Frizz is something that seems to strike at any time and whatever your hair texture - fine, thick, straight, curly, coily or wavy - it’s not immune from frizzing up. But what causes frizz and is it possible to tackle and even prevent it? Here we breakdown everything you need to know about frizz so you can enjoy smooth, silky hair without those unwanted flyaways.
Why Does Hair Go Frizzy?
Quite a few things can cause your hair to turn frizzy. If your hair is dry and lacks moisture then it is more prone to frizz. Each strand of hair has cuticles - a little like tiles on a roof - when your hair is moisturized optimally these lie flat and smooth, but when hair is dry these cuticles lift, leaving gaps. On humid days, when there is extra moisture in the air, the hair takes on this moisture through the gaps causing the strands to swell up and turn frizzy.
Heat is another cause of frizz. Washing your hair with too hot water or using heat tools can further strip your hair of moisture increasing your hair’s potential to frizz. Turn down the temperature in your shower and use nourishing hair products and heat protectors when it comes to styling. Brushing wet hair can stretch the strands, disrupt the cuticles, and lead to frizz. If you’re planning to air-dry your hair, simply use your fingers to rake through your hair. Once your strands are dry, use a brush or comb to gently tackle any unwanted tangles. Friction can lead to frizz, too. Think vigorous towel-drying or sleeping. Blot your hair with a microfiber towel, never rub, and when it comes to sleeping, try switching your pillowcase to a silk one - the slippery fabric won’t cause your strands to tangle or break while you sleep.
How to Fight Frizz with Products
The key to tackling frizz is to look for an anti-frizz routine that consists of products and lifestyle tweaks (like that silk pillowcase) that will limit frizz. If frizz is your hair’s number one enemy, then the Discipline range should be your go-to. While all hair is prone to frizz, curly hair is especially vulnerable as the cylindrical strands mean the cuticles are less tight and tend to sit open more of the time.
The key for curls is to look to an anti-frizz shampoo and a pro-keratin hair treatment in an at-home formula. The Discipline range are pro-keratin products meaning they will smooth and tame unruly hair. Curls are left smooth and defined, whilst wavy or straight hair will enjoy the anti-frizz benefits too. The quickest and most effective way to fight frizz is in the shower with an anti-frizz shampoo. The Discipline range has three to choose from, alongside a selection of frizz-tasing conditioners, masks and styling products.
Anti-Frizz Shampoo for Curly Hair
The Discipline Cleansing Conditioner Curl Idéal is a gentle cleansing product that is silicone and sulfate-free. The creamy formula bathes the hair, coating each fiber to detangle and cleanse the strands without stripping the natural oils that curls so desperately need to cling onto. Feeding the hair with nutrition from root to tip, this cleansing conditioner contains Pro-Kératin and Elastin to strengthen and smooth the strands, whilst improving fiber elasticity.
Cationic and amphoteric surfactants gently remove impurities without being harsh on the hair, the addition of lipid compound leave curls soft, bouncy and nourished. Curls are left defined and easy to style. Finish with the Creme Oléo-Curl to leave strands soft, defined and full off bounce. The anti-humidity action prevents frizz setting in throughout the day.
Anti-Frizz Shampoo for Wavy and Straight Hair
Bain Fluidéaliste was formulated with fine to normal hair in mind. It’s packed with Morpho-Kératine™ Complex and Surface-Morphing Polymers to leave strands manageable (read: easy to style) and with anti-frizz protection. Hair is left smooth, soft, shiny and supply. If your hair is very sensitized, color-treated or chemically-treated then look to the Bain Fluidéaliste Sulfate Free. It has the same benefits as the Bain Fluidéaliste but is incredibly gentle on vulnerable strands that are prone to frizz.