Frizzy hair may be caused by several factors, the main one being genes that determine one's hair texture. Humidity, which can swell the cuticle layers of individual hair shafts, can also contribute to coarse and unmanageable a, as can over-exposure to heat from styling tools such as curling irons or hairdryers. Whether genetic or environment-related, there are several frizzy hair remedies to help combat the feeling of dry and brittle hair and improve its appearance. Some remedies include styling lotions and gels to help hair retain moisture, conditioners to help smooth the hair shaft, cold-water rinses and drying techniques that don't use heat.
Silicone is one of the most commonly used ingredients in commercially prepared frizzy hair remedies. When applied to dry hair, its properties coat the hair shaft in order to retain moisture and protect hair against the drying effects of the sun and heat from styling tools. Silicone can be found in hair conditioner, shampoo and serums specifically formulated for dry hair. Humectants are moisturizing substances which attract additional moisture and retain it in the hair. Shampoos and conditioners containing humectants, such as panthenol or vitamin E, are considered both frizzy hair remedies and prevention measures.
Many stylists also suggest doing as little as possible to roughen the hair cuticle which can cause frizz. Instead of rubbing the hair dry with a towel after shampooing, for example, it is considered better to gently squeeze the water out of the hair; it also may be helpful to let it air dry instead of using a hair dryer. Other natural frizzy hair remedies may include the weekly use of homemade hair masks or deep conditioners made from a mixture of foods rich in oil, such as avocados, egg yolks or olive oil. The natural oils are said to soften the hair cuticle and make it lie flat, thus reflecting light for a shiny appearance and a smoother texture. Most recipes call for leaving the mixture or paste in the hair for at least 30 minutes to ensure maximum absorption.
A cold water rinse is also thought to be one of the best and least expensive frizzy hair remedies; the cold temperature of the water is supposed to help the hair cuticle lie flat. A stylist may also suggest washing hair no more than every other day or even only twice a week to retain natural moisture. When styling wet curly hair, it is widely considered best to not brush it, but to use a wide toothed comb to untangle the hair and avoid roughing up the cuticle. Avoiding harsh chemicals used in perming or bleaching the hair can protect the hair from becoming dry and frizzy as well.