What causes Frizzy Hair? One reason, of course, is the hereditary or genetic factor. Even if the hair is naturally curly and not frizzy, it can acquire frizz due to lack of moisture, hair damage, or even excess moisture in the air. Dry hair is porous and absorbs the moisture in the air when the climate is humid. This makes the hair swell and become curly.
Hair that is naturally frizzy lacks protein and moisture. Diet also plays a role. A nutritious diet, rich in adequate vitamins, minerals and proteins would make the hair healthy and shiny, with a proper moisture balance. Chemical damage is a common cause of frizzy hair. Hair that has been repeatedly coloured, dyed, permed or bleached can become dry and damaged, leading to frizz. Long term exposure to chlorinated water, especially in swimming pools, excessive use of hair dryers and even some hairdressing products can lead to frizzy hair. Hard water and air pollutants can also make the hair dry and frizzy. Washing the hair with very hot water can also lead to frizz.
So, how can we control frizz? If the hair is dry and damaged, use a mild shampoo, like Shamla Plus, using very little shampoo and rinsing well with water. After shampoo, apply a creamy conditioner, massaging it lightly into the hair. Leave on for 2 minutes and rinse off with plain water. If your hair is very dry, don’t rinse off all the conditioner. Leaving a little on helps to keep the hair soft and improve the look of the hair. You can also apply a conditioner or hair serum that can be left on. For example, we have formulated a Rosemary Thyme Hair Conditioner, as well as a Wild Thyme Hair Conditioning Lotion.
Deep conditioning treatments would also help. Once a week, mix together one egg, one tablespoon castor oil, the juice of a lemon and one teaspoon pure glycerin or honey. These ingredients should be well mixed. You can use an egg beater if you like. Massage this well into the scalp and apply on the hair too. Wear a plastic shower cap and keep on for an hour, before washing the hair.
Hot oil treatments help the hair to absorb the oil better. Once or twice a week heat pure coconut oil and apply on the scalp and hair. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap the hot towel around the head, Avoid hot water. Rinsing the hair with cool water helps frizzy hair. Hot water can actually increase the frizz.
After shampoo, avoid rubbing the hair. Just wrap a towel around the head and let it soak up water.
Avoid using a hair dryer every time and let the hair dry naturally. Avoid brushing the hair. Use a wide-toothed comb or finger-dry the hair.