What gives hair that frizzy look? The part of your hair that you see—the shaft—consists of three layers. The outer layer is called the cuticle. It’s transparent, and under magnification looks like tiny overlapping fish scales. When the scales lie flat, hair looks healthy, normal, shiny. When the scales don’t lie flat, you get “frizzy hair,” and your hair loses its shine, takes on that dull, lifeless look.
It’s not just a matter of looks. The function of hair’s outer cuticle layer is to protect the soft middle layer, the cortex. When the cuticle’s scales get ruffled…no protection! This may lead to split ends over time, a condition called trichoptilosis.
Some ends can actually split into several pieces, even break off easily. Neglect them a while longer, and those split ends will migrate up the length of your hair shaft toward the roots, damaging the entire hair length, leaving you with just one option—cutting all that damaged hair off!
Why does hair get frizzy? There are several causes. Here are the major ones:
- mechanical damage
- hormonal changes
- poor nutrition
- lack of moisture
What can you do to help restore your hair to good health? Let’s look at some strategies for preventing frizzy hair.
Cleanse and nourish your body with the best foods. There’s no more important step you can take than properly feeding your body and your blood and lymph systems. Your hair follicles get their nourishment from nutrients carried by the blood. Sluggish circulation and clogged capillaries spell starvation for your hair. Eating a raw foods-based diet will give you a solid foundation for addressing your hair issues from the inside out. Think nutrient-dense and mineral-rich foods. Include dark leafy greens, vegetable juices, sea vegetables, carrots, avocados, cabbage, radishes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. Variety is best. Be patient: The change to your hair after going raw won’t happen overnight. But it is sure to come. For more information, check out my blog articles: Re-growing Beautiful Hair on Raw Foods and Eat Your Seaweed for Beautiful Hair
Change your lifestyle. Stop smoking. Cut out alcohol. Get plenty of sleep and exercise. And reduce stress any way you can. Chances are, if you’re reading this newsletter, the first two are already out of the picture.
Be gentle when washing your hair. Choose a mild shampoo to remove dirt and excess oil from your hair and scalp. A quality conditioner will protect your hair from the dry air, sun, chlorine and sea water. Leave the conditioner on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing. Rinse with cool water to seal your hair’s cuticles and help prevent frizz. Blot your hair with a towel rather than rubbing it dry.
Comb your hair the right way! Let your hair dry before combing it. Wet hair is more likely to break. Never pull a comb forcefully through tangled hair. Use a non-metallic wide-toothed comb for brushing. I find that a wooden comb works perfectly.
Protect your hair from heat. The sun’s heat will make your hair dry, weak, and brittle. Wear a wide-brimmed hat that protects your hair when you’re out in the sun.
Careful what comes in contact with your hair! Don’t become too dependent on styling products, gels, and sprays, or on blow drying, curling irons, and harsh chemicals. All these are just “cover-ups” at best. None contribute to your hair’s health, and some definitely detract.
Folk remedies to the rescue—ways to tame the frizzies. Try these home remedies and stick with your favorites:
To alleviate split ends, try rubbing a small amount of castor oil on the tips of your hair. Since dryness is one of the major culprits for frizzy-looking hair, castor oil is a natural choice due to its ability to attract and lock in moisture. Used as a preventative measure, this simple castor oil treatment will ensure that split ends are a thing of the past.
For dull-looking hair, combine 1 teaspoon of gel from the aloe vera leaf with 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 1 teaspoon of castor oil. Gently rub the mixture into the scalp and hair about forty minutes before washing. Wash and rinse your hair with chamomile or stinging nettle tea and, finally, with water. Repeat this treatment once or twice a week until your hair becomes shiny and smooth again.
For a healthy shine, use lemon juice or apple cider vinegar when rinsing your hair after you wash it (mix about 1 tablespoon of either lemon juice or vinegar in a quart/liter of water). Don’t rinse afterward—leave this gently acidic solution in to repel grease and give you a lasting sheen.
For a great hair revival tonic, mix together 1 teaspoon of castor oil, 1 teaspoon of mustard oil, and 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the mixture to the full length of your hair. Massage your scalp for 10 to 15 min. Cover your head with a hot towel for five minutes before washing your hair. If you would rather apply a ready-to-use mixture with the best hair growth stimulating herbs and oils check out my Scalp Tonic with Cayenne Pepper and Mustard Greens Extracts.
Bottom Line. You can turn frizzy hair around by eliminating its causes. If every day you do your best to cleanse and nourish your body from the inside with nutrient-dense foods in their natural raw state and help your hair to thrive from the outside by giving it your loving attention, you will soon have no frizz to worry about!