Hair vs. Humidity: The Battle of the Frizz

Ahhh, the classic battle of hair and humidity. Are you constantly losing this battle and ending up with dry, frizzy hair? Well, with the amount of alleged smoothing, de-frizzing and hydrating products on store shelves these days, it can be overwhelming to find the right frizzy hair fix. And, sadly, most of these de-frizzing products use synthetic silicone to reduce frizz — spoiler alert: this is a huge no no. 


Before we go into the frizz-taming miracle benefits of coconut, argan and rosehip oil, let’s talk about what causes frizz in the first place.




What Causes Frizzy Hair Anyway? 


Each strand of hair on your head is made up of three layers: the deepest layer called the medulla, the middle layer called the cortex and the outer layer called the cuticle. According to renowned hair scientist Dr. Neil Persadsingh, “The appearance of the hair depends largely on the health of the cuticle, the protective sheath of the whole hair.” This cuticle layer is made up of scales which have the ability to open and close. When they are open or “lifted,” chemicals and water can enter and alter the hair shaft. Frizz happens when the cuticle is raised and water gets in; swelling the strand. When the scales of the cuticle layer are flat and closed, hair appears smooth, shiny and feels healthy and manageable — the pinnacle of hair happiness.



Seems simple: keep the cuticle healthy and smooth and enjoy frizz-free locks. But sometimes this is easier said than done thanks to humidity, hot styling tools and product buildup on hair — all of which cause hair to frizz. So how does one keep the hair’s cuticle smooth and healthy? With the right styling products of course. Once you have the right products with the right ingredients in your anti-frizz arsenal, your cuticle will be smooth and happy and your frizzy hair a distant memory. But before you start shopping for the right frizzy hair solution, we need to talk about the enemy of healthy hair: Silicone.



The Dangers of Silicone Hair Products 



Check the labels on the anti-frizz products lining your grocery store’s shelves and you’ll find that the majority contain silicone. Silicone is not a naturally occurring element — it’s basically a plastic that can be used in liquid or solid form. Essentially, using a silicone-based product on your hair is like coating each strand in plastic — yikes! Silicone products may give the illusion of shine, but it will come at a price. Sure, your hair may appear shiny at first, but it will also be weighed down and dry because moisture will be blocked from entering the hair shaft. Silicones can also cause excessive build-up and clogging of the hair follicles, which can lead to scalp ailments and hair loss.

For all of these reasons, it’s critical to choose silicone-free products when you want to combat frizz. Thankfully, mother nature has provided us with three fabulous, natural oils that pump in moisture and tame the frizz: coconut oil, argan oil and rosehip oil for hair.


Coconut Oil Tames Frizzy Hair and Prevents Breakage



It’s no secret that coconut oil is one of nature’s most healthy and versatile oils. You can use it to prepare delicious meals, moisturize dry skin and, yes, you can use coconut oil for hair. Coconut oil has been well studied as an ingredient because it is incredibly hydrophobic. And no, we don’t mean it has an unfounded fear of water, but it does, however, have the ability to completely repel it. So, when you use coconut oil on your hair, it not only moisturizes the hair shaft, it also prevents water from getting in and swelling the shaft (which as we mentioned earlier, is what makes hair appear frizzy).


But the benefits of coconut oil for hair don’t end there. Studies have shown that coconut oil improves hair health and prevents hair breakage. It’s been shown in studies to remarkably reduce protein loss when used before and after washing hair, while another study concluded that coconut oil prevented the cuticle from lifting and also prevented breakage during combing. As you can see, if you’re looking for proven frizzy hair solutions, coconut oil is among the best.


Argan Oil Keeps Hair Smooth and Shiny 

Argan oil is another darling of the natural world and its use dates as far back as 600 BC. The oil is a potent antioxidant and is loaded with vitamins A, C and E, omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. The oil is extracted from the kernels inside the fruit of the Argan tree (which, by the way, only grows in Morocco). Not only is argan oil a powerful moisturizer for hair, but an interesting study showed that argan oil actually helped decrease the damage caused by the coloring process. Add this oil to your anti-frizz strategy and reap the amazing benefits. 


Rosehip Oil is Nature's Best-Kept Anti-Frizz Weapon 


Rounding out the triumvirate of natural oils for anti-frizz is rosehip oil for hair. Rosehips are the fruit that is left after a rose drops its petals. Rosehip oil (also referred to as rosehip seed oil) is obtained by extracting oil from rosehip seeds from the Rosa Moschata rose variety grown in Chile. 

A study done on the characterization of rosehip oil's free radical scavenging activity concluded that due to the presence of strong, naturally occurring antioxidants, including flavonoids, phenolic acids and vitamin C, rosehip oil shows extremely powerful protective properties. These rich nutrients essentially work to nourish and moisturize hair while preventing damage to the hair shaft. 


The Trifecta of Oils to Tame Frizzy Hair in One Bottle 



Excited to try coconut, argan or rosehip oil on your hair? What if you could get all three of these uber-hydrating, intensely nourishing oils in your hair care formulations? Well, now you can with our Farewell Frizz collection, previously known as our Rosarco collection. It's the same exact frizz-taming formula you know and love, only with a new name! Specifically formulated to repair dry, brittle, damaged hair, this product line uses only the finest organic coconut, rosehip and argan oils. This collection includes:

Farewell Frizz smoothing shampoo


Farewell Frizz smoothing conditioner


Farewell Frizz rosehip, argan & coconut oil blend 


Farewell Frizz rosarco milk leave-in conditioning spray


Farewell Frizz blow dry perfection heat protectant crème


You’ll love the way Farewell Frizz de-frizzes and smooths your hair while protecting it from heat and the environment. And, like all Briogeo products, this entire line is 6-Free so you don’t have to worry about harsh silicones or any other harmful ingredients damaging your hair. 



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