What causes frizzy hair?
Each strand of hair is made up of three layers. The outer layer looks like the tiles on a roof; it contains cells that overlap each other. When you brush your hair or are in a humid environment, the overlapping cells lift up which creates the frizz.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV helps to reduce frizz by clearing away any built up dirt, grime or old hair products, and then covering the overlapping cells on each strand of hair which prevents them from lifting up.
- After washing your hair with a natural shampoo, mix half a cup of ACV with warm water.
- Pour or spray the mixture through your hair, making sure to cover it completely.
- Leave to soak in for a couple of minutes and then rinse out with warm water.
Using a cloudy, dark coloured beer as a hair rinse will restore moisture to your tresses and help to reduce frizz. Beer contains many proteins and vitamins due to the hops—including vitamin B—which help to tighten up hair cuticles and increase shine.
- Wash your hair with a natural shampoo.
- Pour a cup of beer through your hair, covering each strand.
- Wait for 5 minutes and wash out with warm water.
Coconut milk not only smells lush, but it contains some serious moisturising properties. It should be liquid at room temperature and solid if you keep it in the fridge.
- Allow your coconut milk to reach a liquid state at room temperature.
- Comb it through your hair, being sure to cover each strand.
- Wrap a towel around your head and leave for 30-60 minutes for it to soak in.
- Wash it out with your normal shampoo and repeat the mask at least once a week for best results.
Olive oil can be used to replenish the lost moisture in your hair cuticles by penetrating deep and trapping the moisture inside.
- Comb the olive oil through your hair until completely covered.
- Leave on for as long as possible—some people prefer to leave it on overnight.
- Wash out well with a natural shampoo. If any oil is left behind it can give your hair a greasy appearance.
- Repeat this treatment once a week for a long term frizz fix.
Avocado & Egg Whites
Avocados contain oils and fats that can help to smooth the cuticles of your hair and combat frizz. They also contain vitamins that can help to repair hair strands and prevent split ends. Egg whites are great for locking in moisture.
- Mush up the meat from 2 avocados and mix with the whites of 2 eggs.
- Smear the mixture over your hair, being sure to rub it along the entire length of your hair strands.
- Leave on for 30-60 minutes and then wash out with a natural shampoo.
- This can be repeated once a week for best results.
Honey & Lemon
Honey is used for many different ailments including skin and hair problems. It is an excellent moisturiser and contains vitamins and minerals that can help to rebuild your damaged hair. Lemon works as an antibacterial and so can strip away and build-up of grime on your hair cuticles, leaving your hair soft and shiny.
- Mix 3 tablespoons of raw honey with 3 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice.
- Apply the mixture to your hair, combing it through until completely covered.
- Leave to soak in for 10-15 minutes and then wash out with a natural shampoo.
Banana & Yogurt
This delicious hair mask will have your hair looking smooth and shiny in no time! Banana is great at locking in moisture and yogurt contains proteins that help to strengthen hair.
- Blend 1-2 bananas in a mixer and add enough yogurt to make a paste.
- Apply the mixture to your hair from your roots to your tips until completely covered.
- Leave to soak in for 30 minutes and then rinse out with warm water.
- Wash your hair with a natural shampoo to be sure any remainders of the hair mask are removed.
- You should repeat this mask once a week for best results.
How to prevent frizzy hair?
Locking in moisture is the key to preventing frizz, so implementing one of the above treatments into your weekly routine should make a big difference. If you suffer badly with frizzy hair it’s important not to brush it when it’s dry or else it will introduce static to the situation and make the problem much worse. Blow drying and straightening your hair can cause damage to the cuticle so it’s best to avoid these processes if possible.