I have the type of frizz-prone hair that can look like the “before” shot in a makeover montage if I’m not careful about how I style it. And though I’ve learned how to tame my texture over the years—though not before amassing a collection of class photos where I’m sporting a triangle-shaped poof—I still have the occasional unruly hair day. While frizz sufferers like me can’t control the environmental factors (rainy weather, drying indoor heat), there are some easy adjustments that will ensure a smoother finish. I chatted with a few professional stylists to get their tried-and-true fixes for transforming hair from puffy to polished.
Frizzy Hair Culprit: Using the Wrong Shampoo
The Fix: The path to sleeker hair starts in the shower. Parched strands are more susceptible to frizz, says hair stylist Michael Dueñas, founder of Hair Room Service. “The reason your hair gets frizzy is because it is reaching out to the atmosphere looking for more moisture,” he explains. “So if you provide your hair with what it is lacking, you will certainly reduce the amount of frizz you are seeing.” Trade the harsh, stripping suds for a moisturizing duo like Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner. The formulas nourish hair with olive extract derived from Italian Minuta olives, which are rich in fatty acids, vitamin E, and polyphenols.
Frizzy Hair Culprit: Botching Your Blowout
The Fix: Your styling tools and technique mean all the difference when it comes to taming poufy hair. For a frizz-free blow dry, prep hair with a moisturizing product like Davines OI / All in One Milk, which conditions and protects with Amazonian roucou oil. Hair stylist Richard Collins, who counts Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens as clients, emphasizes the importance of using a high heat setting and a boar bristle brush, which grips hair better than nylon bristles, to create a smooth finish. “Ensure that hair is completely dry—any remaining moisture will cause frizz later,” he says. “Finishing with a flat iron or curling iron will help with frizz as well.”
Frizzy Hair Culprit: Skipping Hairspray
The Fix: If you shun hairspray because you hate the crunchy feel, you’re most likely shortening your blowout’s lifespan. A lightweight finisher like R+Co’s Outer Space Flexible Hairspray is the best way to defend your hair against frizz-causing humidity without the stiff residue. Instead of spraying your hair directly, Anh Co Tran, co-owner of Ramirez | Tran Salon in Beverly Hills, suggests misting your boar bristle brush with hairspray before using it to smooth out your style.
Frizzy Hair Culprit: Getting Too Touchy
The Fix: “The more you touch wet hair, the frizzier it gets,” Dueñas says, so keep your styling routine quick and to the point. Once your hair is dry, resist the urge to run your fingers through it or toss it from side to side throughout the day. “All this breaks down your style and causes frizz,” he explains. Train yourself to adopt a hands-off policy, with silky-smooth strands as your reward.
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