How to Get Rid of Bushy, Wavy Hair

Three Methods:Washing Your HairTreating Your Hair with ProductUsing Home Remedies

If your hair is naturally curly, you know the struggle of frizzy hair. When your hair lacks moisture, it becomes brittle and begins to lift, causing the hair to look bushy. When curly hair dries it sucks moisture out of the air, causing more lift, and more frizz. You may not be able to replace your curls with straight hair but you can tame them. Some people use natural remedies, and some just change the way they wash and style.[1]

Method 1
Washing Your Hair

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    Shampoo a few times a week. Instead of washing your hair every day, try shampooing every two or three days. Shampooing too often removes the natural oils in your hair and leads to frizz.[2]
    • Try switching shampoos. Look for something with glycerin near the top of the ingredient list. Glycerin protects the hair and moisturizes it from the inside out, both of which can fight frizz.[3]
    • Look for a shampoo that is sulfate free. Sulfates are foaming agents used in a lot of shampoos. While sulfates are not necessarily bad for your hair, some people find them harsh. You might find that a milder shampoo helps keep the frizz down.[4]
    • If you can't bear the thought of dirty hair after a few days without washing, try using a dry shampoo.[5]
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    Use conditioner. Each time you wash be sure to apply conditioner. Conditioner protects your hair, keeping it from pulling moisture from the air. For the best results leave it in for at least 5 minutes.[6]
    • Search for a conditioner that has glycerin and other hydrating ingredients in it. Shea butter is common, as is coconut oil.[7]
    • Some conditioners have protein in them, which help tame frizz and add to your hair's shine.[8]
    • On the days you don't shampoo, give your hair a conditioner bath. Conditioners can clean your hair without stripping any natural oils.[9]
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    Avoid towel drying your hair. Roughly towel drying your hair can keep your hair from lying flat, contributing to frizz. Try pressing your hair dry with a microfiber towel.[10]
    • After pressing the water out of your hair, wrap your hair in a towel. Lean over and let your curls fall into a towel. Wrap the towel around your hair and then pull it up as if it were a turban. Leave your hair like this for at least 20 minutes to add some shape to your curls and keep your hair from frizzing.[11]
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    Brush your hair with your fingers. You may find it better to separate tangles and knots in your hair with your fingers than with a brush. Brushes tend to break your hair and that leads to frizz.[12]
    • After your shower, add a little conditioner to your fingers as you work your hair.[13]
    • Don't use a comb or styling brush on dry hair. If you need to tend to your hair when it's dry, just wet your hands and start finger-combing.[14]

Method 2
Treating Your Hair with Product

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    Protect your hair from heat. Blow drying too often can damage your hair and lead to unnecessary frizz. You can protect your hair by purchasing a heat protecting spray.[15]
    • After you've applied product to your hair, make sure it's about 75% dry before you start blow drying.[16]
    • Try drying just the roots of your hair to give it some lift and avoid damaging your hair.[17]
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    Use a cream hydrator. While your hair is still wet from the shower, apply a cream hydrator from the roots of your hair to the tip. Warm the product between your palm and fingers and wrap your curls around your fingers to shape them.[18]
    • If you have a hair diffuser attachment for your blow dryer, use it to dry your hair. Set it for a low speed and point it away from your roots to keep from frizzing your hair.[19]
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    Keep an anti-frizz serum handy. You can use an anti-frizz serum after your shower, or you can keep it on hand to use throughout the day.[20]
    • If you have thicker hair, apply the serum from root to tip. If you have thinner hair, apply the serum from about the middle of your hair to the tip. Avoid using serum near the roots to keep your hair from looking oily.[21]
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    Avoid products with alcohol. Alcohol will dry your hair out and lead to more frizz. A lot of hairsprays and mousse contain alcohol, so your best bet is to give them up or switch to an alcohol-free brand.[22]
    • Switching to alcohol-free brands may mean looking for salon quality products. These are likely to be more expensive than your everyday products.[23]

Method 3
Using Home Remedies

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    Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. Start with a small dose of vinegar and work your way up until you find what works for your hair. After shampooing, rinse your hair with the vinegar mixture.[24]
    • Massage the mixture into your scalp and let it sit for a few minutes for the best results.[25]
    • Try doing this once or twice a week to keep your hair healthy.[26]
    • Apple cider vinegar can also help balance your hair's pH as well as treat dandruff and an itchy scalp.[27]
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    Put an egg in your hair. Crack an egg in a bowl and mix it with a little cool water. Massage it into your scalp and let it sit for around 20 minutes before rinsing.[28]
    • Eggs contain lots of protein and fat making them natural moisturizers. For especially brittle hair, use more egg yolk than white for your rinse. You can do an egg rinse about once a month.[29]
    • Make sure you rinse with cool water, otherwise you'll cook the egg into your hair.[30]
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    Make an avocado hair mask. For added protection against frizzy hair and split ends, make a hair mask. Mix one avocado with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and make a paste. Apply the mixture to your hair and let it sit for about 30 minutes before you shampoo and condition your hair.[31]
    • You can try adding other ingredients to the mask for more moisturizing power. Add 1-2 tablespoons of eggs, sour cream, or even mayonnaise. Play around with the combinations and find what works best for you.[32]
    • Another method is using a combination of bananas and honey. Take one ripe banana, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 tablespoon of honey and blend them together. As with the avocado, work it into your hair and let it sit for half an hour before washing.[33]
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    Use coconut oil to fight frizz. Warm up as much coconut oil as you need to cover your scalp. Massage the warm oil into your hair and let it sit anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes. The coconut oil will condition your hair and scalp, and may reduce frizzy hair.[34]
    • You can also try mixing a small amount of coconut oil in with your shampoo when you wash your hair. You only need to use about 1 teaspoon of oil. If your hair is thin, use a little less.[35]
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    Make your own conditioner with coconut milk and lime. Coconut and lime both have lots of vitamins and minerals that improve hair health. Making your own conditioner requires a little cooking, but may be worth your while.
    • Whisk together 1 can of coconut milk and 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add 4 tablespoons of lime juice and 2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk constantly. The cornstarch will thicken the mixture until it resembles conditioner. Add more cornstarch if the mixture seems too thin.[36]
    • Allow the mixture to cool and then work the conditioner into your hair. Work in sections and make sure every strand is covered.[37]
    • Cover your hair with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer. If you have access to a heat thermal cap, you could use that instead. Let the treatment sit for 30 minutes before rinsing and washing your hair.[38]
    • Try this variation for a natural detangler. Mix the following ingredients until smooth: 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 cup of plain non-fat yogurt. Apply the mixture to your hair, working in sections. Cover your hair and wait 45 minutes before rinsing.[39]

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