We asked our haircare experts for advice on how to get rid of frizzy hair.
Frizzy hair is often dry hair, so moisturizing is key to preventing frizz. If your hair is naturally frizzy, certain hairstyles can also help keep your hair under control and protect it from frizz.
Regardless of what is causing your frizzy hair, the right combination of products and hair care techniques can help. We asked our in house hair experts as well as some fantastic stylists to break down all you need to know to get your smoothest, most gorgeous hair ever.
Frizzy hair boils down to your hair fibers running in different directions, which makes it rough and dry instead of smooth and defined. While a whole host of factors like overwashing, overstyling, or dehydration can cause frizzy hair, the main issue is a lack of proper moisturization.
This need for moisture can be caused by the porosity of your hair allowing for moisture to pass in and out too easily. Sometimes, the frizz is not because of anything you have or haven’t done, but simply the natural makeup of your hair structure.
No matter what the cause of your frizzy hair, though, we have the tips and techniques you need to get rid of frizzy hair.
Preventing frizzy hair starts in the shower,” explains Sean Steigerwald, head R&D scientist at Kao USA Inc. Showering at a lower temperature protects both your hair and skin by preventing overdrying and frizzy hair.
Hairstylist Josh Shellhammer recommends a cold rinse to help seal your hair’s cuticles. After washing your hair, turn down the temperature and finish with a refreshing cold water rinse. If you’re not willing to give up your hot showers entirely, tie up your hair to protect it from hot water damage.
“Shampoos can sometimes be over-drying. Making sure you have the right one is so important—a moisture-based shampoo and conditioner is best,” says celebrity hairstylist David Stanwell.
Frizzy hair is often due to misaligned hair fibers. Steigerwald explains, “A conditioning shampoo is great because it helps to detangle hair and realign the hair fibers. Taming hair when it’s in the wet phase, like while you’re in the shower, is the easiest way to prevent frizz later.” Steigerwald explains, “A conditioning shampoo is great because it helps to detangle hair and realign the hair fibers…”
Steigerwald explains, “A conditioning shampoo is great because it helps to detangle hair and realign the hair fibers…”
If your hair is frizzy, you should opt for a hydrating detox shampoo. When shopping for hair cleansers, look for those that use the words: moisturizing, moisture control, or frizz control.
Your towel may also be contributing to frizz because it can rough up your cuticle. Instead of drying your hair with a standard terry cloth towel, switch to a microfiber towel or a cotton t-shirt. Microfiber towels are made from finer fibers—meaning less friction and snagging on your hair.
Make sure not to rub or dry your hair too vigorously. Instead, use the towel to gently blot out the water, squeezing slightly up and down your hair.
Using the wrong brush can rough up hair cuticles and lead to frizz. Never use a boar bristle brush to brush wet hair. Instead, use a brush designed for wet hair. Wide-tooth combs are ideal for frizz-prone hair because they have more space for hair to pass through the teeth, which helps to prevent breakage.
Oil and product residue can stay on your brush, so Shellhammer suggests cleaning it to prevent excess material from getting into your hair and possibly causing frizz.
“Wash your brush with a mild shampoo at least once every couple weeks,” he explains. “There can be fuzzies that get trapped in the bristles that can get into the hair.”
“Regular blow dryers use hot air to dry your hair, and over time that heat can be damaging. Ionic dryers use a magnet, which pulls water out of the hair and it helps seal the cuticle down more smoothly. A lot of people make the mistake of using high heat all the time. With an ionic dryer, you have the option to turn that function on or off.” says Shellhammer.
“Ionic dryers use a magnet, which pulls water out of the hair and it helps seal the cuticle down more smoothly.”
Another tip is to lower the heat to warm or medium and when your hair is nearly dry, finish drying your hair with cold air. “The hair is pliable when it’s warm, but when you cool it down, it seals the cuticle, resulting in more polished hair,” he says. A diffuser can also help reduce frizz when using a blow dryer. This attachment keeps your hair in one place while it dries so that it is not blowing in all directions, which can cause frizz and more friction than is necessary.
After showering, apply a serum or nourishing oil to wet hair to protect your hair from frizz. Look for a serum that contains moisturizing ingredients like Dimethiconol to help smooth and realign your hair fibers, resulting in softer, silkier hair.
“Serum is a great product for frizz because it can contain silicones. The reason why silicones are effective at taming frizz is that they act as a chain-like material to help realign hair fibers and allow hair to have a smooth look and also allows the hair to move more freely,” says Steigerwald.
Moisture is key for getting rid of frizzy hair. Hair masks work for all hair types and are a great way to combat frizz by creating a barrier to help seal in essential hydration and prevent style-ruining moisture. Look for a hair mask infused with avocado oil to smooth unruly frizz.
Hairspray is often thought of as being too heavy for frizzy hair and making it worse. But using it right can help tame the frizz. The key is keeping it as light as possible. Find a lightweight hairspray and spray just a little mist on a wide-toothed comb to gently brush through your hair and tame frizzy flyaways.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is embrace the natural texture of your hair when styling. Rather than trying to straighten, curl, or coil what’s not already straightened, curled, or coiled, lean into what you have, especially when the frizz is acting up. If you need a little extra help styling frizzy and curly hair, try a curl-defining gel to highlight your curls.
In addition to using products with the right ingredients, our hair experts divulged the best tips to help prevent frizzing in the first place.
“Washing hair every day is not good for frizzy or curly hair. Be sure to keep your washing to 2-3 times a week tops,” explains Stanwell. On days when you skip washing your hair, use a curl resetting spray to realign curls and add bounce to your hair.
Split ends can expand up the hair shaft, which can increase the frizziness of your hair. To prevent frizz, it’s crucial to keep the ends of your mane smooth and well-trimmed. We suggest trimming your hair every 6-8 weeks to prevent frizz caused by split ends. When you’re at the salon, talk with your stylist about the best haircuts for thick, frizzy hair.
Heat from a regular, non-ionic hair dryer can damage your hair, making it look and feel frizzy. Shellhammer suggests skipping the hairdryer and letting your hair air dry to avoid frizz. Shellhammer let us in on a professional tip for preventing frizz using a simple cotton t-shirt. While air-drying your hair, he recommends wrapping your hair in a cotton t-shirt, which he calls “hair plopping.” This tip is especially good for those with curly hair because it helps your hair keep its curl while also preventing frizz.
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