I tried TikTok’s Floss Hack for frizzy hair: see pics

Even on a good day, my hair is still a bit frizzy. I spend a lot of time styling it to try to minimize frizz around my waves and at my roots. A lot of the products in my bathroom have the buzzwords “smoothing” and “fighting humidity,” and while I’ve definitely found things that work for me (namely, a good hair oil ), I still occasionally find myself out there with flyaways and no way to fix it.

I know I’m not alone in my struggle because videos on the subject on TikTok have millions of views, but one frizzy hair hack in particular blew my mind and had me running to the bathroom for a second. ‘to try. I came across a video of the New York-based hairstylist behind the @mattloveshair account and in it, they were using a piece of dental floss to smooth out the frizz.

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one of my fav #hairhacks uses dental floss for #sleekhair 🦷🦷🦷 #hairvideo

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“One of my favorite #hairhacks is using dental floss for #sleekhair,” reads the caption of the video, which as of this writing has 2.9 million views. I can honestly say that flossing my hair never crossed my mind, but I was ready to give it a try after seeing how well it smoothed out flyaways in the video.

I grabbed a container of dental floss from my bathroom – the only kind I had was Fresh Mint Listerine – and ripped off an extra long piece. I worked one side at a time and, starting with my part, pulled the floss string tight against my head in a downward motion. The initial result wasn’t as noticeable as I had hoped, so I made a few more passes before moving on to the other side.

It was weird putting dental product in my hair — especially one that smelled like mint — but I kept going until most of the frizz at my roots was gone. Although I’m no expert, I can assume that flossing works to get rid of flyaways because it has a waxy coating that coats your hair and the tension of the string seals it in.

Although the results were subtle, flossing definitely made a difference to how much frizz I had. It made my hair kinda smooth and shiny for the whole day I was working from home. (Admittedly, I didn’t go out on a wet day, but I’ll take what I can get.)

While I can’t say I’ll floss my hair frequently, I’m much more likely to have floss in my bag than an entire bottle of hair oil, so in a pinch, I could totally see me pulling this hack out of my back pocket.

Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jessica Harrington

Melissa R. Brumfield