What Causes Frizzy Hair?

What Causes Frizzy Hair?

Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to start looking forward to those longer days and lighter nights, warmer weather, BBQ’s, trips to the beach, summer holidays…

Whilst most of us long for these times, the warmer weather can be a real challenge when it comes to our hair - the mere mention of the words ‘holiday’ or ‘beach’ making some of us want to reach for the nearest hat to cover our unruly locks. If this sounds familiar and your hair also tends to take on a life of its own during the spring and summer months, then this blog is for you.

Regardless of hair type, anyone can find themselves fighting a losing battle against frizz but there are some simple steps you can take to prevent it.


Why Is My Hair So Frizzy?

Frizz is caused by a combination of two factors; the level of moisture within your hair and the humidity levels in the atmosphere.

A lack of hydration forces your hair to seek out and absorb moisture from the surrounding atmosphere – which is why humidity makes frizz so much worse. In humid conditions there is a lot more moisture in the air, water molecules enter the hair strand and bind to the proteins inside. This process causes hair to ‘forget’ its styled shape and go back to a natural state. When this happens in varying degrees over a full head of hair, the result is frizz. 

Whilst impossible to control the level of humidity in the air, using the correct combination of products can help to defend your locks; restoring thirst-quenched hair, smoothing any fly-aways and locking in hydration and shine.


Are Some People More Prone To Frizzy Hair?

Unfortunately, for some it’s just a part of their DNA. Naturally curly, coily or wavy hair is more prone to frizz due to the oils, that are naturally produced by your scalp, being unable to travel along the hair shaft as easily as they can in hair that is straight. This leads to the hair being more brittle and drier on the ends.  

Straight hair can become frizzy too but it tends to be less noticeable, unless the hair is excessively dry and/or damaged.


The Factors That Cause Frizz

Using the wrong shampoo and conditioner

Using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner that is specifically formulated for frizzy hair can help to smoothen the hair cuticle and add moisture, resulting in more manageable, sleeker locks. In addition, these products help to improve the overall texture of the hair making it softer and easier to style. For added hydration, consider using a deep conditioning treatment, such as a hair mask, once a week.

Check out Insight’s Anti-Frizz Hydrating Shampoo (£15), Anti-Frizz Hydrating Conditioner  (£17) and Anti-Frizz Hydrating Mask (£14).

An alternative option is the Fibre Clinix Tame collection. This benefits from Triple Bonding and C21 technology that gently cleanses coarse, frizzy and unmanageable hair whilst also connecting and repairing the hair’s inner bonds. Containing ceramide, this popular combination visibly tames tresses to structure and smoothen the hair’s surface producing an anti-frizz effect.

Fibre Clinix Tame Shampoo (£18.50), Fibre Clinix Tame Conditioner (£19.50), Fibre Clinix Tame Treatment (£20.50).



Having Your Water Too Hot

Warm water should be used at the beginning of your wash to allow the cuticles of the hair and pores on the scalp to open up. This helps to deeply cleanse both your hair and scalp, removing dirt, residue and any build up.

At the end of the wash, try reducing the water temperature as this will help to close the cuticles; minimising frizz and increasing shine.


Rough Towel Drying

Hair is in its most fragile state when wet. Rubbing hair dry with a regular towel can damage the cuticle and outer layer of the hair strand, resulting in frizz.

Try a microfibre towel instead as these are far more absorbent (at least 3 times) than a regular towel, they are also much softer so won’t lead to hair breakage.


Over Brushing

Over-brushing can lead to breakage, leaving hair brittle and more prone to frizz. Try to keep brushing to a minimum and use a spray-in conditioner or detangler to help with any knots.

Try Authentic Beauty Concept Hydrate Spray Conditioner for added moisture (£28.50).


Heat Protection

Frequently using hairdryers and heated styling tools can strip hair of its natural moisture levels, leaving hair dry, damaged and vulnerable to frizz. Always use a heat protector spray, such as Sebastian Professional Trilliant Heat Protection Spray (£25). This provides thermal defence and adds body and shine.



Use the Correct Styling Products

Products formulated for frizzy hair address the issue of flyaways, help to tame ends and control unwanted static. Nine Yards Hair Down Anti-Frizz Cream, Hair Down (£19.50), calms flyaway hair to promote a sleek and polished look. Simply apply evenly to wet or dry hair and leave to dry naturally or style as usual.  

The Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray (£25) is a heat-activated, anti-humidity spray designed to create a waterproof veil over the hair. It acts as an invisible waterproof cloak, repelling moisture and minimising the look of flyaways. Offering protection for up to 72 hours or for two to three shampoos, this spray promotes long-lasting silky looking hair.


Split Ends

Trim split ends regularly as these are prone to frizz and will become worse the longer they are left. In between salon visits try using a serum such as Session Label - The Serum (£18.60). This is a lightweight product that helps to smoothen flyaways, counter split-ends and tame frizz. A versatile formula it is so light it will add silky shine to the hair’s surface without overburdening it. Can be used for smooth blowdrys or mixed with other products in the range for added hold and bounce.

Whilst we can’t control the humidity in the atmosphere, we can do a lot to control and improve the moisture level within our hair. It’s all a question of balance - tresses that are lacking in hydration will draw water molecules from the surrounding environment to restore the hair’s natural equilibrium. Hair that is healthy and hydrated however will not have the need to do this and will be able to better maintain its overall look, regardless of the weather.

In most cases all that is needed are a few tweaks to our daily or weekly routine. If you usually struggle with frizz over the warmer months, start thinking about adding some of the above into your routine now. Hopefully, you’ll then be well on your way to super healthy hair this summer and there won’t be a need for a hat after all!









Joseph Ferraro Hair (JFH) Ltd is a team of professional stylists that deliver exceptional hairdressing services for the individual. Owned and founded by Authentic Beauty Concept Ambassador and North Eastern Hairdresser of the Year (2016), Joseph Ferraro, the JFH team is dedicated to providing expert hair care. Should you need further information or advice on our range of products or wish to speak to a member of the team, please email enquiries@josephferraroonline.co.uk