The Science of Frizzy Hair and How to Fix it

by Nicholas Mirabella

Summer is here, and along with sunny days come frizzy days! Some people are blessed with frizz-free waves or curls, while most of us will have a three-month hair battle on our hands. Frizzy hair may be caused by the wrong shampoo or conditioner, over-washing and under-conditioning, or the wrong styling products. In the summer, however, humidity is the main culprit.

The Science of Frizz

When the air is humid, high levels of hydrogen are present. Water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. It turns out that the chemical makeup of human hair is extremely sensitive to airborne hydrogen -- so sensitive, in fact, that some gadgets used to measure humidity (called "hygrometers") rely on human hair for their readings. The greater the humidity, the shorter the hair in the hygrometer becomes. Straight hair will become wavy, wavy hair will become curly, and curly hair will become curlier. If you don't take the proper steps to eliminate frizz, all types of hair will suffer.

Ease Up on the Shampoo

Shampooing too often or with a harsh shampoo will strip hair of its natural oils. Hair produces natural oils that actually help combat frizz by coating the hair shaft to keep it smooth. So, letting your natural oils do their thing is not only free, it's also recommended. Shampooing hair only a few times a week with a sulfate-free formula is what we recommend to our clients. Sulfates will strip your hair of moisture, causing it to be more dry which results in more frizz. If your hair is damaged and super frizzy we recommend Snobgirls Strongforce Prowash Shampoo. Its strand-building protein formula will help ensure that your hair isn't left broken or damaged in the future. After just one use, nine out of ten women experienced improved strength, frizz control, softness, and shine.

Choose the Right Conditioner

Conditioning with the wrong product is also something that can add to unruly frizz. Dry, porous hair sucks up moisture from the humid air, causing the hair shaft to swell and kink. To prevent your hair from acting like a sponge, use a conditioner that will add a sufficient amount of moisture to keep it hydrated all day long. It's important to use a conditioner with natural and pure ingredients that actually moisturize your hair, not just build a layer of oil over the hair shaft. Another thing to look out for is alcohol in the form of fragrances. All those $7 conditioners that leave your hair smelling amazing are also the reason your hair is frizzing up a few hours after styling it. When choosing a conditioner, you want something that will smooth, fight frizz, and moisturize. Snobgirls Curlalign Masque-Creme is a deep-moisturizing conditioner that infuses the hair with the vital moisture and nutrients needed to maintain optimal strength and health. The end result is healthy, frizz-free, and radiant hair.

Gently Dry Your Hair

Here is another tip to prevent frizz: Stop towel-drying your hair. Ditch the towel and try an old cotton t-shirt which will cause less friction. Just be sure to blot your hair dry and not ìrough itî dry. Hair is super delicate when it is wet, so twisting it and drying it in a rough manner will cause breakage and -- you guessed it -- more frizz. You can even use a microfiber towel if you'd like to (they work great). The Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel will dry your hair faster while reducing the risk of split ends.

Try These Anti-Frizz Products

Styling products are your best friends when it comes to your battle with humidity, but you need to choose the right products for the job. Almost every professional brand will have a product that combats frizz. Some are used for blow-drying and some are used to post-blow-dry. The Prestocure line from Snobgirls is a smoothing treatment that can be used before and after drying your hair. Snobgirls Curlalign Prestocure Capsules will not only cut your blow-dry time down 30% to 50% , but they will also fight frizz for up to three days with a time-release formula that you won't find in any other product. Heat damage can cause hair to look frizzy and frayed, so itís important to always use a heat-protecting spray when using hot tools. Use a product like Kenra's Professional Platinum Hot Spray 20 before styling with a flat-iron or curling iron to combat heat damage. Firewall will absorb heat and prevent breakage while it smooths unruly hair and flyaways. Firewall lets your hot tools slip seamlessly through your hair as it adds incredible shine.

Finish Strong with Anti-Humidity Hair Spray

Protect all your hard work with a humidity-resistant finishing spray. You just spent time smoothing and straightening your hair, taking every necessary step to protect its beauty. The final step is like humidity insurance. Most hair sprays have a high ethyl alcohol content, which can cause the cuticle to swell up -- something you don't want. Instead, finish your hair with a product like Kenra's Platinum Finishing Spray 26 which contains the good kind of alcohol: denatured alcohol or alcohol dent. Humidity-resistant spray keeps your style in place without letting it get ruined by heat and moisture.

Here is a step-by-step list of what your anti-frizz routine should look like:

Step 1 - Shampoo hair three to four times per week using a sulfate-free professional shampoo.
Step 2 - Condition hair with nourishing conditioner after shampooing.
Step 3 - Blot hair dry with a microfiber towel or a t-shirt.
Step 4 - Apply a smoothing oil and heat-protector before blow-drying and using hot tools.
Step 5 - Finish hair with a humidity-resistant finishing spray to block out moisture and keep hair gorgeous all day long.


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