While the summer may have some beauty benefits (hello,
dewy skin!), it can seem like a crapshoot for your hair. From protecting your color to maintaining moisture, one of the most frustrating dilemmas many of us face is frizz. And while we believe that frizz can be cool, beautiful, and on-trend, we understand that sometimes you just want a sleek look — and that's rad, too. Despite the fact that some of us may be more prone to it, we’re all susceptible to the fuzz. (Yes, no matter how straight or thin your hair is.) The fight is on — and thanks to advance technology and a game plan from the pros, it’s not going to be that difficult to keep your strands frizz-free well past summer. Check out the slides ahead for some tips.
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There are fewer ingredients that banish frizz quite like moroccan oil. It's the leader of the pack for smoothing agents and this treatment is no exception. It works for any type of hair and manages to condition on both wet and dry ends — all depending on your needs.
Moroccanoil Moroccanoil Treatment, $34, available at Sephora.
Massage a bit of oil, like this formula, through ends before reaching for your blow dryer. After drying, hair will feel plush and far softer. Plus, it protects against breakage and frizz, too!
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer, $28, available at Sephora.
Fried, damaged hair is exactly the type of hair that will produce fuzz. But if you're not one to sit around for 10 minutes with a mask on your strands, give this bottle from Aussie a go. It deep-conditions your hair in just three minutes — or the length of one hardcore shower karaoke song.
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Treatment, $6.50, available at Walmart.
Oil make you feel uneasy? With a lightweight feel and diffusing spritzer like this, you're able to control how much product your style gets for a silky, frizz-free finish. Or, spray two pumps into your palms, warm up the oil in your hands, and smooth the formula over your ends.
Kérastase Paris Elixir Utime Bi-Phase Spray Oil Hair Mist, $58, available at Kérastase.
“All hair textures suffer from frizz,” explains Jan-Marie Arteca, a stylist at the Jeff Chastain Parlor in NYC. “The severity of the it depends on how dry, curly, coarse or fine and brittle the hair is.”
Begin the war by starting in the shower. “Using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner will help keep your hair stay healthy throughout the summer as you battle the elements,” Arteca says. Sun, chlorine, and salt water will take toll on your strands by drying them out — and no matter what your hair type, dry hair frizzes. Have a curly or coarse mane? Shampoo every other day with a moisturizing formula (we like Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Moisture and Control). Skeptical about using moisturizing products on your tresses if you have fine hair? Trust us, Nexxus' Hydra-Light Weightless Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner were made for you. Nexxu s Hydra-Light Weightless Replenishing Shampoo, $13.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Packed with açai and rice oil, this conditioner helps to smooth hair long after it's been rinsed clean.
Davines Vegetarian Miracle, $32, available at Davines.
If you don't want a serum to weigh your
curls down, try a hydrating— and tropically-scented— shampoo with coconut oil. OGX Coconut Curls Shampoo, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
One key element to preventing frizz is to never disrupt your hair's cuticle. In other words, be
gentle. Instead of rough-drying your hair with a towel, simply squeeze the towel around your strands to soak up excess moisture. Next, immediately apply a serum before blow-drying. “As soon as your hair begins to dry, the frizz begins to form,” says stylist Harry Josh. Serums will be your best friend because they coat your hair and repel frizz-causing moisture. Milk Leave-In Nourishing Treatment, $42, available at Garrett Markenson Reverie Beautyhabit.
This serum is so lightweight, you'll think that surely you didn't use enough — but before you go for that extra pump, stop and look at how shiny and smooth your curls just got.
Carol's Daughter Sacred Tiare Smoothing Serum, $14, available at Carol's Daughter.
Of course, the type of serum you use depends on your hair texture. If you have fine hair, you’ve probably had complications in the past, because even though you know you need to use it, you don’t want your hair to look greasy. Try a lightweight serum like this one from John Frieda (they’re made for you). If you have thicker hair, don't worry about using a heavier formula — your hair can take it.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
Some people are blow-out fanatics, while others are air-dry believers. If you're the latter, you need a formula that will enhance your natural texture, give you an easy style, and smooth down frizz — like this balm.
Hairstory Hair Balm, $36, available at Hairstory.
If you pull up your weather app in the morning and the humidity index freaks you out, reach for a curl gel. This one locks in hydration and defines texture, sealing in your style all day.
Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino + Quinoa Frizz Control Gel, $20, available at Sephora.
If you plan on heat-styling, use a wire brush (so it heats up) that’s half boar bristle and half nylon; this will help deliver smoothing results without breakage. To seal your cuticles, (yes, this is the finishing touch); go over your strands once with a flat iron. If you’re super Type A, Josh suggests spraying a toothbrush with hairspray to nail down those top fly-aways. Frizz, we hardly knew ye.
Hair Brush, $15.99, available at Sonia Kashuk Target.
To lock in sleekness, mist an anti-humidity spray over your finished style. It's so light you won't notice it — until you look in the mirror hours later at your perfectly in-place strands.
Living Proof No Frizz Humidity Shield, $22, available at Living Proof.
Protect your blow-out with this lightweight spray that locks every strand in place.
Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray, $39, available at Oribe.
Sometimes frizz can begin before you even style your hair and step outside, so start in the shower with this conditioning mask. It loads your strands with moisture and keeps them silky-smooth for the rest of the week.
L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm, $5.99, available at Target.
Hairspray can sometimes exacerbate the look of frizz, making it appear crunchy and crispy. But Verb's hairspray is formulated with moringa oil, which eliminates frizz by hydrating the hair.
Verb Ghost Hairspray, $14, available at Sephora.
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