I Tried TikTok’s Foil Frizzy Hair Hack With Pictures

  • A hair hack on TikTok uses foil to smooth frizz.
  • Our editor tested the beauty trick on her fine, wavy hair.
  • See before and after pictures of her hair using the frizz hack.

At this point in my career, I’ve tried hundreds, if not thousands, of frizzy hair products. Some help temporarily banish the halo of flyaways around my roots while others just don’t do it for me, so I’m always on the hunt for a new hair hack to do the job. One night on TikTok I came across people rubbing foil over their heads to smooth out frizzy ends and immediately ran into my kitchen to grab a piece and try it for myself.

In the videos — and yes, there were several — people simply ran a piece of foil over their hair to make it sleeker. The results were pretty much instant which blew my mind. I couldn’t explain how or why it worked (science, I guess?), but it was clear it worked.

To test it myself, I grabbed a piece of baking foil about a foot by half a foot wide. I was working with day four hair, which to me usually starts to look a bit stringy at the ends and frizzy at the roots. I started by parting my hair in the middle and pulling it over both shoulders. Then, lightly crumpling the foil in my hand, I wrapped it around one side of my head and pulled down, creating some tension with my hair. I also tried to smooth my roots with the foil by rubbing it on my scalp.

It took me a few passes to see the results, but when I compared the right side to the left side, it was pretty clear. I repeated the process on the other side of my head using the same piece of foil and saw that section of hair instantly become smoother.

All in all, the frizzy hair hack took me less than a minute and gave instant results. Although the straightening benefits only lasted about an hour, it made my hair look better for the photos I took immediately after trying it. I’m still not sure exactly how it works – maybe the foil removes some of the static in the hair? — but the proof is in the photos.

Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Jessica Harrington

Melissa R. Brumfield