The human hair is a filamentous like structure that is pigmented. They are also very complex, containing three layers – cuticle, cortex and medulla, along with innumerable number of cells. The cuticle is the outermost layer that is translucent, made of scales, and covering the hair shaft.
Why Hair Becomes Frizzy ?
The environment and extreme levels of humidity are to be blamed for the development of frizzy hair problems. When the air in the environment is dry, it absorbs water molecules from the human hair; and when the environmental air contains more of moisture, the human hair absorbs water from it. This will cause the hair filaments to swell. However, not all parts of the hair will swell in the same manner, and this uneven absorption of moisture will encourage twisting and curling of hair strands, giving it a frizzy effect.
To avoid experiencing bad hair days during extremely humid environmental conditions, certain self care methods can be followed, some of which are furnished below.
Things That Can Be Done at Home to Stop Hair From Getting Frizzy
First, try and avoid brushing hair when it is extremely dry. This will stretch the hair’s outermost layer and cause breakage. If one’s hair has a tendency to become frizzy, it is advised that after a hair wash, towel dry it and then run their fingers through it to detangle. It is not the best time to use a comb or a hair brush. Also, if one needs to detangle their frizzy prone hair when dry, it is best to wet their fingers and run through hair as if to finger comb. This will prevent a frizz. In truth, to avoid frizzy hair, a hairbrush should never be used, only a comb.
Hair that has split ends has a tendency to become frizzy during humidity. It is recommended that such individuals trim their hair ends at regular intervals to prevent splitting, in turn stopping their hair from getting a frizzy appearance.
Next, keeping the hair well conditioned will hinder absorption of water molecules from the environment to a great extent. A natural hair conditioner can be prepared from combining well approximately 1 tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar (along with the sediment that forms from processing it naturally), in a cup of clean water. Fill a squirt bottle with this and use it after every hair wash. Massage this solution into the scalp and hair gently, and leave it on for 2 minutes before rinsing off. The vinegar smell will not linger after washing; instead the hair cuticle will get smoothed out, preventing frizz. Do this after washing hair with any regular shampoo to which 1 tablespoon of baking soda is added. This will enhance the no frizz effect.
Another option is to massage few drops of extra virgin coconut oil into the scalp, allow it to sit for about half an hour before washing off thoroughly. This will keep the hair well hydrated and frizz free.
Washing frizz prone hair in very hot water is not advised. Also, avoid shampooing daily for this contributes to dry hair and frizz.