How to remove frizz from hair?
How to remove frizz from hair?
Preventing frizzy hair starts in the shower!
Clean your hair with a water-based shampoo and then apply a hair mask to further moisturise. After the shower, apply a nourishing serum or oil to wet hair to protect it from frizz.
Frizzy hair is often dry, so moisturising is essential to prevent frizz. After applying moisturising products, style your hair with a curl-defining gel to enhance your curls. If your hair is naturally frizzy, there are styles that can help you control it and protect it from frizz.
Whatever the cause of your frizzy hair, the right combination of products and hair care techniques can help. We’ve compiled advice from hair experts and fantastic stylists to tell you everything you need to know to get smoother, more beautiful hair than ever.
1. Rinse your hair with cold water
Showering at a lower temperature protects both your hair and your skin by preventing over-drying and frizzy hair. Hairstylist Josh Shellhammer recommends rinsing with cold water to help seal your hair cuticles. After washing your hair, turn down the heat and finish with a refreshing cold water rinse. If you’re not ready to give up your hot showers completely, tie your hair up to protect it from hot water damage.
2. Opt for a conditioning shampoo
Shampoos can sometimes be too drying. So it’s important to choose the right one: a water-based shampoo and conditioner is best!
Frizzy hair is often caused by a misalignment of the hair fibres. A conditioning shampoo is excellent as it helps detangle hair and realign hair fibres. Taming hair while it is in the wet phase, for example while you are in the shower, is the easiest way to avoid frizz later on.
If your hair is frizzy, you need to opt for a formula with high moisture content. When buying hair cleansers, look for ones that use the words: hydration, moisture control or frizz control.
3. Use a microfiber towel or cotton shirt to dry your hair.
Your towel can also contribute to frizz, as it can damage your cuticle. Instead of drying your hair with a traditional terry towel, use a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt. Microfiber towels are made from finer fibers, which reduces friction and snags on your hair.
4. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair
Using the wrong brush can damage hair cuticles and cause frizz. Never use a boar bristle brush to brush wet hair. Instead, use a brush designed for wet hair. Wide-toothed combs are ideal for frizz-prone hair as they allow more space for hair to pass between the teeth, thus preventing breakage. Oil and product residue can remain on your brush, so it is suggested that you clean it to prevent excess material from entering your hair and possibly causing frizz. Wash your brush with a mild shampoo at least once every fortnight.
5. Use an ionic hair dryer
Usually hair dryers use hot air to dry your hair, and over time this heat damages it. Ionic dryers use a magnet, which pulls water out of the hair and makes it easier to seal the cuticle. Many people make the mistake of using high heat all the time. With an ionic hair dryer, you have the option of turning this function on or off.
Another tip is to set the heat to lukewarm or medium and when your hair is almost dry, finish drying it with cold air.
Hair is malleable when it is hot, but working it cold seals the hair cuticle, resulting in more polished and smooth hair.
6. Hair serums are essential for eliminating frizz
Serums that contain silicones are excellent products for frizz. The reason silicones are effective in taming frizz is that they act as a chain material that helps realign hair fibers and allows hair to look smooth and move more freely. When choosing a serum, look for ingredients such as Dimethiconol, which smoothes and realigns hair fibres and leaves hair feeling soft.
7. Use a hair mask to nourish hair and eliminate frizz.
Hair masks are suitable for all hair types and are a great way to combat frizz by creating a barrier that helps seal in essential moisture and prevent humidity from destroying the style. Look for an avocado oil-infused hair mask to smooth out unruly frizz.
Top tips for preventing frizzy hair
As well as using products with the right ingredients, our hair experts have revealed the top tips for preventing frizz.
Tip 1: Sleep with a nightcap
We don’t necessarily think about it, but while we sleep our hair experiences its worst nightmares. Not protecting your hair at night causes friction, which damages and weakens your hair. These are the three causes of frizz. Our advice is to wear a satin nightcap to protect your hair from the night’s hustle and bustle and retain the scalp’s natural moisture.
Tip 2: Trim your hair regularly
Split ends can extend up the hair shaft, which can make your hair more frizzy. To avoid frizz, it’s essential to keep the ends of your hair smooth and trim. We suggest cutting your hair every 6-8 weeks to avoid frizz caused by split ends. When you’re at the salon, ask your stylist about the best haircuts for thick, frizzy hair.
Tip 3: Avoid washing your hair every day
Washing your hair every day is not good for frizzy or curly hair. Make sure you wash your hair no more than 2-3 times a week. On days when you don’t wash your hair, use a curl realizer spray to realign curls and give your hair a lift.
Tip 4: Let your hair air dry
The heat from a regular, non-ionic hair dryer can damage your hair and make it look and feel frizzy. We suggest you skip the blow dryer and let your hair air dry to avoid frizz. Shellhammer shared with us a professional tip to avoid frizz using a simple cotton t-shirt. While you air dry your hair, he recommends wrapping it in a cotton t-shirt, which he calls “hair plopping”. This tip is particularly useful for people with curly hair, as it allows them to keep their curls while avoiding frizz.
Key points to remember
Our experts have shared the best ways to tame your hair and prevent frizz. Here’s what you need to know if you want to maintain your mane:
The best way to get rid of frizzy hair is to use the right hair products for your hair type. Look for water-based shampoos and conditioners.
By reducing the amount of heat and friction your hair fibres are exposed to, you will also get rid of frizz. Be sure to dry your hair with an ionic hair dryer or a microfiber towel. Using cold water on your hair also helps to eliminate frizz.
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