4 Genius Ways To Beat Frizz At Its Own Game

banish_frizz_for_good_slide1_annaIllustrated by Anna Sudit.
Curls come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing most of us have in common is frizz. For some curlies the fight against frizz is an annoying daily battle, so it's important that you know your enemy. Do you really know exactly what frizz is? Do you know what is happening to your hair when it frizzes? Understanding these things is the key to getting the fly-aways under control.
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Define "Frizz"
Technically speaking, frizz can be both a noun and a verb. As a noun, frizz is the messy tangle of hair that sits upon your head from time to time. As a verb, “to frizz” means to form your hair into knots, tight curls, or some other snag.
Why The Frizz?
Regardless of what makes your hair appear frizzy, the underlying cause is usually the same: a raised cuticle layer. As a result, the hair looks dry and frizzy instead of looking smooth and silky. On the contrary, the hair appears smooth when the cuticle layer stays flat. Curlies tend to have frizz more often than straighties for one simple reason: dehydration. In general, curly hair is drier than straight hair. This leaves curly hair susceptible to frizz. Another reason stems from the way we style our hair. As curlies, we have to be extremely careful not to brush our hair. If we do, we encourage the cuticle layer to rise up, resulting in frizz.
Frizz Varieties
Did you know that there are different types of frizz?
Surface frizz is frizz you get only on the outside of your hair (not underneath).
Halo frizz is only on the crown of your head but doesn’t appear elsewhere.
In-the-curl frizz kills the look of smooth curls as it frizzes its way through them.
Before you can do anything about your frizz, it’s a good idea to figure out what your frizz type is!
banish_frizz_for_good_slide3_annaIllustrated by Anna Sudit.
Avoid Frizz
These days, almost any hair care product you pick up will claim to fight frizz. Unfortunately, too many of those advertising claims don't hold true. Instead of investing money in useless products, you can try being proactive about avoiding frizz!
Get A Good Cut
Make sure you only see a stylist who knows curly hair. A bad haircut on curly hair will usually lead to a frizzy mess.
Shoo The 'Poo
Limit the ‘poo to just a couple of times a week, and make sure to use a very mild cleanser. Ditching shampoo completely can sometimes result in more frizz. However, everyone has different results, so you might try going no-poo. If, however, you start seeing more frizz from a result of this hair care change, add a mild cleanser to your routine a couple times a week.
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Choose Wisely
Make sure that you only use hair products that are right for your hair type. It can be challenging to find what’s right for you, especially when it seems you keep finding information about what to avoid everywhere you turn. As a result, you may feel like you should just give up on putting anything aside from water on your hair. On the contrary: Avoiding everything can lead to limp, dry curls that have a tendency to frizz. Chances are, you’re either using the wrong products or using the products incorrectly.
Plan Accordingly
Since humid, wet, and dry weather can also contribute to frizz, we’ve created the frizz forecast just for you! Simply select your hair type from the drop down menu, and then type in your city. Click “Find Your Forecast” for a personalized indicator of the upcoming weather conditions you can expect to contribute to frizz for your hair. Here you’ll also find useful information such as recommended detanglers, gels, and sun protectants for your hair.