I recently received an email from a close friend asking for advice on products to tame frizzy hair. It was a group email – written to 5 women who all have thick, frizz-prone hair. I would have been mildly offended except that she must think that I have solved the problem and have fabulous, silky smooth hair. Right? RIGHT?!
Here’s my guide to fighting frizz from someone who has (maybe/sometimes) managed to tame the beast:
- Wash your hair every other day. I realize this is the cardinal rule to fighting fly-aways, but I have never been able to follow it. My hair actually looks better on dirty days, but it makes me feel greasy when I don’t wash it. This is completely irrational, but if it’s the craziest thing I do all day, I’m in good shape!
- Invest in a good conditioner. In response to the aforementioned email, my friend Tina and I both wholeheartedly recommended Living Proof No Frizz products. These products are a bit more expensive than the drugstore brands, but they are far more effective. The line was designed by MIT scientists who threw out conventional hair solutions and took a scientific approach to fighting frizz. The good news is that these products are super effective. The bad news is you have to commit to using them regularly – they are not an instant fix.
- Blow dry and bind. If you have long, thick hair, it might be helpful to blow dry it, apply a finishing serum (I like Moroccan Oil), and then twist it up into a bun for your commute to work. By the time you get to work, your hair will finish drying with a smooth frizz-free finish.
- Fro-mergency. I highly recommend an on-the-go frizz fighter, particularly for those surprisingly muggy or humid days. This gem from John Frieda is a smoothing steal at roughly $8.00. Run the applicator wand over the top of your hair to tame flyaways.