Easy Tips for Taming Frizzy Hair, According to the Pros | New

Even the most manageable hair can sometimes get frizzy. And whether you have a voluminous mass of hair or prefer to wear it cut, humid weather and even certain products can foil your best attempts when it comes to having straight hair. “Hair gets frizzy because it lacks moisture and seeks moisture from the environment,” says Alicia Bailey, hairstylist, hair texture expert and global education director at Design Essentials. [It can also happen] due to styling when your hair was messed up before it was completely dry,” she says.

However, we are not suggesting that you change or “fix” your hair; we just want you to have options. “A lot of the challenges with different hair types are mental,” says natural hair expert Darrius Peace. “Once you’re familiar with your hair, you’ll learn compatible styling tools and products,” he says.

So, to help make styling your hair one less thing to stress about, we reached out to a few hair experts for their top tips, and picked out some of the best anti-frizz products to try.

It’s pretty clear to see that regardless of race or ethnicity, different hair types exist within each group. And part of being able to style your hair the way you want is knowing and understanding your particular hair type.

“Hair is straight, wavy, curly, and curly, and is subtyped by letters and numbers that indicate the degree of straightness, waves, curls, and curls in the hair,” says Bailey. “Type 1 is the loosest and 4c has the tightest curl pattern,” Peace explains. The corresponding subsets of A, B, and C are the range of the loop pattern from large to tightly coiled.

Type 1: This type of hair has little to no waves, lacks volume and does not hold curls well. Frizz usually occurs due to damage caused by heat styling, bleaching or coloring the hair. Products like Briogeo Superfoods Shampoo and Conditioner can help soften and gently remove dirt and grime from your hair without silicones, parabens and sulfates. Although oil-based products can weigh it down, there are options to increase it. “Holding sprays and setting mousses are great for preventing flat hair because they can both give hair the look you want,” says Peace.

Type 2A-C: Wavy hair tends to have a loose or distinct S pattern. “It has a bit of volume and frizzes easily,” says Bailey. “You should avoid products that contain creams or heavy oils.” TGIN Rosewater Sulfate Free Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner Duo created without sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, lanolin, and artificial colors can help add moisture without making hair look or feel greasy. Using a moisturizing and detangling conditioner like this one from Coco & Eve plus the Lifestyling Spray from a Milk Shake can give you waves for days.

Type 3 AC: Curly locks can range from a light curl to a tight corkscrew type pattern, usually with different textures on the same head. “To fight frizz in 3A-C hair types, use products that contain moisturizers, oils, or creams that penetrate and coat the hair strand, creating a barrier that will fight frizz,” says Bailey. But depending on the porosity of your hair, you want to avoid anything too heavy as it will cause your curl to fall out.

The Matrix A Curl Can Dream line of shampoo, conditioner and curl cream infused with Manuka honey extract supports curl pattern even on day three, especially when used with Tgin Miracle RepaiRx Protective Leave-In Conditioner. Finish your hair with the lightweight gel from the Matrix A Curl CAn Dream line for crunch-free shine. And if you color your hair or use heat-based styling tools, consider using a hair mask like Luseta’s Biotin B-Complex Hair Mask, which can help maintain healthy hair.

Type 4: Curly hair can range from very tight tendrils to wisps that appear to have a zigzag pattern. The key to getting your curly hair to bounce back beautifully is to make sure it’s moisturized. “Use products that hydrate, define and maintain; they usually contain emollients, oils or creams,” says Bailey.

She recommends trying the Almond & Avocado collection from Design Essentials. While the line can work well for most hair types, the sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner can help detangle curly hair with precision, minimizing damage. When using heat tools, protect your hair with products like Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Thermal & Heat Protectant Spray containing ingredients like Sweet Almond, Argan, and Mongongo Oils.

Melissa R. Brumfield