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Understanding Frizzy Hair, When Does It Frizz and Types of Frizz


Frizzy hair is quite possibly a curse. It demands attention and forbearance that even Job did not have. It takes time and clogs showers. If you have frizzy hair, it is never wise to assume you will look the same an hour after leaving the house. In fact, your hair is likely standing up straight or bits of it flying with the wind in all directions.

Frizzy hair types and when does it frizz
Frizzy hair

When does it frizz?

All the time. Literally. Sleep, wake up, frizz. Walk outside, frizz. Straighten hair and then walk outside? Frizz. Stay inside? frizz. Wash your hair? frizz. Don’t wash your hair? Frizz. Literally just be alive and Frizz. So what is it that makes hair so frizzy? This article aims to understand frizzy hair and the types of frizzy hair that exist.

We cant have everything
We cant have everything 

What is frizzy hair?

Wild hair, like a wild heart, is hard to tame. But before we attempt to try, let us understand what frizzy hair actually is.

“Frizz occurs when the cuticle layer of your hair is raised, allowing moisture to pass through and swell the strands. As a result, your hair appears dry and frizzy instead of smooth and defined.”

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When does it frizz
When does it frizz

In simpler terms, it is when your hair lacks moisture, and/or is already naturally dry. If you have curly hair, it is more likely to frizz. Sorry curly haired dames, it’s a hard life. Curly hair is more inclined to frizzing for obvious reasons, but also because of dehydration. “Curly hair is much drier than straight hair”

We all remember Monica’s struggles with Frizzy hair. Humidity basically affects hair like this:

  • You go out with dry hair
  • The air is humid and full of moisture
  • Your hair is insanely thirsty
  • Your hair tries to gobble up as much moisture as possible
  • You end up looking like something between the lion king and Frankenstein

Now you know what happens to your hair when you go outside. Note, Monica did not let that frizzy hair stop her from… anything and neither should you.


Did you know that there are different types of frizz? I certainly didn’t! Anyway, it’s true, there are. You must be thinking, “what difference does it make? Frizz is frizz,” but it is important to know what frizz you are dealing with so as to find the right treatment for it. Natural Curly tells us all about it:

1. Surface frizz

This is dryness on the outer layers of the hair or the surface. This means that the layers below are not as dry. Surface frizz is found often with curly hair in humid climates. “If you live in a humid climate, you probably deal with this all the time since humidity can definitely “activate” surface frizz.”

Surface Frizz
Surface Frizz- Source:Google

2. Poof ball frizz

Is exactly what it sounds like. “Curls are nearly unrecognizable once they’ve reached this state.” If you are walking around looking like a poof ball, then you have a poof ball frizz and you are a mess.

Proof Ball Frizz
Proof Ball Frizz - Source:Pinterest

3. Spider web frizz

If there is too much wind, you are likely to end up with a spider web Frizz. Basically, the top of your hair is frizzy and “Different strands of hair separate from one another, creating a “web” look on the surface of the hair.”

Spider web Frizz
Spider web Frizz: Source Imjur

4. Halo frizz

Maybe in the right lighting, it would make you look like an angel, but when you just have your hair centered “at the crown of your head,” you look a couple kinds of crazy.

Halo Frizz
Halo frizz: Source-

5. In-the-curls frizz

You can already guess what this is, it’s frizz in your curls. But it doesn’t affect all your curls, just some of them, leaving you 50-50 looking great and looking crazy.

In the curls Frizz
In the curls Frizz: Image source - hairstyle camp

6. Dry frizz

This is when your hair is extremely dry. It looks dry, it feels dry, it is dry.

Dry frizz
Katrina Ellis

There are a few other types of Frizz you can read about at Natural Curly. However, I hope you have got a better understanding of what frizzy hair is and what types of frizzy hair there are. Whatever your hair type may be, remember, frizz is caused by dryness and a lack of moisture so keep your hair hydrated. Good luck!

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