What causes frizzy hair and how to manage it
- September 20, 2018
Hands up if you want glossy, healthy and smooth hair? That’s most of us then. Sadly, unruly frizzy hair is the barrier between the hair we want and the hair we have. There are many reasons why your hair might not be co-operating: perpetually dry hair, breakages, split ends and static all contribute to a halo of fuzz.
Why does hair frizz?
Hair frizz can be caused by a few environmental factors, namely:
Certain hair types are more prone to frizz than others. These include:
Managing frizzy hair
Keeping track of both external and internal factors is important to ensure hair health.
External factors can be controlled by reducing or stopping damaging chemical treatments and physical damage, as well as limiting the use of heat based tools for styling.
Choosing the right shampoo, conditioner and hair serum can also help significantly. Most shampoos available in the market contain positively charged surfactants (soap molecules) like ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulphate. While these are very good at removing sebum and dirt, they also remove natural oils and lipids which lead to dry hair. Moderating use of shampoos and looking for negatively charged ingredients like trimethylalkylammonium chlorides can help manage frizz.
Conditioners can help reduce frizz by neutralizing the negative charge on hair. Looking for products with hydrating ingredients can help address damage as well, by lubricating the hair shaft.  Look for a conditioner that contains glycerin as well as other hydrating ingredients (like coconut oil and shea butter). Using an after-wash serum can also help protect hair from environmental moisture.
Beat frizz from within:
Healthy hair is less vulnerable to the factors that can cause frizz and a nutrient-rich diet can strengthen hair internally to protect against external factors. Extreme diets that restrict calories or insufficient quantities of essential nutrients, such as proteins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and vitamins cause damage to hair which can further lead to structural abnormalities, greying, or hair loss. 
Nutrients that support healthy hair include:
Balanced nutrition and limiting exposure to damage from physical and chemical sources can keep hair healthy enough to fight frizz of its own accord, with results lasting much longer than temporary solutions such as conditioners.
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