How to Tame Frizzy Hair and Get Sleek Locks
Frizzy hair can be such a nightmare to deal with. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as spending ages whipping your locks into a gorgeous style only to then have to deal with a halo of frizz encircling your head.
If you’ve been battling frizz for years, then chances are that you’ve already tried a few different methods when it comes to taming those strands, which can often seem as though they have a mind of their own. If none of those methods have worked (which is likely, since you’re here reading this!), stick around as HerStyler shares some pro tips for banishing the look of frizz to give your hair a smooth and sleek finish.
Trim Away Split Ends
First and foremost, before you attempt any of the other tips that we’re about to share, book yourself in for a trim. If you want to tame your frizzy hair, then it’s vital that you first have any split ends cut away.
Wondering how this is going to help? Well, although split ends begin at the ends of your hair, they’ll soon start to travel up your hair shaft. This not only leaves more of your hair looking split and dry but it also weakens your strands, making them far more likely to frizz up.
Ideally, trim away those split ends every two or three months to keep your hair looking healthy. If you’re willing to switch up your haircut, then speak to your hairstylist about a frizz-fighting style. For example, a longer style with blunt lines will help to weigh your hair down and combat frizz much more effectively than a short and feathery cut.
Use a Richly Moisturizing Conditioner
One of the causes of frizzy hair is a lack of moisture. This can happen for a number of reasons, with damage being one. Shampooing your hair also removes a certain amount of moisture, no matter how hydrating your shampoo may be.
When hair lacks moisture, it tends to spring outwards to try to reach the moisture in the air around it. This is why frizzy hair often becomes even worse in humid conditions. With extra moisture in the air, the hair tries even harder to access it, making that halo of frizz even larger.
So, to put a stop to this, focus on replenishing your mane with the moisture that it’s lacking. One way to do this is to add a moisturizing conditioner to your hair care routine.
Do your conditioner shopping at HerStyler and you’ll have plenty to choose from. Our Sleek Hair Conditioner contains argan oil, which will immediately leave your hair looking smoother. Meanwhile, our Rosehip & Sage Conditioner features oils from jojoba, sage, and rose. It’s lighter in texture, making it better for those with fine or thin hair as it will moisturize your locks without leaving them feeling heavy.
Hydrate Your Locks With a Weekly Mask
Conditioners are great for providing the hair with small amounts of moisture. However, if your hair is frizzy, it would benefit from a deeper dose of moisture every once in a while, which is where hair masks come in.
Think of a hair mask as a more intense version of your regular conditioner. That said, in addition to providing a boost of moisture, hair masks can also help with other issues that you may be having, including frizz.
Take the HerStyler Argan Oil Hair Mask, for example. Argan oil has been proven to keep the hair feeling protected against environmental damage, much of which can increase frizz. At the same time, it’s also wonderfully hydrating and is packed with fatty acids that will leave your hair feeling super soft yet ultra sleek.
Apply a Serum to Damp Hair
A good hair serum can help with frizzy hair in a few different ways. For starters, if you apply one to your hair while it’s damp, it not only assists in locking in moisture but will also form a frizz-fighting barrier over the surface of your hair.
You can also use a hair serum to touch up your hair throughout the day. If you start to notice frizz appearing midday, smooth on a small amount of serum to tame those unruly strands and keep your hair looking smooth.
The HerStyler Marula Hair Nourishing Serum is a fantastic formula to opt for if you’re struggling with frizzy hair. As you can tell from its name, the star ingredient in this product is marula oil. This non-greasy nut oil is often referred to as a miracle oil because of how it can transform the look of the hair. In this formula, it’s combined with vitamin E and aloe vera extract, both of which enhance the hydrating and moisturizing effects of marula oil.
Air Dry and Then Blow Dry
If you want to keep the appearance of frizzy hair at bay, there’s a certain technique that you should adopt when it comes to drying your hair.
The best way to go about this would be to begin by air drying your hair. Allow it to dry naturally in this way until it’s about 75% dry. Then, reach for your blow dryer to finish the job.
This may seem a bit counterintuitive since heat is known for damaging the hair and causing frizz. However, air drying your hair, especially if it’s already damaged and frizzy, can actually make matters worse. As confirmed by a Korean study, the longer your hair remains damp, the more damage it will experience. However, you don’t want to start blow drying when your hair is soaking wet either as this only exposes your hair to heat for a longer period of time, which would then cause more damage than the damp.
By air drying until your strands are three-quarters dry and then completing the task with a blow dryer, you’ll be able to keep the appearance of damage, and therefore frizz, to a minimum.
Use a Diffuser When Blow Drying
If you use random, haphazard motions when blow drying your hair, then you’ll only be encouraging frizz by causing your hair cuticles to lift in every direction. You’ll also increase your chances of developing tangles and knots, plus stubborn flyaways once you’re done styling your locks.
To prevent this, always use a blow dryer that has a diffuser attached. These small nozzles may not look like much but they play a massive role in directing the flow of air emitted from a blow dryer. They allow you to focus that airflow. This means that you can point it downward as you dry to encourage your hair cuticles to lie flat. Follow this method on small sections of your hair instead of trying to dry everything at once. Use a brush to smooth down your locks as you go and your finished style will look smoother, sleeker, and frizz-free.
If your hairdryer doesn’t have a diffuser, see if you can purchase an attachment that will fit onto the model you’re using. If not, it would be worth investing in a blow dryer that comes with a diffuser, just like the LED Pro Luxe Dryer from HerStyler. This model actually comes with two diffusers, giving you even more flexibility when it comes to drying your mane.
Whenever your hair rubs against a rough surface, friction is created. This seriously disrupts the hair cuticles, causing frizz as well as breakages.
Wondering how you can go about minimizing friction?
Start by making sure that the towel you use to dry your wet hair is made from microfiber. Unlike regular terry cloth towels, microfiber will dry your hair much faster without causing it to frizz up.
Of course, even with microfiber, you shouldn’t be rubbing your towel across your mane either. Instead, gently squeeze out any excess moisture before leaving your hair to naturally dry.
When it comes to hair friction, your pillowcase could be another big culprit. Ideally, you want to be sleeping on a smooth and silky material, like silk or satin. This way, when your hair rubs over your pillowcase at night, no friction will be caused. This will go a long way in enabling you to wake up with sleek, rather than frizzy, strands.
Try Brushing the Frizz Away
What should you do if you’ve just finished styling your hair and a ring of frizz has already popped up around your head?
Many will tell you to spritz some hairspray onto a clean toothbrush or mascara wand before combing this through your frizzy hair. This hack works, but only to a certain extent. Sure, those tight bristles do a good job of persuading frizzy hair to lie flat while the hairspray locks them in place. However, most hairsprays contain alcohol, which will end up drying your hair out after a while. This then means that your frizz will be back with a vengeance!
So, while the brushing method is great, pay attention to what you’re applying to your brush. If you don’t have an alcohol-free hairspray, use a small amount of a hair serum instead. A product like the HerStyler VitaOil Biotin Hair Serum will do a much better job while also providing your frizzy strands with some extra moisture.
Always Use a Heat Protectant Before Heat Styling
When trying to tame the look of frizzy hair, it can be helpful to put your heated styling tools aside for a while in order to give your strands some time to rest. However, if you do end up needing to heat style your hair, make sure that you first use a heat protectant.
Whether you go for a spray, a cream, or a serum, a heat protectant will form a barrier between your hair and the heat. This way, when your hair curler or straightener touches your hair, it won’t cause the same level of damage and, therefore, frizz. Instead, the heat protectant will take the direct hit from the heat, leaving your hair looking much smoother and healthier.
Tame Frizzy Hair With HerStyler
There’s no denying that frizzy hair can be difficult to tame, but these methods should set you on the right path. Be consistent with how you care for your locks and follow the right methods when you’re styling them, and you’ll soon notice your hair taking on a much sleeker and smoother finish.