How to Deal With Frizzy Hair

Four Methods:Washing Frizzy HairStyling Frizzy HairHeat Styling Frizzy HairUsing Specialty Treatments on Frizzy Hair

Whether you've got extremely thick, curly, wavy, or chemically-treated hair, chances are you've probably had to deal with frizz. Hair usually becomes frizzy when it's dehydrated, but humidity in the air can contribute to it too. If you're tired of battling frizzy hair, though, you only have to learn how to moisturize and smooth your locks to keep it at bay.

Method 1
Washing Frizzy Hair

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    Wash your hair only a few times a week. Your hair usually becomes frizzy because it’s dry, and shampooing too often can dehydrate it even further. Instead of washing your locks every day, limit it to every other day or less if you can.[1]
    • If your roots are starting to look a little greasy in between washes, use a dry shampoo product to help soak up the excess oil. It can also help boost volume and texture if your hair is looking a little flat.
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    Shampoo just the roots. When you do wash your hair, you can help cut down on frizz by applying the shampoo only at the roots, near your scalp. That’s where most the dirt and grease in your hair usually is. Applying shampoo to the length of your hair can also rough up the cuticle, so it looks frizzier once it dries.[2]
    • Choose a sulfate-free shampoo when you’re washing. Sulfates, which are ingredients that help shampoo suds up, can be very drying, so they’re a bad choice for frizzy hair. Look for a formula with glycerin instead.[3]
    • Avoid using too much shampoo when you wash too. A quarter-sized amount is usually enough. If you have very long or thick hair, though, you may need to double the amount.[4]
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    Use a deep conditioner. Frizzy hair needs hydration, so it’s important to moisturize your hair every time you wash. Follow up with a deep conditioner, which contains intensively hydrating ingredients such as oils and butters, each time you shampoo.[5]
    • Allow the deep conditioner to sit on your hair for at least 5 minutes to ensure that it really penetrates and coats the strands.
    • If you have very fine or thin hair, using a deep conditioner every time you wash may be too much for your locks. Instead, aim for once or twice a week to cut down on frizz.
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    Dry with a microfiber towel. Using a regular cotton towel to dry your hair after washing it can rough up the cuticle, leaving it more frizzy. Instead of drying with your usual bath towel, choose a microfiber towel. The material is extremely absorbent so you can just squeeze it around your hair to help dry it.[6]
    • Press the microfiber towel over your hair. Don’t rub it.
    • If you don’t have a microfiber towel on hand, you’re actually better off using paper towel to dry your hair than a regular cotton towel. It will absorb the excess water more easily than cotton, and won’t rough up your cuticle.[7]

Method 2
Styling Frizzy Hair

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    Apply a silicone serum. After you’ve washed your hair, it’s a good idea to apply a silicone-based serum. It will coat the strands of your hair, so the cuticle stays smooth and frizz is reduced. Squeeze a dime-size amount into your palm, rub your hands together, and then work it through your hair.[8]
    • To ensure that the serum is evenly distributed throughout your hair, work through your locks with a wide-tooth comb after applying it.
    • After applying the silicone serum, you can either allow your hair to air dry or blow dry it.
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    Use alcohol-free styling products. When your hair is frizzy, you often need additional styling products to get it to cooperate. Choose gel, mousse, or hairspray that’s alcohol-free, though, or you’ll wind up drying out your hair and making it more frizzy.[9]
    • Styling products that are formulated with natural ingredients are usually a good option for frizzy hair because they aren’t as harsh. That means they’re less likely to dry out your hair.
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    Spray your brush with a shine spray before brushing. If there is still some frizz or flyaways in your hair after you’ve styled it, combat them by misting your brush with a shine spray before lightly brushing your hair with it. That will help smooth the individual hairs that are acting up back into place.[10]
    • It’s best to use a natural bristle on frizzy hair because synthetic materials such as plastic can rough up the cuticle.

Method 3
Heat Styling Frizzy Hair

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    Start with a heat protectant. Heat styling strips moisture out of your hair, so it can make your locks drier and frizzier. Protect your hair by always applying a heat protectant product before you blow dry, flat iron, use a curling iron or hot rollers, or heat style it in anyway.[11]
    • Heat protectants work by adding extra moisture to your hair so your natural moisture isn’t removed when you apply heat.
    • Heat protectants come in a variety of formulas. Sprays work on all hair types, but creams and lotions are best for thicker hair.
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    Allow hair to air dry partway before blow drying. When you want your hair to look sleek and smooth, a blow dryer can come in handy. However, using one to completely dry your hair can lead to more frizz. Instead, let your hair air dry almost 90%, and use the blow dryer to finish it off.[12]
    • It’s especially important to allow your hair to air dry at least part way before blow drying in the winter. That’s because there’s less humidity in the air in cold weather, so your hair is already drier.
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    Use an ionic blow dryer. Not all blow dryers are created equal. With frizzy hair, it’s best to choose a ionic model that uses ionic technology to help dry your hair more quickly. As a result, you don’t have to use the blow dryer on your hair as long so it isn’t as easily dehydrated.[13]
    • Because ionic blow dryers work so quickly, it’s easy to over dry your hair. Pay careful attention so you don’t let your tresses get too hot.
    • Using a round, natural bristle brush as you blow dry with your ionic dryer can give you very smooth, frizz-free hair.
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    Flat iron your hair to smooth it. One of the easiest ways to tame frizzy hair is with a flat or straightening iron. It seals the cuticle so your hair looks as smooth as possible. For the best results, straighten your hair in small sections so you don’t have to run the iron over each piece more than once.[14]
    • Make sure that your hair is completely dry before you begin flat ironing it. You can burn damp hair if you try to straighten it.[15]
    • Don’t turn your flat iron up to more than 410 degrees. That amount of heat will smooth all types of hair.
    • Choose a flat iron with ceramic plates. They heat more evenly, so they smooth and straighten more effectively.
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    Define natural texture with a curling iron. If your frizzy hair is naturally curly or wavy, you don’t have to straighten it to tame your frizz. Instead, use a curling iron to help smooth and define your natural texture. You don’t necessarily have to curl your entire head -- just run the curling iron over sections that are frizzy.[16]
    • If you have tight, highly defined curls, choose a curling iron with a small barrel. A ¾-inch model usually works well.
    • If you have looser waves, opt for a curling iron with a large barrel. A 1-inch or larger barrel is usually the best bet.

Method 4
Using Specialty Treatments on Frizzy Hair

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    Apply a hydrating hair mask. Deep conditioning when you wash can help moisturize your locks, but frizzy sometimes need more intensive hydration. Using a hydrating hair mask that contains ingredients such as oils, glycerin, and silk proteins once a week can deliver enough moisture to smooth your frizz.[17]
    • You should follow the instructions on your hair mask, but in most cases, you want to leave it on your head for at least 20 minutes.
    • To make sure the mask is evenly distributed throughout your locks, comb it through with a wide-tooth comb.
    • You can apply a mask to dry hair, but it usually absorbs more effectively when your hair is wet.
    • Some heat can help the mask penetrate more easily, so you may want to put a shower cap over it or wrap your head in plastic wrap when you apply it.
    • It’s a good idea to wash and deep condition your hair after you use a mask to make sure that there isn’t any residue left behind.
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    Use a hot oil treatment. If you don’t have thick hair, using a mask regularly may be too heavy for your tresses. Instead, make time for a hot oil treatment each week. It’s lighter than a mask, so it won’t weigh your hair down. Allow it to sit for approximately 30 minutes.[18]
    • You should only apply the hot oil treatment to the length of your hair from your ears down. It can make the top of your hair look greasy if you apply it there.
    • You can purchase pre-made hot oil treatments that are easy to use. Follow the instructions on the packaging for the best results.
    • You can also make your own hot oil treatment with hair-healthy oils such as avocado, castor, sweet almond, and argan oils. Set the container of the oil in a pot of water that’s near boiling to warm it up, and then apply it to your hair in sections.[19]
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    Sleep in a silk scarf. Just as drying your hair with cotton towel can rough up the cuticle and leave it frizzy, sleeping on cotton pillowcases can mean waking up with major frizz. To keep your hair smooth, wrap your head in a silk scarf before going to bed. Silk is a soft, smooth material that won’t damage your hair.[20]
    • Wet hair is especially prone to damage, so be sure to wear a silk scarf if you’re going to sleep right after washing your hair.
    • Instead of wearing a scarf, you can swap your cotton or other material pillowcases for silk.


  • Brushing your hair regularly with a natural bristle brush can help distribute the natural oils throughout your locks and cut down on frizz.
  • Styling your hair in a steamy bathroom is a bad idea because the humidity can make your locks frizzy. Instead, style your hair in the bedroom or another drier room of the house.
  • If you have some frizzy sections of your hair that won’t cooperate, pomade can help. Rub a dime size amount between your hands, and then run them over your finished hairstyle to smooth it all into place.

Things You'll Need

  • Sulfate-free shampoo
  • Deep conditioner
  • Microfiber towel
  • Silicone serum
  • Natural bristle brush
  • Shine Spray
  • Heat protectant spray
  • Ionic blow dryer
  • Hair straightener/flat iron
  • Curling iron
  • Hair mask
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Hot oil treatment
  • Silk scarf

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