You can’t seem to figure out why your hair appears poofy or frizzy, and you’ve concluded that there is nothing you can do about it. You are mistaken; poofy hair can be fixed. In this article, I’ll discuss its causes as well as ways to prevent and tame poofy hair.
Frizzy or poofy hair comes from a lack of moisture resulting in dryness. This moisture loss may stem from a variety of factors ranging from chemical damage to heat styling and much more! Here’s an outline of the causes of frizziness:
- One of the commonest reasons for puffiness is dry hair. Dry hair can easily become brittle, frizzy, and prone to split ends.
- Weather: When it’s humid outdoors and your hair isn’t sufficiently hydrated, your hair cuticles swell, changing their shape and giving the appearance of puffiness.
- Use of Chemicals: Getting your hair colored, permed, bleached, or relaxed can cause harm to the inner structure of your hair and alter the natural pattern of your locks, making it poofy.
- Heat exposure: Repeated exposure to heat may lead to hair damage due to the change in the structure of the hair proteins, which can cause frizz.
- Frequent washing with shampoo: Washing your hair too frequently could result in dryness as shampoo strips the hair of its natural oils.
The causes of hair puffiness have been addressed. How do we fix them? Here are 10 ways to fix poofy hair:
1. It Begins in the Shower
Doesn’t taking a shower make things better? Use a sulfate-free shampoo as your first step in the washing process.
A shampoo without sulfates is one method for fixing poofy or frizzy hair. Sulfates in shampoos assist in removing oil and dirt from the hair. The only drawback is that they do their work so well that they remove all the moisture and hair oils that the hair needs to keep healthy. The loss of this moisture results in frizziness.
Switching to a sulfate-free shampoo would have a favorable effect on your hair because by removing the ingredients that strip your hair of moisture, your locks would begin to feel and look hydrated and defined.
Here are some of the best sulfate-free shampoos
2. Use a Deep Conditioner
Humectants, which are present in deep conditioners, prevent breakage and damage to the hair by locking in moisture to the hair shaft.
Deep conditioners work to prevent puffiness by supplying moisture to the hair and replenishing its natural oils, thus promoting healthy hair development while repairing split ends and hair damage.
Deep conditioners also serve as an intense form of treatment for damaged hair.
The best way to use a deep conditioner
After shampooing, apply your deep conditioner to your hair shaft. Avoid applying the deep conditioner too close to the hair roots and make sure the ends of your hair are coated and distributed evenly with a wide-tooth comb.
Depending on the product description, leave the deep conditioner in your hair for about 30 minutes or longer. Next, wash your hair with cool water and let it air dry.
You can test out these deep conditioners:
3. Do not use a Towel!
After stepping out of the shower, your thought might be to dry out your hair with a towel but don’t do that. Instead, squeeze out the excess water from your hair with a light T-shirt, or preferably a microfiber towel.
Microfiber towels soak up a ton of water and are completely lint-free.
Using a softer fabric reduces friction and decreases the chance of hair damage
while with a towel, the hair would be irritated causing more frizz and hair breakage.
4. Use Oils
Because oil molecules are small enough to pass through the outer cuticle and can replenish protective oil in the hair, oils help keep the hair moisturized and act as a barrier against hair breakage and damage, making oils essential in rejuvenating or taming poofy hair.
A hot oil treatment will be helpful for heat-damaged or frizzy hair.
How to apply a hot oil treatment
Select the oil type you want to use for this procedure. Coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and almond oil are all popular choices. Consider using less fatty oil if your scalp or hair is oily. Jojoba and almond are excellent options because they are absorbed quickly.
In a bowl that can go in the microwave, heat 3 to 6 tablespoons of the oil for 10 seconds.
Apply the oil evenly throughout your hair after it has warmed, then massage it into your scalp. Massaging the scalp improves blood circulation which promotes hair growth. You should cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it in for 20 minutes.
Following a thorough rinse, apply styling products or other hair treatments. You might want to repeat this process every few days.
5. Switch to alcohol-free products.
The majority of hair mousses and sprays include a lot of alcohol, which can enlarge the cuticle.
Additionally, alcohol can dry out your hair, giving it a poofy appearance and eventually causing hair breakage. Consider using lotions and serums that work to minimize frizz but are alcohol-free.
6. Limit Heat Usage
Heat damage to curly, wavy, or straight hair causes frizz, knots, and an unpredictable texture.
Although heat changes the game in hair styling, it can also dry out your hair cuticle and alter the structure of your hair proteins.
How do you remedy heat-damaged hair?
- Reduce damage by repeatedly moving the blow dryer around while holding it 15 cm away from your hair.
- Make use of heat-protecting products. These items are designed to shield the hair and prevent split ends.
- Use the lowest heat and temperature settings on any product.
- Air dry. Let the air do all the job for you and stay away from heat completely.
7. Opt for a boar-bristle brush.
A boar bristle brush works to reduce frizz by assembling the hair’s natural oils and distributing them throughout the hair. It is a must-have for naturally dry or damaged hair.
8. Avoid touching your hair
Restrain from touching your hair with your fingers as you could take away some of the styling products and also introduce germs in the process, resulting in frizz and disrupting the hair’s natural pattern. The general rule when it comes to dealing with your hair is to keep your hands away because the more you touch, the worse it could get.
9. Sleep With Silk
Your hair loses moisture as you sleep because your sheets absorb the natural oils in your hair.
Silk keeps your hair nourished because it doesn’t absorb moisture as cotton does. In addition to being naturally resistant to many other allergens, silk also keeps your hair healthy as it doesn’t absorb night creams, products, or treatments responsible for your hair repair or growth process.
Your hair gliding across the silky surface while you sleep reduces friction which translates to decreased hair loss, knots, frizz, and split ends.
10. Spray cool water through your hair.
Water can be a game-changer if your hair puffiness is caused by dry hair or the weather. Simply spray lightly and watch the puffiness go away.