While you may be feeling frustrated by untamed curls or unmanageable locks of hair, there is help available in the form of home remedies for frizzy hair.
By opting for a natural hair remedy instead of a commercially prepared hair serum, you avoid using potentially toxic chemicals on your hair and save money by not buying an expensive hair care product. Here are some simple solutions to try.
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DIY Hair Tamers
To take control of those wayward locks, you need to restore the moisture to your parched hair cuticle. Hair frizzes because it is dry and lacks the natural oils that keep the hair shafts smoothed down instead of standing up.
You can make a homemade hair conditioner with some simple ingredients from your kitchen pantry that will moisturize the hair, make it softer and more manageable, and give it a lustrous sheen and gloss.
Oil plus moisturizer: Use rich oils—think sunflower, olive, safflower or coconut oil—and humectants (moisturizing agent) like honey as your base ingredients. Choose oils that are marked first cold pressed, extra virgin because these are minimally processed and contain the highest amounts of beneficial antioxidants.
Mix one tablespoon of the oil of your choice with one-half tablespoon of honey. Add some hot water if necessary to help the honey blend into the mix better. Use as you would any deep conditioning product, then wash, and style in your normal fashion.
Glycerin water: A hair conditioner may be all you need to smooth down the frizzes, but if you do need some extra touch-up help, mix one tablespoon of filtered water with one teaspoon of glycerin. Blend well and use on the ends of the hair as well as on any areas that are frizzy. Glycerin helps seal moisture into the hair cuticle and reduces the frizzy appearance of the hair shaft.
Oil: Put a pea-sized dab of sunflower or other oil on your palms and rub hands together. Work the oil into the hair, starting at the tips and working toward the roots. Massage in well and leave on for about five minutes, then shampoo and condition or rinse as usual. Dry and style the hair as you normally would (although you will get fewer frizzes if you let the hair cuticle dry naturally instead of using heat).
If you notice any frizziness when the hair is dry, apply a little oil to the fingertips and smooth it into the ends and over the top of the hair. Be careful to apply just a little oil – enough to coat the hair shaft without overloading it and making the hair look greasy and unkempt.
Apple Cider Vinegar: Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and filtered water. Use this mixture as the final rinse when washing your hair to smooth out the frizziness and add a high gloss to your locks.
Vitamin E: Puncture a vitamin E capsule and squeeze the liquid onto your palm. Rub hands together and then use the liquid to smooth down any unruly hairs. Finish by gently massaging the ends of the hair with the rest of the liquid vitamin E to get the full benefit from the antioxidants.
Tips for Frizzy Hair
Eliminate the Problem
Frizzy hair can be triggered by environmental factors such as changes in the weather or overexposure to sun and the elements (think saltwater and sunbathing on the beach or at the pool). On the other hand, the cause could be too much chemical processing such as hair coloring, perms or other hair styling options such as blow drying, crimping or curling with hot rollers.
While your immediate priority is to tame your mane with some home remedies for frizzy hair, it is just as important to correct any factors that may be exacerbating your problems. Try letting the hair air dry instead of using a hair dryer and limit or cut out some of the chemical processing. Use gentle shampoos and conditioners that do not contain harsh chemicals and treat your hair to a monthly deep conditioning treatment.
Play It Safe with Hair Care Products
Some ingredients in hair care products that you may want to put on your do not use list are:
Ammonium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate: These are surfactants and are commonly added to cosmetics like shampoos or body washes and cleansers to make them produce more suds. In the perception of most consumers, more suds equal better cleaning. However, these toxic cosmetic chemicals have been identified as cancer hazards and irritants.
Diazolidinyl urea: This preservative scores a five in EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, which means it is considered a moderate hazard to humans.
Imidiazolidinyl urea: This is a preservative used in cosmetics, which is listed in EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database as a moderate hazard (score of 5). The same database lists it as a known toxin for the human immune system and a suspected skin toxin.
The bottom line is this. When you make your own homemade remedies for hair or skin care, you control the ingredients that are used to create them. You don’t have to worry about how long a product has been sitting on a retailer’s shelf or if it will cause an adverse reaction when you use it. You can enjoy great looking hair—no frizziness in sight—without endangering your health.