Since discovering my natural curl pattern I have been obsessed with the idea of producing defined, frizz-free curls throughout my crown. It is a task easier said than done, and although curl training has gotten me close to this goal, often my roots tend to revert to their frizzy form.
Since the roots of our hair are the youngest parts of the hair they tend to have even lower porosity than the rest of the hair shaft due to their new, virgin nature. By the time hair has aged enough to form the end of our hair strands, they have also become more porous, which is is the reason why the ends of our hair tend to have more defined curls than the rest of our mane.
These ends respond more favorably to conditioning and are less dry in my case. My new growth however can be compared to a stubborn child who wants to do its own thing, regardless of the relative uniformity of my curl pattern. It is the bane of my existence.
Recently, I have begun to embrace this frizz due to the fact that it lends my hair volume, which people have responded to favorably due to the more “diva-like” look. However, as my hair grows I want to be able to wear my length and have my curls lay, because as beautiful as a gigantic afro is going to be, I crave the versatility.
If you are suffering from the same habitually frizzy roots that I do and you want a chance to change it up, here are some tips to try:
Blow dry your roots first
This should always be done on a low to cool setting, but drying your roots first will tend to keep them from frizzing up as they air-dry. Because our scalps are hot, it naturally creates a steaming effect on the roots of our hair as the heat comes into contact with wet hair.
This is what often causes my roots to be frizzier than the rest of my hair after washing, so by concentrating on drying my roots first, I can often stop this process dead in its tracks. Another way to do this is by blow drying your hair with a diffuser*, which allows you to concentrate on the roots of your hair.