Frizz is a normal part of curly hair due to its dry nature, but noticing those frizzes even when your hair is soaking wet is weird. Ok, it’s not that weird; it’s a common condition called wet-frizz, which is a sign from your hair trying to tell you something about its state.
What is wet frizz?
Wet-frizz is a frizz that appears when your hair is wet or after applying styling products. Unfortunately, those wet-frizzes mean that your hair will be frizzy when it dries too. So what does wet frizz mean? And what does your hair need?.
What causes wet frizz?
It’s known that dryness is the main cause of frizzy hair and wet frizz too, but it isn’t the only one responsible for them; many other factors can lead to that problem you may never think about before.
1) Products Build-up
Product build-up is an accumulation of products on hair. In other words, laying products on hair strands makes a layer that covers the hair and prevents it from absorbing moisture and water.
Because of that layer, your hair will repel all the moisture and won’t absorb it, leading it to be dry and end up with wet frizz. The main causes of build-up products are:
- ignoring hair clarifying
- Using heavy products
- You don’t give your scalp the needed care.
- Using too many products or much of each product.
2) Thirsty curls
Yes, thirsty dry hair can make your curls frizzy even when they wet, and despite all of your efforts, it still dry; that’s because of some mistakes:
- maybe have a layer of product build-up that prevents it from absorbing its moisture needs.
- Using products containing oils and heavy butter with your low hair porosity locks the hair strands and prevents them from absorbing moisture.
- Your hair has high porosity, so it can’t maintain the moisture by itself.
3) Damaged hair
Treating curly hair the wrong way will damage, weak it, which affects your hair’s ability to absorb and maintain the moisture into your hair strands; the results of that damage can appear in your hair as wet frizz. That damage can be done by:
- Using heat tools and hot water
- Using products that contain sulfates
- Brushing curls the wrong way
- ignore protecting your curls at night
- skip protecting your hair from the sun
- skip protecting your hair before swimming
4) Imbalancing protein and moisture in your hair
The first thing that comes to curly girl mind is to moisturize their dry curls, but once they heard that the hair made up of protein mainly and gave the hair its strength and structure they start to use products contain protein frequently, so they end up with protein overload which dries the curly hair out and cause wet frizz.
5) Flash drying
Flash drying is defined as “an instant flush out of the water from hair” due to product application or treatment. That can happen because of porous hair or some ingredients that don’t work well with some people like aloe vera or humectants like glycerin.
Note: each person’s hair has its unique needs; it is definitely wrong to judge any product ingredients before trying them. Besides, keep in mind that your hair interacts with products differently depending on weather and seasons.
If you find yourself confused or confused by the information we have discussed, I suggest you watch the following video before moving on to tips on getting rid of wet frizz.
How to get rid of wet frizz?
Before talking about solutions, we all have to know that the frizz is a part of naturally curly hair, but for wet frizz, you can solve it entirely if you follow the following instructions, so let’s dive into them:
Avoid all bad hair habits
If you don’t give up on all the mentioned bad habits, you probably can’t achieve your goal of getting frizz-free hair, so the first step you should take is to read the previous bad habits linked to wet frizz. Remember that the following tips won’t work perfectly if you skip this one.
It’s clarifying time
Clarifying hair means washing your hair to remove all the accumulated dirt and product build-up using shampoos intended for this porous. The hair will be clean and able to absorb all the moisture and nourish and finally reduce wet frizz.
Personally, I prefer to use ACV or clarifying shampoo to do my hair clarifying, but there are many other ways to try a different one.
Add more water, not more products
One of the most common mistakes that many curly girls make is adding more products instead of water, where more products don’t necessarily mean a better result; on the contrary, it’ll build-up on hair strands or scalp and repel moisture. You’ll notice wet frizz when you apply them.
The correct way to use styling products is to spread them on wet hair equally, add more water and scrunch it until you hear the sound “squish, squish” if you don’t hear that sound, it means your hair needs water.
Balancing between protein and moisture levels in your hair
Balancing between protein and moisture, while protein overload will make the hair straw-like, frizzy, and dry. Despite the importance of protein, giving your hair more than its needs will lead to unwanted results like wet frizz. The amount of protein that your hair needs is different between hair porosity types.
Low porosity: this type is protein sensitive, so you don’t need to constantly use products that contain protein. (that’s not mean you should give up on protein always)
Medium porosity: for this type, it’s good to use protein products from time to time and not constantly.
High porosity: this one needs more protein than other types, but that doesn’t mean it’s not prone to overload protein; just balance between them to get good results.
Here are some protein names you can find on hair products:
- Soy protein
- Silk protein
- Hydrolyzed collagen
- Hydrolyzed wheat protein
- Hydrolyzed rice protein
- Amino acids
On another side, moisture overload can cause wet frizz, too, because you are exaggerating deep moisturizing/ conditioning. To know if your hair is protein overloaded or moisture overloaded, you have to check the sign of both of them to decide what your hair suffers from and give it the proper treatment.
Trial and error to find what suit your curls
As we mentioned, some ingredients won’t work well with your hair; when you face a wet frizz after applying a specific product, give it another chance before giving up on it; if still give you a wet frizz, check the ingredients to find out what causes this problem with your hair.
From my personal experience, I started getting rid of wet frizz after I followed the CGM routine, which is a healthy routine of hair; once you follow it, you have to give up all bad habits and harsh ingredients.
It also requires me to know my hair needs depending on its nature to give it the right products.
Remember, whatever your hair routine, you just need to avoid bad hair habits and know more about your hair needs, which you can achieve by noticing your hair changes every time you use new products or try new methods.