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Reasons Your Hair Becomes Poofy and How to Get Rid of It

Hair straightener is some kind of blessing to those who have born with curly hair or not so straight hair. As straight hair is the modern and trendy hairstyle, most of the girls prefer to have straight hair. So, love for the hair straightener is obvious we think. And this tool is very simple to use too. So, a hair straightener is a popular and one of the best hair tools till now around the world.

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But is it actually? Wait a while here. We think not everything is good in this hair straightener. We have plenty of complaints from plenty of girls around the world and we had started the analysis, what is actually wrong with this tool! One of the major faults we have found that it causes frizziness and sometimes make damages to the hair. Besides, from the last few weeks, the most asked questions we have that, “Why my hair is getting poofy even after using a straightener?”

So, is there actually any way to have that flat, sleek-looking straight hair we see on a model?  Yes, we have found the solution and today we are going to tell you why your hair is poofy after straightening it and how to overcome frizziness even after use hair straighteners all the time. So, without any further talking, let’s get into the details.

Why is Your Hair Poofy and How to Reduce It?

1. Lack of Use of Conditioners

If you are a person who does not use a conditioner after washing your hair with shampoo, it is time you should start using conditioners. Because shampoos alone can make your hair poofy or rough and it cannot keep your hair sleek and straight for a long period of time. So, in order to have sleek, shiny and silky hair, you must use a good quality conditioner along with the shampoo.

Here’s a tip: use a dry shampoo on the day you are planning to straighten your hair with a flat iron. Do not use the conditioner that everyone uses. Buy a conditioner according to your hair type.

2. Wrong-way of Brushing

Using Wide-toothed Comb

After taking a shower or before using a flat iron on your hair, do not brush your hair too harsh. Use a wide-toothed comb or just use your fingers to detangle the hair. Moreover, you need to make some small sections of your hair and comb the hair section by section. Do not comb the whole hair at once.

3. You’re Washing Your Hair All the Way Wrong

Most of the women think regular wash is good for hair. But it’s actually not. Besides, having a shower in the hot water also causes damages and puffiness to the hair.

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If your hair becomes too much greasy, use a dry shampoo or baby powder on your scalp while washing your hair. Besides, you can use natural fruit and nut oils, glycerin and butter as your hair cleanser.

4. You Are Not Using the Right Hair Products

If your hair is puff prone, you then need to use the hair products that add moisture to your hair. Try to use the shampoos which are made for dry and curly hairs. You can use Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo or DevaCurl Low-Poo Original Mild Lather Cleanser shampoo. These shampoos help your hair becomes hydrated, moistures and smoother which prevents puffiness in your hair. After shampooing, use a protein-infused conditioner and let it stay on your hair for about 2 to 3 minutes so that your hair can absorb the moisture and nutrients from the conditioner.

But remember; do not overuse any of the shampoos or conditioners. Try deep conditioning as this kind of conditioning can repair your damaged hair and protect your hair from humidity. This can prevent frizziness and puffiness.

5. Skip the Towel Dry Your Hair

Hair Drying by Using T-shirt

Drying your hair with a towel can make frizziness and the hair can get poofy also. So, do you get wondered? Or this thing seems little weird to you? But it actually does. As towels are filled with static, it transfers directly to the hair which causes frizziness and sometimes puffiness. Use your old cotton T-shirt instead of a towel and squeeze the hair. Do not rub it. Dry the hair section by section. The best practice to reduce puffiness, take a small section of your hair and let it air dry and then take another and repeat the process.

6. Do Not Try All the Styles You See

If you are a sufferer from poofy hair, do not try all the styles on your hair. Just go for normal styling. Blow dryers, hair straighteners, and the curling irons can make your hair drier and increase the tendency of frizziness and puffiness. Always comb with your finger and do loose hairstyles. When your hair gets too much dry while on a ponytail style, just remove the ponytail and use a little leave-in conditioner with your finger. This will reduce the puffiness of your hair. Our favorite leave-in conditioner for dry hair is Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner.

7. Are You Using the Right Hair Straightener?

Using Hair Straightener To reduce puffiness and frizziness you must use the right hair straightener. Although, all of the heating tools are bad for any hairs, but with the right toll selection and proper use of that tool can really reduce the risk of damaging. In a short, if your hair is thick or coarse, use an ionic and titanium flat iron to prevent frizziness and puffiness. Use tourmaline flat iron with a coat of ceramic if your hair is thin and fine. Our two favorite flat irons are:

Some Additional Things You Can Do

  1. Use a heat protectant before applying any heat on your hair. TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Protectant Spray for Hair is a great heat protectant you can use.
  2. Use hair mousse to add texture and keep your hair normal. Apply Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Sculpting Foam. Hair mousses can hold the shapes or the curls for a longer time. When the hair loses its shape or the curls, it gets puffy.
  3. Try to let your hair dry with natural air instead of using a blow dryer.
  4. Replace your pillowcase with a silk one.
  5. Sometimes use homemade hair musk made with natural ingredients.

The Final Verdict

Nothing lasts forever. Your hairstyles too. So, accept the fade-outs. This will decrease the anxiety of having poofy hair. However, that does not mean that we are saying not to take any precautions or take care of your hair if you are facing puffiness and frizziness. If you let these problems stay, it can become a serious issue with your hair health. Then the anxiety can be beyond your control. But today we hope this will not happen (only if you will have become aware of the faults and take good care of your hair). Wishing you best of luck with good hair day.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Hello there, I just came here to share my experience.

    I am using the Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture shampoo on my slightly frizzy hair for the last 2 months and believe me or not, it worked wonders on my tresses. My hair never felt so soft and silky. This is a must-try product.

    Thank you.

    • Dear Betty,

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are sure that our readers will be benefited from this.

  2. Hi,

    While reading this article, I came across that washing your hair with hot water would cause damage to it. Can you please explain why rinsing off the tresses with cold water is beneficial? What’s special about cold water?

    Waiting for your answer eagerly!

    • Dear Veronica,

      Thank you for your question. It’s an excellent issue that you have raised.

      Even though a hot, steamy shower might feel relaxing, you must be aware that hot water can strip off moisture and nourishment from your hair strands making them drier, brittle, and extremely poofy.

      On the other hand, rinsing your hair with cold water closes the hair cuticle instantly and prevent any moisture loss from the surface to make them frizz and poofy-free.

      We hope this would help you.

  3. OMG! I never knew there are so many I am doing wrong with my precious hair. Throughout my life I only used the shampoos and conditioners I found in our family bathroom; I never thought these actually make any difference.

    Now I understand why my hair never looked as gorgeous as others. Very disappointing!

    Nevertheless, thank you for always providing useful information!

    Keep up the good work guys.

    All the best!

    • Hello Miranda,

      First of all, thank you very much for your inspiring words. We are overwhelmed.

      Secondly, we are glad that you find our articles helpful.

      Keep coming back for more informative articles in the future.

  4. Great work! Amazing piece of writing with just the right information!

    I always enjoy reading your articles as they are based on very popular topics and don’t have any useless or baseless claims.

    Looking forward to more blogs from you guys!

    Good luck!

    • Dear Charlotte,

      Thank you very much for your sweet words. Providing the correct information is our only motto.

      Keep sending us your feedback and good vibes.

  5. Hi there,

    I would like to read an article that comes with a list of products that I should use to make my hair silky, smooth, and free from poofyness.

    Just expressing my thoughts!

    I hope you would pay heed to my suggestion.

    • Dear Annalisa,

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We would definitely try to put up a whole list of products in the future.

  6. Great information! Thanks a ton for the wonderful article. The step by step explanation is very helpful.

    You guys always come up with super useful topics.

    Keep it up.


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