How do I get Rid of Dry, Frizzy Hair?

Getting rid of dry, frizzy hair requires time and patience. The two most important factors in creating a luxurious, shiny head of hair are moisture and protection. Frizzy hair does not retain its natural oils like other hair types, so the keys are proper maintenance that protects hair from damage and using treatments and products that return moisture to the hair.

Establishing a daily routine to protect and nourish frizzy hair is a must. Replacing cotton pillow cases with satin or silk is a good place to start this routine. Cotton pillow cases can damage hair by absorbing the natural oils that it produces. Cotton also provides much more friction than satin or silk, which can lead to hair breakage.

Shampooing is a part of everyone’s grooming routine, but shampooing hair every day can make hair that already is dry and frizzy even worse. This is because shampoo strips hair of the natural oils it needs to stay moisturized. Choose shampoos that are rich and creamy and contain moisturizing ingredients such as vitamin E and jojoba oil.

Conditioning is one of the most important pieces to proper maintenance and protection for dry, frizzy hair. Purchase conditioners that are made for dry and frizzy hair, because these will have ingredients that will help replace lost moisture to create soft, smooth hair. Rinsing hair with cool water after conditioning helps protect hair during styling because it closes the hair shaft.

Using a deep conditioner once a week is also a good idea to treat dry, frizzy hair. One method for making deep conditioners even more effective is sitting under a hair dryer while the treatment is in. The heat from the dryer opens the hair shaft and helps the moisture enter the hair more easily.

Caring for dry, frizzy hair properly when it is wet is a must. Hair is especially delicate and easily damaged when it is wet. Be careful when towel drying your hair, because overzealous towel drying causes breakage. Using a wide-tooth comb and leave in conditioner when untangling will decrease frizz by reducing breakage and providing protection.

Using too much heat on a daily basis can lead to dry hair and split ends. To avoid damage from heat, dial down the settings on flat irons and blow dryers. Unfortunately many people cannot completely eliminate using heat to style their hair, but there are many products that can be used before styling that can provide protection and decrease some of the damage done.

When styling dry, frizzy hair, it is important to choose products that will decrease frizz and dryness. Opt for gel instead of mouse, because it will provide a smoothing effect. Also try to stay away from products that contain large amounts of alcohol, which contributes to dryness. Silicone-based products also are helpful, because they seal the hair follicles to keep moisture from escaping.

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Post 6

all of you people's comments have been so helpful. thank you so much! Oh! and do you have any advice on how to maintain frizzy, thick curly hair? answer asap and thanks so much again! --orangeblossom12

Post 5

Great article. When my hair is wet I will put my conditioner on and wrap my hair in a towel for 30 minutes, then I rinse it out.

I always sleep on a satin pillowcase. That really helps to curb the frizzies. I've been doing that for a few years now. I came across a company on line (a touch of satin) last month that sells satin pillowcases and satin travel pillows. My set was totally worn so I bought a queen set from them. Wow. They are so amazing. I look forward to going to sleep every night now. They weren't cheap but what a difference to my skin and hair. I love, love, love them. Well worth every penny!

I will try your gel instead of mousse suggestion.

Post 4

Co washing is great if you have dry hair or work out every day. Doing a rinse in conditioner before shampooing helps to stop stripping as much natural oil, but also use it again after shampooing.

Post 3

Thanks for the tips. I would also add to avoid hairspray because of the drying effects it has on the hair. The use of a product like Aveda Pomade not only styles the hair but keeps it in place by adding essential oils necessary for conditioning.

Post 2

Cupcake15, I think you can wash your hair every other day and simply rinse it and apply conditioner only on the days that you rinse your hair. This way the hair is getting daily conditioning without stripping away the essential oils necessary for maintaining healthy hair. Natural conditioners work as well as store bought products and cost dramatically less. Consider conditioning the hair with a teaspoon of mayonnaise. Limiting the use of shampoos to several times a week will make the hair feel smoother and softer. Using a leave-in-conditioner dramatically enhances the texture of the hair. Particularly coarse hair that needs extra conditioning benefits from this treatment option. Over time, the hair becomes more manageable and healthier. Another option is weekly hot oil treatments which relax the texture of the hair.

Post 1

Great article, but I have one question. What happens if you have frizzy hair and workout everyday? You have to remove the sweat accumulated in the hair, but does daily washing also damage the hair?

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