Since I have curly hair, I’ve dealt with frizz my whole life.
Frizzy hair often happens when the cuticle layer of hair is raised, making hair appear dry and frizzy instead of nourished and smooth. Many things can aggravate frizz.
- humid weather (pretty much every single day of a midwestern summer)
- dry hair
- washing hair too often
I’ve tried a lot of different things to help control frizz. From lots of research and experimenting over the years, here’s what I’ve found works
- only wash your hair every 2-3 days (this keeps hair from drying out) Use my homemade dry shampoo (recipe here) inbetween washing to keep hair looking fresh and clean. There are recipes versions for blondes, brunettes, and redheads, so it’s easy to find the dry shampoo that’s perfect for you.
- deep condition hair to lock in the moisture
- use my homemade anti-frizz serum (recipe below) – It restores shine and texture, making hair soft and silky.
- don’t touch your hair – The more your touch your hair, the more the hair cuticle is likely to get roughed up, and the frizzier your hair will get.
What’s in homemade anti-frizz hair serum
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Flaxseed oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.
If your hair lacks those necessary fatty acids, it can become dry and brittle and look frizzy. By using flaxseed oil on your hair, it restores moisture and nourishes hair, calming the frizz.
Avocado oil is rich in oleic acid and monounsaturated fats, making it one of only a few oils that can actually penetrate hair.
Most other oils and fats simply sit on top of the hair and coat it. Avocado oil, however, actually penetrates deep into the hair shaft to strengthen hair, prevent breakage, and calm frizz.
It’s also packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, D, and E, as well as minerals, so it’s highly nourishing for hair.
And another fantastic benefit of avocado oil is that its shine and moisture last longer than other oils.
Like avocado oil, castor oil also penetrates deep into the hair shaft and smooths the hair follicles.
Castor oil prevents split ends, promotes healthy hair growth, and helps prevent hair loss by keeping the hair follicles from shedding too quickly.
It nourishes and strengthens hair all the way to the root, and it locks moisture in to keep hair from becoming dry and brittle.
Since castor oil is rich in fatty acids, it soothes hair cuticles and softens coarse hair, reducing frizz and making hair feel soft and silky smooth.
cedarwood essential oil
Cedarwood is a superstar for frizzy hair.
It helps moisturize and protect the hair follicle, which calms hair, reduces frizz, and leaves hair soft and silky.
rosemary essential oil
Rosemary strengthens hair and helps prevent breakage.
It also improves circulation in the scalp which helps improve hair growth and prevent hair loss.
peppermint essential oil
Peppermint essential oil helps with dry scalp, stimulate hair follicles, and soothes and strengthens hair.
How to make anti-frizz serum for soft, silky hair
step 1: add 1 tablespoon avocado oil to a 4 ounce spray bottle
tip: be sure to use a spray bottle that’s safe to use with essential oils. Here are a few of my favorite options: glass, stainless steel, or certain types of plastic (PET #1 or HDPE #2)
tip: use a funnel to make it easier to pour the oil into the bottle without making a mess
step 2: add 1 tablespoon castor oil
step 3: add 1/4 cup of flaxseed oil
step 4: add the following essential oils (22 drops total)
10 drops cedarwood essential oil
6 drops rosemary essential oil
6 drop peppermint essential oil
note: This is a 1.3% essential oil dilution. That is, there are only 22 drops of essential oil in 18 teaspoons of carrier oil.
step 5 (optional): add a label to your bottle
- print out this free printable label (click here to get your free printable label)
- cut it out
- I use packing tape to apply the label to bottle. It’s cheap, sticks well, and keeps the label from getting wet and dirty.
- tip: before applying label, wipe bottle with rubbing alcohol. This will clean the bottle, get rid of any oil that may have gotten on the bottle, and help the label to stick really well.
How to use anti-frizz hair serum
option 1: after showering
- Shampoo and condition hair as normal
- After showering, spritz serum lightly over wet hair — tip: be careful not to apply too much. A couple sprays is all you need. If you apply too much, your hair will look oily.
- Comb through with wide tooth comb
- Apply other styling products as your desire
- If you have curly hair, turn your head upside down and scrunch your curls upward towards your scalp. This helps your curls form in their natural curl pattern. Once you’ve scrunched your curls, minimize how much you touch your hair. Combing, brushing, or even touching your hair at this point is likely to create frizz.
- If you have curly hair, help your curls set and minimize frizz by using a t-shirt to dry your hair instead of a towel. To do this, turn your head upside down, plop your curls onto the t-shirt, wrap the t-shirt around your head, and secure the t-shirt into a turban (either by tying the sleeves together or using a hair band). Leave hair up in this turban for about 10 minutes to set your curls before drying hair. Be sure to not rub your hair with the t-shirt. Rubbing will roughen up the out layer of the hair cuticle and make your hair appear dry and frizzy.
- Dry your hair either by air drying or by using a blow dryer with a diffuser
option 2: for dry hair
If you have dry, curly, or frizzy hair it’s best to not wash your hair every day. Washing your hair too often can dry it out and make it look frizzy. Instead, wash your hair every two to three days. On the days in between washing, here’s what to do:
- use my homemade dry shampoo to absorb any excess oil from your roots (get the recipe here)
- Then apply a couple sprays of anti-frizz serum to the ends of your hair. Start out using very little. You can always add more.
- Start applying the anti-frizz serum to your ends and then work your way up to the roots. This puts the moisturizing and calming properties where they are needed most.
- Tip: Try to minimize touching your hair. Brushing, combing, and even touching your hair can make hair frizzy. The less you touch your hair, the better it will look.
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