When it comes to battling frizzy hair you’ve got to know what you are up against. We’ll let you in on a secret, dry hair is at the root of the problem and the main way to tame the frizzies is with a LOT of moisture. To help you achieve beautiful, frizz-free curls, we’re arming you with the top frizz-taming tips and styling how-to with our guide for fighting frizzy hair. Think of it as your very own frizz-fighting prescription or — frizz-scription.
Step 1: Cleanse and Condition
1. As I Am Coconut CoWash ($9): Since shampoos can be harsh on curly hair by stripping it from the necessary oils and causing frizz, many curly girls opt for co-washing — cleansing with a conditioner. Swap out your shampoo and try using a cleansing conditioner like this to add necessary moisture to your locks. If you find that this isn’t cleansing enough, try alternating between shampoo and co-wash.
2. Carol´s Daughter Cupuaçu Anti-Frizz Smoothing Conditioner ($16): Next, use this daily hydrating conditioner that works on your locks from the inside out to stop the true cause of frizz — dryness. Cupuaçu, a rare butter—harvested only once a year in the Amazon Rain Forest is able to shield your strands from humidity and heat giving them a smooth and lasting finish.
3. Mop Top Clarifying Rescue Treatment ($10): This “Super Shampoo” should be used as a once a month clarifying treatment to remove product buildup, dirt and oil, so that your thirsty strands can absorb moisture. Perfect for product junkies and anyone experiencing dry, lifeless locks.
4. Karen´s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In Conditioner ($12): If you have thick kinks or curls your final cleanse and condition step is to use a leave-in conditioner. This one is filled with jojoba, avocado and coconut oils that seal in moisture and fight frizz and is lightweight enough for Type 2c to 4c hair and makes twist outs and wash and gos frizz-free.
Step 2: Add Moisture and Seal It In With The LOC Method (Liquid, Oil, Creme)
1. DevaCurl Heaven In Hair ($40): This deep conditioning treatment will hydrate your curls and help prevent frizz before it even starts. When your locks (Typically Type 3 and 4 hair types) are craving some moisture give ‘em some TLC by using this product once per week or for extremely dehydrated hair, use twice weekly.
2. Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni and Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque ($12): Intense moisture can help prevent the dryness that causes frizz in the first place. To help smooth your hair cuticle and control frizz you’ll want to try an intensive conditioning hair masque once per week. This particular masque works on wavy, curly & frizzy hair to hydrate, strengthen and repair frizz, flyaway hair.
3. 100% Natural Australian Jojoba ($23): After cleansing and conditioning all curly girls can apply a thin layer of this jojoba oil to lock in moisture and smooth the cuticle. Jojoba oil mimics our own hair’s oil, to strengthen hair and prevent frizz.
4. MYHoneyChild Honey Hair Crème ($19): Next, girls with porous, dry hair will want to apply a butter-based, cream to seal all that moisture in. This honey-base cream works great layered under your regular styling products while giving your curls definition and hold.
5. Hercules Sägemann Jumbo Rake Wide Tooth Comb ($20): Curly girls don’t brush, they comb and this is the only comb that you will ever need. This hand-sawn, hand-cut and hand-polished comb is made from ebonite — vulcanized natural rubber. Working like a hand, it detangles, separates curls and distributes your conditioning treatments throughout your hair.
Step 3: Style, Dry and Finish
1. Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel ($10): You’ve cleansed, conditioned, and locked in moisture now it’s time to style those curls. Get your curls to cooperate with this gel that creates a humidity barrier on your cuticles, sealing moisture in and blocking out frizz. No matter what situation you find your curls in, this styler defines curls without stiffness, stickiness or weight. For thicker, tighter curls that may need a bit more hold, reach for, Jessicurl Confident Coils Styling Solution ($17).
2. Curls Like Us – Curl Cloths ($24): If you’re cursing the beauty gods for your unwanted frizz you obviously haven’t tried “hair plopping.” After applying your styling product use this technique to help curls’ maintain their definition as they air dry. Swap out that coarse textured bath towel that can suck moisture from your hair for these soft, microfiber curl cloths or even a cotton T-shirt to reduce frizz and potential breakage.
3. Bed Head Curlipops™ Diffuser Dryer ($35): As much as we fully endorse embracing natural curls, there comes a time when we have to bring out the big guns — a hairdryer. Heat is like a frizz frenzy for curly hair, causing dryness and damage but on those occasions when there’s no time for plopping, curly girls need to reach for this diffuser dryer. No attachments necessary, ‘cause Curlipops™ gently dries from the inside and out for soft, frizz free curls.
4. Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper Tweek ($13): Frizzy hair and hairspray are like oil and water. Hairspray promises to control frizz and keep flyaways in check, but its high alcohol content drys out hair and contributes to frizz. This silicone-free cream is the first ever hairspray in cream form and curls love it. Finish things off by spritzing this “hairspray” all over curls to keep frizz and flyaways in check.
There you have it, your ultimate frizz-fighting guide for curly hair. Now go and share it with all of your curly-haired friends!
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