Why is my hair frizzy?

Help! My hair is frizzy.

Help! My hair is frizzy.

“Why is my hair frizzy?” The subject of frizzy hair is something I talk about all the time as a hairdresser. People want to know why their hair is frizzy and the answer to the question has so many different variables to consider.

What is frizzy hair?

 Frizzy hair looks like flyaway hair or even hair with static in it and it seems impossible to control. This is caused by the cuticle layer of your hair. Now if you’re wondering what the cuticle layer is, it’s the outer layer of the hair. If you were to look at it under a microscope, it would look like fish scales. Now, when the cuticle is weak or damaged, the cuticle doesn’t sit flat. This allows moisture into the hair, like humidity, and causes the hair to swell, thus not making the hair sit flat, shiny and silky.

Frizziness can occur naturally, but it’s most commonly caused by damage to the hair. This damage could happen naturally, or, could be caused by chemicals like hair colouring or even chlorine from a swimming pool. You can also damage your hair from styling tools like a blow-dryer or flat iron.

But it doesn’t end there, unfortunately.

Where you live can have a huge impact on your hair. You may live in a city with hard or soft water, or you may only have access to rainwater. These things will really change the quality of your hair, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.

But wait there is more!

Do you live in a city or country that has high humidity? Humidity has got to be the biggest culprit in creating frizzy hair. I am always amazed how different hair behaves in dry environments, like a city or town that is near a desert. I’ve met girls before that were almost prepared to move to a dry city just to have beautiful silky hair!

Last but not least, hair can also suffer from medication, stressful events or severe illness like cancer. If you were to go through an event like that, the good news is that your hair will generally repair itself over time.

Most people I meet hate frizzy hair. The good news is you can generally prevent frizzy hair with good products, but sometimes you may be one of the unlucky ones that just has frizzy hair naturally, then it can be a constant battle to tame the frizz, no matter what you do.

If you would like to know more about how to control frizzy hair after blow-drying, you can read this article.

Good luck and feel free to contact us if you need any help or advice with your hair.