Every curly girl’s least favorite F word – frizz.
We lather on creams.
We deep condition.
We try to spray it down.
But most times, frizzy hair can’t be tamed. And the summer heat doesn’t help either. Usually, it makes it worse.
So, the burning question is, how do you combat frizzy hair? Here are some tips and tricks to try this summer:
Resist the Urge to Over Wash
How often should you wash curly hair?
Here’s a hint: The answer is definitely not every day.
That is bad. Very bad. Overwashing can strip your hair of oils it needs, drying it out, and therefore causing frizz.
Depending on your hair type, you may want to wash every other day or even once a week. But essentially you want to wash your hair as infrequently as possible.
Pro tip: when washing, use cold water instead of hot, this seals the hair cuticle and traps in moisture.
(And quick note when we say wash. We don’t mean shampoo. Because that’s a no-no.
Don’t even think about it.
Say it with me, sulfates are not your friend. Especially in the hot, humid summer months.)
Rinse it. Rinse it real good.
Deanna Brown, junior stylist at Devachan SoHo, notes that one of the easiest ways to eliminate frizz is by rinsing your hair with carbonated water.
After you finish washing your hair, give a final rinse with cool, carbonated water. It helps reduce frizz because of its low pH level.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
Keeping your hair moisturized is crucial, especially when dealing with heat and humidity. If your curls are dehydrated, frizzy hair is inevitable. And we want no part in that nonsense.
Dominique LyVar, a senior stylist at Devachan SoHo, notes that because of summer activities (like swimming and exposure to the sun) you may want to deep condition more frequently.
Our favorite curly hair mask for rich hydration is Melt Into Moisture ?
If you’re someone who likes to go the DIY route, try this mix from Deanna:
- Whisk 1 egg and 4-5 tablespoons of almond oil until you get a smooth texture.
- Section off the hair and apply the mixture to the scalp and through the length of the hair.
- Wait 40 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
- Finish off with No-Poo and One Condition to ensure a healthy base for your curls.
Say NO to terrycloth
We get it, beach towels are cute. You totally want to bring the one shaped like a watermelon, or better yet, a pineapple.
That’s cool. But don’t put it on your hair. If you’re a curly gal or guy and you’re still using a terrycloth towel to dry your hair, stop it. Stop it right now.
Terrycloth fibers are super rough on curly hair and the friction instantly causes frizz.
Instead, opt for a gentle microfiber towel like the DevaTowel – or if you’re at the beach, just scrunch the water out of your hair with your cotton t-shirt.
Switch to Frizz Fighting Products
You may want to add in a product or two that’s born to fight frizz.
Arc Angel is perfect for achieving that maximum hold to repel frizz without the crunch. But, remember to apply when your hair is still dripping wet to really lock in the moisture! (Bonus: Arc Angel Gel actually has vitamin C that can protect your hair from harmful UV rays.)
Find a Style That Works for You
While you may be tempted to just go for your usual wash & go routine, try adding some simple styles into the mix for those last few days of your wash when the frizz is too much to handle.
Dominque says that his favorite style to combat the frizz is a classic half-up, half-down ‘do.
Need some inspo? Check this out.
If All Else Fails…
Just embrace the frizz. Because in the end, frizz isn’t something to be ashamed of. Think of it as added volume and fluff. And hey when it comes to curls – the bigger the better 😉
What’s your go-to frizz-free product? Do you have a summer hairstyle you always run to? Share with us in the comments below!