How to style puffy, frizzy hair for a stylish look

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We all want shiny, voluminous hair that’s full of body – but anyone whose hair has ever mushroomed into shrub territory knows there’s a huge difference between volume and frizz. Before you rush out to grab all the hair oil in the world in an effort to control it, you must first understand why your hair is so puffy.

“Humidity is a big factor for frizz,” says Leo Izquierdo, hairstylist and co-founder of IGK Haircare. “The type of hair you have can also make you more prone to frizz.” Izquierdo cites curly or thick hair as being most prone to puffiness and mentions that humidity isn’t exclusive to summer – dry, frizz-prone hair is more porous, so it sucks in moisture from the air. air, causing the stem to swell; it is likely to go haywire whenever it gets wet.

But humidity isn’t the only culprit: breakage can also cause frizz thanks to a damaged cuticle, which lays flat on healthy hair. There’s good news, though: you don’t have to spend your entire salary on a keratin treatment for straight hair. Scroll below to find out how to style puffy, frizzy hair.

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Start in the shower

You can start managing frizz while still in the shower by using the right shampoo and conditioner for frizzy hair types, Izquierdo says. Look for one that’s for frizzy or “unmanageable” hair, which is basically just PR language for frizz. If your hair is curly, he recommends a conditioning cleansing oil that will remove product buildup. If you have stiff or limp locks, try a moisturizing shampoo.

    Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Hair Care


Alterna Caviar Hydrating Shampoo

This shampoo will help rebalance your hair’s moisture levels and protect you from future damage.

IGK Bad & Bougie Amla Oil Repair Shampoo


IGK Bad & Bougie Amla Oil Repair Shampoo

Is your hair a little fried due to color processing or the use of harsh chemicals? This shampoo, formulated with alma oil, coconut oil and a special vegetable protein complex, strengthens your hair without making it greasy.

Dove Nutritive Solutions Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner


Dove Nutritive Solutions Anti-Frizz Shampoo

This shampoo and conditioner system works hard to reduce 100% roughness and frizz to give you smooth hair.

Use a leave-in

Once you get out of the shower, avoid rough drying which can damage your cuticle even more. Instead, invest in a microfiber towel (or grab a cotton t-shirt) to dry the hair. Next, prep hair with a leave-in conditioner to help plump up the hair shaft the right way.

Mistress IGK Hydrating Hair Balm


Mistress IGK Hydrating Hair Balm

Infused with coconut oil, this lightweight hair balm reduces breakage while hydrating your strands.

Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream


Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream

This leave-in conditioner promises up to three days of frizz-free hair, even in 97% humidity.

EVOLVh Ultimate Styling Lotion


EVOLVh Ultimate Styling Lotion

Vegan and gluten-free, this styling lotion gives your hair a boost while adding shine with its natural flower oils.

Add a thermoprotector

If you heat your hair often, add a heat protectant spray. Spray generously from root to tip before blow-drying. Grenia also recommends that you invest in an anti-static brush, like this one.

ghd heat protectant spray


Ghd Heat Protector Spray

You will hardly notice this spray in your hair. It leaves your hair naturally silky smooth while protecting it from future heat damage.

Eva Nyc Mane Magic Prime 10-in-1

Eva NYC.

Eva NYC Mane Magic 10 in 1 Primer

With 10 different hair benefits, this primer is truly magical. Infused with argan oil and sunflower seed oil, this primer is packed with vitamins and antioxidants.

Bumble and bumble hairstylist invisible oil primer

Bumble and Bumble.

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer

This leave-in treatment is color safe and will help detangle your hair, protect your hair from UV rays and ward off frizz.

Seal the ends

Finish with an oil or cream on the ends to avoid the dreaded fungus hairs.

Ouai finishing cream


Ouai finishing cream

Give your hair the finishing touch with this lightweight cream, which will add a brilliant reflective shine to your hair.

Matrix Biolage Smoothproof Serum


Matrix Biolage Smoothproof Serum

Keep flyaways and frizz at bay with this serum. Get 72 hours of smooth, shiny hair with this protective serum.

Sachajuan intensive hair oil


Sachajuan intensive hair oil

If you are tired of looking at your split ends, check out this oil. It protects your hair from several types of damage. You can use it before washing or before styling.

hide it

And finally, invest in a hair mask a few times a week. And for the real lazy, leave yours in the shower so you have no excuse to skip it. Just make sure to let it marinate for at least 10-15 minutes.

Super Power Coconut Deep Conditioning Damage Control Mask


Pacifica Coconut Anti-Damage Mask

Filled with coconut, rice and super fruits, this mask allows you to rewind some of your damaged hair while protecting you from future pollutants.

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask


Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask

When you use this mask, you will be transported to the spa. With the relaxing scents of eucalyptus and lavender, this oil will strengthen the health of your scalp and prevent frizz.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask


Briogeo Don’t despair, repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

Filled with B vitamins, rosehip and argan oils, collagen and silk, this mask penetrates deep into each strand to repair damage. It claims to reduce breakage by 81% after three leave-in treatments.

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