How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair
It happens every winter: the static builds up and your normally beautiful hairdo gets frizzy to the point you’re tempted to hide behind hats or pony tails all season long. If only there were a day in school for stuff like this – How to get rid of frizzy hair, tricks for not losing bobby pins, getting hair out of drains and carpets and vacuum cleaners… Wait, maybe I should have gone to hairdresser school. Back to the subject! Relax! (Get it, like relaxed hair?) Discover these seven ways to get rid of frizzy hair in the winter.
- Use a moisturizing conditioner. Dry hair invites static so even the most basic conditioner can hydrate your hair, helping to keep the frizzies away. Be sure to use the conditioner every time you shampoo your hair. If possible, choose a conditioner that contains silicone. The silicone in the conditioner neutralizes electric charges in your hair, thereby cutting down on the static electricity in your hair.
- Use a conditioning spray. If your hair is of medium density or a wavy texture, a rich conditioning spray containing silicone or other moisturizing ingredients is a good option. A conditioning spray helps lock moisture into your hair before the air around you has a chance to steal that moisture away.
- Use an anti-frizz cream. If you have fine or straight hair, applying a bit of anti-frizz cream to might be a smart move. Add a small dollop of cream to the palm of your hand. Gently rub your hands together to evenly spread the cream over both hands. Then rub your fingers and palms through your hair, focusing on the tips of your hair. This will distribute the anti-frizz cream through to the most static-prone area of your hair.
- Only shampoo every other day. Shampoo cleans your hair by bonding with the oil and dirt molecules weighing it down and stripping them away. But when you strip these natural oils out of your hair, your hair also becomes drier and thus more prone to static. By waiting 48 hours in between washings, you keep enough oil on your hair to naturally hydrate it without letting it get too greasy.
- Pay attention to the comb you use. When your hair is wet, use a plastic comb or your fingers when to detangle your hair. If your hair is dry, however, avoid using a plastic comb; instead use a metal comb, which acts as a conductor to help fight static.
- Dry your hair carefully. When drying your hair with a towel, blot your hair as gently as you would your face. Avoid the temptation to twist or rub your hair with a towel as this can cause hair follicles to break and create fly-aways. If you’re using a blow dryer, aim the nozzle down along the hair shaft to prevent frizz. Also, dry your roots on low heat and, if possible, avoid drying the tips of your hair.
- Rub dryer sheets on your hair. Yes, this really works! Gently run dryer sheets over your hair or your brushes to kill electric charges that have built up. You can even rub a dryer sheet along your pillow before going to sleep to help keep your hair static free all night long.
Now I don’t personally use ALL of those tricks, but I can share my repertoire below. It works pretty well for me, I haven’t had a frizzy hair day all winter!
My Personal Routine For Getting Rid Of Frizzy Hair
This stuff is AMAZING, and definitely the biggest part of my routine. Work it into your scalp, let it rest for 5 minutes, then wash it out. No repeating necessary. I use this 2-3 times a week depending on how sweaty I’m getting. It doesn’t have a strong fragrance, which I love, but you might like that herbal essences smell-me-from-20-ft-away thing. It IS a little pricey, but if you don’t overuse it it’ll last you a LONG time.
Brush – Conair Anti-Static Cushion Brush
If I’m being honest, I don’t know for a fact that this is the BEST anti-static brush out there, but I use mine like 5 times a day and I love it. I didn’t go out looking for it – I think I stole my first one from my sister. And I’m not even sure that you NEED an anti static brush to get rid of frizzy hair. But when you have a classic that works, why change things up? I love the massage feel from the little rubber nubs, and whatever the bristles are made of makes removing all the hair I shed onto it a breeze. You might find a brush that lasts a little longer if you want to pay a lot more, but there’s no need! You won’t go through more than 1 of these a year, so the saved $$ is definitely worth it.
Moisturizer – OGX Anti-Frizz Hydrating Kukui Oil
I’ll spray this into my hair when it’s still a little damp, then brush it in. Let me tell you, I’ve tried SO MANY oils, and this works best for my hair. Everyone’s hair is different, but I found most of the coconut and other popular hair oils left my hair feeling wet and slick. This stuff seems to soak in a lot better – my hair definitely looks hydrated, but doesn’t leave a residue on anything my head touches. I think I’ve bought a bottle of this stuff in like 10 different cities, that’s how much I depend on it. Also it’s not that expensive. It’s kept me frizz-free for a few winters now.
Blow Dryer – JINRI Professional Ionic Salon Blow Dryer
DISCLAIMER – I do NOT blow dry my hair often. I don’t want you thinking I’m some magical person who blow dries every day without any frizz. I prefer to let my hair dry mostly on its own, after a quick toweling. But, sometimes you need that hair dried on the double, and sitting around isn’t going to get the job done. So in rare circumstances, I’ll use my JINRI dryer. It’s a pretty sturdy machine, and you can 100% tell the difference between this and those crummy hot/cold low/hi hotel hair dryers. Maybe it’s just that I don’t use it often, but I’ve yet to be let down by it. Make sure you figure out which combination of settings works best for your hair and stick with it – your hair might not dry AS fast, but the look is worth it.
So there you have my personal frizz-free routine, as well as some other tips to help you get rid of frizzy hair. Look around for the products that are right for YOU – not everyone’s hair is the same, so what keeps the frizz out of my hair might not work for you. Keep trying though – I’m sure with all these tips at hand you’ll be frizz free in no time.