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Why your curls are frizzy when wet

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Have you ever noticed that your curls really become a frizzy mess when wet? Well, you're certainly not alone. A lot of curly girls struggle not only with frizzy hair, but especially frizzy curls when wet. If you're in this boat, you've come to the right place. Here's why your curls are frizzy when wet, and what to do about it.

What is it?

Wet frizz generally happens “after washing your hair, and can happen after rinsing out your conditioner and wringing out excess water,” according to curly hair blogger Gena Marie. It can also crop up while you're in the midst of drying your curls, or applying products.


Like most frizz, wet frizz can be nuanced, as every curl type experiences frizz differently. When frizz occurs, it means your strands are parched, and in need of a good dose of moisture. This can happen because you're not using products correctly, your curls are damaged, or you're using harsh products on your strands. When your curls aren't getting what they need, with time the strands can become brittle. Make sure you're taking care to be aware of products you're using, and what goes into them.

So, what do you do about it?

First things first, start by investigating the ingredients in your products. If it contains parabans, sulfates, surfectants, and artificial fragrances or wax, out it goes. Instead, look for products that have ingredients that will introduce moisture into your curls. Ingredients to look out for include water, glycerin, honey, sorbitol, and various versions of cetyl, stearyl, and cetearyl alcohol.

Next, take a good hard look at the health of your strands. Brittle, dry, and damaged curls are going to be more prone to frizz, particularly while your strands are wet. Therefore, you'll need to explore why your curls are so damaged, and what you need to do to fix it. This usually means increasing your curls are going to need a good trim, and you might need to adjust your product usage. Make sure to stay away from the aforementioned ingredients in products.

If you've gone through the first two steps, now it's time to figure out if your curls are suffering from excessive buildup. Buildup prevents your curls from getting the moisture they need, so make sure you're regularly clarifying your curls to remove any excess product.

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