How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair: 15 Tips to Tame Frizz

If you’re looking for a quick answer on how to get rid of frizzy hair, we’re sorry to tell you, but there’s no magic, one-size-fits-all trick. While hair care brands have bombarded us with messages that frizzy hair is the enemy, there’s something to be said for embracing it. Frizz can be a halo or a crown, and it gives hair texture and life.

But if you prefer a sleeker look, looking for ways to reduce damage and achieve healthier hair overall, or find frizz annoying, we understand frizz isn’t the problem. everyone, especially when they are unintentional. On these days, we gathered insights from 14 women with varying hair textures who always leave us wondering how amazing their hair looks. Read on for the frizzy hair tips and tricks they love.

1. Invest in a great hair dryer

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If frizz is something that really drives you crazy, maybe it’s time to invest in a go-to hair dryer, because a great hair dryer will really lay the foundation for smooth hair. “Over the years, I’ve come to realize that professional hair dryers are like sports cars: engineered with high-speed motors using premium parts and performance-driven design and features,” says Charm digital director Perrie Samotin.

“Do your homework and be prepared to spend some money. Coupled with the right high-quality brush for your texture, a salon-grade blow dryer is the best way to tame frizz. Samotin swears by Solano and Turbo Power dyes because they are made in Italy and last forever. We’re also big fans of the Dyson Supersonic and the Harry Josh Pro Dryer for their powerful yet gentle abilities, but each of these options on our list of the best hair dryers will leave you in good hands.

Harry Josh Pro Tools Ultra Lightweight Professional Clothes Dryer

2. Style your hair when wet.

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If you have curls, it’s important to consider not only the products you use (like these best products for curly hair), but when you use them. “If you apply your product to hair that’s a bit dry, your product won’t saturate evenly and you’ll end up with frizzy, undefined curls,” says hairstylist and curl expert Melissa Guido. She advises skipping a towel turban and instead applying the product to super wet hair, right out of the shower.

“A good rule to follow is if it looks frizzy when it’s wet, it’s going to be frizzy when it’s dry,” she says. “I personally like to go with a leave-in conditioner, then incorporate a curl cream with my fingers, and finally scrunch with a liquid gel. This provides moisture, improves curl definition, and holds the style so your curls stay defined for days.

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Amika Curl Body Curl Defining Cream

3. Try a silk pillowcase.

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As a former beauty editor, editor Jillian Ruffo had access to every product imaginable to stretch her weekly blowout. Nothing was working, until she introduced silk pillowcases and scrunchies into her routine. “They changed my life,” she says. “I twist my hair into a high bun and secure it with a silk scrunchie before bed – the fabric doesn’t wrinkle my hair, especially when I also lay my head on a slippery silk pillowcase. In the morning, I let my hair down, spray my roots with dry shampoo and I’m good to go, no frizz at all.

4. Keep your hands on.

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Sometimes the best advice is totally free. “My number one tip for preventing frizz: keep your hands out of your curls,” says blogger Ashly Rodriguez. “Constantly touching your hair will bring out all the frizz you’re trying to avoid.” This trick may be easier said than done, but it’s good to remember.

5. Hairspray is your friend.

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An old hairstylist trick is to lightly spray your brush or comb with hairspray to tame frizz and flyaways. Influencer Michaela Podolsky says she manages frizz on a daily basis and spraying her comb with L’Oreal Elnett Satin Strong Hairspray is the only thing that works for her. “After spraying, I lightly brush the top of my hair to put it in place,” says Podolsky. “On top of that, I wish this hairspray was scented – I love the smell! And it holds my frizz in all day.

6. In a pinch, use hand lotion.

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“My secret tip if I’m going out somewhere and I have frizzy hair that I need to take care of is to just use a little hand lotion,” says Anna Moeslein, editor-in-chief at Charm. “A little is enough, and I’m much more likely to have travel lotion in my bag than hair products.” If you have finer hair, just be sure to concentrate the cream on your ends or rub it into your palms first to diffuse it, so your hair doesn’t get too greasy.

7. Start in the shower.

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Tangles and frizz go hand in hand, so a great step in learning how to get rid of frizzy hair is to reduce tangles. If you have straight hair, all it takes is the right brush, but if you have curls, you know the process requires a little more TLC. Charm Trade writer Erin Parker swears by DevaCurl Wash Day Wonder Pre-Cleanse Slip Detangler to stop tangles in their tracks. “It makes your locks more slippery and easier to work with, whether you’re detangling with your fingers or using a wide-tooth comb,” she says.

8. Swap your towel.

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The towel you dry your hair with is just as important as the products you apply, so consider plopping, which recently took off on TikTok. “You first apply your usual styling products to freshly washed, still damp hair,” says Parker. “Then you lay down a microfiber towel, not a traditional towel; this is the key to minimizing frizz or an old T-shirt lying on a flat surface. Then you lean over and plop your hair on the towel or t-shirt. Wrap the fabric around your head and walk like this for a while. This allows water from your hair to soak into the microfiber towel or t-shirt, helping you avoid the damaging chafing that traditional terry cloth towels can cause.

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DevaTowel Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel

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Kitsch Microfiber Scrunchies

9. Use products strategically.

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Often a single product is not enough to get rid of frizzy hair, especially if you have thicker or curly hair. Instead, think of your products as part of a holistic routine that works together to fight frizz. “I insist on having a system,” says hairstylist Hachoo, whose clients include Kimora Lee Simmons, Rico Nasty and Doja Cat. “Finding the right system for your curl type is essential for a stress-free, frizz-free day.” She swears by a regimen of hydrating shampoo, Style Factor Wig Out Curl Fitting Mousse, leave-in detangler and curl gel for her clients and herself, but it’s all about finding what that works for you.

10. Straighten smarter, not harder.

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Taming the frizz on your natural texture is one thing, but keeping straight hair smooth is a whole other box of worms. Fortunately, Charm Business editor Shanna Shipin has found a trick that gently straightens her curls. “Although it’s very tempting to grab a brush and detangle my hair before straightening it, I never do that,” she says. “Running a brush through my hair separates the strands and makes my hair super frizzy when I go over it with a flat iron. Instead I use a detangling brush in the shower and if it gets a little knotty while straightening , I comb it with my fingers.It is also useful to use a protective spray against heat.

11. Consider your surroundings.

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Since frizz is caused by your hair searching the air for the nearest source of water, humidity levels have a huge effect. “My thick, semi-wavy hair was so manageable in New York, but when I moved in with my parents in Florida, my hair was not prepared for the humidity,” says Emily Tannenbaum, Charm weekend editor. If you are planning a trip, consider the climate and plan accordingly by adding smoothing or moisturizing products to your routine.

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