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How To Fight Frizzy Hair

While we welcome this warm weather when it comes to summer dressing and rosé fuelled evenings, the stuffy, humid conditions of late have been playing havoc with our tresses.

If you’re prone to frizzy hair, whether at home or on holiday, read on for our top ten tips on giving frizz the heave ho.  And for when all else fails, browse our edit of the best quick-fix solutions to pop into your handbag for on-the-go touch-ups. 

1. Choose the right shampoo

Always go for a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner as these strip the hair, which in turn, adds to the frizz. A high glycerine content however is good, as this penetrates the hair shaft and moisturises from the inside out.

2. Conditioner is key

Those with frizzy hair should never skip on the conditioner. If you suffer really badly from a case of frizz or if your hair is very dry, consider conditioning twice a week, leaving out the shampoo stage. It will still freshen up your locks but also pack back in any moisture lost from environmental or styling damage.

3. Use a mask once a week

An intense mask will help to calm down any unwanted frizz. Avoid the roots but apply all over the hair and wait for up to one hour to really rehydrate.

4. Avoid over blow-drying or towel-drying

Those with natural kinks often tend to reach for the hairdryer after each wash, but over blow-drying could make your hair frizzier. Air-drying your hair will allow it to soak up the moisture and retain it. You can finish it off with a cold blast of hair from the dryer to seal the cuticle. And never towel-dry – it will stop the cuticle from lying flat and only make the frizz worse.

5. Protect

If you are going to blow-dry your hair it is important to protect it. Use a heat-protecting spray and brush through part-dried hair before you start.

6. Invest in a good hair oil

Frizzy hair can take in much more moisture than those blessed with silky tresses. Apply a good hair oil or premium serum before drying and after if needed to tame unwanted frizz and add a smooth shine.

7. Don’t over brush

Hold your hair at the root and start brushing from the bottom, working your way up. Frizzy hair tends to get more tangled so this will ease any battles with the hairbrush and prevent breakage. Try brushing a dry oil through the hair to help smooth.

8. Wrap hair into a bun to smooth

If you have time, wrap your hair into a tight bun or around the head and securing with grips, whilst it dries. This is an oldie but such a goodie tip for smoothing frizzy and straightening curly hair without heat.

9. Tong frizzy sections

It may sound counterproductive, but picking out the worst culprits of the frizzy areas and tonging them will leave you with natural, beachy-waves. Just be sure to finish with a salt spray and a slick of light serum to put flyaways at bay.

10. Always have a backup plan

And it all else fails, always have a anti-humidity or frizz-free wonder product in your handbag.

 


Bamboo Smooth Curls Anti-Frizz Curl Re-Activating Spray, £24 | Alterna

Perfect for those who have really curly hair, this re-activating spray is perfect for touching up curls or reviving curls the next day, while making them smoother and softer.


Hairstay Anti-humidity Seal, £16.15 (was £19) | KMS

KMS’s Hairstay Anti-Humidity Seal prevents frizz regardless of weather conditions and humidity levels. Your hair will be kept smooth, slick and soft all day long.


Bamboo Smooth Anti-Humidity Hairspray, £18 | Alterna

This weightless, ultra-dry, humidity-resistant hairspray combines strengthening Organic Bamboo Extract with smoothing Organic Kendi Oil to tame those tresses.

 


ThermaSmooth Shine Extend Anti-Humidity Spritz, £13.80 | Mizani

For long-lasting, frizz-free, and super smooth styles, plump for Mizani’s gorgeous spritz.


Colour Fanatic, £14.35 | Pureology

With vegetable-based proteins to strengthen hair and a blend of natural oils, including coconut and olive oil, this will smooth and condition hair in no time.


Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist, £11.05 | Redken

Redken’s Diamon Spray provides a light-weight veil over hair that adds a glistening shine and tames flyaways.

 


Tecni Art Anti-Frizz Spray, £10.49 | L'Oréal Professionnel

For a strong, long-lasting hold without any frizziness, look no further than Tecni Art's Fix Anti Frizz Spray, designed to give a glossy, polished finish.


One Minute Transformation Styling Cream, £16.50 | Colour Wow

Apply Color Wow’s Styling Cream to dry hair to transform damaged-looking, distressed hair into liquidy-smooth, silky hair with healthy-looking shine. Once this is in your handbag it will never leave – trust us.


Anti-Frizz Formula 57, £35 | Philip B

Not only does this nutrient-packed elixir protect hair from heat styling, it also wards off frizz for a naturally glossy, long-lasting blowdry.

 


Preen Cream, £19 | Philip Kingsley

With antistatic qualities, this Preen Cream can also be used on dry hair to reduce flyaway ends and increase shine with no silicone residue.


Smooth Finish, £30 | Purely Perfect

This weightless cream penetrates and protects hair from heat styling and holds against humidity for those stuffy city days.


Defrizz, £22.50 | Bumble & Bumble

Bumble and Bumble's Defrizz does what it says and more. It protects against frizz, acts as a barrier to humidity and leaves hair soft, silky and flyaway-free. Good for curly girls and frizz-prone types.

 

Inspiration credits: Allure.com, WebMD.com, Comb.org.uk