Concentrate your conditioner
I have found success in concentrating the use of my conditioner especially on my roots, which tend to be dry and frizzy due to a lower ability to absorb moisture. When I apply my conditioner I don’t just slap it on, I massage it into the hair root, rubbing it well so that it begins to penetrate the strands.
I have noticed that just slapping a conditioner on your hair, in the case of my low porosity hair, does not encourage penetration and often times the conditioner will never absorb into my hair shaft. This massaging technique has literally changed the game for me by guaranteeing that I get deep penetration into my hair shaft.
Curl train those roots
If you’ve already got a pretty defined set of curls on your head, but realize that your roots just don’t seem to want to cooperate, you can focus on curl training only the roots of your hair in order to increase their curl memory.
Naturally, each hair strand will develop curl memory as it lengthens, which is why the ends of your hair have such an easy time separating, but since the roots of your hair are still new to the game they tend to clump incorrectly.
By concentrating on your roots when you curl train you’re giving them a head-start in the game. To curl train, simply apply your favorite deep conditioner* to the roots of your hair; a thick, moisturizing deep conditioner* is key so that it hardens and deeply defines the root. Then wait a day or two before rinsing it out. This training, over time, will reduce the frizz at your roots and allow them to develop curl memory faster.
Embrace the frizz
Don’t be afraid to just let it fly and learn to love how your hair behaves naturally. Although these tips are great to have in your back pocket, in my experience, having frizz-free roots is often best worn when you have a good deal of length.
On shorter hair it tends to produce a flattened appearance that might leave you wanting for some volume. Your lovely frizzy roots are the easiest way to achieve this, so embrace the frizz!
Some days you’re too lazy to be bothered with any of these methods. Often, those effortless days are some of our best. Besides, as I sit and complain about my frizzy roots, I am keenly aware of the fact that someone else might just be jealous of the very thing that I hate.
Everything is perspective. For more on this, check out my post on how I got more compliments with frizzy hair versus my perfectly laid curls.