Tips and products for frizzy hair
Some days you are the glamorous princess of Genovia. Other days, frizz makes you look like a Mia Thermopolis pre-makeover. Blame the humidity or the DNA (thanks to my fellow curly-haired queens), but whatever the source, frizz takes some management skills.
Los Angeles-based hairstylists Michael Dueñas and Caile Noble have shared some of the best tips, tricks, and products specifically designed to get rid of frizz and live that silky-smooth lifestyle.
Dueñas is the founder of Hair Room Service and you’ve probably seen his work grace the heads of Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Padma Lakshmi and Lea Michele to name a few. Noble is also a celebrity hairstylist who has worked with Bella Hadid, Bebe Rexa and Olivia Culpo. They are two true veterans in the fight against frizz.
Read on for expert tips from these two pros and get your frizz under control in no time.
1. It all starts in the shower.
The drier your hair, the more prone it is to frizz. The shower is a great place to apply intense hydration and moisturizing ingredients readily available in some shampoos and conditioners. Noble urges the frizz family to stay away from sulfates, as it will only dry out your hair even more. Michael recommends looking for products containing silicone, argan oil, camellia oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, hydrogenated castor oil and sebacic acid.
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2. Leave your conditioner on all day.
Duenas suggests leaving a small amount of conditioner in your hair after washing. “If your hair is curly, leave enough to make your hair look like seaweed (very slippery and soft) and then diffuse it dry,” says Duenas. “If you blow-dry your hair, use a dime size and spread it all over your hair in the shower and let it sit.” He advises against using the product at the roots and instead suggests applying it from the middle of the shaft to the ends of your strands.
3. Go beyond.
For extra protection, after you’ve finished washing your hair, add a serum or cream. Duenas recommends Evo Lockdown to fight frizz. “It’s a leave-in smoothing treatment that you apply before styling,” Duenas explains. “It can be used before or without heat and helps fight frizz, improve shine and soften hair.”
4. Turn off the heat.
Dueñas gave us a quick science lesson that should persuade you to put the straightener down for a bit. “Ditching the heating is never a bad idea,” Duenas says. “The reason your hair has frizz is because of lack of humidity. Your hair spreads out and takes up more surface area with frizz, to extend its reach into the atmosphere and pick up moisture. The more your hair is hydrated, the less frizz you’ll have, so if you use less heat, your hair will retain more of its natural moisture, so less frizz!” It’s that simple.
5. If you can’t stop the heat, go with Ionic.
If you like to keep it hot, hot, hot, there is an alternative. “Ionic heat tools help your hair feel smoother and/or dry faster,” Dueñas explains. “An ionic hair dryer that I like to use is the Conair 3Q, it helps break up water molecules into small groups, thus drying your hair faster with less heat. Your hair is positively charged, so using the negative charges from an ionic tool, for example for straightening, help reverse your hair and help it lay smoother.
6. Look in your own kitchen.
Both Noble and Dueñas preach the benefits of coconut oil, which you can buy at the supermarket (or on Amazon) if you don’t already have it on hand. “Using raw coconut oil from your pantry is a great hair mask that helps add shine and fight frizz,” says Noble. Don’t go crazy with it, though, as the product is heavy and you can overdo it.
7. Get a haircut every two months.
Dueñas recommends that his clients get their hair cut “about once every two months,” he says. The benefits of getting more frequent haircuts are two-fold, Dueñas says. Split ends are the main culprits of frizz. Frizzy hair loses moisture faster and contributes to frizz. Plus, split hair just looks fuzzy, making your already frizzy hair look worse than it even is. In other words, maybe it’s time for you to make an appointment.
8. Wash your hair, but not too much. It’s all about balance.
The consensus among stylists is that people prone to frizzy hair should only wash once or twice a week. It’s really a question of balance here. “Washing your hair too often will rob it of its natural moisture, creating a frizzy look,” says Dueñas. “Washing too little can make your hair flat or clump, depending on your natural oils.” As the old saying goes, everything in moderation, including moderation.
9. Sleep on it.
There are ways to fight frizz while you rest, giving real meaning to the phrase “restful sleep.” Dueñas recommends sleeping in a hair mask covered with a shower cap once a week and advises investing in a silk pillowcase, like ZIMASILK’s silk pillowcase for hair and skin. “A cotton pillowcase acts like Velcro, catching on your hair fibers and pulling them apart, making frizz worse,” Dueñas explains.
Another recommended product is the Kokostar Home Salon Hair Pack. A super hydrating hair mask from a K-beauty brand? Say no more.
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