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Put a Stop to Persistent Frizzy Hair

Cold weather? Frizz. Hot weather? Frizz. Rain? Sunshine? Frizz. 

Everyone has had frizzy, hard-to-manage hair at some point. Whether it’s ruined an important photo or forced you to cover up with a hat, frizz can make anyone insecure. We know it can feel like a never-ending hair care nightmare, but don’t lose hope just yet. Let us show you how to make your hair less frizzy — and maybe stop frizzy hair once and for all.

August 23, 2022
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What causes frizz?

The simple answer is dryness. 

But getting to the root cause of your frizzy hair can be difficult — there are many possible factors that could be to blame for your dry hair. 

From the products you use to your heat styling tools, it might even be you who’s accidentally behind drying out your hair. Along with harsh products in your hair care routine, your environment (especially humidity) can play a role in dryness. 

Here are some tips to limit damage, dryness, and frizz:

1. Check your shampoo

Your hair products could be a culprit for dryness. If your shampoo contains harsh ingredients, like sulfates, you could dry out your strands with every wash. Alcohol is another common ingredient that’s harsh on your hair and can cause frizz. 

Look for shampoos that are gentle and sulfate-free. We recommend the Olaplex Bond Maintenance Shampoo, which is safe for color-treated hair and helps repair damage and split ends. 

2. Turn down the hot water

A steaming hot shower might feel great, but it can dry out your hair and lead to frizz. If you’re comfortable in cooler temperatures, opt for a warm or cool shower instead. 

If you can’t give up your hot showers, try to keep your hair away from the hot water and wash your strands at a milder temperature. End your shower by rinsing your hair with cold water to seal the follicles. 

If you’re still at a loss for how to get frizzy hair to calm down, take a look at how often you shower. Over-washing your hair can strip it of its natural oils and lead to dryness, so shampoo with caution and care.

3. Change your brush

Brushing your hair when it’s wet can tug on your strands, leading to breakage and frizz. 

If you have curly hair and need to detangle it straight out of the shower, swap out your brush for a wide tooth comb. Use the comb gently on soaking wet hair after you’ve conditioned. You can also use your fingers to gently separate and detangle your hair after washing.

4. It's all about hydrating products

Frizzy and dry hair lacks moisture. One of the best ways to fight frizz is to give your hair an intense boost of hydration. 

You can use several hair care products to nourish, add moisture, and stop frizz. Hair masks, leave-in conditioners, and hair oils will all help your hair feel smooth and shiny. Look for products specifically made for dry or frizzy hair for the best results.

We recommend the Olaplex Intense Moisture Mask to lock in moisture and repair split ends and damaged hair cuticles. The IGK Hydrating Hair Balm is a leave-in treatment you can use on all hair types, including curly, wavy hair, and straight hair. 

5. Dry your hair the right way

Improperly drying your hair is another sneaky culprit of hair frizz.

Even if you use great products and limit heat styling, using a towel to rub your hair dry can undo your hard work. Instead, try using a microfiber towel or a soft cotton t-shirt. The KITSCH microfiber hair towel is a great option to dry your hair while you do the rest of your beauty routine.

As a general hair care rule, always treat your hair gently. Avoid rubbing your hair, which can cause breakage — instead, gently squeeze out excess water with your hands. Limit your use of heat styling and let your hair air dry instead. If you want to blow dry your hair, use a cool heat setting and a diffuser to avoid drying out your strands. Always use a heat protectant on damp hair before using a hair dryer or straightener. 

Say goodbye to frizz for good

Frizzy, dry hair is incredibly common and can occur in all hair types. But if you take consistent care of your hair with effective products and a thoughtful routine, you can tackle the root causes of frizz for flawless locks.

Is frizzy hair permanent?

Frizzy hair is many things — frustrating, difficult to manage — but, fortunately, it’s not permanent. 

If you notice your hair is prone to frizz, don’t give up — you can fight it. Incorporating hydrating hair care, using the right styling products, and being gentle when washing and drying your hair are how to keep your hair from frizzing. You also can’t get rid of frizzy hair forever. Caring for damaged hair takes patience. 

Should I use a cotton or microfiber towel?

A microfiber towel is better for your hair than a regular cotton towel. How? Well, a microfiber towel absorbs excess water quickly, so you don’t need to rub your hair dry like you would with a cotton towel. As a result, microfiber towels are gentler on your hair strands and allow you to dry your hair quickly without using heat.

What are the best anti-frizz products?

Many products work as frizz treatments, including hair serums, conditioners, masks, and oils. On Flip, you can find a number of products that can help you say goodbye to frizz. Check out reviews to find the right products for you and your hair care needs. 

Here are a few of our favorite anti-frizz products to get you started:

Woman applying anti-frizz hair serum

This leave-in conditioner is perfect for hydrating, detangling, and smoothing hair for instant frizz control. Infused with coconut oil and safe for all hair types, this product is a must-have if you want to reduce frizz while you style.

Calling everyone with curls. Not Your Mother’s sculpting gel is a great option to define curly hair while controlling frizz. This frizz treatment is ideal for curly hair because it maintains your curl pattern while holding strong against environmental stressors like wind and humidity.

This serum is the ultimate multitasker. It enhances shine, eliminates frizz, and provides heat protection while keeping your hair feeling lightweight and super hydrated.

This mask will bring dry, frizzy hair back to life with a mix of flaxseed oil and aloe vera to deliver luxurious hydration. Leave this mask in your hair for two minutes and rinse out, then enjoy your freshly renewed and frizz-free hair.

This primer protects your hair from heat damage, so if you want to use a flat iron or curling iron, you can do so without drying out your strands. The formula also hydrates your hair over time for long-lasting shine.

This rich, hydrating oil is perfect for hair that needs to soak up nourishing ingredients. If you have frizzy hair you need to smooth in a pinch, oils are versatile products with fast-acting formulas for speedy results.

A smoothing conditioner can limit tangles and reduce frizz right after you cleanse your hair. This conditioner is designed to lock in moisture to stop frizzing right out of the shower, leaving your hair feeling soft and smooth until your next wash.

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