You love your hair, but not so much the frizz that accompanies it, and for good reason. Frizzy hair requires a little more effort to manage so that you are not always having a bad hair day. Here’s the catch: frizzy hair simply means you need to stay away from excessive humidity and sweat! The simple reason for this is that hair is a complex protein. Each hair strand is made up of three key layers, all of which contain millions of cells. The outermost layer of the hair is known as the cuticle. The best comparison for this layer perhaps, is the structure and appearance of a shingled roof.
With this understanding, frizzy hair is comparable to a roof whose shingles are lifted. Smooth hair strands therefore, are the result of flattened ‘shingles’. This problem is further compounded by the fact that frizzy hair is often quite dry, and has a tendency to pick moisture from the surrounding environment. This causes the cuticle layer to open up, this lifting the ‘shingles’ and creating an unruly frizzy mess. Granted, this is a very frustrating stage, whether you get frizzy hair occasionally or are constantly battling with this condition. The good news is that there are a number of simple and affordable home remedies to keep the mess in check.
Time Required: 40 Min – 60 Min
What You Need: 1 Can of beer and cold water to rinse. Alternatively, use equal amounts of the beer, organic shampoo, conditioner and cold water.
Beer is one of the greatest anti-frizz home remedies available for you. It works in managing frizzy hair because it restores moisture to the hair, thus ensuring that the cuticle layer’s structure remains aligned. When applied to the scalp, the beer also provides nutrients and minerals that ensure the proper growth of hair. This remedy is best used bi-monthly. There are two ways you may use this remedy: either beer on its own followed by a cold water rinse or a mixture of the beer and your usual hair products as indicated in the steps below. Note that cold water is used in both cases as it helps shut the hair cuticles and helps reduce the frizz.
Using Beer followed by Cold Water Rinse
- Divide your hair into different sections to allow for the ease of application.
- Apply a generous amount of the beer to your hair, ensuring that each strand is coated in the beer.
- Leave on for approximately 40 minutes during which the beer’s benefits will seep into the hair strands.
- Run cold water through your hair to remove the beer as well as ensure that your hair is less prone to frizz.
Using Beer alongside your Hair Products
- Mix equal amounts of beer, organic shampoo and conditioner in a bowl.
- The amount you use for the respective ingredients is really dependent on the length of your hair.
- Apply the resulting mixture.
- Using a de-tangling brush, gently brush your hair.
- Leave the mixture on for 30 minutes before doing a thorough rinse using cold water.
2. Ripe Banana:
Time Required: 1 Hr
What You Need: Ripe bananas, Yogurt, 4 teaspoons each of raw organic honey and olive oil, shower cap, hair shampoo and conditioner.
Bananas are recommended for the treatment of frizzy hair, and make for an excellent natural conditioner. This fruit has a high concentration of potassium, natural oils and vitamins, all of which not only seal moisture in the hair strands, but also ensure that your hair retains its natural sheen. The nutrients present in banana also nourish the scalp, and help manage split ends.
Yogurt is added as it eases the application process, while honey is included for its humectant properties that help lock in moisture. Olive oil on the other hand has great benefits for the hair, making it an ideal ingredient. The use of this remedy culminates in shampooing and hair conditioning, making this an all-inclusive hair care routine.
- Peel the banana and chop it into small pieces before placing in the bowl.
- Mash the banana until you have a lump-free paste. You can do this using a fork for best results.
- Pour in the yogurt, and drizzle the honey and oil on the mashed banana.
- Whip the mixture to blend well.
- Divide your hair into sections and apply a generous amount of the banana mixture.
- Cover the hair with a shower cap and leave on for between 30 and 45 minutes.
- Rinse your hair using cold water and proceed to shampoo and condition as usual.
- Use this remedy at least once weekly to maintain smooth hair and keep the frizz in check.
3. Avocado Hair Mask:
Time Required: 1 Hr
What You Need: 1 Ripe avocado, 2 teaspoons of olive oil hair shampoo and conditioner, shower cap and cold water to rinse. Milk curd (optional).
Making your own hair mask using avocado fruit is one of the simplest ways to maintain frizz-free hair. Just like banana, avocado contains rich fats which add moisture to the hair and help keep your hair strands smooth. This hydrating effect is a perfect remedy against frizzy untamed hair, and overall contributes to healthy shiny hair. Olive oil is added for its ability to nourish the hair and maintain its natural sheen. Curd is an optional addition, and is preferred because it contains high amounts of proteins that help maintain the integrity of the different layers in the hair (and especially the cuticle which is most affected by frizz).
- Peel the avocado and cut into small pieces before mashing using a fork.
- Add the olive oil and mash some more then set aside. If you opt to use curd, add it to the mixture at this point.
- Shampoo your hair as normal.
- Divide the wet hair into different sections and proceed to slather a generous amount of the avocado paste onto the hair.
- Wear the shower cap and leave on for between 30 and 45 minutes.
- Run cold water through your hair to rinse.
- Apply the conditioner to eliminate the characteristic smell of avocado from the hair.
- Rinse once more and moisturize accordingly.
- Use this hair remedy at least once weekly to avoid dry frizzy hair.
4. Raw Eggs:
Time Required: 1 Hr
What You Need: 1 Fresh egg, some olive oil, shower cap, cold water as well as hair shampoo and conditioner.
Raw eggs are one of the best home remedies for the management of frizzy hair. The yolk is packed with natural fats and amino acids that act as natural hair moisturizers. The egg white on the other hand is rich n enzymes that break down grime found on the scalp. This clears the pores and allows the scalp to ‘breathe’. By adding moisture to the hair strands and nourishing the scalp, eggs make for an ideal option when dealing with frizzy unruly hair. Olive oil is included for its aforementioned benefits.
- Beat one egg and whisk for a couple of minutes.
- Add the olive oil and mix well.
- Apply the egg mixture on your hair, cover with a shower cap and leave on for about 45 minutes.
- Rinse the mixture off using cold water. A point of caution here requires that you do not use hot/warm water as this will cause the egg to cook in your hair. Cooked egg poses a great challenge to eliminate from wet curly hair. You are advised to first rinse with cold water, then once you have removed all the egg, you can then rinse with warm water if you so desire.
- This should be followed up with the usual hair shampoo and conditioning routine.
- Use this remedy at least once weekly to manage frizzy hair with ease.
5. Lemon and Honey Mixture:
Time Required: 1 Hr
What You Need: 2 Tablespoons each of freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey, 1 cup of water, hair shampoo and warm water to rinse.
A mixture of freshly squeezed lemon juice presents powerful arsenal against frizzy hair. The lemon juice is packed with key vitamins required for healthy hair while honey acts as a humectant. A humectant is a compound that locks in moisture, one of the much needed attributes of home remedies used for the treatment of frizzy hair. Both ingredients work in synergy, making this remedy one of the most sought after in eliminating frizz. Make sure shampoo prior to the use of this remedy.
- Mix the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the honey well.
- Add a cup of warm water to the mixture and stir some more.
- Apply a generous amount of this lemon juice mixture to freshly cleaned hair.
- Ensure that you cover the hair ends too using the mixture.
- Wear the shower cap and leave the mixture on for 40 minutes.
- Use warm water to rinse and shampoo.
- Use this remedy at least once weekly for best results.
Time Required: 1 Hr
What You Need: 1/2 Cup of mayonnaise (preferably full fat mayo), 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 1 egg yolk, 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice, shower cap and cold water.
One of the most effective home remedies for the treatment of frizzy hair is mayonnaise. The main ingredients in mayonnaise are eggs and oil, both of which play an integral role in keeping frizz at bay. Other benefits of using this remedy include its ability to add extra protection with the use of moisture as well as adding natural shine to the hair strands. Additional ingredients required for this remedy include olive oil, egg yolk and lemon juice, all of whose benefits are aforementioned. Follow the steps below to manage unruly hair using mayonnaise. The use of this remedy is recommended for freshly washed hair if you want to get the best results.
- Place the mayonnaise in a cup and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Whisk the mixture well to blend and create a homogeneous mixture.
- Section the wet hair and apply the mixture before covering with a shower cap.
- Leave the mixture on for between 30 and 40 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, rinse the hair using cold water.
- Use this remedy at least once every week, or as often as you carry out your hair care routine.
7. Coconut Oil:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Coconut oil
One of the best ways to deal with frizz is to apply coconut oil. Undoubtedly one of the choice hair remedies, coconut oil has an incredible moisturizing effect on the hair, thus helping lock in the moisture. For the most part, coconut oil also has a great fragrance. This is one of the simplest remedies available for you if you are constantly on the go. Note, however, that the best way to use this remedy is on damp hair.
- Wet your hair as the oil is best applied on damp hair.
- Dab the coconut oil on the palms of your hands and apply on the wet hair, making sure you focus on the hair ends. You want to avoid applying the oil on the scalp to avoid an extremely greasy scalp as coconut oil is a little heavy. In any case, your focus is to tame frizzy hair.
- Use this remedy as often as is required.
8. Carbonated Water:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Carbonated water to rinse your hair after your usual shampoo routine.
Carbonated water provides a great solution for treating frizzy hair. This water, just as the name suggests, is the result of the dissolution of carbon dioxide in he water, in effect lowering its pH levels. The reason why it is recommended for reducing frizz is that when applied to wet hair, it helps deal with frizz, especially when it results from excessive humidity. Some of the options available for you as far as this remedy is concerned include soda water and sparkling water among others. For this remedy to be effective however, you need to be consistent.
- Rinse your freshly shampooed hair using the carbonated water.
9. Lifestyle Changes to Help you Manage Frizzy Hair:
Time Required: Varies depending on the particular change you would like to make.
What You Need: Decisiveness to take good care of your hair.
In addition to the remedies mentioned above, there are a number of lifestyle changes that you can make so that over a period of time, your hair is less susceptible to frizz. Most of these changes revolve around the hair routine of choice, the hair care products as well as habits that are ingrained over time. Look out for the changes that are most relevant to you and combine them with your preferred remedy above.
- Avoid combing or brushing dry hair as this stretches and affects the structure of the hair cuticle, a factor which contributes to frizz.
- When shopping for hair conditioner, make sure you settle for protein hair condition as it goes a long way in managing frizz.
- Avoid over-processing your hair because this causes hair breakage and damages the cuticle.
- Whenever you can, use organic shampoo that is free from sulfates and is packed with glycerin. Sulfates strip the hair of natural oils while glycerin adds moisture to the hair, making the latter a preferred option.
- Incorporate a hydrating mask routine to your weekly hair care schedule to add more moisture.
- Always cover your hair using a silk scarf to avoid rubbing all the moisture away as you sleep.