How to Control Frizzy Hair Naturally

by Pam Goldberg Smith ; Updated July 18, 2017

Frizziness can plague both curly and straight locks alike.

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Frizzy hair occurs when the protective, outer layers of hair follicles lift up. Short of cutting the hair, you can fight frizz by using products with natural ingredients, which are absorbed into the hair better than synthetic products that lie on top of the strands. With a few natural adjustments, you can reduce frizzy locks by trading bad hair habits for good ones.

Natural Products

Wash hair with a protein-rich conditioner but shampoo only a few times each week; use sulfate-free shampoo as sulfates dry out the hair. At home, mix a cup of mayonnaise with a half cup of avocado to use as a frizz-fighting conditioner. Other natural ingredients that combat frizz include coconut oil, olive oil, Argan oil and Moroccan oil. Choose products with very little or no alcohol at all, as this dries out hair.

Swapping Frizzy Habits

Drying hair with a bath towel is rough on your tresses. Instead, sop up excess water with a microfiber towel or paper towels. Those with curly hair should only use a wide-tooth comb while straight-haired women can use a boar-bristle brush to prevent breakage and encourage the scalp's natural oils to move down the hair shaft. This helps to nourish the drier, frizzier ends.

Tools and Processing

Constant use of heating tools, like flat and curling irons, causes frizz. Apply a heat-protecting product before utilizing these tools and use hair dryers only with a diffuser. However, let your hair air dry naturally as much as possible. Avoid over-processing hair with dyes, relaxers and permanents which encourage the outer portions of hair to lift and look frizzy.

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About the Author

Pam Smith has been writing since 2005. In addition to her work for Demand Media, her articles have been published online at CBS Local. She also wrote for the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Literary Map while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the Pennsylvania State University. She is currently an editorial assistant for Circulation Research.