How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair
April 24, 2018At some point, we have all struggled with bad hair days —from casual flyaways to really bad frizz. We make efforts to improve our hair's appearance and sometimes don't manage to. However, with some knowledge about the real reason why this happens, and we can find a suitable solution to our hair nightmares. In this blog post, you will learn what the hair cuticle is and how it is related to frizz. Most importantly, you will find out how to keep frizz under control to get shiny, manageable tresses with proper hair products, scalp repairing masks, and healthy routines and tricks.
What is the Hair Cuticle?
The hair is composed of three parts: the cuticle, the cortex, and the medulla. The cuticle is the outermost layer of hair that serves as a protecting shield against external factors. It is translucent, primarily made of proteins -including keratin- and it has a shingle-like structure. There can be a variable number of cuticle layers on individual hair strands, usually between 6 and 10. Curly hair might have fewer layers and is, therefore, more prone to damage since the cortex lies more exposed than in straight hair. The hair cuticle has to adjust to the natural bends of the curls, which means that they have gaps around the bends and are, therefore, irregular.
Regarding the other parts of hair, we can mention the cortex, which is the thickest part of hair that contains melanin, and the medulla, which is the "marrow" of the hair. Without a healthy cuticle, these parts are left vulnerable.
The "shingles" that make up the cuticle open or close and this state determines whether the hair looks and feels shiny and manageable. An open cuticle makes for brittle, dry, coarse and unmanageable hair, whereas a closed cuticle provides shiny, supple and hydrated hair. One of the functions of the cuticle is to lock in the moisture in your hair, but when the cuticle is open, moisture escapes, leaving your hair dry and unprotected.
What Opens the Hair Cuticle?
Mechanical or chemical factors can open the hair cuticle. Mechanical damage comes from rough handling of any kind, from brushing to hairdos. Heat tools can also cause mechanical damage to the hair and open the cuticle if they are overused. However, most damage comes from chemicals such as hair dyes, relaxers, and some hair treatments and products that have a high pH and therefore lift the cuticle. Once the cuticle is lifted, said treatments can penetrate the hair cortex, but they don't have the power to seal back the cuticle.
Even water can open the hair cuticle. Every time the hair is wet, the cuticle swells a little. This actually allows shampoo and conditioner to work well on the hair, and it means that the cuticle can quite easily open with apparently harmless agents. The real trick regarding the hair cuticle is to keep balance and moisture on the hair in order to avoid a damaged appearance.
What Is the Relationship Between a Lifted Cuticle and Frizz?
Frizz is a sign of open cuticles. If you have frizz, your hair is most likely thirsty and trying to get moisture from anywhere it can and your cuticles are open.
Frizz is the resulting appearance of open cuticles on hair: dullness (because light is not reflected on the hair), fraying (because the open cuticle gives a rough feel and appearance to hair), puffiness (because the shingle-like scales of the cuticle are lifted) and dryness (because the hair cannot retain any moisture). When the weather is humid, frizz is more likely to appear because the open cuticles will try to trap moisture from the air to lock it in but will not be able to.
What Are Other Signs of an Open Cuticle?
Split ends and hair breakage can be other signs of an open cuticle. These problems start as a crack in the hair's protection and end up in more or less severe breakage that will damage hair seriously if not tackled on time.
How Can the Cuticle Be Sealed Back?
Open cuticles cannot be closed back by themselves, a deep moisturizing treatment is necessary. Keratin-filled treatments like The Ultimate Hair Serum from The Cosmetic Republic USA can seal the cuticle and improve the appearance and manageability of hair.
As beneficial as protein treatments can be, you should keep in mind that they are not infallible in the long term since they will only fill gaps on damaged hair temporarily. The proteins in these treatments cannot fuse with the hair strand and will wash out after some time.
Naturally dry hair (for example, all types of curly hair) need periodical cuticle-sealing masks to look better and be healthier. Some treatments also use moderate heat to seal the cuticle, and some cuticle-sealing products include heat, but there are certainly heat-free ways to close the cuticle.
How Can You Prevent Frizz?
The first rule of thumb to get rid of frizz is to keep healthy hair. This can be achieved with proper care.
Firstly, it is important to choose products that are free of chemicals. Sulfates and parabens are harsh on the hair and dry it considerably. Once you switch to sulfate and paraben-free products like those in The Cosmetic Republic USA's Daily Hair Care solutions, you will notice a big difference in your hair's texture, shine, manageability, and overall state.
The second step in frizz prevention is deep moisturization. Get a nourishing mask at least once a week. These masks should ideally be free of sulfates and parabens, just like your shampoo and conditioner. Get a good product like The Cosmetic Republic USA's Scalp Repairing Mask, which works deeply from the inside to restore your hair's moisture and balance.
The third step is using the right styling products. The perfect frizz-ridding product shouldn't weigh your hair down, it should be light and preferably alcohol-free, but still be able to keep flyaways and halo frizz at bay. Do not overdo styling products; some hair types are fine if you just run wet fingers through the tresses to minimize frizz. However, products have more hold for longer, which is pretty convenient.
The fourth step has to do with the way you handle your hair. Brush less, especially if you have curly hair. Avoid any rough handling and minimize the use of heat tools.
The fifth step is changing your hair game. For example, if you find that there is no way your hair will behave on a humid day, wear your hair in a way that frizz will show less. Tuck flyaways in with pins or wear a chic bun.
Frizz is annoying, but there are many ways to control it and even eliminate it to have perfect, healthy hair 24/7.
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