Think Lana Del Rey’s “Summer Bummer” lyrics are actually referring to the crisis of managing difficult hair in impossible humidity? Then it’s obvious an intervention is necessary. Sure, we could get by the next few months with a neat bun or a braid. But that’s just escapism.
The problem of frizzy hair is actually a problem of hair cuticles. The key to healthy, smooth hair is sleek, well-balanced cuticles. Damaged or extensively treated hair gives way to raised cuticles, which allow moisture to enter your hair and make your hair frizzy. If you have fine or flat or very coiled hair, frizzy hair is a major style setback.
Defrizzing your hair is all about managing hydration levels and keeping your hair healthy. Here are very simple hacks to defrizz your hair for effective results.
Use Conditioner More Often Than Shampoo
Bumble and bumble Bb.Super Rich Conditioner, $69 at Ulta Beauty
Most people don’t need to wash their hair every day, especially if they’re using a good conditioner. Clean hair can actually get frizzier than day-old hair. Use a rich, creamy conditioner and skip shampoo altogether on super humid days.
Switch to Glycerin Shampoo
Earth’s Nectar Mint Leaves & Tea Tree Shampoo, $23.50 at Bloomingdale’s
Glycerin effectively deals with split ends, which is often why hair turns frizzier — especially if you have fine hair. This shampoo has glycerin plus peppermint and tea tree essential oils.
Use a Microfiber Towel
AuroTrends Microfiber Hair Towel, $7.99 at Amazon
Most drying towels are bulky and create friction and frizz when they come in contact with your hair. Wet hair is especially vulnerable to breakage. Switching to microfiber towels will dry your hair faster and more thoroughly.
Make the Most of Your Diffuser
Conair InfinitiPro 1875W Luxe Pro Dryer, $49.99 at Ulta Beauty
A diffuser disperses the air coming out of a blowdryer and tones down its force by spreading it over a wider area. It also gives a more thorough drying without causing too much movement, which is ideal for styling.
Invest in a Weightless Styling Spray
Living Proof No Frizz Weightless Styling Spray, $38 at Sephora
Hairsprays are essential and we often need quite a lot, especially during summer. A weightless spray will style your hair and tame frizz without weighing your hair down. This one also blocks humidity.
Use a Salon-Style Deep Conditioning Mask
Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak, $25 at Sephora
Despite your love of homemade beauty products and DIY masks, try a pro-level deep conditioning mask, especially if you have bleached or chemically treated hair. Hair masks are extremely restorative and make your hair sleeker.
Layer Your Hair
Verb Ghost Oil, $18 at Sephora
On bad hair days, nourish your hair with a dry oil that’s penetrating but not greasy. It acts like a hydrating seal. This Verb product literally vanishes after application. It has bamboo extract and argan oil to enhance elasticity.
Sleep on Silk
Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase, $89 at Slip
You probably already know this, but silk pillowcases help preserve delicate hair. They don’t strip your hair of natural oils and reduce friction.