How to Reduce Frizz
Credit: Photographed by Anita Patterson

     Everyone can experience hair frizz sometimes and it is a nuisance sometimes because the hair seems unkempt and mess. Fortunately, there are 5 ways to combat hair frizz. This can be done with a headscarf, gel, pH balance, conditioner, and satin materials.

Using a Headscarf

  • Start with damp hair or wet the hair with water slightly
  • Add a leave-in conditioner
  • Use hands or a boar bristle brush
  • Smooth the hair in the direction you wish for it to go
  • Take any headscarf, satin would be best, of your choice and wrap it around your head
  • Keep the headscarf on for 30 minutes or longer

Using Gel

  • It is optional to start with wet hair or to slightly wet the hair first
  • Take the gel and smooth it on the hair in the direction you want
  • It is optional to place a headscarf on the head to help secure the style
  • You can wait until the gel dries in 10 minutes or go ahead with your day immediately

Using pH Balance

  • It is best to start with slightly wet hair.
  • Get any leave-in conditioner that you normally use on your hair
  • You’ll need an agent with an acidic pH to it, such as Aloe Vera juice
  • In a bowl mix two table spoons of the leave-in to two table spoons of Aloe Vera juice
  • Mix well or until there are no signs of the separate substances left
  • You can also add any other oils that you may like to the mixture
  • Smooth the mixture on your hair and style as desired

Using Conditioner

  • Skip washing your hair with shampoo
  • Thoroughly wet hair and instead wash with conditioner only
  • It is optional to leave a bit of conditioner left in the hair
  • Add leave-in and style as desired

Using Satin Materials

  • Sleep in a satin bonnet or sleep on a satin pillow case
  • Use a satin Headscarf to hold the hair in place.

     By using any of these methods, anyone will be able to lessen the amount of frizz they encounter daily and they can preserve their hair longer. Frizz occurs because of something that the hair isn't getting and people with curly hair tend to witness this more often than those with straight hair. For example, the reason that I suggest using water and a leave-in conditioner on the hair is because usually the hair is dry. The only way to prevent it from getting dry is to add moisture with water and then add a leave-in to seal the water in, or lie down the hair's cuticle to keep the water from escaping. Another example is not using any satin materials. Satin doesn't "suck up" the moisture from the hair, but other materials do and this can cause the hair to become damaged with spit ends; this is how frizz is started, with humidity, dryness, and damage. And the only way to combat each is to give the hair moisture, "seal," and protect the hair. That is the point of using water, adding a leave-in conditioner, and using satin materials. Water gives the hair moisture, the leave-in helps to seal in the water, and the satin materials help to protect the hair and keep it from losing the water. However, how is  conditioner, pH and gel related to this? Conditioner sits on to of the cuticle layer of the hair to hold it down because shampoo opens the cuticle and takes everything away and the conditioner helps to replenish what was taken away. And since the hair has an acidic pH of 4.5-5.5, by restoring the pH to the hair, anyone can further close their hair's cuticle. When the cuticle is frayed or open, the hair is losing moisture, and damage can also be the culprit for an open hair cuticle. Because brushes and combs can cause this damage it is important to be gentle with the hair or use your hands when smoothing the hair. As for gel, it is purely for the short term; there aren't many long term benefits that can be achieved from its use. But for everything else, long term use of those will give the hair new life.