Women aren’t the only ones who have to deal with frizz. Wavy, curly, and long-haired men get frizz too. Unless you shave your hair off every two weeks, you’ll likely get frizz at some point in your life. The secret to rocking a clean, frizz-free look is to keep your mane as healthy as can be and hydrated with the proper hair care products.
We get it – hot and humid climate usually doesn’t help because dry hair tends to absorb moisture from the air leaving your hair vulnerable to frizz. Furthermore, excessive washing and using products that suck your hair dry all contribute to frizziness.
If you’re prone to frizz, adjusting your hair care routine can make a big difference in taming your mane. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons why men get frizz and how you can fix it at home.
What Causes Frizzy Hair?
The human hair is composed of three layers. From most-inner to the outermost, these layers are the medulla, cortex, and cuticle.
The cuticle is composed of flat, overlaying cells that look like shingles on a rooftop. Its role is to shield the inner parts of your hair from external harm and help retain moisture.
When your hair gets dry or is damaged, the cuticle lifts instead of resting flat. When this occurs, the hair becomes weaker and more vulnerable to damage, which may lead to frizz.
The Following May Contribute to Frizziness:
Weather. As mentioned previously, when it’s hot and humid, the moisture in the atmosphere causes your hair to assimilate moisture and expand. This expansion causes hair to curl unevenly and become frizzy.
Sun Exposure. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause brittleness, discoloration, and frizz.
Extreme Shampooing. Shampooing your hair too much can remove your hair’s natural oil and cause your hair to become dry, frizzy, and tangled.
Chlorinated Water. Chlorinated water found in swimming pools can dehydrate your hair.
Heat-Drying or Straightening. Blow-drying your hair daily can harm your hair and contribute to frizz.
Friction. Friction from towel drying harshly or wearing tight hats can harm the cuticle and inner layers of your mane.
Health Conditions. Eating conditions such as anorexia nervosa or thyroid disorders can lead to malnutrition, which causes your hair to become dry and fragile.
How to Fix Frizzy Hair
The following options may help you deal with your frizzy hair at home.
Getting the Right Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoo and conditioner are both important in your hair care routine. The shampoo helps wash your hair clean while the conditioner works to moisturize and detangle it. When getting shampoo or conditioner, opt for a product with moisturizing properties or one that includes oils such as argan or coconut.
NOTE: Avoid shampoos that carry sulfates – they may further dry out your hair.
Hair serums are silicone-based hair products that protect your hair from harm. Serums work to fight frizz by inhibiting swelling and helping your hair keep in moisture. Opt for a serum that contains moisturizing elements like aloe vera. Apply your serum to your hair immediately after shampooing and conditioning it while it’s still damp.
Shampoo Less Frequently
Even the most moisturizing shampoos can remove your hair of its essential oils if you use it too often. If you have dry hair, you may only need to shampoo it every three to four days.
NOTE: To overcome dehydration and frizz, try shampooing only when your hair feels oily.
Essential hair oils help keep frizzy hairs under control by retaining moisture in your hair. Several types of oil can help reduce frizz, some of which include:
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Avocado oil
- Almond oil
- Castor oil
- Jojoba oil
A leave-in conditioner is designed to linger in your hair instead of getting washed out. They’re usually more lightweight than the kind of conditioner you typically use when you shower.
Hair masks provide your hair with the needed elements to keep it moistened and nourished. You can get a pre-made hair mask anywhere or create your own out of ingredients such as honey, bananas, or egg yolks.
NOTE: Leave a hair mask in your hair for anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours.
How to Prevent Frizzy Hair
It’s one thing to know how to treat frizzy hair when it happens, but it’s another thing to prevent it from happening in the first place. Even if your hair is frizz-prone, taking these steps to reduce dehydration and damage can help you prevent it.
Do not shampoo every day. Shampooing your hair wears away your natural oils. Remember when you shampoo your hair so that you have an idea when to do it next.
Stay away from heat. Use lukewarm or cool water when cleaning your hair instead of boiling water. Furthermore, avoid blow-dryers and straighteners when drying your hair. And don’t towel dry too roughly!
Wrap your hair if you’re going swimming. Wearing a cap when in the pool can reduce the hair’s contact with chlorine.
Condition your hair daily. Conditioners help your hair keep in moisture. Even on days you don’t use shampoo, use a conditioner to moisturize your hair.
Trim your hair frequently. Trimming away split ends may help minimize fraying and frizz.
Avoid hair care products with alcohol. Hair products that carry alcohols (short-chain alcohols) may dehydrate your hair and lead to frizz.
Eat a well-balanced diet. Eating a well-balanced diet can help avoid nutrient insufficiencies that may affect the condition of your hair.
NOTE: Protein and biotin are two nutrients that are important for the healthy growth of hair.
Frizz, often caused by dry or damaged hair, is a natural hair issue that men and women have to deal with. Even if you’re more likely to get frizzy hair, you can prevent it by making some changes to your hair care routine. Hopefully, these tips will help you keep your natural hair healthy and frizz-free.