Make frizzy hair smooth and manageable with these 10 easy steps for fighting the frizz.
Frustrated with frizz? You’re so not alone. It’s the most common hair hassle, especially during the humid days of summer. (Although frizzy hair isn't just a summer problem—hi there, spring showers and fall storms...) Frizz occurs when all that moisture from the air seeps into your hair through lifted cuticles and causes strands to swell. Happily, you have more control than you may think. Whether you let your hair style itself naturally, or blow-dry your tresses into polished perfection, use these tips to keep your hair from frizzing up.
Start in the shower…
Do cut back on shampoo. Don’t cut back on conditioner. It may seem counterproductive as temps spike and hair feels greasier, but the secret to keeping hair frizz-free is keeping it hydrated. Try swapping your suds for a cleansing conditioner, like L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner ($7; ulta.com), and rely on dry shampoo between rinses.
If you air-dry your hair…
Wash ‘n go—sounds like a no-brainer, right? But when you let hair air-dry, it actually has more time to absorb humidity (the hair cuticle is most fragile when wet). Use these tips to fight the fuzz:
- Avoid towel drying
The thick fibers in bath towels can cause friction that roughs up the cuticle. Instead, use a soft cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel; both have finer fibers that’ll absorb water without damaging hair. When drying off, blot—don't twist, tug or rub.
- Apply hair oil
Work argan oil onto wet strands from mid-shaft to ends. This beauty-booster will fend off fried ends and fasten the cuticle to help dial down on frizzies. If your hair is thin, rub two drops between your palms until barely there and rake through; thick or coarse hair will want more. Try: OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil ($7; drugstore.com).
- Wind hair into a bun
By wrapping hair around itself into a bun, the majority is protected from puff-inducing moisture during an outdoor commute. Another benefit of this wind-up technique: Your tresses will have effortless texture when let down upon arrival.
If you blow-dry your hair…
When dry hair meets muggy air—pouf—frizz. If you choose to wield a blow-dryer, keep moisture from crimping your sleek style with these simple to-dos.
- Start with a primer
Smoothing, silicone-based serums act like a raincoat, creating a weightless barrier on hair that repels moisture from the air. We like John Frieda Frizz Ease 6 Effects Serum ($7; walmart.com). Work in a small dollop, avoiding the roots, before styling while hair is damp.
- Be patient when blow-drying
Before hitting the off button on your blow-dryer, make sure hair is 100 percent dry. When you think you’re done, take a minute to feel for any damp spots. Lingering moisture will cause strands to kink and fluff up later. Finish with a final shot of cool air to close the cuticle.
- Give your smooth some backup
A finishing spray will help keep your just-styled mane perfectly polished. Just look for one that’s labeled “anti-humidity” or “humidity-resistant.” These mists dry quickly, leaving behind a hydrophobic film that repels water. Try: Suave Luxe Style Infusion Smooth Anti-Humidity Hairspray ($6; walmart.com).
Time for touch-ups?
Smooth things over any time of day with these smart touch-up tricks.
- Brush out frizz
Flip your head upside down and brush through hair to help distribute the natural oils from your scalp, rehydrating brittle areas and helping to block out humidity.
- Smooth things over with cream
Got hand cream handy or a lip balm stowed away in your purse? These balmy textures fill hollow hair follicles and add weight like a smoothing cream. Rub a dab between your fingers and slide over frizzy strands or flyaways. Just don’t use too much or hair will look greasy.
- Do a ponytail
Sometimes the best solutions are the most obvious: Part your hair on the opposite side from your normal part (the better to mask frizzy areas), then pull strands back into a low ponytail and secure with a creaseless elastic.