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Frizzy hair really is the worst, isn’t it? Unlike curly locks that look smooth and uniform, frizz does its own thing. So much to the point that it can make your hair look like it’s dry and/or unhealthy and/or rough to the touch (even if it’s not).

So, what causes this kind of mayhem to happen? Humidity, hair damage and harsh hair products are usually the biggest culprits. And unfortunately, those of us with curly locks tend to battle with frizz the most (ugh).

While this means that sometimes, being a naturally curly

While this means that sometimes, being a naturally curly girl (pun intended) can result in a few unexpected bad (frizzy) hair days, I am here to assure you that there are some all-natural approaches that you can take to combat frizzing — ones that will give your curls more definition and keep frizz totally out of the way.

1. Pre-poo with a sandalwood and jojoba oil blend

Pre-pooing is a method of intentionally putting oil onto your hair before you shampoo so that you decrease the chances of losing moisture while washing it. If you’d like to make your own pre-poo blend, try some sandalwood and jojoba oil. Sandalwood not only contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that are really good for your scalp, it’s also a great moisturizer for your hair. As a bonus, it smells wonderful. If you add 5-7 drops of it to 1-1 ½ cups of jojoba oil, the vitamins B, E, copper and zinc in jojoba will nourish your hair as well. The end result is your cuticles will be amazingly soft through the entire wash day process (the mixture will make it easier to detangle your locks too).

2. Seal your ends

It really doesn’t matter how curly the rest of your hair looks if your ends look frizzy and fried. That can happen if they’re dry or your ends are split (more on the split part in a sec). Something that can help to get your ends to cooperate with the rest of your hair is sealing them. That simply consists of locking in the moisture that’s in your hair after you shampoo and condition it. As far as some of the best oils go — grapeseed is packed with Vitamin E, Jamaican black castor oil will moisturize and thicken your hair over time and avocado oil contains fatty acids that will condition your hair really well.

3. Keep your ends trimmed too

It can’t be said enough — there is no product on the market that will “heal” your split ends. Whenever those bad boys pop up, your only true option is to cut them (which is why you should do all that you can to avoid getting them in the first place!). Listen, I’ve been the person who’s tried to hold onto length even when my ends looked a hot mess and it definitely contributed to the “frizz effect”. So, while the whole “get your ends trimmed every 4-6 weeks” isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of rule, the moment that you notice that your hair is frizzier than usual, that’s usually a sign that you need to trim or at least dust your ends. If you don’t, the “splits” could run all the way up your hair shaft. It’ll be almost impossible to stop the frizzing once that happens.

4. Apply product, not heat, when your hair is wet

Hopefully you already know that trying to blow dry your hair while it’s sopping wet isn’t a good idea; that’s definitely a great way to create some serious hair damage. What I mean here is when you are washing and conditioning your hair in super hot water, that basically creates humidity and that can lead to frizz. Instead, cleanse your hair in lukewarm water. Then rinse in cool water to seal your cuticles. And while your hair is wet, apply whatever product you plan on using to give your curls a lot of definition. As far as products go, check out our article “Top 10 Curl-Defining Hair Products” for a list of recommendations. Oh, and try to keep your hands out of your hair until everything completely dries. Avoiding this tip can lead to frizzing too.

5. DIY some flaxseed gel

Speaking of products to put in your hair, if you’re someone who lives by the motto “the more natural, the better”, you definitely should give flaxseed gel a try. It’s high in Vitamin E which makes it a solid nutrient. It contains properties that fight off free radicals and help to prevent scalp inflammation. And the really awesome thing about it is, it has a great reputation for eliminating frizz in curly hair while helping curls to stay together so that they look more defined; fuller too. If you’d like to make your own batch of flaxseed gel, check out the videos here and below for instructions.

6. Use a leave-in conditioner

I’ll tell you what — if there’s one thing that’s done wonders for my hair since I’ve been growing it out, it’s making sure that I apply a leave-in conditioner, even if I’ve deep conditioned my hair. Because my tresses can never seem to get enough moisture, I like that a leave-in can instantly hydrate my hair and make it soft and manageable. Plus, it definitely helps to keep frizz from creeping up. In fact, if you’re having a bad hair day, a dab of leave-in can help to tame any hairs that seem to want to do anything but act like they’ve got some sense. We can help you out in this department too. Check out “Top 20 Leave-in Conditioners” and “10 Best Water-Based Leave-in Conditioners”.

7. Go easy on the heat

Whenever you use an excessive amount of heat, it results in your hair’s cuticles getting damaged — and that will cause frizz more times than not. Another issue with heat is it can loosen your natural curl pattern over time — and no, you won’t be able to get your curls back because that is a sign of damage. So again, go easy on the hot water while washing your hair. If you want to blow your hair out, try and let it air dry at least 60 percent and go with a cooler setting. Always apply thermal heat protectant when using heat. And if you decide to go with a diffuser, that’s fine (it works on all hair types and textures). Just make sure that you don’t hold it super closely to your hair (that could cause heat damage as well).

8. Style with your fingers as much as possible

Curls that clump together create lots of definition and volume. The flip side to this is when you do a lot of combing, brushing or even picking out your hair, that can separate your curls to the point that it creates frizz too. That’s why, as much as possible, it really is best to style your hair with your fingers instead of styling tools. It will increase the chances of you keeping your curls in place. It also can reduce the amount of damage that styling tools can do to your hair whenever you apply too much pressure or they create too much friction. Follow through on this and you’ll be seeing a lot more curls and a lot less frizz. Guaranteed.