Are you looking for a quick answer to how to get rid of frizzy hair?
Unfortunately, there isn’t one. There are, however, products you can use and habits you can adopt to trade unruly, frizzy locks for sleek, tamed tresses.
As much as we believe in embracing natural frizz, we also know it can be tough to handle. That’s why we’ve done the research and discovered some simple tips and tricks you can try for finally killing frizz forever.
There are many reasons why you might be waking up with frizz in your hair. From your shampoo and conditioner routine to the temperature you’re rinsing in, here are a few potential causes of frizzy hair.
Your Shampoo + Conditioner Contains Sulfates
Sulfates are strong detergents often added to shampoos and conditioners. Besides being shown to add frizz to your tresses, sulfates can also strip the hair of natural oils, causing it to dry out.
You’re Sleeping on a Frizz-Inducing Pillow
Did you know sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can cause friction between your hair and the pillow, leading to morning frizz? That could be why you wake up with unruly hair that just doesn’t seem to go the way you want it to.
Your Water Temperature is too Hot
“Frizz is caused when hair is dry and lacks moisture,” says celebrity hairstylist Arsen Gurgov. “When your hair is dry, the cuticle is rough, and when the weather is humid, it’s the perfect recipe for frizz. The outer layer of the hair takes in the moisture from the air, causing the hair to swell and frizz.”
And the list of frizz-causing culprits continues…
To reduce frizz, wash and condition your hair with hydrating ingredients like glycerin, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. These humectants absorb the extra moisture in the air to provide a protective layer over your strands.
What you apply to your hair – especially when it’s a regular thing like shampooing and conditioning – can make a huge difference to the health of your hair. Always invest in quality, hydrating products!
Product pick: Truly’s Super Fruit Repair + Restore Shampoo and Conditioner.
Swap Your Pillowcase
Friction is the leading cause of hair frizz. Everything from rubbing a towel aggressively against your mane to pulling at it with a brush can disrupt the cuticle, causing frizz. Even sleeping on a cotton pillowcase can cause friction frizz.
Fix the issue by swapping out your cotton pillowcase for a silk (or satin!) one. The slippery fabric enables hair cuticles to glide across it rather than causing snagging. You’ll wake up with gorgeous, flawless, ruly hair!
Product pick: Truly’s Bonne Nuit Beaute Satin Sleep Set.
Turn Down the Temperature
As great as a hot shower feels for soothing your muscles, it’s not so soothing for your mane.
“The temperature of the water can cause the cuticle to raise,” says Stephen Thevenot, a New York-based hairstylist at Eva Scrivo Salon, “and when the cuticles are raised, hair needs more moisture.”
That doesn’t mean you need to shower in shivering cold water, but it does mean turning the temperature down a notch or two. Aim for a lukewarm temperature. You’ll notice a huge difference in the texture of your tresses.
Stop Touching Your Hair
It’s the easiest (and cheapest) trick in the book: keep your hands off your hair!
“My number-one tip for preventing frizz: Keep your hands out of your curls,” says blogger Ashly Rodriguez. “Constantly touching your hair will bring all the frizz you try to avoid.”
An easy way to stop yourself from playing with your hair is to tie it in a ponytail or twist it into a topknot. This way it’ll be out of your face and less tempting to your fingers.
Overwashing your hair is a recipe for frizzy, unruly strands. That’s because too much washing strips the hair of its natural oils, causing dryness and ultimately, frizz.
To keep your mane under control, avoid washing your hair more than twice a week. If your hair gets too oily, spray on some dry shampoo or give it a shampoo-less rinse.
If you’re serious about fighting frizz once and for all, get serious about weekly masking sessions.
Once a week (or twice if you’ve got time), work a moisturizing hair mask through your tresses. Opt for ingredients like argan oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil, which work wonders for your hair.
According to Gurgov, argan is your best choice.
“Unlike other oils, like coconut or olive, the oil molecules found in argan oil are small enough to penetrate the hair shaft, making it instantly, deeply moisturizing, which helps treat and strengthen strands without weighing them down,” he says.
Protect it with Heat Spray
We love hot tools just as much as you do. But we know they’re not the best for keeping our hair in good shape. That’s why the hair pros strongly recommending spraying on a heat-protective spray every time you use your flatiron, curlers, or blow-dryer.
Applying this before using your hot tools will keep the cuticle flat and frizzy hair at bay. Best of all, you don’t need to spend a fortune on it in order for it to work well. You should easily be able to pick one up at the store for a few dollars.
Frizzy hair is a common complaint. There’s nothing wrong with it, but if you’re looking for a sleeker look, there are ways you can combat frizz.
So try the tips and tricks above to get several steps closer to smoother, sleeker strands. And be sure to let us know how you get on!
As for a temporary fix, try misting shine spray onto a large toothbrush and skim it over frizz and flyaways. It’s the quickest, easiest, and most effective way to smooth out frizz if you’re in a hurry.