How to Prevent Frizz on Relaxed Hair

Learn how to keep frizz at bay on your relaxed hair.
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Reader Question: My hair is relaxed, but sometimes I can't even tell! It gets frizzy, especially when it's humid outside. I'm constantly flat ironing it to keep the frizz down, but by the afternoon, it's fuzzy all over again. Help!

How to Prevent Frizzy Relaxed Hair

Women who relax their hair usually do it because they prefer a straight look, so it can be annoying to have to combat frizz. Consider these solutions to help you fight the frizzy look.

Roller Set

Wet setting damp hair, using a setting product with medium to firm hold, is one of the best ways to create a sleek style that holds up to just about any weather. Use the largest rollers you can to create a straight hairstyle with lots of body.

Wrap at Night

A smooth wrap around your head prior to going to bed is another way to keep the sleekness in place. After wrapping, tie a silky or satin scarf around the head and secure. This may help smooth even more than just sleeping on a satiny pillowcase.

Create a Ponytail or Bun First

Whether you wet set or thermal style your freshly washed and dried hair, you may find a day or two of wearing a ponytail or bun helps "set" the straightness even more.

Tie it Up When Exercising

Frequent exercisers may suffer from fuzziness if they work out with loose hair. Tie your hair back and secure the length so that long hair doesn't swell up from sweat and heat.

A loose braid is just one option for women with lengthy manes. What about short-haired ladies? Secure a satin scarf around your hairline, leaving the rest of the scarf to drape over your head, and then knot at the nape of your neck.

Use a Serum

Once your hair is styled for the day, smooth a few drops of a glossy serum into your palms and rub together.

Apply all over the top of your finished style. Anti-humidity serums add shine as well as fight frizz-causing humidity. Some products to try (all available at Amazon) include:

Stick to Lightweight Moisturizers

Light moisturizers are better than their heavier, sometimes greasy, counterparts. If your hair tends to frizz all over, only apply your oily moisturizers to the ends of your hair. Two lightweight options (available at Amazon) include:

Other Issues

Also, some women make the mistake of applying relaxers all over the head instead of only the new growth when it's time for a touch-up. This causes overprocessing, which often results in frizz as well.

Are you deep conditioning often enough? It's possible that the fuzziness is due to a lack of moisture in your hair. Frequent conditioning is key for relaxed hair. Plus, don't forget about protein. Hair that needs strengthening from protein tends to frizz; the hair cuticles don't lie flat, but have lifted scales due to chemical and/or heat abuse.

Finally, daily (or several times per week) flat ironing can actually be contributing to the frizz problem.

Too much heat dries out your hair and this dryness can result in frizz. Instead of trying to fight frizz with heat, focus on these setting and styling solutions.

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