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The Frizz of Hair

Updated on June 9, 2011

The secret you never knew

O.K., so I'm the one who never knew. Because no one ever told me.

Apparently those of us with curly hair are not allowed to brush. When you brush your hair dry, it breaks the ends, causing those unseemly splits. My whole life I never knew that. Just recently, I found a fab hairdresser who "speaks curly" who told me to use a wide-tooth comb on my WET hair (never dry). No brushing, no fingers. The water offers a protective barrier against the frizz so that you can safely run through the strands without damaging anything. At night you can put it up in a ponytail or bun so that it doesn't unravel in your sleep. If you're willing to set aside vanity, use one of those "granny caps" but I can never bring myself to actually wear one, even sleeping alone.

Joy! So there is a remedy to this crazy bush-tail look, miraculously changing my snarls into delicate ringlets. After washing, I (very gently) separate parts of the hair into ringlets with leave-in conditioner or some other appropriate product. NEVER USE A HAIR DRYER. I let it air dry and if I am disciplined enough not to touch it, it will look like soft, wavy commercial hair. Who knew?

This is a revelation to me in many ways. For one thing, I've tried to straighten my unruly hair ever since I can remember. I used to carry a spare brush around (horrors) at school so I could keep taming the tangles. I thought I had severely high maintenance hair and once even had it chemically altered. Didn't keep that up long. But no, I actually have very low maintenance hair and all I ever needed to do was leave it alone and let it do its thing.

So now I can truly be my true self with my real look and revel in the naturalness. The lifelong road to self-identification just got that much easier. And I learned some savvy beauty tricks in the process. I now look at the salon shelves with a new artistic eye and wonder, of wonders, actually understand what some of them are for. More ways to shop - could it get better?

It just goes to show you that fighting nature never works.

Kate West Reviews

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  • BkCreative profile image


    7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    Last summer was super frizzy and I never figured out why - it was a first. This summer I decided it could frizz all it wanted because I had so many reasons to be happy. And it seems to be less frizzy. What fun hair is.

    Lovely hub! Thanks!

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    rorshak sobchak 

    7 years ago

    Nice write up KateWest.

    rorshak sobchak

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    The Bucket Lister 

    7 years ago

    I'm still on the path to taming my wavy hair... Thanks for the advice!

  • stricktlydating profile image


    7 years ago from Australia

    Great story! No you're definately not the only one!

  • KateWest profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Thanks all, glad to know I'm not the only one!

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    Susan Hazelton 

    7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Great advice. I also end up using a ton of hair products that are not sheap. I live in Florida, the humidity gets to the hair no matter what you do. Rated up and useful.

  • Ruchira profile image


    7 years ago from United States

    I agree...Frizzy hair are low maintainence and those curls definitely look good :)

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    Aka Professor M 

    7 years ago

    Sometimes the natural approach is indeed the best approach, Katewest! Nice personal take on a tricky topic.

    Voted Up! Regards Aka Professor M! (Mike) ;D

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    Rebekah Nydam 

    7 years ago from Massachusetts

    great advice! rated up :)

  • Chinnidivs profile image


    7 years ago from India

    Good article especially the closing note :)))


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