Frizz can affect anyone, but curly-headed ladies deal with frizz more regularly. But what causes frizzy hair? Well, curly and wavy hair tends to be drier, prone to damage, and generally more challenging to manage. Friction, heat-styling, chemical processing, and using the wrong styling products can all turn those gorgeous curls into a frizzy mess.
So are you doomed to a life of frizz if your hair is naturally curly or wavy? No way! Here’s how to get rid of frizzy hair and regain smooth, shiny curls.
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How to Prevent Frizzy, Curly Hair
Preventing frizz in your curls is all about keeping your locks hydrated, limiting damage, and reducing friction—the three main culprits of frizz. John Frieda knows frizz and knows how to help you with their Frizz Ease line. See below for the steps and products you can use to prevent frizz:
1. Don’t overwash your curls. Curls are often naturally drier than other hair types, so cutting back on the shampoo or choosing a moisturizing shampoo can help your curly locks retain moisture. Use dry shampoo on days you skip traditional shampoo days to keep hair fresh. If your hair is dehydrated, skip the shampoo and use a moisturizing conditioner for curls. For additional treatment on days you don’t shower, apply a curl-resetting spray to refresh your hair.
2. Deep-condition often. Use a hydrating hair mask 2-3 times per week to hydrate your locks from the inside out. Masks infused with nourishing oils, like avocado oil, can help smooth and strengthen your strands, leaving them shiny and healthy.
3. Take a break from heat styling. Flat irons, hairdryers, and curling wands can burn your hair’s cuticle and disrupt your curl pattern. If you must blow-dry your hair, use a diffuser, and prime your curls for styling with a heat-protecting spray.
4. Get a trim. Eliminate breakage and split ends with regular haircuts.
How to Style Curly Hair
Curly hair needs extra care. Follow these styling tips to help keep your curls smooth, shiny, and separated.
- Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. When you shower, wash and condition your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner designed for frizzy hair.
- Towel dry gently. Rough cotton towels can pull at your strands and damage the hair’s cuticle. Use a soft cotton t-shirt or a microfiber towel to gently squeeze out excess moisture from your mane.
- Don’t brush. Brushing is an absolute recipe for frizz, especially on dry curls. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb or just your fingers to gently detangle and separate your curls.
- Define your curls. Gently work in a curl-defining gel on wet hair. Then, cup your hands and gently scrunch your curls upward.
- Create a barrier against humidity. Use a dime-sized amount of hair serum into your palms on the ends of wet hair to boost shine, seal in moisture, and repel humidity.
- Air dry your hair. Again, heat styling can be very damaging to your delicate curls. Air dry your hair whenever possible, and rely on a daily styling spray for a non-damaging way to style your curls. Don’t be afraid to use these products liberally, coating each coil. John Frieda’s frizz-fighting products are designed to help hydrate and protect your hair for smooth, shiny curls.
- Protect your style with hairspray. Combat humidity and keep your curls in place strands all day with a frizz-fighting hairspray.
- Use a secret weapon. Combat mid-day flyaways by applying a little hair smoothing cream over dry hair whenever frizz strikes.
How to Reset Frizzy Hair Quickly
Having a frizz emergency? Eliminate frizz and reset your curls fast with these quick tips.
- Wet your hair down. Hop in the shower, or if you’re out and about, use a little water from the sink to dampen your curls. If you have access to a styling spray for curly hair, apply it to damp hair to help reduce frizz and define curls.
- Use a little product. For frizz emergencies, we love using touch-up cream on dry hair when we’re on the go. But if you’re caught unprepared, a tiny bit of hand lotion can work in a pinch to smooth unruly flyaways or split ends.
- Tie it up. We all have bad hair days. If the frizz is simply out of control, tie your curls back in a loose braid, bun, or other hairstyle for frizzy hair.
Love your curls. Check out more John Frieda hair care tips for frizzy hair here.