We can all agree that having natural hair has so many advantages and no real disadvantage, only challenges. One of those challenges is frizzy hair. Frizzy natural hair is quite unattractive and you may think that it is inevitable due to how often it occurs and how many people have now taken it as the new normal. Frizzy hair can be handled and avoided completely.

What is frizzy hair?

Your natural hair gets frizzy when the cuticle layer of your natural hair is raised. A raised hair cuticle allows more moisture to pass through and swells the hair strands, resulting in dehydrated and dry hair. When your natural hair is dry, it appears frizzy rather than smooth and well-defined. Unfortunately, curly natural hair is more prone to frizzing than straight hair. 

What causes frizzy hair?

Now we know that frizzy hair is a result of dehydration in your natural hair. So, what are the main causes of dehydration in natural hair which result in frizz?

  • Not drinking enough water. Pretty obvious, isn’t it? Your hair is a part of your body and needs water as much as your body does. Not drinking enough water will cause your body to be dehydrated and your hair to become dry and frizzy.

  • Not using satin or silk hair accessories. Using cotton or wool materials on your natural hair absorbs the moisture in it and leaves it dry, this includes your pillowcase and hair bands. Use a satin bonnet such as the African Naturalistas Reversible Satin Bonnet

  • The shampoo you use is drying out your natural hair.

  • Your natural hair is lacking moisture. If your protein to moisture balance is not right, your hair will be more prone to frizz. 

These are some of the main causes of frizzy hair. Below are the 5 steps to achieving frizz-free natural hair.

  1. Get a Trim
    One of the quickest ways to have frizzy natural hair is to leave your split ends on for too long. Basically, split ends are the beginning of frizzy hair, so you need to nip them (no pun intended) before they become a problem. You should typically get a trim every 4 to 6 weeks to maintain healthy natural hair. We went into detail about split ends in natural hair here, you can check it out.

  2. Use Cold Water During Wash Day Hair types vary, and as such, knowing what works best for your natural hair will go a long way in helping you prevent frizz. Hot water causes your hair cuticles to rise and opens up your pores, but for highly porous hair, this may quickly lead to frizzy hair. To get the best out of wash day, use water that is at room temperature except your hair has a lot of build-up or oils then you may want to start with warm water and finish up with cold water.

  3. Deep Condition Often
    Deep conditioning your natural hair is a sure way to keep frizz at bay. Your natural hair is curly and prone to getting dry faster than straight hair, deep conditioning regularly will help keep it moisturized and supple. You can check out our article on How to keep your natural hair moisturized, healthy, and soft here. Before you deep condition, however, be sure of what your hair needs at the moment. Choosing between a protein or moisturizing deep condition can make all the difference. Or you can use the African Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise that has the perfect balance of protein and moisture deep conditioning effect.

  4. Apply Natural Hair Products to Wet Hair
    Cut out the heat and allow your hair to air dry instead. Using extra heat on your natural hair not only dries the water, but it also dries out the moisture from your hair follicles. Dry hair is prone to break and frizz, to avoid that, apply your conditioner or LOC/LCO treatment to wet natural hair and allow it to air dry. Remember to keep your hands out of your hair because too much manipulation (yes, even curling it around your fingers is bad) can dry out your hair.

  5. Satin is Bae
    Using pillowcases that are not satin causes your hair to frizz and break. That means you won’t be able to join the “I woke up like this” gang. Tossing and turning on your pillow causes friction that leads to split ends and breakage, using satin reduces that because it has a smooth finish, unlike other material types. Check out the African Naturalistas Reversible Satin Bonnet here.


Remember that there isn’t a “one-stop solution/product” to having frizz-free natural hair. It is a combination of healthy hair habits and finding the right hair regimen for you. Remember to drink lots of water because your hair needs as much water as the rest of your body.

We hope these tips above will help you achieve healthy, frizz-free natural hair. If you found this helpful, leave us a comment and don’t forget to share with others.

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