How to Tame Dry, Frizzy Hair: 9 Proven Tips For Frizz Control
It is a universally acknowledged truth: everyone experiences frizzy hair to some degree. Yes, even Kendall Jenner has frizzy hair days. And while frizz is totally normal and natural, sometimes we want our hair to look smooth and sleek. But even when we use frizz control products, we still have frizzy hair (especially on wet and humid days!). What gives?
August, 07, 2020
Sofie is co-founder of HairLust. She is a hair-nerd with capital H, and loves to share her hair care experience with others.
She has a keen interest in learning and testing the latest trends in hair care, styling tips and natural ingredients. Read more.
One reason for dry and frizzy hair may be that you’re not using the right products (more on that later). But the number one reason you’re still experiencing frizzy hair is that your grooming and styling routine is not optimized for frizz control.
Ready to beat dry and frizzy hair once and for all? Keep reading for our top tips on frizz control and the best products for frizzy hair.
Here’s the skinny on what causes dry and frizzy hair: if your hair is damaged or dry, the cuticle (AKA the outer, protective layer) of the hair strand lifts, allowing moisture to enter and plump up the strand. When the hair strand plumps, it becomes dry, frizzy and unruly. Bummer.
If you have dry and frizzy hair, these may be some contributing factors:
Frizzy Hair Culprit #1: You Have Curly and/or Fine Hair
The curlier your hair, the more prone it will be to frizz. Why? Because curly hair tends towards dryness, which leads to frizz.
Fine or thin hair is also more prone to frizz. Because these hair types have less weight, the frizz isn’t “weighed down” and can really go crazy. But even if you have curly, fine hair, you can still have smooth hair by following our frizz control tips below (and using the best products for dry and frizzy hair!).
Frizzy Hair Culprit #2: Your Shower is Too Hot
We love a hot shower as much as the next person, but unfortunately, hot shower temperatures aren’t great for frizz control. Hot water raises the cuticle of the hair shaft, drying out the hair and causing it to seek moisture (which results in frizzy hair).
You don’t need to stick to ice baths, however. Just turn the temperature down a little bit so it’s more “warm” than “scalding hot”.
Frizzy Hair Culprit #3: You’re Using the Wrong Shampoo
You probably don’t need us to tell you this, but not all shampoos are created equal! Many shampoos are formulated with ingredients like drying alcohol and harsh sulfates that dry out your hair, leaving it prone to frizz.
To control frizzy hair, choose SLS/SLES sulphate-free shampoos formulated with glycerin, which acts as a humectant. Translation? The glycerin creates a protective coating around the hair, preventing frizz.
Hint: there’s no need to examine the ingredient label of every shampoo at the drugstore. We have recommendations for the best products for frizzy hair below.
Frizzy Hair Culprit #4: You’re Washing Your Hair Too Often
Even the best shampoos for frizzy hair can still dry hair out when used too often. Washing your hair every day (or multiple times per day!) strips your hair of its natural moisture, leaving it dry and frizzy.
To maximise frizz control, shampoo your hair no more than 3 to 4 times per week. If you absolutely must get your hair wet between shampoos, try washing it with just conditioner instead.
Frizzy Hair Culprit #5: You’re Going Overboard with Your Flat Iron
Just as hot shower temperatures open up your cuticles, so do heat styling tools. If you’re using heat tools often or (gasp) not using a heat protectant before styling, you definitely have a recipe for dry and frizzy hair on your hands.
Frizzy Hair Culprit #6: You’re Using a Cotton Towel
Your fluffy cotton towels? They may work great for drying off after a shower, but they can also wreak havoc on your hair. Rubbing wet hair with a cotton towel roughs up the cuticle of the hair shaft, leaving you with frizzy hair.
Frizzy Hair Culprit #7: You Brush Your Hair Too Much
Like friction from cotton towels can cause frizzy hair, so too can brushing your hair too much. While brushing your hair is important for detangling and evenly distributing natural oils, too much brushing can roughen the hair cuticle and lead to dry and frizzy hair.
Stick to brushing your hair twice a day for help with frizz control and always brush as gently as possible. Also, try to minimise brushing on wet hair. Hair is most fragile when it’s wet and brushing in this state can snap the delicate strands, causing damage and breakage. No thanks! To detangle wet hair, use a wet brush or comb specially made for brushing wet hair (or use a very gentle hand!).
While having frizzy hair is totally normal, we know that sometimes you want to achieve a smooth, frizz-free look. Maybe your dry and frizzy hair is caused by damage and you’d like your hair to be healthier. No matter what, these frizz control tips are your new game plan for softer, sleeker hair.
1. Start with a Frizz-Proof Haircut
First things first: get rid of any split ends. Split ends can travel up the hair shaft, causing even more damage and frizz. Keeping your hair healthy by getting regular trims is key to frizz control.
Hint: if you live in an especially humid climate, consider getting a haircut with blunt ends. This will help weigh down your hair and control frizz.
2. Use a Shampoo for Frizzy Hair
Like we said before, make sure that your shower temperature is warm rather than boiling hot. Then choose a shampoo formulated with hydrating glycerin for frizz control, like HairLust Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo.
3. Conditioner is Your Best Friend
We cannot reiterate this enough: NEVER skip conditioner after shampooing. As we said before, even the best shampoos leave your hair somewhat dry. Conditioners are formulated to complement shampoos, infusing the hair with any moisture it may have lost in the wash (that’s why we sell our shampoo and conditioner as a two pack!). Not only does this keep your hair healthy, but it also has the added benefit of frizz control.
Any conditioner is better than no conditioner at all, but if you have dry, frizzy hair, you need a conditioner that strengthens hair in addition to hydrating it. We recommend HairLust Hair Growth & Repair Conditioner, which is formulated with Gluadin® Kera-P LM, a vegetable protein that actually rebuilds the hair strand to leave your hair stronger.
In addition to your usual shampoo and conditioning routine, you’ll also want to add a frizz control mask into the mix. Once per week, work Hair Growth & Protection Hair Mask through damp, freshly-washed hair. Allow the product to absorb for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing out. This repairing treatment is formulated with ultra-nourishing ingredients like aloe vera, açai, and oatmeal that infuse dry, frizzy hair with moisture.
5. Dry Smart
We already told you that drying your hair with a cotton towel can mean frizz city once your hair dries. The solution? The Bamboo Hair Turban Towel. Bamboo fibers are smoother than cotton fibers and far more absorbent, so your hair dries more quickly and with less frizz. A win-win! Plus, bamboo is a more eco-friendly material.
6. Upgrade Your Bedding
Just as cotton towels can dry out your hair, so can cotton pillowcases. If you’ve ever woken up with messy, frizzy hair (AKA bedhead), you know exactly what we’re talking about.
Luckily, the answer to this frizzy hair problem is very simple. Just swap out your regular pillowcase with a Pure Bamboo Pillowcase. It’s an easy way to incorporate frizz control into your routine while you sleep. As an added bonus, bamboo is also better for your skin, so you’ll wake up with more hydrated skin in the morning.
7. Protect with Leave-in Conditioner
We’ve already told you that heat styling tools can create dry, frizzy hair. Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting that you stick to your natural hair texture permanently (though a break from styling is always a good thing!).
When you do style your hair, make sure to first apply a leave-in conditioner with heat protection and frizz control properties like Hair Strengthening & Protection Hair Oil. Loaded with nourishing oils, this leave-in conditioning treatment creates a natural barrier between heat tools and your hair. Apply a few drops to damp hair before styling to protect hair from heat damage that leads to frizz.
8. Sleep On It
If you have a serious case of frizzy hair, you’ll need a serious frizz control solution. This is where our Anti-Frizz & Hydration Pre-Shampoo Hair Balm comes in. This moisture-boosting treatment has a unique balm-to-oil formula that melts into dry, frizzy hair. Naturally hydrating ingredients like shea butter, organic olive extract, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower seed oil infuse hair with moisture and nutrients that leave it stronger, softer, and smoother.
Nothing is worse than styling your hair to perfection, only for frizz to pop up later in the day. We feel your pain and that’s why we created Hair Strengthening & Protection Hair Oil. This smoothing hair treatment is formulated with natural, frizz-fighting oils, including coconut oil, argan oil, apricot kernel oil, and sunflower seed oil. These plant oils are scientifically proven to naturally block out about 20% of UV rays.
To use on styled hair, rub a drop or two between your palms, then smooth over any areas of dry, frizzy hair for frizz control. Start small and add more product if you need to. Then brush or comb through hair to evenly distribute.
And if you have fine hair, don’t worry. These frizz-fighting oils are lightweight and won’t weigh your hair down or leave it greasy-looking!
Our top 4: Best Products for Dry and Frizzy Hair
Did you get all that? To summarise, these are our best products for frizzy hair and frizz control (and how to use them):
1. Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo & Conditioner
Wash hair no more than 3 to 4 times per week with Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo, which is formulated with glycerin and other hydrating ingredients for frizz control. Follow with Hair Growth & Repair Conditioner, which infuses hair with natural moisture. Between washes, you can also rinse hair without shampoo and just apply Hair Growth & Repair Conditioner for hydration.
2. Hair Growth & Protection Hair Mask
Once per week, apply Hair Growth & Protection Hair Mask to clean, damp hair. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Follow with Hair Growth & Repair Conditioner and another rinse before styling.
3. Hair Growth & Protection Hair Oil
Apply this smoothing and conditioning treatment to damp hair for heat protection before styling or for frizz control when you air dry your hair. For frizz control after styling, warm a small amount between your palms and smooth over areas of dry, frizzy hair.
4. Anti-Frizz & Hydration Pre-Shampoo Hair Balm
For the ultimate frizz control treatment, apply this balm to frizzy hair before bedtime. Then wash hair in the morning using Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo & Conditioner.
Now that you know how to tame frizzy hair with our top frizz control tips and the best products for frizzy hair, it’s time to show your hair who’s boss!
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Sofie is co-founder of HairLust. She is a hair-nerd with capital H, and loves to share her hair care experience with others. She has a keen interest in learning and testing the latest trends in hair care, styling tips and natural ingredients.