Messy beach hair, braids, or a stylish bun may disguise your summer hair problems. Yet if you’re looking to wear your hair down, you might be fighting frizzy hair on especially hot and humid days.
You don’t need to armor your hair with a helmet of hairspray to tame your tresses, though. If the humidity makes you look like a Troll doll, these tips might curtail the cowlicks.
Dry with a cotton T-shirt
Rubbing your hair with a towel that has a rougher texture can damage the hair cuticle. Instead, gently squeezing it with a microfiber towel should minimize frizz. But if you don’t have this kind of towel, a cotton T-shirt can ease frizz because its fabric is softer and more malleable.
Avoid heat products
As much as we love a good curling iron, stylists say heat products can make hair even frizzier. If you need to use a hair dryer, try attaching a diffuser to it and drying just the roots, not the whole hair shaft. You can even try a heat protecting product before you use straightening or curling irons.
Try a coconut oil mask
Avocado, olive, and coconut oil can moisturize dead, frizzy hair. Try putting coconut oil on the ends of damp hair, wrapping it in a plastic bag or hot towel, and letting it set for at least 30 minutes before shampooing and conditioning.
Washing your hair too much strips it of its natural oils. Try washing your hair every other day to start. You can also try a conditioner-only shower twice a week.
Use a mascara wand or toothbrush with hairspray
You can tame the baby frizzies that sneak up on the top layer of your hair by spritzing a mascara wand or toothbrush with hairspray and gently smoothing the hairs. If you want slightly more coverage, spray the hairspray onto a comb and comb it through your hair.
Keep up the cuts
Get a haircut every six to eight weeks to prevent split ends.
Seal with a serum
A smoothing serum is a hair product dedicated to easing flyaway hair. The choice of product that works best for you depends on the style you like, whether it’s curly, straight, or in between.
Look for protein in your conditioner
Protein balances the moisture in your hair to keep it healthy and strong. A protein-infused conditioner can help make hair shiny.
Try children’s detangler
If you’re looking for a more lightweight alternative, try children’s detangling spray. For an afternoon touch-up, spritz some into your hand and smooth it into problem areas.
Sleep on a silk pillowcase
The smoother texture of silk can limit friction between hair and the pillowcase overnight. Women who wash their hair the night before can wake up without spending too much time fighting the frizz.