Why is my hair frizzy after I wash it?

Frizzy hair is one of the most common complaints we hear from our clients, especially due to our high humidity summers and cold, damp winters!

What most people don’t realize, however, is that preventing frizz actually starts in the shower. It is the lack of moisture in the hair that causes the hair to look for moisture in the environment around it.

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In order to start fighting the frizz, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • The first step?  Turn down the heat!  Showering in very hot water can actually reduce natural oils in the hair, causing frizz to start.
  • Choose a hydrating shampoo and conditioner (keeping in mind that some are more heavy than others if you have fine hair) – it is always best to get a professional consultation to ensure you are using the best products for your hair type!
  • Apply your leave-in products before leaving the shower!

What products can I use to reduce frizz after washing?

When the goal is to reduce frizz, the key is moisture!  In addition to a good hydrating shampoo and conditioner, you’re going to want to add in some specialty products to help combat dryness, here are a few we recommend:

Hair Masks – When used weekly, a specialized hair mask can drastically help to calm the chaos! Weekly masks can stay in for 5-10 minutes and will give better results than your conditioner.  For longer lasting results, consider a in-salon deep conditioning treatment that can last up to 10 shampoos

Leave in conditioners – provide extra moisture, protect from damage and breakage and are great for curly and coarse frizzy hair.  For fine hair, make sure to look for something that won’t weigh down the hair.  Leave-in products should be applied in the shower or immediately after getting out.

    • Oribe Super shine cream, medium to extra long hair, reduce frizz, heat damage , repair breakage, use it on it’s own or with a styling product on top – Lite option for fine hair

Hair oils – can be used on wet or dry hair to add shine.  For fine hair, use a limited amount to avoid weighing the hair down, thicker, curly hair would typically require more.  Hair oils can help with dryness and strengthen the hair over time.

Hair Serums – are great for frizz and flyaways, as they coat the hair.  Serums are also great for humidity because they have a lot of silicones in them.  As a result, however, they are not great for fine hair, so it is important to do your research to find out what works best for you.

    • Goldwell Dual Senses serums – These 7 Intensive Conditioning Serums provide an instant care solution that perfectly matches what your hair needs. Each serum provides colour protection and offers long-lasting results!

Anti-Humidity Sprays – are a must here in Nova Scotia as we have a huge amount of humidity here!  Anti-humidity sprays act as a shield.  For best results, spray all over once all your products are on.  Hot tip:  make sure to also apply underneath your hair as once you start to sweat, it can cause more frizz!

What tools can I use to reduce frizz after washing

Our hair is the most vulnerable when it’s wet. Taking time to ensure that you’re using the right tools after washing will help to reduce the amount of frizz.  Here are a few options to consider:

    • Using a microfiber towel will reduce the damage to the cuticle that can occur when you use a regular towel.  Instead of rough drying (shaking the towel around the hair), try pressing the towel into the head to soak up moisture.  
    • Using the wrong brush can rough up the hair, instead, try a wide-tooth detangling comb.  They have more space for the hair to pass through, which reduces breakage.  If a comb isn’t an option, a wet brush is a great tool as it doesn’t pull the hair and has a variety of bristles for a more gentle application.
    • If you have natural texture or curly hair, a diffuser may be a great option.  It allows for the even disbursement of airflow, creating more definition and volume without blowing hair all over the place and can help to decrease blow dry time.
    • A boar bristle brush will help to distribute the hair’s natural oils from root to end.  Combined with the nozzle attachment of a highly-rated hair dryer will allow you to control where the air is going.  Hot tip:  Always point your dryer downward to ensure the cuticle lays down flat.

Additional tips to reduce frizz

There are a few more things you can incorporate into your daily routine to help combat the effects of frizz:

  • At the end of your shower, give your hair a cold water rinse to help seal the hair’s cuticle

  • Shower at a lower temperature to prevent overdrying

  • Avoid washing your hair every day or if that’s not an option, try using a co-wash – cleansing conditioner

  • Heat tools can damage the hair, so if you’re able to let your hair air dry, do that!

  • If you do use heat to dry your hair, make sure to use heat protection

  • Trim your hair regularly as split ends can expand your hair shaft, and increase frizziness

  • Switch to a silk pillowcase

Have more questions?

We are here to help. Please email us at hello@spiritspa.ca