How To Make Frizzy Hair Smooth And Sleek Again
Got frizzy hair? Here’s why and what you can do to change it!
Researched, written by Amber & The Team
Updated on May 17, 2023
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Everyone has heard of frizzy hair and most of us have experienced it.
Depending on your hair you might even fight frizzy hair in a daily battle.
Read on to learn how to best win not just that daily battle, but ultimately the war against frizzy hair.
An Essential Guide For Dealing With Frizzy Hair
What is frizzy hair?
Frizzy hair, also sometimes called fly-away hairs, are the hairs that just refuse to stay put.
They stick out from the rest of your hair and have a different texture.
Frizzy hair happens for both straight and curly hair and can be incredibly difficult to tame.
Think of the hairs that won’t lie flat when you pull your hair back into a ponytail.
If your hair is curly you might see frizz as fluffiness in your curls or curls that look undefined and tangled.
What causes frizzy hair?
Water. Seriously, frizzy hair is just a matter of moisture in the air and in your hair.
If you deal with frizz often you’ve probably noticed that it gets worse when the air is humid.
Basically, when your hair is dry it thirsts for more moisture and will try to absorb it.
The more moisture in the air, the harder your hair will work to try and slake its thirst.
So, whether your hair is naturally dry, dry from all the damage, or even just senses high humidity levels, you are likely to experience frizzy hair as your hair tries to grab moisture from the air.
How do I make my hair less frizzy?
Lack of moisture, dryness, and hair damage are the primary reasons why your hair wants to soak all the moisture around.
Thus, keeping your hair healthy, nourished and hydrated is your number one goal while preventing and dealing with frizzy hair.
How do you get rid of frizzy hair at home?
1. Choose the right shampoo for frizzy hair
To prevent frizzy hair from happening in the first place, begin your battle with frizziness in the shower!
Before you even get in, make sure that the water is warm but not too hot.
Showering with hot water will raise your hair cuticles and leave your hair seeking additional moisture.
So, use warm (no need for cold) water to shower instead.
Once you are in the shower, you can combat frizzy hair with a well-chosen, deeply moisturizing shampoo (you can also buy a shampoo specifically designed to help you cut down on frizz).
An ideal frizz-controlling or anti-frizz shampoo is one that doesn’t contain moisture-stripping alcohol and is packed full of natural moisturizers to plump and protect your hair’s moisture.
Regardless of whether you buy a new shampoo or keep using your current favorite, you’ll want to skip it every once in a while.
Washing your hair is a balancing act of keeping it from looking too greasy and preserving enough of your hair’s natural oils to keep it hydrated.
You’ll want to skip the shampoo 2-3 days each week, so maybe only use shampoo every other day.
When choosing the right shampoo for frizzy hair, look for sulfate-free products as well, since lauryl and laureth sulfates are notorious at stripping the moisture out of your hair.
I personally had the best hair success with Giovanni hair care products, and they have a line for frizzy hair as well.
GIOVANNI 2chic Frizz Be Gone Shampoo
2. Make sure to use a deeply moisturizing conditioner for frizzy hair
Unlike shampoo, conditioner actually adds moisture to your hair.
So, to combat frizzy hair, you want to use a conditioner every time you shower, and no skimping!
Your conditioner will help lock the moisture into each lock of your hair and prevent a lot of the frizziness from happening in the first place.
If you tend to see extra oil near the roots of your hair, apply anti-frizz conditioner to the hair from the middle of your neck, down to the tips.
Since the tips of your hair are more likely to be dry, applying conditioner to just this part of your hair should help restore an even moisture and oil balance to your frizzy hair.
GIOVANNI 2chic Frizz Be Gone Conditioner
As mentioned above, your hair gets frizzy because it is seeking out moisture.
So, to prevent dry frizzy hair, you need to use conditioners that ensure your hair is nice and hydrated.
Try using an anti-frizz conditioner to boost your moisture.
Look for one with coconut oil to give your frizzy hair a beautiful shine and deep, conditioning action.
Basically, anything you can do to add or lock in moisture is going to help keep the frizz away.
And can I just mention Giovanni one more time? Their repairing duo is absolutely fantastic for damaged and frizzy hair that is also very dry.
GIOVANNI COSMETICS – 2Chic Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner
So far, these products were able to repair the most of the damage in my hair (I’m a serial hair dyer).
3. Invest in a high-quality mask for frizzy hair
Since frizzy hair is a result of damage and neglect to your hair, you may also want to minimize and reverse at least some of the damage to get rid of frizzy hair quickly.
Deeply nourishing, moisturizing and hydrating hair masks can be an invaluable help when dealing with frizzy hair.
Choose a mask that is filled with healing oils and nourishing ingredients, instead of silicone (which adds instant softness and shine, but damages your hair and makes it dull over the long run).
My recent favorite has been Rene Furterer hair masks that are chock-full of moisturizing shea butter and healing oils.
Rene Furterer KARITE HYDRA Hydrating Shine Mask
It’s extremely hydrating, and just in case you don’t have an option to get this, take it as an example of what kind of masks to look for when you’re dealing with frizzy hair.
Healing oils, natural compositions, sulfate and silicone free – these are the words you should look for.
How do I stop my hair from being frizzy after washing it?
If you have frizzy hair, chances are that you’re regularly using heat after you wash your hair.
Your curling iron, straightener, or other heat tool is damaging your hair – especially if you are using it every day.
That damage leads to dry hair which then again leads to frizzy hair.
If you really want less frizz, you are going to have to change your heat styling routine or enhance it with products that are specifically designed to treat frizzy hair while you’re styling it.
Before you use any heat tool, apply a heat protector product to your frizzy hair – just like you would apply sunscreen to your skin.
This will minimize the damage when you choose to style your hair with heat.
If you’re already checking Giovanni, try their extra potent, binding anti-frizz serum, which is great at taming frizzy hair and flyaways.
GIOVANNI 2chic Ultra Moist Super Potion Anti-Frizz
You can also save your frizzy hair from further damage (and moisture loss!) by using your tools in a lower-temperature setting.
If you have the option, try to keep the temperatures between 250-300 degrees Fahrenheit.
It might take a little longer to get that perfect curl (or that perfect straightness), but your hair will show less frizz now and in the future.
Of course, the best way to stop the frizz that comes from heat styling is to just not use heat as often.
Try curling your frizzy hair with wet curlers instead of a curling iron.
Or even better – just rock your natural locks a least a few times a week.
The less you use to heat, the less frizz you’ll have to fight.
And besides that, your natural hair is gorgeous and you should definitely show it off!
Can a hair dryer reduce frizz?
“I thought you said to not use hair tools…”
Yes, I know! Heat tools are not the best choice for frizzy hair, but one of them has an exception.
If you know what you are doing, a blow dryer doesn’t have to cause more frizz.
Since a blow dryer uses heat, it is best to limit how much you use it, yes, but the way you’re using your hair dryer can also contribute to your battle against frizzy hair.
How to properly blow dry frizzy hair to reduce frizz?
- Start by allowing frizzy hair to mostly air dry.
- When it is mostly dry, then turn to the blow dryer on low setting to finish it off in that way you like.
- If you have straight hair, gently brush your hair while drying it and make sure your hairdryer is pointing down (so the air is blowing from the top of your hair down to the roots).
- If you have frizzy curly hair or waves, make sure that you are also using a diffuser on your blow dryer. This will help keep the heat from directly hitting your hair and spinning it into a tangled mess. A diffuser will help you keep your curls defined, your locks smooth, and your head frizz-free.
One must-know secret to tame frizzy hair you’re probably missing!
I have recently found it out myself and – my oh my – is that a game changer!
If you are blow drying your hair in your bathroom right after you took a shower or bath, stop!
Always blow dry your hair in another room, because right after the shower, your bath air is filled with huge amounts of moisture, even if you don’t see it.
It’s like trying to tame frizzy hair in a steaming sauna!
So, whatever you want to do with your hair, just make sure you do it in a place that’s not as humid.
How to get rid of frizzy hair in 5 minutes
All of the above tips will help you fight frizzy hair in the long run, but what can you do today to tame that frizz right now, fast, before you head out?
Here are two quick tips!
1. Use hairspray
For the best and fast frizz control, this is your go-to choice.
Don’t just spray your whole head, although that may help some.
Try spraying a small amount onto a clean toothbrush or a clean mascara wand.
Then, use this to gently comb your stubborn frizzy hairs into place.
The fineness of the comb will help to catch even those tiny hairs, and the hairspray will help to keep them in place.
2. Apply some coconut oil
You can use coconut oil for more than just a hair mask!
You can also use it to smooth down frizzy hair and flyaways.
The oil will help to hydrate it and keep it close to the other nearby hairs leaving you with a smoother overall look.
Just make sure to use a tiny amount – otherwise you’re risking an overly heavy hair look.
Taming frizzy hair: the summary
Now that you are armed with frizz-fighting knowledge, you can start your journey from frizzy hair to the smooth, gorgeous look that you want.
Take small steps in your everyday routine to boost and lock in moisture so that your frizzy hair is as moisturized as possible.
If your hair isn’t searching for more moisture, it should stay next to your head instead of sticking out at weird angles that make your beauty fuzzy.
The good thing about all this effort is that all of it will give you healthier hair.
So, you can enjoy less frizzy hair and take pride in knowing that you are taking good care of your hair at the same time.
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