Summer is coming to a close (throw your lighters in the air!). But if you think you can bid farewell to the frizzies along with the heat and humidity, think again. Experts agree that because of dry indoor heat, hair fluff is just as big a problem in fall and winter as it is during the summer. Instead of covering the pouf with knit caps all autumn (as cute as they can be) read on for smooth strand secrets from a few of our favorite hair heroes.
Do the snip
“A good haircut is important to stop frizz. The style should be designed to work with your natural texture rather than fighting against it. A general rule of thumb: Razor cuts can cause more frizz because they break up the curls.”
— Michelle Breyer, co-founder and president of NaturallyCurly.com
“Frizz is sometimes the result of an overprocessed ‘do. Go easy on the flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers since heat can dry strands out. Choose a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and deep condition your hair once a week.”
— Sean Jahanbigloo, celeb stylist and owner of Juan Juan salons in California
“Hairsprays and anti-humidity sprays can be used to keep hair from frizzing. The stickiness of a spray will hold the hair’s cuticle together, instead of allowing it to expand.” Editor’s note: Try Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray or Garnier Fruc+tis Flexible Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray—both block moisture from getting into your cuticle, which helps prevent frizz.
— Oribe, runway and celebrity hairstylist
“Everyone knows that you can use a little hand cream on your hair to stop frizz in a pinch, but if not careful, it can make hair (especially fine hair) look greasy. Instead, I put lotion on my hands, then glide the open palms over my hair instead of running them through at the roots.”
— Kristy Abrahamson, Minnesota-based hairstylist and creator of MyStylistKristy.blogspot.com
Any type of oil will hydrate the hair and block frizz, by fighting humidity and dryness. But be careful of greasiness; if the oil is too heavy for your hair, you can mix it with water to make it less intense.” Editor’s note: Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil, which is quickly absorbed and won’t leave your hair looking slick.
Whip up a curl cocktail
“I make a product cocktail with Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper (an amazing frizz fighter) and a styling cream like AG re:coil, then I top it with Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner on humid days, and make sure I apply it to ALL of my hair. I separate hair into sections then coat each group from root to tip, which helps the hair to clump into curls instead of separating into frizz.”
Try a funky braid
“Braids are so simple to create yet still manage to be fashion forward and chic. I really love a messy fishtail style, but if you can’t master it, take your braid, secure it in place and then roughen it up a bit with your fingers to add some texture.”
— Harry Josh, John Frieda International Creative Consultant
How do you get rid of frizz?