Causes and Cures for Frizzy Locs
Frizz. The unavoidable frizz. The good news is there are ways to prevent or reduce frizz, the bad news is, frizz may be one of your reoccurring obstacles. Most hair types have frizzy hair days, while others may have, well, frizzy hair episodes. Let’s review some causes and cures to the frizzy hair hitch and learn how much of this frizz is in our control, spoiler, plenty of it is.
A roundup of Likely Causes:
Untrained Locs- If you are new to the loc community then probably you are experiencing frizzy locs. That’s not because you’re a newbie, but more because of the stage and phase your locs are settling into. Stay positive, once your locs have matured and you’ve been following all the necessary steps to keep your locs healthy and comfortable, you’ll see a radical reduction of frizz along the shaft.
Heat or Chemical Damage- damage due to over exposure to heat or chemicals usually drain most, if not all, of the moisture from your hair shafts.
Fabric Choices- if you’re looking for an object to blame that won’t argue back, look to your pillows, scarves, and pullovers. Learn to love satin and silk and start to cover your locs during down time, nap time, or bed time. By keeping your locs neatly tucked away you avoid both lint and frizz, so if you don’t have a comfortable satin or silk scarf yet, better add it to your holiday wish list.
Scan your Shelves- While some products might appear safe and natural, they may not be the best option for your locs. All locs have different likings, if you find that after using a certain product you always have new frizz, you probably should try something else. This is the part where we tell you about Dr. Locs’ Leave In Conditioner, we’ve heard only great things about it’s natural frizz control properties, plus plenty more.
The weather and water- the weather and the type of water that is running through your pipes will also affect your hair texture. Harsh water will dry out your hair, and dry hair leads to breakage and frizz.
Try Interlocking- Interlocking is not recommended for people who are already deep into the palm rolling techniques, however, interlocking is a great technique for taming frizz at the root. Learn more about the differences between Palm Rolling Vs. Interlocking right....here.
Brushing Your Locs- Brushing your locs with a loc comb while your locs are wet can reduce frizz at the root and frizz along your locs.
Get into a Good Routine- Getting yourself into a consistent routine will help you manage and maintain your locs and control the growth from frizzing out. If you’re into palm rolling, find two days a month to maintain your new growth, and if interlocking is the path you’ve chosen, make sure to make a schedule of it that works for you. Make the routine something positive in your schedule, a time to give to yourself, and enjoy the process.
Water filter- in the case you live in an area with harsh water, try installing a water filter onto your shower head. Now the word ‘installing’ might sound more complicated than it actually is. If you’re adding a filter to your shower head, the adjustment is usually quite simple and the filters are made to last up to 8-12 months. It’s well worth the splurge for both your skin and hair.
Flax seed and oil- Add flax, eggs, and more drinking water to your diet. This will nourish and moisturize your skin and hair, reducing dryness and breakage, promote healthy production of serotonin, and of course it's healthy for your whole body both inside and out.