Why Is Wavy Hair Frizzier In Winter?
Wavy hair can be a blessing and a curse. While it has a natural, carefree charm, it also tends to be more prone to frizz, especially during the winter months.
You may have noticed that your locks have a mind of their own when the temperature drops. But is wavy hair really frizzier in winter, or is it all in our heads?
Let's explore the science and tips to tame those unruly winter waves...
the science behind winter frizz
To understand why wavy hair tends to be frizzier in winter, we need to consider the environmental factors at play.
During colder months, the air tends to be drier, both outdoors and indoors. This lack of humidity can sap moisture from your hair, leaving it dry and more susceptible to frizz.
Additionally, wavy hair is more porous than straight hair, which means it absorbs moisture from the air easily. When the air is dry, wavy hair will seek moisture wherever it can. Unfortunately, moisture from the environment can cause the hair shaft to swell and result in a frizzy appearance.
Frequent changes in temperature (such as moving from the cold outdoors to heated indoors) can also contribute to frizz. These temperature shifts cause the hair's cuticle to open and close rapidly, creating an uneven surface that appears frizzy.
3 tips to tame winter frizz
1. Hydrate your hair
The key to combating winter frizz is to fuel your hair with moisture.
Adequate moisture helps seal the hair cuticle, preventing the excess moisture absorption mentioned above. Your hair will become more elastic and less likely to break when subjected to everyday wear and tear.
To keep your hair oozing in moisture, deep condition more frequently in winter.
A weekly 30 minute treatment will provide your hair with the big hydration hit required to transform it from brittle, dry and dull to deeply nourished and healthy.
2. Use an oil
Hair is porous. It can lose moisture through tiny gaps or openings in the hair's cuticle layer.
When you apply hair oil to your hair, it forms a thin, hydrophobic (water-repellent) layer on the surface of the hair shaft. This layer acts as a barrier, preventing water molecules from escaping from the inner layers of the hair.
The oil's lubricating properties also reduce friction between hair strands, which causes frizz and damage.
In addition to sealing in moisture, hair oils can add shine to your hair, making it look healthier and more vibrant. They also improve hair's manageability by reducing tangles and making it easier to style.
3. Protect your hair
When going outside in cold, windy weather, protect your hair with a hat or scarf. This will shield your locks from harsh environmental conditions.
Make sure you opt for a silk lined hat. Silk is a smooth, soft, and slippery fabric. When you wear a silk-lined hat, it creates less friction with your hair compared to other materials like cotton or wool. Reduced friction means less likelihood of hair breakage and frizz, which is especially important for wavy hair prone to tangling.
Silk is also known for its ability to retain moisture. When you wear a silk-lined hat, it can help your hair maintain its natural moisture balance. This is particularly helpful in cold weather when wavy hair tends to become dry and brittle.
In conclusion, wavy hair does tend to be frizzier in winter due to the lower humidity, increased dryness, and temperature fluctuations.
However, with the right care and attention to moisture retention, you can enjoy your beautiful waves year-round.
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