How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair: Products and Styling Tips
Frizzy hair is the bane of any hairstyle. Nobody likes the look of stray baby hairs or wild locks. Battling frizzy hair can be expensive, tiresome and frustrating. I should know! My hair is long, thick and coarse and is reminiscent of Medusa's serpentine locks on a good day, to say nothing of humid, blustery days.
Over the years, I've experimented with countless products and styling tricks to try to calm my crazy hair. As a college student, I've always had to keep affordability in mind, so the products that I found that work the best won't break the bank and I've tested them on the wide variety of hair types that my roommates have. One has coarse, naturally curly hair. The other has pin straight hair of average thickness and the last one has thin, straight hair.
Finding a specialized regimen to tame your frizz can take time, but once you get the basics down, you should be good to go!
Shampoo and Conditioner for Frizzy Hair
Every good hair day starts in the shower with your shampoo and conditioner. When it comes to a lot of beauty products, cost doesn't always equal quality. However, in the case of shampoo and conditioner, cost actually does tend to equal quality, although there are some notable brand exceptions like Fructis and Herbol Essences that are inexpensive, but work well to tame frizzy hair.
Some things to keep in mind when it comes to picking a good brand of shampoo and conditioner:
- Are they sulfate free? Sulfate's are harsh on the hair and are what causes shampoo to get frothy when you use it. Opt for healthier hair and go sulfate free.
- Does it have Keratin? Keratin makes hair products more expensive, but it's great when it comes to making hair shiny and smooth.
- Is there a matching conditioner? It may seem like it's a gimmick, but I've always had better results when I use a shampoo and conditioner brand together.
- Does it advertise sleek, smooth or shiny hair? All of these are trigger words that essentially promise the same thing as frizz-free hair.
Products for Frizzy Hair
The products you use on your hair while it is still wet are important as well. The best way to help eliminate frizz is to blow your hair dry, so you'll need a serum or product that offers heat protection while ensuring sleek hair.
A salon product that is expensive, but works the best is Aquage Silkening Oil Treatment. My hair has honestly never felt so silky and smooth after being blown dry. A little goes a long way with most hair serums and products, and a dime size dollop is appropriate for most hair types.
A cheaper alternative that combats frizz and offers heat protection is Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme. Compared to other very similar products that I've tried, like L'Oreal's Smooth and Shine Creme, Frizz-Ease also effectively eliminates static electricity without weighing hair down.
In general, cremes and serums are the best for battling frizz. Sprays or liquid products don't seem to work as well. For curly hair, the Pantene Anti-Frizz Straightening Creme works well as a frizz fighter, and protects your hair from heat if you decide to straighten it. If you don't straighten your hair after application, it still works well.
Styling Tips for Frizzy Hair
If you're lucky, you have hair that will air dry perfectly straight with minimal frizz. But if you're like me, letting your hair air dry not only takes hours, but also creates a halo of frizzy hair. If you want a sleek, straight hairstyle, blow your hair dry! If you have naturally curly hair, blowing it dry only creates more frizz (according to my curly-headed roommate) so you should probably opt for letting it air dry. Use any of the Curly Hair Pantene Line. My roommate has every single product from that line and swears by them all.
When blowing you hair dry, use a concentrator attachment (Image on right). These attachments come with hair dryers many times and fit on the end of the dryer. Follow these tips:
- Angle the dryer down and dry hair from top to bottom.
- Use a paddle brush to help spread hair out as it dries.
- Dry your hair thoroughly. No damp spots!
- Once your hair is dry, use the cold setting on the dryer and use the cold air to set your hair in it's sleek, straight style.
Some of you may be finished at this point, but some other hair types may require one or two minutes with a straightener. Run it through your hair quickly and loosely. This gets rid of any last bit of frizz and also sets your hair one last time.
- Spray a fine toothed comb with hair spray and run it through your hair. Instead of spraying hair spray on your hair directly (which can cause matting or sticky hair), the comb diffuses the hair spray throughout your hair and will protect it from fly-away's and frizz throughout the day.
- Carry a dryer sheet and a comb in your purse throughout the day. If you notice your hair getting frizzy, pierce the sheet with the teeth of the comb and then run through your hair slowly. Dryer sheets remove static electricity from your laundry, so why not your hair?