How to tame frizzy hair

If you’ve got straight hair, you probably wish it were curly. If your hair is coiled in tight ringlets, you no doubt want it to be straight. If you’ve got frizzy hair, however, you would probably take absolutely any other hair type, right? How do you tame frizzy hair? How do you style it? There’s just no way to handle it, or so it seems. So, we’ve got some handy tips for taming your wild and out-of-control frizz.

Never underestimate the power of conditioner

If you struggle with hair which resembles a lion’s mane, then don’t ever wash your hair with shampoo only. Use conditioner every time you wash your hair, and it will make it a little easier to manage the next day. In fact, twice a week, don’t even use shampoo! Conditioner contains a small amount of surfactant, which is what shampoo contains to clean your hair, so it won’t be filthy for days. Shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, so using only conditioner occasionally can keep your hair healthy, and make it easier to tame.

Don’t go straight for the blow-dryer

Heat damages each hair strand which makes it frizz more. When you’ve washed your hair, wait until it is 90% air-dried before blow-drying it. This will minimize the risk of damage as well as limiting the amount of frizz you’re left with. When you use a blow-dryer, make sure you keep it moving and never closer to your head than six inches. A couple of other quick tips can save you after a shower, too. Towel dry your hair with a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel. The softness can prevent your hair from becoming wild. Also, only brush your hair when it’s wet. Use a wide-tooth comb, starting at the bottom and working your way to the root.

Making use of a mascara wand

For small areas of frizz, this tip can be a lifesaver. Spray some alcohol-free hairspray on a clean mascara wand – unless you fancy black streaks – and brush it into the frizzy patches. It’s a much-loved trick for celebrities and hairstylists alike and is perfect for when you’re in a rush or constantly on the go. It can help tame flyaways, too, but make sure its alcohol-free hairspray, otherwise the unruly frizz will be worse in the long run.

The aftermath of a shower

For frizz sufferers, the after-effects of washing your hair can be traumatizing. Just when you think it’s calm, it puffs right back up again. Applying argan oil all over your hair once its dry can help to keep it flatter for longer. Also, switch your cotton pillowcases for silk. Silk is much less likely to create friction and break your hair while you sleep. Remember, broken hair = more frizz!

The most important things to remember if you have particularly frizzy hair are never to use hair products containing alcohol, only ever use low heat settings for your hair appliances, and get a regular trim. Damaged hair and split ends are the biggest causes of unwanted frizz, so to tame the frizz, care for your hair properly.