Even if you don't live in America's Permanent Sauna — or, what most people know as Florida — managing unruly tresses can be a daily frustration. If you feel like your hairbrush is more of a frenemy than a BFF, you probably know exactly what having a love-hate relationship with your locks is like. As it turns out, there are actually plenty of surprising habits that are making your frizzy hair worse — and you might not even realize you're committing these mane mistakes in the first place.
As someone with a thick, occasionally wavy head of hair, I'm painfully familiar with fighting the good fight against frizz. I swear, sometimes if I just look at my hair the wrong way, it grows three times larger in all directions. Now, some of this may be to blame on my location. (Seriously Florida, what are you doing to my hair?!) But after trying a number of frizz-fighting beauty products and DIY remedies, I've determined that my daily grooming routine may be to blame for your tresses refusing to be tamed. And I know I'm not alone. Luckily, arming yourself with styling knowledge is the first step to smoothing your mane. So check out these surprising habits that are making your frizzy hair worse so you can fix it pronto.
1. You Take Steamy Showers
One of my favorite ways to unwind after a long day is to take a warm, relaxing shower. But it turns out that causes more harm than good. Stylist Stephane Andre told Glamour that hot water opens hair cuticles, which causes frizz. You don't have to take uncomfortably cold showers, but dialing down the temperature will significantly help keep your strands smoother.
2. You Stick With The Same Shampoos
Getting a deep cleanse every now and then is a great way to keep hair healthy and get rid of built-up residue, but it's a good to switch things up, too. As cosmetic chemist Ni'Kita Wilson told Allure, a common ingredient in shampoo, sodium lauryl sulfate, creates frizzy hair since the ingredient lifts and drys hair's cuticles. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to ditch all your cleansers. You just need to make sure you replace whatever moisture your washing may have removed.
3. You're Not Brushing
Whether your hair is wavy, natural, or just prone to getting puffy, you likely stay away from anything with bristles on a regular basis. However, stylist Cynthia Alvarez told Forbes that not brushing is a bad habit that creates frizz. She explained that it's all about brushing locks when they're wet, not dry, to keep strands silky smooth.
4. You Cut Curls On A Strict Schedule
You may have heard that frequent trims are a necessary part of maintaining your mane. That being said, too many trips to the salon can disrupt your natural growth pattern. If you have curly or natural hair, stylist Atoya of the Curly Hair Studio explained to The Huffington Post that, "natural curls live in little families that need time to grow together." Waiting about three months between trims seems to be ideal for keeping frizz at bay.
5. You Dry In A Rush
If you're anything like me, time management isn't exactly your strong suit. So you've probably kept your eye on the clock, trying to dry your sopping wet locks as quickly as possible. But celebrity stylist Michael Dueñas recommended to Marie Claire that you blot your hair dry to reduce the amount of time you use heat on your strands. If you've made a habit out of quickly rubbing a towel on your head for the sake of speed, your drying methods could be the reason behind your frizz.
6. You Fiddle Too Much
Twirling your hair around your fingers seems to be a popular, but dangerous, pastime. "Don’t keep playing with it — you’ll break up the curls and encourage frizz," Alvarez explained in the same interview with Forbes. It can be a tough habit to break, but the less fiddling you do, the better.
7. You're Not Cooling Off
This goes back to the whole time management thing. Whether you've started this habit because you're trying to go quickly or you just never knew the negative effects it caused, not giving your locks time to cool can make frizz worse. As celebrity stylist Ken Paves told Glamour, using hairspray while your hair is still warm from drying or straightening is a bad idea. As you've already read, heat opens hair cuticles. So, if your locking your style in with spray before your cuticles have had time to close and chill, strands won't stay sleek for long.
8. You Skip Conditioner
Regardless of your hair type, everyone needs moisture to maintain a polished look. Stylist Tippi Shorter told Allure that using the right conditioner is necessary to fight frizz. Looks like you'll need to get out of the routine of skipping this important step if you want glossy locks.
9. You Sleep With It Tied Up
I'll be the first to admit that I've gone to bed with makeup still on and bobby pins still in place only to wake up looking like a hot mess. As stylist Christine Healey told Marie Claire, sleeping with your hair pulled back creates friction, which leads to tangles and frizz. Unless you're rocking some tight braids, try not to get into the habit of going to bed with your tresses tied up.