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Frizzy Hair Fixes

7 rules to live by if you suffer from Frizzy Hair Syndrome

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Frizzy Hair Fixes

Jennifer Ferrin

Stephen Lovekin
If you have curly hair and live in a humid environment, you likely suffer from frizzy hair. Curly hair tends to be dry and is particularly susceptible to humidity. It simply wants to soak up the moisture in the air, which causes the hair's cuticles to expand, which therefore causes frizz.

So how to control the frizz? It's possible to control frizz, but you need to arm yourself with the right products and proper styling. Here are 5 Frizzy Hair Rules to Live By:

Rule No. 1: Careful With That Shampoo

Shampooing can strip hair of its natural oils, which are actually great frizz fighters. To avoid frizz, lather up only a couple times a week with a gentle shampoo, preferably one that contains no sulfates (see my list of the Best Sulfate-free Shampoos). Sulfate-free shampoos are gentler on the hair and the scalp. You can use baby powder or a dry shampoo to keep oil at bay between washings.

Also consider the "lo-poo" or the "no-poo" shampoos that are currently insanely popular among my New York friends with curly hair. Created by curly-haired women for curly hair, Deva Curl's No-Poo and Lo-Poo shampoos, are sulfate-free, full of organic moisturizers and created for ultimate frizz protection.

Rule No. 2: Deep Condition After Every Shampoo

Unless you have super-fine hair (most curly hair is not fine), you should deep condition after every shampoo. A deep conditioner protects the hair's shaft, coating it so it is less able to soak up the humidity in the air. Allow the conditioner to stay on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing.

See the best hair products for dry, curly hair and my list of the best frizz fighters.

Rule No. 3: Never Rub Hair Dry With a Towel

Rubbing hair dry with a towel only roughs up the cuticle, making it more prone to the frizzies once it dries. Instead, squeeze hair dry with the towel. I read once that Drew Barrymore swears by squeezing her hair dry with super-absorbent paper towels (think Bounty). My friend with curly hair dries her hair with a super-absorbent towel that she got from a travel store (like these). She says it's the perfect size.

Rule No. 4: Comb in a Silicone Serum

Once hair is towel-dried correctly, comb in a leave-in conditioner or even better and especially if you are going to use a hair dryer, a curling iron or a flatiron, comb in a serum containing silicone (look for "dimethicone" on the bottle). Make sure each curl is coated.

Silicone serums ensure the cuticle stays smooth and offers protection from humidity.

Rule No. 5: The Right Kind of Blow Dryer

Invest in an ionic hair dryer (see my list of the best hair dryers), which dries hair much faster, therefore creating less damage to the hair's cuticles.

You should use a diffuser when blow-drying curly hair. Stylists swear by Deva's hand-shaped diffuser which allows you to actually get into the curls to dry them.

Rule No. 6: The Correct Way to Blow Hair Dry

Not blow drying hair correctly will definitely cause frizz. To dry hair correctly, hold the blow dryer under hair, squeezing curls in your palm as you dry. If you don't use a diffuser, aim the blow dryer nozzle downward, in the direction hair grows.

Rule No. 7: Watch That Hairspray, Try a Gloss Spray Instead

Most hairsprays and mousses have a high slcohol content which is incredibly drying to that hair you just protected with the conditioners and the serums. If you must spray hair, use a hairspray with little to no alcohol. Finish hair instead by spritzing a high gloss spray in your palm, rubbing your palms together and then "palming" your hair where the frizzies tend to pop up. More resources for curly hair:

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