#1. Moisturize and seal
Moisturizing is one of the best ways for getting rid of frizz in curly hair.
Consider both moisturizing and sealing oils, they both play distinct roles.
Oils that penetrate the hair shaft to moisturize the hair are known as moisturizing oils. They retain water in the hair preventing dry and frizzy hair. Examples of moisturizing oils that are great for curly hair are:
- Sunflower Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Palm kernel oil
- Babassu oil
Sealing oils on the other hand sit on top of the hair to seal in shine by hydrating the hair strands. These oils leave a layer on your hair that ensures maximum protection against frizz. Examples are:
- Castor Oil
- Rice oil
- Almond oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Grapeseed oil
Did you know that if you use sealing oil as a moisturizer, your hair will still feel dry, and If you use a moisturizing oil as a sealant your hair will look dry?
The good news is that there are oils such as avocado oil, argan, and olive oils that blend both moisturizing and sealing properties to penetrate the hair shaft while sealing in moisture.
Apply these oils to wet hair after shampooing before you apply any styling product to achieve maximum results.
#2. Switch shampoo with co-wash
Many shampoos contain harsh and drying ingredients such as alcohols, parabens, silicones, and sulfates.
To keep frizz in check you should consider alternating washing your hair with shampoo and using the co-washing method i.e using conditioner only.
Over-using shampoo strips curly hair of its natural oils creating dull, dry and frizzy hair. Co-washing on the other hand will cleanse the scalp removing dirt and residue as well as providing moisture to your hair.
The steps to co-wash the hair are:
- Focusing mainly on the scalp, apply the first round of your favorite conditioner.
- Scrub the scalp properly. The friction and scrubbing motion removes dirt from your scalp.
- Rinse off the conditioner from the hair completely.
- Apply a second round of conditioner. Start at your ends of the hair and work your way up to the mid-shaft. This is to detangle and condition your strands. For this round of conditioner, you do not need to apply to your scalp.
- Rinse well until no product remains on the hair.
- Do this two to three times per week. Some curl types can go a little longer without co-washing, while others can safely co-wash daily. For highly dehydrated hair, more co-washing is better than less.
#3. Use the curly girl method
The Curly Girl Method founded by Lorraine Massey is a method of caring for curly hair by using specific products while avoiding harmful ones.
The main goal is to minimize damage, and enhance the hydration and curl pattern of your hair. Products to use include:
- Sulfate-free gentle cleansing ingredients
- Emollients such as Shea butter, olive, and vegetable oils
- Proteins – wheat, wheat germ, or soy
- Humectants – vegetable glycerin, panthenol, and sorbitol
- Moisturizers – amino acids and aloe Vera
The products you should avoid include:
- Shampoos with Sulfates and silicones
- Heat styling tools such as curling irons and flat irons
- Combs & brushes
- Mineral oils and waxes
#4. Don’t brush dry curls
Brushing dry curls leads to the separation of the curls creating frizz. If you are combing the hair, use a wide-tooth comb and apply a little styling cream or oil to give it moisture.
#5. Avoid products with alcohol
Drying alcohols are found in most hair sprays, mousses, and gels. Alcohol sucks the moisture or hydration from curly hair causing frizzy, dull, and dry hair. Sometimes it causes hair to start breaking off.
The good news is we have good fatty alcohols that are made from palm and coconut fat. They work as emulsifiers adding and retaining moisture to your curls.
Ensure you read the ingredients label on styling products before you purchase. This will help you sieve out the bad alcohols from your regimen.
#6. Deep condition regularly
Deep condition often to keep your curls fully hydrated preventing frizz. There are plenty of options for deep conditioning curly hair.
Most products have amazing ingredients such as butters and natural oils.
You can also create your own DIY deep conditioning masks with common kitchen ingredients like honey, bananas, eggs, and avocado. The treatment should be left on the hair for at least an hour to give you the best results.
#7. Swap out the towel
The coarseness of cotton cloths and towels will often drag and snag your hair strands. This dragging can lead to hair breakage and frizz.
Microfiber towels on the other hand are made with extremely soft and smooth fibers. This gentle material is absorbent hence soaking any excess moisture and it lessens friction leading to less frizz.
#8. Go slow on heat
Heat makes curly hair drier, and frizzier. It also makes hair weak and brittle and strips it off its natural oils. You have an array of options to minimize heat usage such as:
- Air dry your curls
- When using straightening tools ensure they have heat protectors
- Use heat protector gels on your hair before using any heat
- Choose a minimal heat setting when using the heat styling tools on your curls
- Take a break in between heat styling to let your hair breathe.
#9. Trim off split ends
Use professional scissors to trim off split ends. Scissors that are not designed to cut hair can snag or worsen split ends.
Apart from getting rid of frizz on your curly hair, regular trims of split ends will make the hair grow faster and stronger.
#10. Plop your hair
Hair plopping is a technique to dry curly hair faster without losing moisture or damaging it.
It provides frizz-free, voluminous naturally looking coils. It is ideal to use a soft fabric, such as a microfiber towel, cotton t-shirt, or hydrophilic cloth.
While plopping, you do not have to touch your hair as you let it dry preventing any frizz on your curls.
#11. Protect the hair while sleeping
It is important to wear a silk or satin scarf while sleeping. You can also switch to silk pillowcases.
This ensures your curly hair maintains its moisture giving you the best curls in the morning. Who wants to wake up with a head full of frizz in the morning?
#12. Keep your hands off
Keep your hands off your hair if you really want to get rid of frizz.
It is hard to keep off this habit but If you keep touching your hair it tangles easily causing more frizz. Try hairstyles that keep the hair out of the face as this encourages you to keep touching your strands.
#13. Wear sun protection
Direct sun exposure damages the hair by acting like bleach killing melanin in the hair and destroying hair cuticles. It is advisable to:
- Wrap a scarf around your hair, wear a wide-brimmed hat or cover yourself with an umbrella when going out to the sun
- Avoid going out in the middle of the day as this is when the sun rays are strongest. Go out early or late in the day instead
- Use an SPF product on the hair that will shield it against harmful sun rays
#14. Use a diffuser
You do not need to get rid of heat completely. Once in a while, when blow-drying curly hair, ensure you have a diffuser attachment to limit the amount of direct heat getting to your strands.
This evens out curl patterns as your hair dries properly, creating less friction and less frizz of course.
#15. Detangle carefully
Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hair. Detangle carefully to avoid breakage of hair cuticles. When detangling start from the ends working through to the roots.
Here is a wrap up of what we’ve covered in this article.
To get rid of frizz in curly hair you need to:
- Moisturize and seal
- Switch shampoo with co-wash
- Use the curly girl method
- Don’t brush dry curls
- Avoid products with alcohol
- Deep condition regularly
- Swap out the towel
- Go slow and low on heat
- Trim off split ends
- Plop your hair
- Protect the hair while sleeping
- Keep your hands off
- Wear sun protection
- Use a diffuser
- Detangle carefully