exclusively 
  • Finding the right protein/moisture balance
  • Protecting your hair 

I am currently working on an in-depth post on these five frizz-fighting strategies. If you would like to be the first to read it, you can sign up for my weekly email here.

How do I fix frizzy hair?

There is no “quick fix” when it comes to frizzy hair. The only way to reduce risk is to fall in love with the process of caring for your curls and giving them everything they need to thrive. 

You can visit this post to learn more about reducing frizz.

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Does frizz mean damage?

Frizz does not equal damage. Hair is extremely complex and frizz can happen for many different reasons. 

Your hair is made up of thousands of tiny little shingles on each hair strand which hold in moisture.

Curly and wavy hair tends to be drier which causes it to quickly absorb moisture from the air. When that happens, those little shingles raise thus creating frizz. 

In contrast, damaged hair means that your hair strand is not only rough to touch but may even snap off when you gently pull on the strand. Having split ends is another sign of damage. 

What’s best for frizzy hair?

The best thing you can do for frizzy hair is established a healthy hair care routine, choose a quality product line containing both protein and moisture, and take steps to protect your hair from damage. 

You can read this post to learn how to create healthy haircare habits.

How do I permanently get rid of frizzy hair?

Depending on your hair type, there may not be a permanent solution to abolishing frizz forever. 

And that is perfectly ok.

The truth is that frizz is a necessary part of having curls.

It adds volume and character which make your curls unique. 

Rather than asking how to permanently get rid of frizz, the question should be how to reduce unnecessary frizz and embrace perfectly normal frizz. 

The best way to do that is to use quality products that will nourish your hair from the inside out, and establish a healthy hair routine. 

How do you stop frizzy hair naturally?

When it comes to naturally reducing frizz, the best thing you can do is establish a healthy consistent hair care routine that nourishes your hair from the get-go. 

Yes, frizz reducing products can work well. 

But it is simply a band-aid approach.

To reduce frizz, the most important element is to balance both protein and moisture throughout your hair. 

And that is done by using a quality product line exclusively and keep track of how your hair reacts. 

The reason I am such a huge proponent of using one product line consistently is that products are designed to complement each other and balance the protein and moisture in your hair. 

If you are not careful when pulling from different product lines, you could easily end up with an overload of either protein or moisture which will cause all sorts of problems frizz being one of them.

If you would like to understand the relationship role protein and moisture play in your hair, you can enroll in my protein/moisture workshop. 

How do I stop my hair from being frizzy after washing it?

Apply product on wet hair. When your hair is wet, it’s in its smoothest state. 

By applying your product on wet hair, you are able to= lock in moisture thus reducing frizz. 

I like to keep my styling products in the shower so I can style my hair as soon as I’m done washing it.

How do you treat Halo frizz?

Halo frizz is often caused by too much heat. Showering in hot water is a major cause of halo frizz because the hot water hits your hair first and causes unwanted frizz. 

Here are a few ways to combat halo frizz:

  • Wash and style your hair upside down. This gives added protection from heat.
  • Use lukewarm water when you wash your hair. This helps keep the cuticle closed and retain moisture.
  • Use a deep conditioner appropriate for your hair type keep it moisturized.
  • Protect your hair while you sleep using a silk cap or pillowcase – See this post for more info on how to sleep with curly hair.
  • Stretch your wash day – You may be washing too often which can cause your hair to become dry and frizzy.

Is apple cider vinegar good for frizzy hair?

Yes. The acidity of apple cider vinegar helps to smooth your hair and give it shine. It can also be used as a clarifying wash.

Here are some more benefits to using apple cider vinegar:

  • Clarifies and exfoliates your scalp
  • Balance your scalp’s ph level
  • Promotes volume and curl definition 
  • Helps prevent fungus and bacteria growth and keeps the hair and scalp healthy
  • Contains nutrients (vitamins B, C, and potassium), which are beneficial for your hair

All these benefits make apple cider vinegar a great DIY recipe for curly hair. You can see my favorite ACV recipe at this post.

Is coconut oil good for frizzy hair?

Yes and no. Coconut oil has many benefits to your hair, but it’s important to remember that not all hair types can support the molecular weight of coconut oil.

Ever wonder why a product that contains coconut oil will make your hair thrive but if you slap on coconut from your kitchen your curls end up greasy? 

When coconut oil is added to a hair product, it’s typically hydrolyzed (which means it’s been cut into smaller molecules) so It can penetrate your hair shaft. 

In contrast, when you use coconut oil from your kitchen, more often than not it sits on your hair rather than penetrating it and weighs it down making it greasy. 

Yes, coconut has many benefits, but it’s important to understand that if it is not designed for hair, it’s probably not a good fit. 

Which oil is best for dry frizzy hair?

First of all, oil is not always the best way to combat frizz. Before you get oil, I recommend starting with a deep conditioner that is appropriate for your hair type.

When it comes to the best oil for your hair, it’s important to choose a blend of oils that are designed specifically for hair. 

My top favorite oil to combat frizz is Monat’s Rejuvenique.

Rejuvanique is a blend of 13+ unique ingredients, including antioxidants, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids making it an ideal oil to help reduce frizz without weighing your hair down. 

>>>>>CLICK HERE to get rejuvanique

Which shampoo is best for dry and frizzy hair?

When it comes to choosing a shampoo to help combat frizz, think moisturizing shampoo. 

Traditional shampoos tend to strip your hair of important natural oils which in turn causes frizz. 

When you opt for a moisturizing shampoo, it adds an additional layer of moisture to your hair that will help reduce frizz. 

My favorite moisturizing cleanser that helps reduce frizz is Renew by Monat. 

This is a quality product line that will repair and restore your hair from the inside out. 

>>>>>You can get the restore bundle here

If you would like one on one help in choosing a product, you can take the product recommendation quiz here.

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And you can visit this post to read about tips to reduce frizz on your wash day.

In Conclusion

There are many things you can do to reduce frizz and smooth out your hair stand.

But when it comes to curly or wavy hair, it’s important to remember that frizz plays an important role when it comes to volume adding character.

The best way to reduce frizz is to….

Invest in a quality product line that will repair your hair from the inside out. 

Drugstore products are ok to get started with, but when it comes to long term hair health, it’s important to invest in a product line that will nurture your hair and give it everything it needs to thrive. 

Establish a consistent healthy haircare routine. 

Be sure that your hair is getting the right amount of protein and moisture as an imbalance is the cause of many different issues with frizz. 

Also, incorporate a scalp treatment multiple times per week. Healthy hair begins with the scalp.

Protect your hair.

Hair is complex and sensitive. 

It’s important to protect your hair from the environment, breakage while you sleep, and heat in order to produce sleek and shiny hair. 



P.S Don’t forget to take the curly type quiz!

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