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How To Tame Frizzy Hair: Tips, Treatments & More




Leigh Horan

Here’s our ultimate guide to achieving sleeker, smoother hair.

Those with curly or wavy hair are much more susceptible to frizz but this burden is unfortunately one we all have to bear.

Frizz isn’t something you can cure permanently, but there are a few things you can do to avoid this hair-mare.

Top Tips for Fixing Frizzy Hair

Try incorporating some changes into your hair-care routine to help you get rid of frizz. These changes can be as simple as brushing more gently, choosing the right conditioner and using a silk pillowcase. #TeamGorgeous walks you through everything you need to know.

Fail To Prepare, Prepare To Fail

Avoiding frizz begins before you start styling it. Avoid cheap shampoos that make your hair coarser by upsetting the hair cuticle, and invest in one free from sulphates.

The reason your hair gets frizzy is because it’s seeking external moisture. If your hair is well moisturised it won’t frizz. For this reason, you should never skip conditioner.

Also, skip the shampoo twice a week and use only conditioner instead. Conditioner contains surfactants, just like shampoo does, which are used to cleanse your hair. This means your hair will still be cleaned but without stripping it of the good stuff. You’ll end up with perfectly shiny, swishy hair.

redken products for frizzy hair

Specifically designed to combat the effects of humidity on the hair and frizz, Redken’s Frizz Dismiss range combines new-generation technology and with sustainably sourced babassu oil to tame fly-aways and decrease puffiness. What’s more, both the Frizz Dismiss Shampoo and Conditioner are free of sulphates.

Let Your Hair Air-Dry Before Using a Hairdryer

If you tend to use tools to dry your hair then wait a little longer for your hair to air-dry before you plug them in. Too much hot air dries your strands out, thereby leading to frizz.

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Aim to let your hair dry to about 90 per cent* before finishing it off with a hairdryer, making sure to dry it thoroughly and to aim the direction of the air down the hair shaft.

Be Gentle When Brushing

Your hair will break if you’re too aggressive with it and broken hair strands only leads to more frizz. Combing, brushing, pulling, squeezing, tugging . . . all these things can leave your locks worse for wear so take it easy.

brush and hair accessories

Brush your hair only with a comb when wet and do so softly. Once it’s dry brush your hair upside down to distribute the oils from your scalp right to the ends, helping your whole mane to block out humidity.

Choose The Right Products After Styling

After you’ve dried and styled your hair it’s time to use a little bit of product to protect against frizz developing throughout the day.

For fine hair stick to a lightweight anti-frizz serum, smoothing this on sparingly from the middle of the hair to the ends. For thick or coarse hair, a more heavy-duty formula will be needed.

You could try the Glistening Serum from milk_shake or the Matrix High Shine Varnish Serum, for example.

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If It Is Raining…

If you just got caught in the rain and have no hair product to remedy the pouf that is your hair then turn to the hand or body lotion that’s in your handbag. Tie your hair back in a ponytail, rub a little bit of cream in your hands and brush it sparingly over the frizz.

If You’ve Just Styled Your Hair…

If, however, you’ve just freshly styled your hair and you’ve still got ends sticking up all over the place then use a clean – and new – toothbrush to help remedy the situation. Apply a little bit of hair product such as serum, gel or wax to the toothbrush and use this to stick the ends down. If you don’t have any of these to hand hairspray will do but be aware that hairspray can promote frizz. The alcohol in the spray will give your hair a ‘hangover’ resulting in bloated strands that are prone to frizz explosions.

Use a Silk Pillowcase

Finally, you could also invest in a silk pillowcase; the soft texture of the pillowcase will help to keep your hair smooth whilst the silk content leaves moisture in your hair, unlike some other fabrics.

Shop Anti-Frizz Hair Products

From the best shampoos for frizzy hair to super-effective anti-humidity sprays, discover our solutions to achieving smooth, sleek hair.

*How to De-frizz Your Hair, Cosmopolitan Beauty

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