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: MASTERPOST: Types of Frizz
This thread existed before, and it was a frequently bumped one. I thought I'd start it again.
There are many types of frizz referenced on the boards.
--This is frizz that is only on the outer layer of the hair, not in-the-curls or underneath. It is most frequently airy and light in nature and can be exacerbated by humidity. Individual hairs are seen separated from the others but instead regions of hair seem to be lifted up and laying on top of the hair like a fuzzy layer.
--This is surface frizz that is only in the crown area.
Frizz at Ends/Frayed Ends Frizz
--This is the opposite of Halo Frizz. The ends of the curls are the area with the frizz. Frequently, the frizz breaking up the curls only at the ends makes the ends look "frayed." It is usually tied to a lack of sufficient moisture since the ends are the driest part of a person's hair, having faced the most environmental and chemical abuse simply from existing the longest outside of the scalp and dead.
--This frizz occurs within the curls themselves so that the curls have a lack of smoothness or order. Frequently, this occurs between the curls, blurring the line of definition. This commonly is caused by stickier stylers and products with ionic charges that cause hairs to attract to each other.
--This is a love-hate type of frizz. On one side, it doesn't allow curls to be broken up by the frizz. On the other hand, the curls, which are formed into non-enlongated, Shirley Temple ringlets, are frizzy in that tubular shape, hence the name Frizzy Tubes.
--This frizz looks wiry and individual hairs are crinkled and crimped. The cause of this frizz is usually suffocation, often compounded by heat and humidity.
--Where there is fake shine and frizz, there's producty frizz, a type of frizz that looks like a layer of product is on the hair but not acting to prevent the frizz. Often, this makes the frizz more apparent, even when it's less intense than with other products. Castor oil and heavy use of silicones are common causes of this type of frizz.
--Instead of the hair looking strong and rebellious, dry frizz looks frazzled and bone-dry. Because the cuticle of wavy and curly hair is more lifted, allowing moisture to escape, we are more prone to dryness, and therefore, dry frizz can be part of a curly's struggle. Dry Frizz feels dry, but often it looks even drier than it feels.
Spider Weby Frizz
--This frizz looks like a web of individual hairs separated, mainly on the surface, and are laying across the surface of the hair in places they don't belong. The number and density of hairs who are individually separated and laying separate from their curl-homes determines the intensity of this type of frizz. The cause can be multi-facetted but includes not enough hold, wind, naps, and ionic charges on the hair being too similar one to another so the hairs repel from each other.
--While this is similar to Spider Weby Frizz in that it's based in individual hair's separation and is surface-bound. However, instead of the hairs laying along the surface of the hair in a web-like netting, these hairs stick out away from the rest of the hair. They are frequently in the length rather than the top as well.
Frizz Upon Application/Scrunching
--A handful of products that I've tried gave me frizz either upon being applied to my hair or while my hair was still wet and I was scrunching after applying gel. This is always a bad sign because, in either case, my hair is wet and shouldn't be frizzing yet. Usually, this is an indication of either intense suffocation of the hair (later to become crimped frizz) or a dominant ionic charge repelling my hairs from each other.
--This kind of frizz allows no curl to survive. Any kind of frizz can lead to it, but once there is zero definition or order to the curls or wavy, it's poofball frizz. Frizz can be poofball and another type (like poofball and crimped).
--Unlike poofball where all definition is gone, fluffy frizz exists when individual strips of definition can be identified but each one is fluffy with frizz. This is often rooted in a lack of moisture.
--This term means the frizz didn't have any particular characteristics dominant enough to diagnose the type of frizz.
Have I missed any?