For afro-haired women, achieving well-defined curls is the ultimate goal. However, most of the time, frizz can turn a fantastic set of defined curls into a disaster. There are several reasons why frizz is a natural occurrence for afro hair. These reasons include the weather, an ineffective hair routine, your hair type, and hair damage.
All afro curly hair is naturally porous and is always attracted to moisture. So, in humid climates, you may experience more frizz than normal as your curls will try to absorb as much water as possible from the air surrounding you. So, your natural hair will separate and inflate from each other, creating frizz. To combat the effect of frizz on your afro curls, here are some tips to improve curl definition.
Carve Out A Wash And Go Routine For Your Afro Hair
To keep your afro curls soft, healthy, and defined, begin with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner as part of your wash and go routine. Our Hydration Shampoo and Moisture-Rich Conditioner contain ingredients like manuka honey and avocado, which can fight frizz, reduce split ends, and seal in hydration as they have gentle moisturising properties. Best of all, our shampoo is sulphate-free, meaning that it will not dry out your scalp.
After thoroughly shampooing and conditioning your afro hair, you can separate your wet hair into four sections. Then, detangle each section with a wide-tooth comb from the ends to the roots. Next, apply our Leave-In Conditioner With Manuka Honey & Avocado Oil to each section sparingly to keep it moisturised after your routine. Lastly, to turn up the volume, bounce, and definition for your curls and to combat frizz, use our Curling Crème With Coconut & Jamaican Black Castor Oils to finger style your hair into natural curls or waves.
Shampoo Less And Co-Wash Instead
A wash and go as a frequent hairstyle could strip your afro hair of its natural oils. Apart from causing more frizz, this action could also lead to scalp conditions like dandruff or an itchy, dry scalp. So, depending on your hair type, you might need to shampoo your hair only once a week. Instead, opt for a co-wash if your curly hair needs more hydration. Alternatively, our leave-in conditioner can also be used daily to hydrate your hair.
Get Your Afro Curls Trimmed Whether It Is A Dry Or Wet Cut
When you notice split ends on your hair, this is the beginning of a frizz nightmare. Stop this from happening by getting your curls cut every 6-8 weeks. Depending on your curl type, your stylist can advise you whether you should opt for a dry or wet cut or a combination of both.
Avoid Traditional Towels When Drying Your Afro Hair
Traditional cotton towels can cause frizz as they are too rough and absorb too much moisture from your curls. Instead, opt for a microfibre or flour sack towel to dry your natural hair, so it remains hydrated and defined.
Adopt Curl-Defining - Products For Your Afro Hair While Still Wet
Our natural products were created for afro hair so that you can achieve defined coils, waves, or spirals without frizz with ease. For instance, add our Curl Elongating Gel With Flaxseed Oil & Rosewater to your regular curl styling routine. Not only does it maintain a strong hold, but it can also stretch your curls naturally with definition.
Remember to Keep Caring For Your Afro Curls At Night
Use a silk pillowcase, hair wrap, or bonnet to protect your curls at night. Silk can cause less friction with your afro hair, meaning you can wake up with healthy curls free of frizz.
Avoid Touching Your Afro Hair Too Much Once Styled
While your styling product can give you softer, more manageable curls, it does not mean you have to touch them often. This is because caressing your hair can ruin the efforts of your curl-defining product and can also upset your curl pattern, making it easier for frizz to form.
You must follow a hydrating routine to get soft, bouncy, defined curls. This will ensure that you wash, condition and style your hair in a manner that seals in the moisture for less frizz. Then, once your routine starts working its magic, it is best to leave your curls alone to minimise friction and frizz.