Frizzy hair should and should not be used this summer

With summer in full swing and humidity peaking, our ‘do’ is at the highest level of frizz. Sure, there are expensive and time-consuming treatments, but who has the time, the budget or the patience?

That’s why we dove deep to find nine simple and easy rules for straight hair all summer long. Whether you have a few pesky flyaways or a mop of unmanageable locks, here’s how to avoid frizzy hair.

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1. Don’t shampoo every day.

There’s simply no need to shampoo every day, and it strips your hair’s natural oils, says dermatologist Dr. Joel Schlessinger of When you shampoo, he adds, be sure to use a sulfate-free formula. Sulfates can leave hair feeling dry, so look for a solution that nourishes strands to prevent dehydration. “Try to go at least a day between shampoos. The scalp produces natural oils that help fight frizzy hair, and daily shampooing removes these oils,” says Schlessinger.

2. But don’t skip the conditioner either.

“The conditioner will add vital moisture, which will help smooth the outer layer of your hair,” says Gina Capano, hairstylist and co-founder of Luxebar Salons.

If your conditioner isn’t doing the trick, try an at-home deep conditioning treatment like a hair mask or salon treatment. As the last step in your shower, rinse the hair with cold water to seal the cuticle.

3. Part your hair.

When blow-drying your hair, be sure to separate wet hair from dry hair — this leads to frizz, Capano says. Use clips to create tidy sections before you begin blow-drying or product application.

4. Use an ionic hair dryer.

“An ionic hair dryer compresses your hair cuticle to help your strands dry smoothly. You’ll also notice that your hair will dry faster,” says Melea Johnson, co-owner of 100%; any remaining moisture can automatically create frizz.

5. Don’t brush too much.

Combing and brushing unfortunately disrupts the cuticle, especially when the hair is wet. Rough tugging on the hair to detangle it will cause an explosion of frizz. Try a detangler or smoothing product before brushing to keep your experience smooth and damage-free.

6. Do not work the towel.

Once you’ve jumped out of the shower, be careful not to disturb the cuticle by towel-drying too harshly, Capano says. Never create friction between the towel and your hair; always rake towards the ends and blot.

“The friction will lift the cuticle and make your hair more susceptible to damage,” says Capano. If you use the towel correctly, you will remove most of the moisture, which will speed up the blow-dry. Tip: Find a good microfiber towel as it creates less friction than terry cloth.

7. Use thermo-protective products.

Applying the product before blow-drying is key to avoiding frizz, says Amber Alster, hairstylist at Dop Dop Salon in New York. Alster recommends using a mousse or gel and always using a heat protectant product to preserve your locks. Apply products near the hairline to get rid of flyaways and baby hairs.

“After applying the product, always dry the most stubborn areas like the hairline and bangs first. If the hair dries before being brush-dried, it will be more difficult to remove frizz and create smooth results,” says Alster. If your hair tends to get oily, spray a dry shampoo on the scalp right after drying as a preventative measure to absorb the oil.

8. Don’t touch!

Avoid touching your hair throughout the day if you can; this helps prevent unwanted frizz. When you notice flyaways and frizzy baby hair, grab an unused toothbrush, spray on some light hairspray, and brush through to tame the unruly bits.

9. Get creative.

In a pinch, use a tiny bit of hand cream to tame frizz, says Jackson Simmonds, stylist at Julien Farel Fifth Avenue in New York. Another tip: Spray Kleenex with hairspray and gently wipe the surface of the hair to tame flyaways, says Simmonds.

Melissa R. Brumfield