Tuesday, June 8, 2010


CurlySuzy’s Product Guide for Frizzy Hair Season

The frizz season is officially here. Frizzy hair, frizzy ends, frizzy curls all the time! Why are my curls frizzy? What products can I use to help fight the frizz? Why is my hair more frizzy when it is humid? Will a haircut help keep the frizz away? Will mineral oil or coconut oil help eliminate frizz is the CG/ no poo method going to help with frizz? Find the answers to these frizzy mysteries below.

Why does my curly hair frizz so much?

Straight hair has a smooth cuticle and the layers lie tightly together. Curly hair has a curvature of the hair follicle. When the hair curves, it causes the outer layer or cuticle to bend. The bending causes the cuticle to be permanently lifted and very fragile. It also means that curly hair can have poor porosity. Combine that with damage caused by chemicals, heat and friction (brushing, rubbing with a towel, touching, sleeping) and you have frizzy, curly hair.

Limit friction and heat damage to your curly hair with these products:

Curls Like Us Cloths ( found at
Hand Dry Hair Glove ( found at
Charmeuse Satin Pillowcases ( found at
NaturallyCurly Shower Comb (found at
Diffusers for your hair dryer ( found at and at most local dept. and beauty stores)

What is porosity?

It is the ability for hair to be able to absorb and retain moisture. Good porosity is like a sponge with many tiny holes that can absorb a lot of water. Poor porosity is the sponge with uneven holes and tears. It doesn’t absorb as much water and it can’t retain the moisture either. The hair cuticle of curly hair is a lot like the second sponge. Damaged curly hair is then the second sponge in really bad shape.

Repair the damage and add moisture to your curls with deep conditioning treatments:

Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment
Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment
CURLS Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Conditioner
Devacurl Heaven in Hair

All found at

Are oils good to moisturize damaged frizzy curls?

Most oils (excluding essential oils) do not have the ability to penetrate into the hair shaft. Nor do heavy cholesterols. Instead they lay on top of the cuticle and coat the cuticle. This may give the hair some shine but it will lead to product build up.

Does product build-up cause frizzy hair?

Product build-up is from products that have heavy oils (excluding essential oils) and non-water soluble silicones in them. These ingredients coat the hair. The moisture that curls need will not be able to get to the hair shaft because of this coating. The hair will become dry and very brittle because of the build-up of these ingredients. Dry and brittle hair is going to be frizzy. To try and avoid product build-up, many curlies have embraced the Curly Girl or No-Poo method

If you can’t live without heavy oils and non-water soluble silicones, they have to be removed with shampoos that contain sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, or ammonium lauryl ether sulfate. All of these are harsh cleansers that need to be followed by lots of conditioning to regain some valuable moisture for your curls:

Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Conditioner
Aubrey Organics HoneysuckleRose Moisturizing Conditioner
DevaCurl One Condition
Darcy's Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Moisturizing Conditioner

All found at ( except very first one)

Why is my hair more frizzy when it is humid?

The drier your hair is the more it will expand or swell in the humidity. Dry hair cuticles are agitated and will begin to raise in the humidity. They are trying to gain more moisture. Because curly hair, especially damaged curly hair, is porous, it is trying to take in as much moisture from the air as possible. The surface of the hair then becomes so rough as it is expanding that the hair strands start to tangle together. Also this expansion causes curly hair to loose its curl pattern and turn into a big, frizzy mess. Well-moisturized hair that is in good condition will be less prone to expanding.

What products will moisturize my hair and work well in high humidity?

Products that contain fewer humectants or anti-humectants are going to be the most effective in humidity. Humectants will only add to problems with humidity-induced frizz. Humectants will leave your hair with a sticky feeling because your hair is over-saturated with them and the humidity. Here is a list of humectants :

In many products, the ingredients used for anti-humectants are silicones. This is because they seal your hair against the humidity. They are not very moisturizing but they can be effective.

If you are trying to avoid silicones and want a more moisturizing product, there are many natural ingredients that work well. Hydrogenated castor oil, beeswax, and plant triglycerides such as coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, and shea butter are all super anti-humectants.

Here is a shopping list for a few anti-humectant products:

MOP Glisten High Shine Pomade
Shea Organic Certified Shea -Butter
Darcy's Botanicals Organic Coconut Butter Styling Pomade

All found at

Is a good hair cut important for fighting frizzy hair?

Split ends are the first to frizz, so eliminate them by getting your curls trimmed every 6-8 weeks. Not too short, shrinkage can be a real problem in humidity. Find the best stylist for your curls using’s Salon search section

Hope the mystery of frizz is solved and you have a plan of attack formed. Good Luck!

By, CurlySuzy