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

A hair straightener is a kind of blessing for those born with curly hair or not so straight hair.

Since straight hair is the (current)modern and trendy hairstyle, most girls prefer to have straight hair.

Therefore, loving a hair straightener is obvious, especially since this tool is straightforward to use.

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But is it actually?  It is important to note that not everything is good about a hair straightener, especially if you try to get rid of frizzy hair after straightening it. 

Additionally, we’ve seen plenty of people complain about using a hair straightener. 

One of the major faults we found in straighteners is that it causes frizziness and sometimes damages your hair. Hence, generally speaking, the most asked question we get is: “Why is my hair poofy after using a straightener?”

Therefore, is there actually a way to have that flat, sleek-looking straight hair we see on models?  Yes, we have found the solution, and thus we will tell you why your hair is poofy after straightening it and how to overcome frizziness even after use hair straighteners all the time. Hence, let’s get into the details.

Be sure to also check out Best Flat Iron for Frizzy Hair


Why is Your Hair Poofy and How to Reduce It?

1. Lack of Use of Conditioners

If you do not use a conditioner after washing your hair with shampoo, we recommend you reconsider and start using conditioners.

Namely, because shampoos alone can make your hair poofy or rough, and it cannot keep your hair sleek and straight for long periods of time. So, to have sleek, shiny, silky hair, you must use a good quality conditioner along with your shampoo.

Here’s a tip: use dry shampoo on the day you plan 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 harshly.

Namely, use a wide-toothed comb or use your fingers to detangle your hair.

Moreover, you need to divide your hair into smaller sections and comb your hair section by section. Do not comb all your hair at once.

ALSO READ: How to Unstraighten Hair

3. You’re Washing Your Hair Wrongly!

Most women think a regular wash is good for hair. But it’s actually not. Additionally, showering in hot water causes damage and puffiness to hair.

Moreover, if your hair becomes too greasy, use a dry shampoo or baby powder on your scalp while washing your hair.

You can also use natural fruit and nut oils, glycerin, and butter as your hair cleanser.

4. You Are Not Using the Right Hair Products

You might be wondering What Helps with Frizzy Straight Hair?

If your hair is puff prone, you need to use hair products that add moisture to your hair.

Try to use the shampoos which are made for dry and curly hair. You can use the Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo or the DevaCurl Low-Poo Original Mild Lather Cleanser shampoo.

These shampoos help your hair become hydrated, moisturized, 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.

Instead, try deep conditioning as this kind of conditioning can repair your damaged hair and protect your hair from humidity. It can also prevent frizziness and puffiness.

You should also use the Best Straightener for Damaged Hair to fully protect your hair.

5. Skip the Towel Dry On Your Hair

Hair Drying by Using T-shirt

Drying your hair with a towel can cause frizziness in addition to making your hair poofy.

Even if this sounds a bit weird to you, it’s actually true.

Since towels are filled with static, static is transferred directly to your hair, causing frizziness and sometimes puffiness.

Use an old cotton T-shirt instead of a towel and squeeze your hair with it. Please do not rub it. Dry your hair section by section.

The best practice to reduce puffiness is to take a small section of your hair and let it air dry and then the next section and repeat the process until you are done.

6. Do Not Try All the Styles You See

If you suffer from poofy hair, do not try all the styles you see on your hair. Just try normal styling.

Blow dryers, hair straighteners, and curling irons can make your hair drier and increase the tendency of frizziness and puffiness(1).

Always comb your hair with your fingers and try loose hairstyles. When your hair gets too dry while on a ponytail style, remove the ponytail and apply a little leave-in conditioner with your fingers.

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.

Even though(generally speaking) all heating tools are bad for hair, with the right tool selection and proper use, you can really reduce the risk of damaging your hair.

In short, if your hair is thick or coarse, use an ionic and titanium flat iron to prevent frizziness and puffiness.

Whereas you should use a tourmaline flat iron with a coat of ceramic if your hair is thin and fine.

If you need some options, our two favorite flat irons are the following:

Check this quick video recap:

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 as normal as possible. Then Apply some Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Sculpting Foam. Hair mousses can hold the shapes or the curls for a long 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.

READ MORE: Why is My Hair So Frizzy After I Wash it?

The Final Verdict

Nothing lasts forever, your hairstyles are no different. So, accept the fade-outs. This will decrease your anxiety about having poofy hair.

However, that does not mean that you should not take any precautions or take care of your hair if you are facing puffiness and frizziness.

If you leave these problems unsolved, it can become a serious issue for your hair health. Thus, we hope you’ll have become aware of some practices you can rectify and take good care of your hair. 

As always, if you have any questions, please let us know, and take a look at some of our other articles here.




  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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