8 life-saving tips to tame frizzy hair
Some days you’re the glamorous Princess of Genovia but other days frizz makes you feel like a pre-makeover Mia Thermopolis. Blame humidity or DNA (shoutout to my fellow curly-haired queens), but whatever the source, the frizz requires management skills. We chatted with Los Angeles-based hairstylists Michael Dueñas and Caile Noble to learn some of the best tips, tricks, and products specifically engineered for getting rid of frizz and living that silky-smooth lifestyle.
Dueñas is the founder of Hair Room Service and you’ve most likely seen his work gracing the heads of Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Padma Lakshmi, and Lea Michele to name just a few. Noble is also a celebrity hairstylist who has worked with Bella Hadid, Bebe Rexa, Olivia Culpo, and Hannah Bronfman. Noble put in major time on the brand side, too, working on campaigns with the likes of Givenchy and Nike. These are two bonafide frizz-fighting veterans.
Read on for some expert advice 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 moisture and hydrating ingredients readily available in a few shampoos and conditioners. Noble urges the frizz fam to stay away from sulfate because it will only further dry out your hair. Michael recommends looking for products with silicone, argan oil, camelia oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, hydrogenated castor oil and sebacic acid.
For shampoos, try 1. Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo 2. Oui Smooth Shampoo, 3. Redken’s Frizz Dismiss Sulfate-Free Shampoo, and 4. Not Your Mother’s Naturals Coconut Milk & African Marula Tree Oil High Moisture Shampoo.
For conditioners, try 1. Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner, 2. L’Oreal Paris EverSleek Sulfate Free Intense Smoothing Conditioner, and 3. Bumble and Bumble Super Rich Conditioner.
2. Go above and beyond
For added protection once you finish washing your hair, add a serum or cream. The best ones are 1. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum, 2. Oribe Imperial Blowout Transformative Styling Creme, and 3. John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum.
3. Lay off the heat
Dueñas gave us a quick science lesson that should persuade you to put down the straightener for a bit. “Laying off the heat is never a bad idea,” says Duenas. “The reason your hair gets frizz is from lack of moisture. Your hair spreads itself out and takes up more surface area with frizz, to expand its reach into the atmosphere and gather moisture. The more moisture your hair has, the less frizz you will have. So, if you use less heat, your hair will retain more of its natural moisture, thus, less frizz!” It’s just that simple.
4. If you can’t quit the heat, go ionic
If you like to keep it hot, hot, hot, though, there is an alternative. “Ionic heat tools help your hair lay smoother and or dry faster,” says Dueñas. “An ionic blow dryer that I like to use is the Conair 3Q, It helps break up the water molecules into smaller clusters, therefore, drying your hair faster with less heat. Your hair is positively charged, so using the negative charges of an ionic tool, say for straightening, help reverse the your hair, and help it lay down smoother.”
5. Look in your own kitchen
Both Noble and Dueñas preach the benefits of coconut oil, which you can buy at the supermarket (or Amazon) if you don’t already have it laying around. “Using raw coconut oil from your pantry is a great mask for hair to help give it shine and fight frizz,” says Noble. Don’t go crazy with it, though, because the product is heavy and you can overdue it.
6. Get a haircut every two months
Dueñas recommends his clients get a haircut “about once every two months,” he says. The benefits of getting more frequent haircuts is twofold, says Dueñas. Split ends are major culprits in causing frizz. The frayed hairs lose moisture quicker and contribute to frizz. Plus, split hairs just look fuzzy making it appear as if your already frizzy hair is worse than it even is. In other words, it might be time for you to schedule an appointment.
7. Wash your hair, but not too much. It’s all about balance
The consensus among stylists is that those prone to frizzy hair should wash just once or twice a week. It’s really about balance here. “Washing your hair too often will strip it of its natural moisture, creating a frizzy look,” Dueñas says. “Washing too little can cause your hair to look flat or have build-up, depending on your natural oils.” As the old saying goes, everything in moderation including moderation.
8. Sleep on it
There are ways to fight the frizz while you’re resting, giving true meaning to the phrase beauty sleep. Dueñas recommends sleeping in a hair mask covered by a shower cap once a week and says to invest in a silk pillowcase, like ZIMASILK’s silk pillowcase for hair and skin. “A cotton pillowcase acts like velcro, latching onto the fibers of your hair and pulling it apart, making frizz worse,” says Dueñas.
Another recommended product is the Kokostar Home Salon Hair Pack. A super hydrating hair mask from a K-beauty brand? Say no more.
From: ELLE UK