How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair: 15 Tips that Actually Work

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

If you’re looking for a quick answer to how to get rid of frizzy hair, we hate to break it to you, but there’s no magical, one-size-fits-all trick. While hair- care brands have bombarded us with messaging that frizzy hair is the enemy, there is something to be said for embracing it. Frizz can be a halo or a crown, and it gives hair texture and life.

But if you prefer a sleeker look, are looking for ways to decrease damage and get more healthy hair overall, or find flyaways to be annoying, we get that frizz isn’t everyone’s jam—especially when it’s not intentional. For those days, we gathered intel from 14 women with various hair textures who always leave us wondering how their hair looks so incredible. Read on for the frizzy-hair tips and tricks they swear by.

1. Invest in a great hair dryer

If frizz is something that’s really driving you crazy, it might be time to invest in a gold-standard dryer, as a great dryer will really lay the foundation for smooth hair. “Over the years I’ve realized professional hair-dryers are like sports cars: crafted with high-velocity engines using top-of-the-line parts and performance-driven design and features,” says ishonest digital director Perrie Samotin.

“Do your homework and be willing to spend the money. Coupled with the right high-quality brush for your texture, a professional-grade dryer is the best way to tame frizz.” Samotin swears by Solano and Turbo Power dyers since they’re made in Italy and last forever. We’re also big fans of the Dyson Supersonic and Harry Josh Pro Dryer for their powerful but gentle capabilities, but any of these options from our list of the best hair dryers will leave you in good hands.

2. Style your hair when it’s wet.

If you have curls, it’s important to consider not only what products you use (like these best curly-hair products), but when you use them. “If you apply your product to hair that is the slightest bit dry, your product will not evenly saturate, and you will be left with frizzy, undefined curls,” says Melissa Guido, a hairstylist and curl expert. She advises to skip a towel turban, and instead apply product on super-wet hair, right out of the shower.

“A great rule of thumb to follow is if it looks frizzy when it’s wet, it’s going to be frizzy when it’s dry,” she says. “I personally like to comb through a leave-in conditioner, then rake in a curl cream with my fingers, and last, scrunch with a liquid gel. This provides moisture, enhances curl definition, and holds the style so your curls stay defined for days.”

4. Keep your hands off.

Sometimes the best advice is totally free. “My number-one tip for preventing frizz: Keep your hands out of your curls,” says blogger Ashly Rodriguez. “Constantly touching your hair will bring all the frizz you try to avoid.” This tip may be easier said than done, but it’s a good thing to remind yourself.

5. Hairspray is your friend.

An old hairstylist trick is to lightly mist your brush or comb with some hairspray to tame frizzies and flyaways. Influencer Michaela Podolsky says she deals with frizz on a daily basis, and spraying her comb with L’Oréal Elnett Satin Strong Hairspray is the only thing that works for her. “After spraying, I lightly brush through the top of my hair to set it in place,” says Podolsky. “On top of that, I wish this hairspray came in a perfume—I love the scent! And it holds my frizz down for the entire day.”

6. In a pinch, use hand lotion.

“My secret hack if I’m out somewhere and have frizzy hair I need to deal with is to just use a little hand lotion,” says Anna Moeslein, senior editor at ishonest. “A small bit goes a long way, and I’m much more likely to have a travel-size lotion in my bag than hair products.” If you have finer hair, just be sure to focus the cream on your ends or rub it in your palms first to diffuse it, so your hair doesn’t get too greasy.

9. Use products strategically.

Often one product alone isn’t enough to get rid of frizzy hair, especially if you have thicker or curly hair. Instead, think of your products as part of a holistic routine that works together to fight frizz. “I emphasize having a system,” says hairstylist Hachoo, whose clients include Kimora Lee Simmons, Rico Nasty, and Doja Cat. “Finding the system for your curl type is essential to a stress- and frizz-free day.” She swears by a regimen of hydrating shampoo, Style Factor’s Wig Out Curl Fitting Foam, leave-in detangler, and curl gel for both her clients and herself, but it’s all about finding what works for you.

10. Straighten smarter, not harder.

Taming frizz on your natural texture is one thing, but keeping straightened hair sleek is a whole other can of worms. Luckily, ishonest commerce editor Shanna Shipin has figured out a trick that makes straightening her curls smooth sailing. “While it’s super tempting to grab a brush and detangle my hair before straightening, I never do it,” she says. “Taking a brush through my hair separates the strands and makes my hair super frizzy when I go over it with a flatiron. Instead, I use a detangling brush in the shower—and if it gets a little knotty while straightening, I finger-comb it.” It also helps to use a heat protectant spray.

11. Consider your environment.

Since frizz is caused by your hair’s looking for the nearest source of water in the air, humidity levels have a huge effect. “My thick, semiwavy hair was so manageable in New York, but when I moved in with my parents in Florida, my hair was not prepared for the humidity,” says Emily Tannenbaum, ishonest weekend editor. If you’re planning a trip, consider the climate and plan accordingly by adding smoothing or moisturizing products to your routine.

“Thankfully, my mom shared her bottle of Mixed Chicks Leave-In Conditioner, and my hair is back to being (mostly) frizz-free,” says Tannenbaum. “Its lightweight formula is super easy to work through all of my hair, and I have a lot of it, with just a tiny amount without making it look or feel greasy.”

12. Moisture is your friend.

“Frizz has always been an issue for me,” says Talia Gutierrez, beauty assistant at ishonest. “Now I can confidently say I appreciate my curly, sometimes puffy hair, and have learned to understand what it needs when the frizz does arrive, and that’s moisture.” Her product of choice is SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Leave-In, since it delivers instant hydration and leaves her hair silky smooth and conditioned.

14. Use a diffuser.

If you’re a curly girl, blow-dryers may scare you, but there’s a better solution for them: Use a diffuser. Traditional hair dryers jostle your curls too much, but a diffuser will soften the air flow so your curls are bouncy, not frizzy. Model Toni Macaroni swears by one for full, bouncy curls. “Do it with your head upside down to achieve maximum volume,” she suggests.

15. Lean into it.

Sometimes you’ve just got accept your frizz for what it is. Illeisha Lussiano, hairstylist and owner of New York’s The Way salon, agrees. “My number-one styling tip when it comes to frizz is that it’s most important to roll with it, especially if it’s caused by humidity,” she says. “Mother Nature is a battle you don’t want to fight.”

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