So much frizz!

I have medium, dense, wavy/curly hair. It loves moisture but it's always frizzy. Always! Some days are better than others but I've never had a day without.

I've done the porosity test (running my fingers up strands of hair) and I feel the occasional bump. I've done the stretch test and it stretches a lot and then will either break (rarely) or remain stretched out (usually).

I don't have a regimen because I haven't been satisfied with anything I've tried. This morning I washed with baking soda and conditioned with ACV. I scrunched with a t-shirt til it wasn't sopping wet anymore, put in a little coconut oil and then used SM curl enhancing smoothie. This is what it looks like (still a little damp):

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I love the curl pattern. My hair feels a little dry but not overtly straw-like. And look at that frizz!

I guess I'm looking for suggestions. I'm sort of confused about the properties my hair has and what kind of products I should be using. More than anything, I want to get rid of this frizz!




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Fine - dense - normal porosity - normal elasticity - BSL - dye free - 2cish


Loving AIA coconut cowash, goats milk soap bars, GVP conditioning balm, KCKT, Marie Dean styling creams, LALSG, coconut oil, SM milk

I dont think it's frizzy, at least I can't tell by the pic.
I really like it!
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Mom to a straight and a curly.


"The Longer the Hair, the Bigger the Blob."

Porous, very dense but fine hair. Medium everything else.
CoWash: Tressemee naturals
RO: Generic biolage and generic joico k-pak
LI: Tresemee
Miss Jessie's Pillow soft curls, diffuse 50%, add KCCC and diffuse to 80%.
Always wash upside down.
Oh, I just looked from a computer and those pics are tinier than I expected. Let's see if these show up better. There is definitely frizz hovering around the outside of my head lol...but thank you!

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Loving AIA coconut cowash, goats milk soap bars, GVP conditioning balm, KCKT, Marie Dean styling creams, LALSG, coconut oil, SM milk

Your hair looks great (the shine!). I just see a little halo of frizz, maybe try smoothing extra product over the canopy as your last step. In the Curly Girl Handbook it suggests taking extra gel on a paper towel and smoothing it over the top. The Super Soaker method might also help.
I'd apply oil last. Your post said you applied a styling product after applying oil. I'd also check out the curl wizard at www.livecurlylivefree.com to determine your hair properties.
3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
Looking closely at your pics, I'm pretty what you're calling halo frizz is broken hair in the crown area.

In my experience, that kind of breakage can be a result of any of the following: too much tugging, repeatedly pulling hair too hard to get it into a pony/bun; habitually combing / finger-combing hair too briskly or too roughly. Another culprit for this kind of frizz halo could be the result of a chemical process (again, something that broke off strands of hair). Humidity can do it but seems the frizz would be more consistent across your head ... but maybe not. Not sure.

I had this problem about six months ago and you can CLEARLY see it in my hair album, in the file containing my "Deva cut" pics (came from too many hurried, violent combing sessions, I think). Can see how it improved a couple cuts later in both of my "Henna" file pics (I've been less abusive to my mane in recent months).
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Your hair sounds (and looks!) like mine -- sorry, I'm new so no avatar pic yet.

I dried my hair yesterday using the pixiecurl method with my diffuser. I had totally been doing it wrong forever -- until yesterday. Basically you position the diffuser while it's OFF, then turn it on for 30ish seconds, turn off, reposition, and repeat. I was totally skeptical, but it was a miracle. A MIRACLE. You must try this.
There are so many causes for frizzy hair, it's very hard to tell why your hair is frizzy. For me, it was because I can't use (too much) glycerine (that's an humectant) in low dews. But your hair can also be frizzy because of breakage, because of to little hydratation (and maybe even because of to much moisture and not enough prote´n?). So I guess you have to experiment. You could try sealing your hair, using an other drying method (like, air drying or diffusing, maybe don't use an (microfiber) towel anymore etc.), use or not use humectants and/or prote´n etc...
good luck!
highlighted 3a hair. Fine strands, medium to high density. Probably high porosity. Growing uit bad layering and aiming for waist lenght!

Pre-poo: coconut oil
wash: CJ Daily fix or SheaMoisture Coconut&Hibiscus
RO + LI: different every time
Styler: CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB

dislikes: glycerin in low dews, scissor happy stylists, magnesium sulfate

(modified) CG since june 25, 2012
Hiarfinity + extra MSM since March 5., 2014

SL - APL - BSBL- BSL - MBL - WL (stretched)
Looking closely at your pics, I'm pretty what you're calling halo frizz is broken hair in the crown area.

In my experience, that kind of breakage can be a result of any of the following: too much tugging, repeatedly pulling hair too hard to get it into a pony/bun; habitually combing / finger-combing hair too briskly or too roughly. Another culprit for this kind of frizz halo could be the result of a chemical process (again, something that broke off strands of hair). Humidity can do it but seems the frizz would be more consistent across your head ... but maybe not. Not sure.

I had this problem about six months ago and you can CLEARLY see it in my hair album, in the file containing my "Deva cut" pics (came from too many hurried, violent combing sessions, I think). Can see how it improved a couple cuts later in both of my "Henna" file pics (I've been less abusive to my mane in recent months).
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
I examined my hair really closely and youre right, a lot of it IS broken hair. Just short strands that are doing their own curly thing.

Some of it seems to be actual frizz, though. There's nowhere near as much but it's kind of in the middle of my hair. A curl will be perfectly defined except for this one little frizzy piece with a mind of its own.


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Loving AIA coconut cowash, goats milk soap bars, GVP conditioning balm, KCKT, Marie Dean styling creams, LALSG, coconut oil, SM milk

Well, sounds like you could benefit from pampering your hair ... just really going easy on it as far as combing and styling. Before too long those strands will have grown out more and you'll have less halo frizz Some of this will be a patience game.

As far as trouble shooting that one area of your hair, I'm sure you already know that it depends on what's causing it. As stated, it could simply be another texture/curl size and that's just the way those curls behave. But it could also be that the one area tends to be more porous than the rest of your hair (especially if you've bleached or applied heat/chemicals to it in the past), and therefore becomes dry/rough more easily, especially in the absence of moisture. Or if you're starting to gray, gray hairs could behave like that too. Does any of this apply to you?
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