How to Tame Frizzy Hair (and Avoid Looking Like a Hot Mess)

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Whether your hair is curly or straight, fine or thick, color-treated or virgin, there’s presumably one thing we all have in common: frizz. Truthfully, frizzy hair is almost unavoidable—but the secret is knowing how to deal with it. I’ve spoken to numerous celebrity stylists and colorists in search of the best frizz-fighting hair tips, tricks, and products, and below, I’ll be sharing how to get rid of frizzy hair—or at least tame it—once and for all. 

Here are 9 tips to remain calm, cool, and collected for when your hair is just not cooperating.  

How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair

1. Hydration, hydration, hydration.

For many women, the root cause of frizzy hair is simply a lack of hydration. One relatively inexpensive way to hydrate your tresses is by adding coconut oil into your routine. Moisturizing and soothing to the scalp, coconut oil is a fantastic—and relatively inexpensive—way to tame frizz naturally.

After you shampoo and condition your hair, apply coconut oil to your ends. You can also apply a little bit of oil to your roots, but if your hair is prone to grease, skip the scalp area. 

For manageable and less frizzy hair, apply coconut oil every other week for the first few months. Then increase to weekly treatments.

SHOP: Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil


2. Give an overnight hair mask a try.

When your hair is in dire need of intense hydration, opt for an overnight mask. While there are plenty of great products to choose from, I love Ouai’s Treatment Masque, as well as Sachajuan’s Overnight Hair Repair.

Pro tip: Sleep with a shower cap on, use a pillowcase you don’t care about, or layer a towel over your pillow.how to get rid of frizzy hair overnightSHOP: OUAI Treatment Maque


3. Always use heat protectant products.

Blasting your hair with a hot blowdryer, hair iron, or curling wand can not only cause damage to your strands—it can also cause serious frizz. Be sure to incorporate a heat protectant into your regular routine before blow drying, straightening or curling your hair. The product will leave a lightweight coating on your tresses—a protective barrier, if you will.

I love Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer, because it gives me an added layer of heat protection, and also leaves my hair feeling silky without weighing it down. It’s become such a staple in my routine, I now can’t imagine doing my hair without it. how to tame frizzy hairSHOP: BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil


4. A little hairspray goes a long way.

And for instant results after you’re done styling, apply hairspray to frizzy areas. The best way to avoid the dreaded “crunchy helmet-head” look is by applying the hairspray onto your brush, rather than directly onto your head. Or better yet—spray it onto an unused toothbrush or mascara wand to tame frizz instantly.SHOP: Living Proof Flex Hairspray


5. Tame flyaways by accessorizing.

Sometimes, no matter what precautions you take, a little frizziness is inevitable. One fool-proof way to tame your flyaways? Accessories. From velvet headbands and chic pearl barrettes to 90s-inspired scrunchies and simple bobby pins, there are cute accessories that will help tame your hair while keeping you looking chic. gucci headband dupe

SHOP: Wide Ribbon Headband Set

SHOP: Kitsch Star Bobby Pin Set


6. Minimize the amount of times you wash your hair.

Many stylists will advise that over-washing your hair can leave it dehydrated and prone to frizziness. When you wash your hair too often, you not only strip it of natural minerals and proteins, but you also produce excess oil. So, if possible, stretch the amount of time you can go in between shampoos. 

While there isn’t a specific number of times per week that experts recommend, it’s typically best not to wash your hair on back-to-back days. If you’re used to shampooing daily, start small: try switching to every other day initially, and then increase to every two days. 

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Photo: @maneaddicts


7. Dry shampoo is a LIFESAVER.

If you’re like me, going for long periods of time without washing my hair requires a little help. That’s where dry shampoo comes in. On those mornings you wake up with slightly oily roots, a dry shampoo will do wonders. My favorites include Batiste (or the “brilliant blonde” version if you’re a blonde), Living Proof Perfect Hair Day, and Detox Dry Shampoo by DRYBAR. Spray a little on your roots to totally revamp greasy-looking hair. 

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SHOP: Detox Dry Shampoo by DRYBAR


8. Invest in a silk pillowcase.

You shouldn’t only invest in a silk pillowcase because it looks fancy AF. Silk pillowcases also offer benefits to your hair that other cotton pillowcases do not.

Silk pillowcases will maintain your hair’s moisture, whereas other ones may tug at your roots and create friction that will result in frizz. This one from Amazon comes in 38 colors and has over 5,000 five star reviews. The best part? It’s only $22.

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SHOP: Natural Silk Pillowcase


9. Get rid of your harsh cotton towel.

Ditch your cotton towel and upgrade to a towel made of microfiber instead. A microfiber towel (like this one by Devacurl) is extremely gentle on your strands and helps tame frizz, as well as prevent static. 

Particularly great for curly girls, Devacurl says to “apply a styler and scrunch wet curls upward for frizz-free definition and decreased drying time.”

SHOP: DEVACURL DevaTowel Anti-Frizz Microfiber Towel


10. Try anti-frizz sheets—or even dryer sheets.

I can personally vouch for these anti-frizz sheets by Ouai. For particularly humid days, you can run the sheet over freshly styled hair to tame frizz and flyaways. Another lesser-known hack you can use in a pinch? Try doing the same with a dryer sheet.

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SHOP: Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets

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2 Comments

  1. Renee
    August 12, 2019 / 5:23 am

    My favorite of your posts yet! I have naturally curly hair and I can’t wait to try some of these tips/products

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