Why Are My Locs Always Frizzy

Why Are My Locs Frizzy

My biggest problem is my hair staying locked! Can you tell me why my locs are always frizzy?!

Are wondering why your locs never seem to stay neat? Or what some of the common causes of frizzy locs are so that you can avoid them in your journey?

If this is your concern, then you’re in the right place! 

First I want you to know that frizz is definitely part of every (bold) loc journey! While there are several reason why your locs may be excessively frizzy, please keep in mind that only some of that frizz can be corrected— the rest you’ll have to grow through.

Top 4 Reasons Why Locs Are Frizzy

1. Damaged Hair

When your hair is damaged, whether from heat damage or chemical damage, this causes your hair to have a high porosity level which results in a lack of moisture retention. Consequently, when your hair is lacking moisture it causes the hair to constantly remain in a state of frizz.

The answer to damaged hair is NOT oil. Instead, you want to begin the work of hydrating your locs with moisture. You can learn several at-home techniques for moisturizing your hair in the Guide to Moisturizing Locs.

2. Using The Wrong Products

One of the biggest misconceptions with locs is that you can use all the same products that are “for natural hair”— however in most cases locked hair requires products formulated for locs. For instance, cream-based conditioners should not be used on locs because they are designed to detangle the hair and locs are a process of tangling the hair. Which means if you’re still using cream-based conditioner on your locs, you’ll likely experience frizz as your hair detangles itself from the core of the locs with each use.

3. Stage of Your Locs

The texture of your hair plays a vital role in the amount of frizz you experience. Those of us with curly hair will have noticeably more frizz than our sisters with tightly coiled hair textures. However, once the locs are mature, if you’ve been cultivating your locs properly, will not have much frizz along the shaft.

RELATED ARTICLE: How Locs Evolve From Beginning to Maturity

4. Lifestyle Choices

You likely already know this but I’ll just remind you again, you have to wear your satin scarf every night. Every. Night. Not wearing your scarf and sleeping on cotton sheets will draw out the moisture in your hair and cause excessive dryness and frizz, which leads to damaged hair (see section 1- damaged hair lol).

Also, while you’re exercising, be sure to compress your hair, fully dry it afterwards, and use a scalp refresher to cleanse and hydrate the hair. If that was a loaded statement, head over to the “secrets no one told you about working out with locs” article for more details.

I hope these tips were helpful in understanding why your locs are always frizzy. Now, if you’re looking for ways to control the frizz, be sure to check out the next article, “5 Ways To Control Frizz“!

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

Blog Comments

Loved learning how to properly care for my locs. I appreciation for this article comes all the way from Los Angeles! Blessings to you.

Truly says that is why i always keep in my mind to eat and go with those products which keep my hair healthy. I love my straight hairs.

What shampoo would you recommend for tangling hair? (Locs)

Great information. I have been lazy the past 2 weeks not putting my scarf on. I have baby locs…July 12th is my loc birthday so I am 2 months in. I love my locs and the frizz doesn’t bother me much, but I want to have the best result possible when they mature.

My locs are short to medium shoulder length. So how do i style uneven locs?

This frizz has me thinking “these locks are not for me”. Tempted to braid it down and put a wig on it. I’m used to my hair being neat, so this is frustrating. I won’t go out anywhere but work and to do home stuff because it looks so bad to me. After the first week, it’s over.

I just read your blog on locs. I have had my locs for 9 months. I find conflicting info with different locticians. I was told that lics do not need to be shampooed with shampoo or conditioned with conditioner.

I use all oils. I wash my hair with Dawn dish liquid with lemon juice to remove all oils. After shampooing I oil my hair with coconut oil. Every 10 days I oil my scalp with jojoba oil. In between the 10 days if I encounter itchy scalp I use tea tree oil. I learned the hard way to never use tea tree oil at night. Worst eye pain. Lo!. I spray my hair daily to every other day with Vitamin E oil and bottled water. I retwist every 3 months.

My question is won’t shampoo leave a residue on the hair?

Is there a misconception that locked need to be conditioned?

Last but not least why are free form locs viewed as “not neat”?

I am Amerasian and I have dreadlocks. I have frizz on top of my head that drives me crazy. What can I do to control this? My hair has always been healthy prior to licks. I don’t dye, or put heat in my hair so I believe I have good healthy hair. I read your suggestions but wondering if it would apply to Amerasian hair. Thank you

Hair is always frizzy I have dreadlocks extentions. I have had them for 3 years and it is always frizzy even after getting them done. My beautiful not saying or doing nothing about it. All she does is twist the roots. What should I do. I am not happy with my loss it is hard for me to wear them out without begin low self esteem with my hair so I cover it up. Because you can tell where my hair stops at and I can never wear them down because the hair unravel

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