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Fight frizz with these effective tips and tricks

by Lotte Lindgren on Jul 10, 2023

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on May 19, 2024.

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Welcome to our blog! Today we want to talk about a common problem that many people face - frizzy hair. If you've ever struggled with frizzy locks, then you've come to the right place. We will guide you through the most effective methods and natural solutions to combat frizzy hair. Read on to achieve the smooth and shiny locks you've always dreamed of!

What is frizzy hair?

Frizzy hair is characterized by unruly and uneven strands of hair that stick out in different directions. It can also be dry and brittle, which can result in a lack of shine and mobility. Often, frizzy hair will also be more prone to frizz and difficult to style. It can give an unruly and unkempt look, which can be frustrating for many people. Frizzy hair is caused by a variety of reasons, including genetics, the hair's natural texture, and environmental factors such as humidity. Frizzy hair can have several effects on the hair, such as dryness, weakness and lack of shine. It is important to understand these factors to effectively combat frizzy hair.

Woman with curly hair

Causes of frizzy hair

Frizzy hair can be caused by several factors, including dry hair and lack of moisture. Dry locks can become more frizzy and difficult to style, so it is important to care for the hair with a suitable shampoo and avoid excessive use of heat tools. Additional moisture supply can also help to reduce frizz in the hair.

Damage caused by frequent use of heat tools such as blow dryers or straighteners can also result in frizzy hair. It is therefore recommended to limit the use of these tools or use a heat protectant spray before styling to minimize damage to the hair. A good brush or comb without sharp teeth can also help to avoid unnecessary pulling on the hair and reduce the risk of frizz.

1. Dry hair

Dry hair is one of the primary causes of frizzy hair. When hair lacks sufficient moisture, it becomes more susceptible to frizz. Dry hair tends to absorb moisture from the air, causing strands to swell and become unruly.

There are several factors that can lead to dry hair. Overwashing the hair with shampoos that are too aggressive can strip the hair of its natural oils, resulting in dryness. Additionally, frequent use of heat tools such as blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons can also damage the hair and cause dryness.

2. You wash your hair too much

Too frequent hair washing can be a cause of frizzy hair for several reasons. One of the primary reasons is that overwashing the hair with a shampoo that is too aggressive can strip the hair of its natural oils that act as a protective barrier. Without these natural oils, hair becomes more susceptible to dryness and frizz.

When hair loses its natural oils due to frequent hair washing, it can result in dry and unmanageable strands. Dry hair tends to absorb moisture from the air, causing the strands to swell and stick out in different directions. This can give the hair a frizzy and unruly appearance.

In addition, frequent hair washing can also lead to an overproduction of sebum, which is the body's natural oil production. When the hair is subjected to frequent hair washing, the sebaceous glands in the scalp can become overactive and start producing more sebum to compensate for the lack of oil in the hair. This overproduction of sebum can also lead to dry and frizzy hair. You can read our guide to how often you should wash your hair here .

How do I know if my hair is lacking moisture?

One of the best ways to test if your hair is lacking moisture is to perform the flow test. This test is simple and only requires a bowl of water and a few strands of hair.

To perform the flow test, start by taking a few strands of hair and placing them in a bowl of water. Leave the hairs in the water for a few minutes. Observe how they behave in the water. If the hair sinks quickly to the bottom, it means that the hair is very porous and probably lacks moisture. Porous hair absorbs water quickly, causing it to sink. Conversely, if the hair floats or sinks very slowly, it has a healthy moisture balance. Hair with a good moisture balance is less porous and takes longer to absorb water.

This simple test can give you a clear indication of whether your hair is lacking moisture and can help you take the necessary steps to improve the health of your hair by providing it with the necessary moisture.

3. Damage from heating tools

Damage from heat tools can cause additional problems with frizzy hair. It is important to use protective products such as heat protection sprays and avoid excessive use of hair dryers, straighteners or curling irons.

When you style your hair with heat tools, it can result in dryness and damage to the hair. Make sure to maintain an appropriate temperature and avoid using the tools directly on dry hair. Also, use a wide-toothed brush to gently detangle frizzy hair before styling to minimize damage.

Heat styling products

4. Using the wrong shampoo

Using the wrong shampoo can be one of the causes of frizzy hair. When the hair is washed with a shampoo that is too aggressive, it can strip the natural oils from the hair that act as a protective barrier. These natural oils help maintain hair moisture and prevent dryness and frizz.

When hair loses its natural oils due to using the wrong shampoo, it can become more susceptible to dryness and frizz. The hair tends to absorb moisture from the air, causing the strands to swell and become unruly. The result is a frizzy and unruly appearance.

Therefore, it is important to choose a shampoo that is specially formulated to add moisture and nourishment to the hair. Shampoos enriched with natural ingredients such as aloe vera, argan oil or coconut oil can help restore the hair's moisture balance and reduce frizz.

It's also important to avoid shampoos that contain sulfates or alcohol, as these ingredients can dry out the hair and worsen frizz. Be sure to read the ingredient list on the shampoo and choose one that is free of harmful chemicals and sulfates. You can read much more about why you should choose a sulfate-free shampoo here . 

5. Lack of moisture

Lack of moisture is a common cause of frizzy hair. If the hair does not get enough moisture, it can become dry, brittle and frizzy. This can be due to various factors such as weather conditions, frequent hair washing, use of heating tools and wrong shampoo.

To combat dryness and frizz, it is important to add sufficient moisture to the hair. Use a deep cleansing and moisturizing hair mask at least once a week to give the hair an intensive treatment. You may also consider using a leave-in conditioner or hair oil after washing your hair to seal in moisture and reduce frizz.

We can highly recommend this moisturizing and caring hair mask, which really gives the hair care and nourishment. Try our Repair and Care hair mask here . 

6. You brush your hair too much

Brushing the hair too much can result in frizzy hair due to several factors. When the hair is brushed repeatedly, it can cause overstimulation of the hair's natural oils, which can lead to an imbalance in the hair's moisture level. This can result in dry, frizzy hair.

The hair is covered with a cuticle layer that helps protect and maintain the hair's moisture. When the hair is brushed repeatedly, the cuticle can be damaged, resulting in loss of moisture and increased frizz.

Also, brushing the hair can also cause friction between the hairs, which can lead to electric hair and further frizz. When brushes are used on dry hair, it can result in additional damage and increased frizz.

To combat frizz caused by excessive brushing, it is important to be careful and gentle when brushing your hair. Use a wide-toothed comb or a brush with soft bristles, for example a hairbrush with boar bristles

You may also consider brushing your hair while it is wet as it is more susceptible to brushing and less prone to frizz. Use a wide-toothed comb or a brush with soft bristles and start brushing from the ends and work your way up towards the roots to avoid pulling and damaging the hair.

If you experience frizzy hair due to excessive brushing, it may be a good idea to reduce the number of times you brush your hair throughout the day. Try to limit it to morning and evening and avoid brushing during the day unless absolutely necessary.

Try our mega popular and gentle Curved Paddle Brush ! It is loved by many thousands of women. The hairbrush is made with wild boar hair and ensures a good distribution of the hair's natural oils. 

Effective methods to combat frizzy hair

Use of moisturizing products:

  • Choose shampoos and conditioners with moisturizing ingredients such as argan oil or coconut oil.
  • Use a leave-in conditioner to add extra moisture and reduce frizz.

Gentle handling of the hair:

  • Use a wide-toothed comb or a brush with soft bristles to avoid pulling the hair.
  • Sleep on a  bamboo pillowcase , as it reduces friction against the hair and reduces frizz.

Avoid heating tools:

  • Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible and avoid the use of blow dryers.
  • If you must style your hair, use heat protection products and choose the lowest temperature setting on your styling tools.

1. Use of moisturizing products

Using moisturizing products is essential to combat frizz effectively. Choose a good shampoo, conditioner or oil that suits your hair type and apply it regularly to keep hair hydrated and reduce frizz. Also use a deep conditioner or hair mask at least once a week to provide extra nourishment and moisture to your hair.

Always remember to handle your hair gently to avoid further damage and frizz. Never use a regular towel to dry your hair as it can be rough on the hair and lead to increased frizz. Instead, use a microfiber towel or let your hair air dry naturally.

Avoid the use of heat tools such as blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons as much as possible. These tools can dry out the hair and make it more prone to frizz. If you can't avoid heat tools completely, always use a heat protectant spray before use to minimize damage to your hair.

2. Gentle handling of the hair

Handle your hair gently by avoiding aggressive brushes and combs. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb or your fingertips to gently comb through the hair. Pretty easy, right?

When drying your hair after a shower, avoid rubbing it harshly with the towel. Instead, you can gently dab it to absorb excess water. Or you can consider using a towel for the hair, which is gentle and dries it very quickly.

3. Avoid heating tools

Avoid heat tools to prevent further frizz. Heat can dry out the hair and worsen the problem. Try letting your hair air dry naturally or use a diffuser on a low heat setting if you're in a rush to dry it quickly.

4. Get a good pillowcase

A bamboo pillowcase can help reduce frizz due to its special properties and texture. Bamboo fibers are naturally smooth and soft, which reduces friction between the hair and the pillow during sleep. Friction is one of the main causes of frizz and damage to hair.

By sleeping on a bamboo pillowcase, which is made of bamboo fibres, the friction against the hair is significantly reduced. This helps to maintain the smoothness of the hair and prevents it from getting frizzy and tangled during the night. At the same time, it can also help maintain the moisture balance in the hair and prevent it from becoming dry and brittle, which is another factor that can contribute to frizzy hair.

Bamboo fibers also have the advantage of being breathable and naturally temperature regulating. This means they can help reduce the build-up of heat and moisture around the scalp, which in turn can help keep hair healthy and less prone to frizz.

Woman sleeping on bamboo pillowcase

5. Regular haircuts can be key

Regular haircuts can reduce frizz for several reasons. First of all, it helps to eliminate split ends, which is often one of the causes of frizzy hair. When hair is damaged and split, it can easily become frizzy and frizzy. By cutting your hair regularly, you remove split ends and keep your hair healthy and strong.

In addition, regular haircuts also help to maintain the shape and texture of the hair. When hair becomes too long and uneven, it can become more prone to frizz and become unmanageable. By cutting your hair regularly, you can maintain a uniform length and shape, which can reduce the appearance of frizz.

Another benefit of regular trimming is that it allows you to remove any damaged or dead hair. Damaged hair strands may be more prone to frizz and frizz. By removing these strands, you can prevent them from affecting the rest of the hair and worsening the problem of frizzy hair.

6. Use a hair oil or hair serum

Hair oil or hair serum can be effective tools to reduce frizz. These products work by adding moisture and nourishment to the hair, helping to smooth and seal the hair's surface. This reduces the friction between the hair and the environment, which is one of the main causes of frizzy hair.

When hair lacks sufficient moisture, it can become dry and brittle, making it more prone to frizz. Hair oil and hair serum contain ingredients that can moisturize the hair so that it remains soft and supple. This helps prevent the hair from drying out and thus reduces the risk of frizzy hair.

In addition, hair oil and hair serum can also help seal the hair's cuticle. When the hair is damaged or exposed to external influences such as heat and chemicals, the cuticle layer can be loosened and lifted. This results in rough and frizzy hair. By using hair oil or hair serum, you can seal the cuticle layer and give the hair a smoother and shinier surface. This helps to reduce the appearance of frizz and leaves the hair more shiny and well-groomed.

Natural solutions for frizzy hair

1. Argan oil

Argan oil is a great natural oil that can fight frizz effectively. The oil has many benefits and properties that make it an ideal choice for achieving smooth and shiny hair.

Here are some of the top reasons to use argan oil:

  • Deep nourishment: Argan oil contains essential fatty acids and vitamin E, which nourish the hair from deep within.
  • Moisturizing properties: The oil helps moisturize dry and frizzy hair, leaving it soft and shiny.
  • Heat protection: Argan oil acts as a natural heat protection spray that protects hair from damage from styling tools.

2. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a natural and effective solution to fight frizzy hair. It has many properties that help improve hair health and reduce frizz. Here are some of the benefits of using coconut oil:

  • Hydrates hair and leaves it soft and smooth
  • Seals moisture inside the hair and reduces frizz
  • Protects against heat damage from styling tools

To use coconut oil for your frizzy hair, you can follow these steps:

1. Heat some coconut oil between your hands until it melts.

2. Apply the oil evenly to the entire length of your hair, avoiding the roots.

3. Let the oil sit for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

4. Rinse thoroughly with shampoo.

Regularly use coconut oil as part of your hair care routine to keep frizz under control!

3. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an effective solution to fight frizzy hair. The natural acid in the apple cider vinegar helps close the hair's cuticle and make it smoother and more manageable. To use apple cider vinegar as a treatment for frizzy hair, dilute it with water and spray it on your hair after shampooing and conditioning. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Repeat this treatment regularly for best results.

Another way to benefit from the apple cider vinegar is by making a rinse solution with it, this can be particularly effective against frizz from the heat of styling tools such as flat irons or blow dryers.

Product recommendations for frizzy hair

Frizzy hair requires the right products to get rid of it. We've put together some of our top product recommendations that will help minimise your frizzy hair.

Shampoo and conditioner without sulphate and silicone

One of the first things to look at when you have frizzy hair is your shampoo and conditioner. It's important that they don't contain sulphate, as this can over-cleanse the scalp, causing even more dryness and frizz. We highly recommend our Repair and Care shampoo and conditioner set. They are formulated without sulphate and silicone and packed with conditioning, strengthening and moisturising ingredients. In these products you will find hydrolysed wheat protein, Inca Inchi Oil, Sorbitol, Aloe Vera, Macadamia Oil, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter. The ingredients help reduce damage by up to 80%, reduce frizz by 29% and increase shine by 22%.

A moisturising hair mask

If you don't use a hair mask at least once a week with frizzy hair, then you really should. Another important tip is that the hair mask should be applied after shampooing to allow the hair strands to absorb nutrients as well as possible. Our Repair and Care hair mask provides maximum moisture and care for your hair. It helps to improve hair elasticity, strengthen it and reduce frizz, resulting in silky soft and healthy hair. It contains Inca inchi oil and mango butter, Rep'Hair and Neossance Hemisqualane.

Nourishing hair serum

To keep hair moisturised and shiny throughout the day, consider using Repair and Care hair serum. A unique leave-in conditioner that contains the fast-absorbing oil, inca inchi oil, which helps to improve hair elasticity. In addition, it also contains hydrolysed wheat protein which helps reduce damaged hair by up to 80%. The hair serum should be applied after showering and distributed throughout the hair. The product is heat-protective.

Hair brush with boar hair

A slightly overlooked but effective trick to get rid of frizzy hair is to get a hairbrush with boar bristles and nylon spikes. This is because the boar bristles help to transport the hair's natural oils around the hair when you comb your hair. This gives the hair natural moisture and care from the scalp's oils, thereby reducing frizzy hair. We highly recommend our Curved Paddle Brush, which is loved by more than 10,000 women and is an award nominee.

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