How to control frizzy hair without a hair dryer

EEvery morning from June to September, I start my day by asking Alexa about the humidity in New York. This way I know before I even get out of bed whether or not styling my hair will be a complete waste of time. For those of us with frizz-prone locks, humidity in the air can be bad news for even the most perfectly styled blowouts, which means we have to look for new ways to keep our styles going. smooth during the summer months.

Frizz happens when moisture (like, for example, humidity from the environment) gets into your hair cuticle. This tends to be common on dry, damaged hair, as these hair types tend to have raised and uneven cuticles by nature, which makes it easier for water to enter. The result, of course, is the “poof” or “halo” that many of us experience the minute we step outside during the warmer months.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep frizz at bay. do not do require spending all summer fighting with your hot tools. We tapped celebrity hairstylist Jeremy Tardo, whose client list includes Miley Cyrus and Miranda Kerr, for his advice on how to get through the hot months frizz-free.

1. Forget the shampoo

When you’re sweating all day, every day, it can be tempting to up your shampoo regimen, but according to Tardo, that’s not the best idea if you’re trying to combat frizz. “Excessive use of astringent cleansers will rob your hair of its natural oils and cause unnecessary dryness,” he says, which means they’ll be more prone to drawing in moisture from the environment and creating frizz.

“Some hair can be washed once a week or less. If your texture is rough and dry, your scalp’s natural oils will be absorbed into your hair,” says Tardo. If you absolutely need to freshen up your hair, try rinsing without shampoo, then applying conditioner only to the ends. Whenever you need to shampoo (which, again, should be as infrequent as possible), look for an anti-frizz product like Bumble and Bumble’s Invisible Oil Shampoo ($31), which will help to defend against future poofiness before you even walk. out of the shower.

2. Look for cuticle-sealing ingredients

As Tardo says, “using the product is all in frizz prevention,” which means finding the right smoothing serum is key. Look for formulas made with “anti-humectants,” which prevent your hair from absorbing moisture from the environment, helping to keep frizz at bay. “Natural oils like argan or baobab oils will help seal your cuticle, which is great for preventing frizz, and silicones in hair products like serums can also be helpful,” he says. If you are going to air dry your hair, be sure to apply these products while your hair is still wet and let it dry completely before you even think about going out.

3. Style for optimal drying

Even if you don’t use a hair dryer to style your hair, there are a few simple steps you can take to ensure it dries frizz-free. As for drying off after the shower, opt for a microfiber towel or t-shirt (instead of your standard bath towel) and rub the water out of your hair. This, the stylists say, will absorb excess water without roughening the cuticle, which again makes the hair more prone to frizz. Then, if you can, avoid using a brush and instead comb through your locks with your fingers to get rid of any tangles. Finally, “after adding anti-humectants, try letting curly or wavy hair air dry in twists or braids. When the hair is dry and the twists or braids are removed, the curl will be less kinky,” says Tardo. “For straighter styles, after adding anti-humectants, wrap hair around your head and secure under a silk scarf overnight while it air-drys.”

4. Keep a moisturizing spray handy

If midday frizz is starting to creep in even after hacking your routine with the above, go for a hydrating spray. You can make your own by mixing one part conditioner with two parts water, or using Sunbum Anti-Frizz Oil Mist ($15), which uses kukui nut oil and oil of tamanu to nourish strands and keep frizz away.

For more ways to hack your hair care routine based on your texture, watch the video below.

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Melissa R. Brumfield