It can certainly be agreed upon that frizzy braids are never a good look! But what exactly causes this and is there anything you can do to prevent this? I’ve done some digging and here’s what I discovered.
Frizz on braids is typically caused by shorter hairs coming out of the braids and sticking straight upwards and out. This can also be caused by the new growth of hairs, resulting in a frizzy look. Wearing mini braids may be one way of preventing this and making sure you part your braids correctly to prevent hairs from crossing between braids.
Keep reading to learn how you can prevent your braids from becoming frizzy, as well as how you can effectively treat and style braids that are already frizzy with a few simple tips!
How To Prevent Frizzy Braids
When it comes to hair, my general rule of thumb is that prevention is always better than cure!
The best way to prevent frizzy braids is to use a hair gel or pomade when you get your hair braided; this will add hold and lay your hair to conceal any split-ends and fly-aways. That being said, when you have finished braiding your hair, apply hair mousse to set your braids and keep them fresher for longer.
I’ve gone and laid out some must-know tips before braiding your hair at home, so you’ll know what to do next time. Here they are below:
1. Begin With Clean, Deep Conditioned, & Stretched Hair
Most importantly, your hair needs to be entirely clean and free of any product buildup before you get started on your protective style. You can add a protein and deep conditioning treatment to add some moisture to your hair and strengthen your hair to prepare for the longevity.
Please don’t forget to add your leave-in conditioner and your sealant to continue to ensure your hair is in the best possible condition. To stretch your hair, you can either air dry it in 8-12 twists or braids or simply blow-dry the hair when it’s 80% damp.
The trick to stretching your hair is that the more stretched it becomes, the less chance it has of frizzing up in your braids. This way your braider will be able to style the whole length of your hair for a completely sleek and smooth finish.
2. The Sleeker The Part, The Neater The Braid
Whether you are getting a feed-in protective style, or simply braids on your natural hair, a neat parting is absolutely vital! If you get this wrong from the get-go, chances are your braids are going to end up appearing frizzy.
This is why the key to preventing frizz is to ensure you begin by sectioning your hair extremely carefully. You can use a thin, metal-tipped comb to separate your hair. Just make sure that you tie any hair away that is not being touched to prevent extra pieces becoming mixed in with the braiding.
“If your parts aren’t perfect and your hairs are crossing between braids, you are more susceptible to those pieces becoming frizzy,”Sarah Potempa, Celebrity Stylist
3. Get Smaller Braids Instead Of Large Ones
If you are intending on keeping your style for at least 6 weeks (I’m sure you are), then I recommend that you rather get box braids or Senegalese twists for smaller extensions.
If you put the care and effort in, your style will remain fresh, neat, and flawless!
4. Use A Pomade Or Gel
Once you have carefully parted your hair and sectioned it off, the next step is making sure that you get the technique and the products right (this really is essential)!
A good pomade will provide extra hold as well as coating the hair and hiding any split ends or flyaways and will make sure that your hair, or any synthetic hair, will lay flat for long periods of time.
I recommend Chronos And Creed – Certified Organic Hair Pomade because it’s 100% organic and free of any added chemicals (plus it works like a charm)!
“A good pomade will add hold while coating the hair and concealing any split ends or flyaways,”Simone Cremona, Brooklyn-based hairstylist and owner of MyTresses salon
5. Detangle As You Go
The smoother your braid is, the less frizz! This is why it is so important that you constantly detangle as you braid. When all of your hair is laying flat facing the same direction, it prevents pieces from quickly separating and causing frizz.
Insider Tip: Every few layers should be followed by a soft, gentle detangle with a fine-toothed comb as you braid.
6. Finishing Products Are Essential
Just because your braids are now complete does not mean that your work is done! Finishing steps are so important, as you need to make sure that your braids remain perfect as time goes on.
If you are using synthetic hair to add thickness and length, your hair should ideally be set with extremely hot water so that your braids do not unravel. In order to keep flyaways flat, Simone Cremona recommends using a foam mousse.
You can simply apply a few pumps of mousse to your hair to keep everything laying flat as it should be. If you plan on hitting the beach or swimming pool, allow the hair to dry completely post-swim or workout, and then apply some mousse to help conceal any frizz.
“Mousse also comes in handy weeks later if you’re experiencing slight frizz. You can apply some more and tie your hair down to smooth any loops left-out.”Simone Cremona, Brooklyn-based hairstylist and owner of MyTresses salon
7. Care For You Braids While You Sleep
While this may be the last step to preventing frizz, it’s certainly not the least important! Caring for your hair while you sleep is absolutely vital to preventing frizz, and it only involves making a few small changes to your routine.
Moving around while you sleep creates tension on your hair, and this can result in breakage, friction, and you guessed it—frizz! To avoid this, invest in a satin scarf, bonnet, or silk pillowcase. This will reduce tension and friction, meaning you’ll wake up with smoother, neater braids every morning.
If itching is a problem for you, then you can also get an anti-itch spray for when you sleep. Often we don’t realize that we are scratching our hair when are sleeping and this can disturb our roots and cause unwanted frizz.
You can also choose scalp treatments that contain charcoal, witch hazel, or apple cider vinegar to help absorb excess sebum from your scalp. This will help keep both your hair and your scalp in their best condition!
“Spray a soothing scalp treatment with tea tree or peppermint oil on before bed, that way you aren’t tempted to itch your scalp.”Simone Cremona, Brooklyn-based hairstylist and owner of MyTresses salon
3 Great Styles To Fix Frizzy Braids
If you’re already stuck with frizzy braids and don’t know where to begin, then I’m here to help you salvage them with a few simple and effective styles! These will help you to temporarily make frizzy braids appear better.
The best style to fix frizzy braids is Bantu knots, as they are a great way to smooth and stretch braids. All you need to do is wrap your braids in a circle near your scalp and continue to wind the hair around itself, facing one direction until you’ve formed a neat bun. Then secure it in a ponytail holder or a pin.
Just make sure that you try these methods on freshly cleaned, damp braids and leave them in until your hair is totally dry.
1. Bantu Knot Outs
If you have mini braids, Bantu knots are a perfect way to smooth and stretch them out. The end look will leave you with loose waves and bends. This is most likely the best way to make your braids appear less frizzy. However, this method does take the longest to dry and is rather uncomfortable to sleep in.
The resulting look will be loose waves and bends. This is probably the best way to make braids look less frizzy, however, it takes the longest to dry and is uncomfortable to sleep in.
2. Flat Twists Or Single Twists
The aim of the flat twist is to stretch the hair and encourage the roots to lay flat. They are also pretty easy to do! Single twists, on the other hand, will stretch and smooth the lengths of your braids perfectly. These two styles are ideal for removing the appearance of frizz!
Simply pull the twists across your head and pin them in place or use some perm rods on the ends. Lastly, conceal with a scarf until they are completely dry. You’ll be left with a wavy, flawless finish!
3. Cornrows or Single Braids
You can cornrow or braid bigger sections of mini braids to stretch them out and get rid of frizz. Make sure that you braid on freshly co-washed hair. Conceal your hair using a scarf until the hair is completely dry. When you remove them, you’ll have noticeably tighter bends and waves than what you would get if you were twisting!
Additional Methods To Revive Frizzy Braids
Another way to revive frizzy braids is to use a moisturizing braid spray with conditioning properties; this will add slip to your hair and tame fly-aways. The best braid spray for frizzy braids is the Jamaican Mango No More Itch Gro Spray as it moisturizes your hair and keeps your braids looking fresh by preventing frizz; it also eases itching.
Keep reading to see what other methods you can try to revive your frizzy braids:
1. Treat Your Braids To Some Hot Water
You can also revive your braids with something as simple and easy as hot water! Simply boil a pot of hot water and dip a towel into it. Using some tongs, remove the towel from the pot and let it cool a little. Simply lay the towel down on your braided hair and allow the hot water to tame the frizz and freshen up your braids!
2. Light It Up!
When it comes to braids, you can sometimes tame frizz by quickly running a lighter across the length of the braid and quickly smoothing it out. This works best with kanekalon hair. Just make sure that you do NOT light the area where your natural hair begins and ends.
If this makes you a little nervous, as a friend who’s done it before to help you out (it works, I promise)!