7 ways to tame frizzy hair

Whether it’s rocking curls or playing up beachy waves, these days it’s all about embracing your natural texture. But for girls with wavy and curly hair, frizz is hard to accept. And in the heart of summer, when the heat and humidity are at an all-time high, that fuzzy halo comes out in full force. “Humidity is a big factor in frizz,” says Nunzio Saviano, owner of salon Nunzio Saviano in New York. “The humidity opens up the cuticle and gives it a really frizzy look, it’s almost like your hair is getting damp. Curly hair is by nature dry and frizzy the most. It is rare to find non-frizzy curly hair. If you let curly hair dry on its own without products, you will see a frizzy texture. However, it is not just curly and wavy hair that is prone to frizz, as over-processed hair is also vulnerable. “A lot of times when we’re looking at frizz, it’s hard to tell if it’s humidity frizz or if it’s really over-processed,” says Saviano. “If it’s brittle and about to break, it can look very frizzy.” Either way, these seven tactics will help tame frizzy hair:

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Shampoo wisely. “If you tend to have dry hair, consider conditioning it more, shampooing it less,” says Saviano. “It really makes a big difference. That doesn’t mean you can’t get it wet, just condition it. After using the conditioner, rinse it out again and style your hair. It really minimizes frizz. Look for shampoos that target frizz; Saviano’s favorite is the Kérastase Discipline line, which offers products for both air drying and blowing.

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Use a moisturizing conditioner. “You want to start with your hair well conditioned so you have plenty of moisture in your hair,” says Saviano. “Healthy hair doesn’t frizz as much; drier hair tends to frizz. Skip the conditioner is a wrong idea.

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Dry hair the right way. The worst thing you can do is aggressively towel your hair towel when you get out of the shower. “I find using paper towels is the best thing, especially if you have curly hair,” Saviano recommends. Simply squeeze excess water out of hair with paper towels. An old T-shirt has a similar effect, although it doesn’t absorb as much water. If you’re drying your hair straight, roughly dry it with your fingers before getting out the hair dryer. “You don’t want to blow-dry your hair, and with frizzy hair, that makes it worse,” says Saviano. “Pre-dry it to remove plenty of water before blow-drying.” And if you have curly or wavy hair, never touch it after it’s dry, as this can trigger frizz.

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Choose powerful products. When blow-drying the hair, use a blow-out cream and apply it from the middle of the shaft to the ends, plus a little around the hairline, because that’s where it frizzies the most. When letting curls air dry naturally, Saviano recommends a mousse or cream. “What I love about foam is that it goes everywhere,” he says. “Mousse for curly hair is the best thing. Foams are good for distributing the product everywhere.

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Get a keratin treatment. When you’re battling frizz on a regular basis, it might be time to consider a keratin treatment. Saviano says they’re the most reliable option, with results lasting up to six months. However, keep in mind that your hair may be temporarily flatter and straighter for the first month, with less body. To make a keratin treatment last, use a sulfate-free shampoo.

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Ace the mid-day touch-up. Taming frizz in the middle of the day can be difficult. That’s why Saviano launched its anti-frizz sheets. “I used coconut oil because it’s been scientifically proven to help eliminate frizz,” he says. For lovers of natural beauty, pure coconut oil is an excellent remedy.

Try a hair mask. An at-home hair mask is an easy way to tame those fuzzies. Be sure to find one that targets frizz.

Melissa R. Brumfield