Picture this: The day you shampoo your curly hair, you’ve got those perfectly juicy, well-defined ringlets. Cut to the next morning, when your hair’s turned into a total frizzy fiesta! What went wrong in those 12 hours? Well, a lot. Let’s nit-pick the causes behind frizzy curly hair and get started on a backward journey towards having perfectly happy, bouncy curls!

In This Article:

What Causes Frizzy Curly Hair?

What Causes Frizzy Curly Hair?

1. Running Low On Moisture

Curly hair is naturally dry. Even though your scalp might feel oily, those spirals are going be parched. Your hair’s porosity also matters in this case. If it's high porosity or acutely damaged, it ends up losing moisture pretty quickly. Hello, frizz!

2. Humidity Hassles

If you reside in a hot and humid place, your hair is not to be blamed for frizz. Humidity is the arch-nemesis of curly hair. With an increased amount of vapor, your dry hair drinks up water molecules like a sponge and poofs up!

3. Incorrect Handling

Brushing your hair? There’ll be frizz. Aggressive towel drying? There’ll be frizz. Using harsh hair products? There WILL be frizz. Curly hair holds up a ‘Fragile. Handle With Care’ sign like a badge. Honor it and it will honor you back.

4. Bleach And Chemical Treatments

Hair coloring, bleaching and chemical treatments without proper hair care is the recipe for frizz. They drink up all the little moisture that is left in your hair shaft and make them incredibly dry and frizzy.

How To Manage Frizzy Curly Hair

1. Go Sulfate-Free


One of the biggest reasons why your curls are in a rundown state is because of sulfate. This surfactant strips down your hair’s natural moisture in the cleansing process, and we don’t want that. Opt for sulfate-free shampoo for curly hair that is oozing with curly-friendly ingredients. Our Rice Water & Angelica Seed Oil Silicone Free Shampoo For Curly & Wavy Hair. This shampoo and conditioner duo can effectively bring down frizz and add definition to your misbehaving ringlets.

2. Lock It In With Leave-In

A small amount of leave-in conditioner applied on damp hair goes a long way! It acts as a protective barrier, preventing frizz and keeping your curls smooth and defined. Our Rice Water & Angelica Seed Oil Silicone Free Leave-In Conditioner is the answer to moisturized and smooth curly hair. Tip: Use a wide-tooth comb and run through the lengths to ensure that every curl gets a sip of that goodness.

3. Deepen Moisture With Deep Conditioner

Every once in a while, your hair will need a kick of moisture, something that goes beyond the conditioner. This is when you rely on the good works of a deep conditioning treatment to bring back softness, bounce and shine to your curls. Our Argan Oil & Lavender, Paraben Free Smooth & Serene Hair Mask is a 2-minute miracle mask that gives your curls a total makeover.

4. Plop Your Hair 

Plopping is a game-changer for curly hair. It is essentially a hair drying technique, where after shampooing you ‘plop’ your wet hair with a microfiber towel/old cotton t-shirt, creating a turban. This soaks up all that excess water, defines your curls and reduces frizz while you go about your business. This also adds some volume by preventing water from weighing down your hair. Just make sure you’re using either of the two fabrics mentioned, okay? Okay.

5. Bedtime Hacks 

Swear to ditch those cotton pillowcases and swap them with silk or satin ones. If you’re someone who's curls easily lose shape after some Zzz, you might want to listen closely. Unlike cotton, these materials create less friction, allowing your curls to glide smoothly without the risk of frizz.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:1 How can I maintain the smoothness of my curls throughout the day?

A. You can pick either of the three: leave-in conditioner, lightweight serum or hair oil. Take a tiny quantity and smooth it over your frizzy hair. This should fight frizz and maintain the smoothness. Just make sure not to go overboard, or else you’ll end up with oily-looking hair.

Q:2 How should I care for my curls while sleeping to minimize frizz?

A. Tie your hair up in a ‘pineapple’ with a silk/satin scrunchie. You can also throw your hair into a bonnet to reduce friction and/or use a satin/silk pillowcase to reduce frizz.

Q:3 What's the recommended frequency for trimming curly hair to keep it smooth and frizz-free?

A. Having dry, split ends is one of the big causes behind frizzy hair. Get yourself a trim every 8 weeks or so to chop off the frayed ends. This will bring down the risk of frizz as well as ensure that your hair looks smooth and healthy.



Written by Rhea Shah on Jan 24, 2024