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How to Battle Frizz in Natural Hair

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by Dominique of All Things O’ Natural

FRIZZ..FRIZZ..FRIZZ..LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!

Ok, so let’s chat about a topic that I get uber questions on and I’m quite sure many of us have dealt with…FRIZZ!!! As always, I hope this topic will help shed some light on a popular topic not only in the natural hair community, but, well, almost every hair community.

FRIZZ…WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?

  • I define it, in simple terms, flyaway hair that has been lifted from the normal curl, wave, or coil. It’s the hair that, so to speak, ‘goes against the grain of the masses.’ What it is not, is  hair that is naturally curly, wavy or coily paired next to a picture of the same person with straightened hair. It’s where hair that normally clumps, waves  or coils fail to do so. You may also experience frizz when shorter pieces of hair separate from the normal curls, waves or coils. See my examples below of my hair when experiencing low and high frizz:


FRIZZ…WHAT CAUSES IT?

  • Harsh handling of the hair (harsh combing, brushing or styling techniques)
  • Improper or Lack of Moisture
  • Dry Styling (styling hair that lacks moisture or that is not damp or wet)
  • Humidity (especially when using stylers, moisturizers or leave ins containing humectants: glycerin, honey)
  • Certain product ingredients (because humectants attract moisture to the hair it can cause swelling which causes the hair to dry and frizz. It’s best to use products that contain humectants as leave ins during cooler months)
  • Over manipulation and constant touching of the hair (guilty me!)

FRIZZ..WHAT CAN HELP?

  • Go easy when styling the hair. When undoing styles such as twists for twist outs or braids for braid outs, be sure to coat hands lightly with a butter or oil to minimize frizz.
  • Check your ingredients and be mindful of humectants during warmer and hot months. If you do use products containing humectants, you can follow up by using anti humectants such as products or raw ingredients such as; shea butter, mango butter, castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, to name a few.
  • Try to eliminate excessive ‘HIH’ (Hand In Hair) Syndrome..that’s a hard one for me too
  • Keep hair moisturized. Check out my step by step on a moisturizing tip that has helped me and many naturals keep our tresses properly moisturized.

Remoisturizing old hair in 5 simple steps

Step 1: Grab your favorite moisturizer (leave in conditioner, moisturizing cream, spray mist, water). I alternate between my Natty Moist and Natty ACV Mist as my moisturizer of choice.

Step 2 — 3: Working in sections (if the hair is long enough) apply moisturizer to your hair making sure to coat each strand. Then apply an oil, butter or your Natty Butter to seal/lock in moisture.

Step 3: Be sure to moisturize your edges and ends as well. They can become dry and brittle leading to breakage

Step 4: Twist, braid or apply any protective style of your choice. Nice moisturized, sealed and protected hair. I wear my hair in this manner throughout the week allowing me to retain moisture, minimize breakage and retain length due to its low manipulation.

Step 5: Cover and protect at night with a silk or satin scarf, bonnet or pillowcase.

Step 6: When unraveling for styling, be sure to apply some butter or oil to your hair to undo any style. This way, you minimize the amount of frizz and friction caused. AND, as a bonus, you may get a few days worthy of rocking your favorite style!

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My Tresses

For the most part, I experience low frizz by following my moisturizing routine, using products with great ingredients and practicing low manipulation styles. Keep in mind, though, even keeping hair in protective styles such as braids and twists for a long period of time can create not only frizz but the potential for the hair to ‘loc’. As mentioned above, I make sure when unraveling my twists, I apply my Natty Butter onto my hands, rub in to melt, then unravel my twists or braids for a great twist out. I also keep my ends nice and moisturized and trimmed.

Ladies, how do you battle frizz in your hair?

Dominique Wife, homeschool mom of 4, former Interior Designer/Architect, 3 years natural, creator and co-owner of All Things O’Natural and Natty Natural products with my wonderful husband. Continually seeking knowledge of all things natural, homeopathic and Ayurvedic. 
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Zaza

I don’t about what you guys think but this woman and her hair are absolutely STUNNING!

Staying on topic, the only thing that has helped to keep frizz at bay was when I added the use of a glycerin and aloe based gel which is 100% natural. For a twist/ braid/ bantu/ band… out I start by first styling on wet hair, then I add a little bit of my humectant then some light coconut oil and seal all the goodness in with my homemade shea butter mix and leave to set for a lovely uniform look.

Zaza
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Zaza

Forgot to add, I am 4b predominantly
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HortonHearsA...

And that glycerin, aloe humectant thing works at this time of year? I have had to eliminate products with glycerin too high up and add more oils and butters. The glycerin was drying out my hair. Your hair looks great btw. I think well moisturised hair with emphasis on products that close the cuticle and keep hair soft leads to predictable and co operative hair.

Zaza
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Zaza

Granted the weather in the UK is pretty constant all year round but the weather has dropped this week and I have yet to try an out style so we shall see if the glycerin holds up 🙂 Definitely agree that well moisturised hair will yield results regardless of product.

HortonHearsA...
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HortonHearsA...

I’m in the UK too but glycerine has not been playing nicely with my hair. Now it’s so cold I have revisited Qhemet Amla Heavy cream and I’m shocked to find it now works for me. I’m going with heavy oils and butters now until it heats up.

Soma
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Soma

Hi, I have been looking to get Qhemet products in the UK. Where do you get yours?

Tabatha
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Tabatha

very pretty!

anastasia
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anastasia

Haha!! Zaza, I was thinking the same thing: What a stunner!! Such beautiful hair and what a gorgeous woman! Truly ladies, WE ARE BEAUTIFUL!

I will be stealing some of these looks!

Back to Frizz-gate: I actually don’t mind the halo effect of frizz owing to my low density hair. Nevertheless, these are good tips for those times when I want to contain the awesomeness… smiles!

Shyam
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Goodness, I love this post, the Sesame Street song really made me laugh.I have never heard of the two women you meointn, but one person who’s hair I have always loved is Helena Bonham Carter. She inspires me and sometimes I’ve gone out somewhere looking a bit wild’, but I love it and it defines me and my personality.I don’t use straighteners, I mostly use Herbal Essences Tousle-Me-Softly, its perfect. Keeps the frizz under control, but also keep the natural curls looking great.In the picture that I use on my Facebook page you can see the frizz, but I really… Read more »

mlank64
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mlank64

Yes, I use gycering but I make sure I spray Aloe Vera Juice on my hair so the cuticles stay closed and I can trap the goodness of the glycerine which is the only product that seems to moisturize my hair especially in the winter. I use the S‑curl no drip, aloe vera juice, then define my curls with echo styler gel and grapeseed oil to finish. I have well defined hair that is soft not crunchy and hard. Love this article. Her hair is everything.

All Things O'Natural
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Wooowwwww, you ladies sure know how to make an ole gal smile!!!!! Truly truly blessed and grateful for your comments and feedback, wowsers!!!! Thank you so much, again

Dee
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Dee

I wish this was true for me… my 4b hair hardly ever frizzes but the top is 4c and frizzes up no matter what products I use

Darlyn
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Darlyn

I agree about 4C hair. I have 4c hair all over my head and there’s nothing that I can do about frizz.

Missc
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Missc

Lovely results.
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This a 2 day old twist-out and already frizzy.….great tips! I will definitely incorporate these.
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Zaza
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Zaza

This looks nice and fresh!

Missc
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Missc

Thanks Zaza! This style is two days old and I never re-twist at night. My hair gradually gets more “fluffy” over time. I love how Miss Natty (author) controls how much frizz she gets. My larger twists don’t come out nearly as smooth as hers 🙂

All Things O'Natural
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Your hair is beautiful!!!!

JenniD
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JenniD

Nice highlights Zaza! Frizz doesn’t bother me as much as it did years ago. Its kind of grown on me lol. My 4b/c hair frizzes no matter if I touch it or not. I think frizz can give some styles better character. I like this lady’s tips though and have been to her website before. Nice hair and her regimen is pretty simple.

Zaza
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Zaza

Thanks!

Pat
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Pat

Wow.

Elle
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Elle

Riight ??! That look, that hair !! Beautiful

Mimi
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Mimi

i dont mind frizz at all .… but her hair is beautiful!!! got stars in my eyes!

Renee
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Renee

Hey Ladies

I have TWA about 2″ around, how do you suggest i combat frizz. I am happy that my hair is growing. (LOL)

Miss T
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Miss T

Love your hair and the black shirt with the lady with the afro on it, where did you get it?

Ugonna
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Ugonna

You;re gorgeous. Your article could have been just about that fact , no advice whatsoever needed. Lol.

Anty
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Give Burt’s Bees lip balm a try. My lips used to be permanently crakced and I’d tried everything from Vaseline to Rosebud Salve. But Burt’s Bees is absolute genius. I just need to apply it every now and then and my lips don’t crack anymore. Also it has this tingly feeling which most people find odd, but I love. I hope this helped 🙂

Tabatha
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Tabatha

Very gorgeous styles! WHAT I WOULDN’T GIVE TO HAVE A SUCCESFUL BRAID OUT OR TWIST OUT!

Dee
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Dee

Beautiful woman.

Personally one of my hair’s characteristics is that it is naturally prone to frizz, even when it’s properly moisturized and sealed, and if I don’t “touch” it.

How I feel about frizz varies, but if I want to tame it, I use gels of various holds depending on my goals.

Dee
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Dee

Just to add–Sometimes if I’m wearing out-styles, I prefer to have some frizz for fullness and texture.

TRich
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TRich

I needed this! Thanks

Kesi
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Kesi

Good night ladies. I just wanted to share .… I am so happy as I am reading the comments how encouraging, uplifting and kind everyone is that I am just so inspired.…and your pictures in your posts.. just beautiful.…

to attempt to combat frizz, I tie my hair down before taking a shower and that seems to work, but I am definitely going to try some of these ideas.

lv
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lv

I am just so thrilled to be reading and talking about afro textured hair and what can and may be done with it. It is such a change from looking at european textured hair and being forced to believe in one standard of beauty. No shade, but it was becoming exhausting. Trust, 40 years of hearing the same yang. Than you remember what your mama and daddy told you all along: “Your hair is thick and beautiful as is.…. dont put that mess in your hair trying to look like them white girls. I’m sorry, this story is about frizz:… Read more »

Thetruthisoutthere
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Thetruthisoutthere

Wow, that braided bang style with the fall in back is fabulous! Unlike Dominique’s dense hair, I have medium density 4c coils and use frizz to help me look like I have more hair. I must agree that using ACV helps! I am on day 3 of a perm rod roller set using ACV rinse, oil, cantu leave in and gel to set. I have HIH, which contributed to the bodifying frizz. I have not tried AVJ/AVG to seal. I find that curl activator products while moisturizing, leave me NO style definition. I look forward to trying these tips. I… Read more »

Jack
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Jack

Goes to my mum and dad and asks them why I didn’t come out looking as good as this lady and my hair doesn’t look like hers. I feel like I’ve been robbed of potential good looks. Jokes and smokes aside, one will try out the advice given.

Stay beautiful Black Queens.

AC
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AC

I know that this article is several months old, but I just wanted to say thank you for all of the great tips! I love all of your hairstyle ideas. You have such gorgeous hair!

Lei
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Lei

Oh I needed this article! It’s such a wonderful read with great tips. I have NO CLUE how to battle frizz. Your hair is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for posting this.

Mi
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Mi

As an Indian girl with ridiculous frizzy hair, I owe you my soul for all these tips.

Tanya
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Tanya

This is really helpful — I’m going to try using more moisture in my hair because the frizz is driving me crazy!!!

http://www.tanyablackstar.co.uk/

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Anni
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Anni

You have a beautiful smile , thanks for the tips

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