There are so many different hair types, textures and styles, yet there is one thing that almost everyone is prone to: frizz. When rain starts to sprinkle from the sky or when humidity reaches an all-time high—this can lead to frizz that seems nearly-impossible to tame. While many people scour the shelves for the best frizz-reducing products, the solution is found not only in the right formula but in our everyday styling habits.
What Causes Frizzy Hair
Frizzy hair is totally normal and something that both men and women deal with. To better understand why your hair happens to frizz up time to time, it’s important to know what causes it.
Humid weather: “Humidity carries high concentrations of water molecules that bind to the hair and cause the hair cuticles to bind over one another, creating frizz,” explains Andrew Fitzsimons, a celebrity hairstylist in Los Angeles. “When the hair cuticle allows moisture from the environment to enter, it then causes that strand to swell, or frizz up, and become fully raised.”
Over-styling: The more frequently you use heat styling tools, such as a blow dryer, straightener or curling iron, the more your hair will be prone to frizziness. “Hot tools, no matter how great the technology, can still cause our strands to become weak and that’s when the splitting [of hair] leads to frizzing,” explains Lauren Paglionico, a hair colorist and owner of LRN BEAUTY in New York City.
Porous hair: Your hair type can also influence how frizzy your hair is—and this is true for those with porous hair. Whether you have high or low porosity depends on how well your hair can retain moisture, notes Fitzsimons. “Highly porous hair acts like a sponge and can absorb moisture a lot easier than dry hair,” he says. “Because of this, the hair is more likely to react to these high levels of moisture and frizz up.”
Needing a haircut: Did you know that your hair tends to “frizz” or have “flyaways” (those itty-bitty pieces that hang around your hairline) because it is somewhat a natural part of the hair’s life cycle? According to Paglionico, our hair naturally tends to split from the ends up, as these pieces are lighter and lack the most nutrition. “This frizz is the limp, split ends curling up and taking their free form.”
How to Tame and Prevent Frizzy Hair
If you’re dealing with frizziness and looking to smooth strands and tame flyaways, follow these expert tips.