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  • Writer's pictureDr. Aparna Santhanam

Frizz Frizz Go Away

And never come any other day!

Imagine you have just washed, and blow dried your hair. You come out and sit next to the window and lo and behold in 5 minutes your hair starts becoming big, escaping strands and all your effort goes down the drain as variants of crow’s nests appear where your hair was! I personally know the crazy level of frustration this leads to. But, don’t worry, there are ways to combat this, all we need to do is understand why frizz happens and employ measures to prevent and avoid it. Let’s take a look at some of these measures here.


Before we get into what can make your hair appear frizzy, it’s important to know what the underlying cause is. Frizz occurs due to a lack of moisture in the hair. This causes hair to seek moisture from the air around it, which is why humidity often makes matters worse. There are also many other reasons why hair is more vulnerable to frizz. Some of these are:

  • You love hot showers

Heat in any form is not a friend to your hair. Scalding hot water can strip your hair of the natural oils that keep it moisturized and shiny. We already know that a lack of moisture in the hair can cause frizz, so let’s avoid anything that can remove the precious natural oils the hair so desperately needs.

  • You’re a daily washer

Harsh foaming shampoos can mess with your hair’s natural equilibrium, resulting in dry, dull hair that looks frizzy. Also, keep in mind that all shampoos are not created equal. It’s very possible that your shampoo is further drying your hair.

  • Your love of heat continues

Daily heat to your hair can strip it of natural moisture and lead to frizz. Not to mention, these hair styling tools can cause damaged hair as well.

  • You struggle with split ends

Damaged hair with split ends is a magnet for acquiring frizz. Plus, the longer those split ends stick around, the higher the chance of hair damage climbing up your hair strands and wreaking further havoc.

  • You have been drying your hair with a rough towel

Tying your hair up into a rough bath towel can draw moisture out of your hair quickly leading to frizz. If your hair is curly, this friction can also cause clumps and deformed coils.

Frizz can also manifest in different ways in different people. Some of these ways are:

Superficial Frizz: Superficial frizz is frizz that occurs only on the outside of your hair and tends to appear like static all around your locks.

Ring Frizz: Ring frizz refers to frizz that appears as a ring on the very top part of your hair.

Tip Frizz: This refers to the frizz that occurs at the tips of your hair like split ends.

Tips to Control Hair Frizz

  • Do not wash your hair every day. Stick to 3 to 4 times a week. Use a mild shampoo with a wash off conditioner.

  • Use a microfiber towel to gently air dry your hair.

  • Finger comb your hair instead of using brushes and combs.

  • Use a serum or light oil at the tips and fringe areas to lock in moisture and control frizz.

  • Oil your hair at least once a week with coconut oil to nourish the hair and lock moisture from within, no matter how tedious it may be.

  • Avoid heating appliances as much as you can. If you must use them, use a heat protectant serum on the hair and use them in the coldest mode or lowest temperature possible.

  • Dry only the roots and the top of the hair. This is a good way to get a blow dry look without the frizz.

Bad hair days come to everyone. So, do not worry if you do have some big hair frizzy days a la Monica in friends. Use hair ties, and clips to loosely tie or sweep up your hair, knowing that this will pass, and your hair will be back to its glossy self soon!

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