The Truth about Frizz that Hairdressers and Product companies don't want you to know

Banana Cake, Dalgona coffee, work from home - for sure this was the talk of the town, during the lockdown.

But what really was the talk of my BFF WhatsApp group chat was how suddenly without any conscious effort my hair started to look & feel good.

I was curious to find out the answers!

So, I dialed the number on my speed dial and called Joseph! Joseph - my shine in the armor  - my hairdresser.

 

When I addressed my confusion to him, he laughed and asked “do you really wanna know what caused the difference?'' To which I instantly stated - YES!

And he started, Let's start with the basics then.

Curly, wavy, straight, and coily are the four broad kind hair categories of natural hair. And whatever category you fit in, one most common hair problem that bonds them all is - HAIR FRIZZ.

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But First, What is Frizz hair?

The mere sound of the word ‘frizz’ can be enough to cause alarm in many females with natural hair! Apart from the undesirable appearance of frizz itself, effects ranging from simple annoyance and inconvenience to anxiety and low self-esteem impact millions of women everywhere, every day because of frizz. 

But at the heart of the problem of frizz is hair that is dry. Remember, frizz is a symptom! But its cause is dryness of hair.

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Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom

 

For healthy natural hair and to properly treat the root cause of natural hair issues, what’s most important is to bring in some changes in your habits, use of products & your lifestyle; Read on to find out the cause & symptoms and the changes you need to work on to treat it.

1 - DRY HAIR ​

Dry hair is one of the frizz’s biggest causes. It comes about when hair is exposed to humidity. Main reasons can be - 

  • Not taking enough water in your system.

  • Over-cleansing or washing your mane daily can strip its protective layer.

  • Using shampoos that contain sulfates which work on hair like detergents.

  • Not moisturizing adequately or skipping conditioners.

  • Washing your hair with extremely hot water can remove the natural oils.

  • Wrapping a rough towel turban-style around your wet hair. 

  • The roughness plus absorbent nature of the cotton pillowcase you use for sleep.

 2. Damaged Hair Cuticles:

The cuticle plays a protective role in hair as it forms the outermost layer of the hair shaft. Now, hair cuticles are considered damaged when this cuticle layer or its outer scales become cracked and raised, without properly overlapping each other. Damaged hair cuticles can result from many factors -

  • Using frequent heat styling tools and in high temperatures.

  • Towel-drying can disturb the hair cuticles.

  • Rough washing and rubbing your hair when its wet and weakened.

  • Using shampoos with high pH levels (above 5.5).

  • Harsh brushing or combing with an abrasive brush or comb causing friction.

  • The application of excessive chemical treatments on regular basis.

  • Strong hair coloring treatments  like hair dyes  and bleach also act harshly on hair. 

3. External Factors or Environmental Aggressors:

From UV rays, and harsh heat from the sun, to air pollution, there are loads of environmental aggressors that can turn hair frizzy. In some ways, they are much harder to deal with as they are all external factors over which we have no control.​ Few of them are -

  • Smoke & gaseous pollutants found in the air & break down of air pollution into particulate matter such as dust, soot, etc.

  • Exposure or direct heat from the sun plus higher temperatures.

  • The sun’s UV rays direct & on regular basis are particularly harsh to the hair cuticle.

4. Stress, hormonal changes, diet, medicine, etc. 

As opposed to other external causes we listed as frizz promoters, this is equally important, the chemistry of our body has a large role in the relative health or ill health of hair. Below are the factors that can have such an effect - 

  • Excessive Stress brought on by stressful environments.

  • Massive hormonal changes that the body undergoes during events in life such as puberty and pregnancy.

  • Consumption of a poor diet on a daily basis, over time can cause A lack of protein, omega-3 fats, etc.

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The Italian brand Nashi Argan Oil has an excellent treatment for dry and frizzy hair.  The Nashi Argan oil treatment is good for your hair because it contains essential oils and fatty acids that are incredibly restorative to dry, damaged hair. Nashi has designed a customized treatment that will revitalize your hair and give it the boost it needs to just be perfect.

But How can I break this bond with the frizz?

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1. Firstly, let's work & improve on the basics - tackle your hair dryness

  • Improve your water drinking habit. Have enough water throughout the day, at least 10 glasses.

  • Never over wash your hair, the basic rule is, once if your hair is dry, twice if oily.

  • Shift to sulfate-free shampoos & conditioners. 

  • Always remember to condition your hair after the shampoo, also once in a wile you can provide your hair with a royal spa treatment.

  • Use cold to mild-warm water to wash your hair.

  • Shift to a microfiber towel (or an old cotton t-shirt) to wrap your hair instead of a harsh cotton towel.

  • You can also try switching your cotton pillowcase with a silk pillowcase.

2. Secondly, let's focus on our hair cuticles

  • Avoid using heating appliances on your hair regularly. Let your hair breathe.

  • Use a diffuser when blow-drying your hair.

  • Do not rub your hair when wet or while washing it or applying products.

  • Remember to choose shampoos having less than a 5.5 pH level.

  • Choose a good quality hairbrush to comb your hair and avoid combing wet hair.

  • Do not overdo chemical treatments. If not required, please avoid it.

  • Hair treatments should be avoided as much as possible, unless if you feel it is the only option or a necessity.

3. Thirdly, let's work on our environment, though we don't have any direct control over these factors, we can still make a difference.

  • Avoid places where there is dust, a lot of pollution, etc.

  • While traveling on road, cover your head & hair with a scarf or satin cloth.

  • Avoid standing directly under the sun for a long period of time, wear hats if possible.

4. Lastly, focus on your lifestyle. You can make it or break it.

  • Avoid taking unnecessary, excessive stress. Instead, meditate and practice yoga.

  • On events like pregnancy, puberty, etc. be patient and don't be too harsh on yourself.

  • Have a rich diet on daily basis, full of proteins, omega-3, fatty fish, etc.

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