Frizz—it’s the easiest way to ruin a perfectly good hair day, and once it strikes, it’s almost impossible to tame. Almost. While we love our hair smoothing creams and serums, we prefer to turn to these tried and true frizz-fighting tips to keep hair looking polished.
Using a dryer sheet to combat frizz is easily one of our favorite life hacks. The very portable method allows you to fight frizz on the go. Just rub the sheet starting at the top of your head down to the ends for instant control. It also works wonders on static hair.
It may sound counterintuitive, but drying your hair on the cool setting will help to keep hair sleek. Yes, it will take longer, but the results will be more than worth it. Also, if you’re blow drying your hair right after a shower, be sure to do so outside of the bathroom. The lingering steam from the shower only makes frizz worse.
Girls with curly hair have been using this trick for years, but it’s helpful for all hair types. Instead of drying your hair with a towel, use a soft cotton t-shirt. It’s way less rough on the hair cuticle.
Similarly, you also need a really soft pillowcase, since your hair is rubbing up against it all night long while you sleep. Satin pillowcases are best, because they’re also excellent for preventing wrinkles.
This DIY trick is great for preventing frizz: Apply olive oil to hair from the ears down, wrap in saran wrap for half an hour, and then shampoo out. It’s a cheap, effective deep-conditioning treatment.
When washing hair, be sure to use ice cold water when rinsing your conditioner out. It helps to close the hair cuticle, which is responsible for determining how frizzy or smooth hair is. It won’t be pleasant, but then again, neither is hiding hair under a hat.
We’ve all heard of using mayonnaise to condition hair, but you can also add a spoonful to your conditioner to get a quick, extra-nourishing kick. Start by using this trick only once a week, and build up from there if needed.
In a pinch, hand lotion can keep flyaways at bay. Rub a small drop between your hands, and then lightly apply to the offending areas.
If you want a longer-term plan for fighting frizz, then skip your regular haircut. Keeping extra length will help give weight to hair, which means it’s less likely to fly up. You can still get a trim if you really need it, but only have the very ends snipped.
You know that No More Tangles spray you had as a kid? Turns out it’s great for a mid-day hair refresh. If you look into a mirror during the afternoon and see frizz, don’t reach for the serums or finishing oils. Instead, spray this through hair. It gives the same smoothing result without weighing hair down.
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