Controlling Frizzy Hair

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

You might be familiar with frizz and what it looks like, but understanding what exactly causes it is key when trying to work with it.  

What is frizz?

In a nutshell, when the outermost layer of your hair (called the cuticle) is raised, moisture enters the strand and causes it to swell and create the frizzy effect you’re familiar with seeing. When you are in a high humidity environment, such as in your bathroom full of steam or on holiday in tropical climates, your hair will react. The water molecules in the air will enter the hair shaft and bind with the proteins in your hair, causing it to “forget” how it has been styled and return to its au naturel state. If your hair is already dry or damaged, it’s so much more susceptible to frizz. Damaged hair has a rough outer layer which makes it much harder for the hair strands to lie neatly side by side. Hair strands that bend in a different direction create the frizzy mess on our head.

So what can you do to get rid of frizz? Here are some tips on how to prevent frizz and keep your hair frizz-free for longer.

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How to control and protect against frizzy hair

Invest in treatments 

Using a great hair oil will work wonders on your hair, and there are literally tonnes of them on the market at the moment. After washing, apply an oil to the lengths and ends of your hair, and let it air dry to allow the oil to deeply penetrate your hair strands.  

Also consider investing in a deep conditioning mask once a week, especially when it is colder to help calm your hair and lock in extra moisture. A treatment such as the Olaplex number 3  hair perfector will help to strengthen and repair hair bonds. 

Focus on the top layer only 

When it comes to styling, try not to overdo it. Excessive styling of your hair can make it more frizzy, so wherever possible, try not to use hair tools at all. However, if you absolutely have to, limit the hot tools to the main problems areas on the outer layers which are most prone to frizz.  

Don’t blow dry super wet hair 

Try to let your hair air dry about 80% on its own before you go in with a dryer. Too much hot air on your strands will cause it to become dry and dehydrated, which leads to frizz. There are some fab products out there that can cut your blow dry time in half and have the added bonus of heat protection. 

Wash your hair less frequently

It makes sense really. The less you wash your hair, it has more of a chance to recover from styling and lets your natural oils better penetrate your hair. Try using preventative styles like braids, twists, and buns to hide and particularly bad hair days, but persevere through and it will improve your hair quality over time. 

Stop touching your hair 

 After you’ve styled your hair on a morning avoid brushing or touching it throughout the day. This will break up the strands, which cause it to frizz. Use a small amount of cream or oil to help reduce static. 


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Use a cleansing conditioner 

Skip the shampoo every now and again and go straight in with a low lather cleansing conditioner. Conditioners deposit moisture back into your hair, which will help your hair become less frizz-prone. Look for a conditioner that is high in glycerin which is a great hydrating ingredient, and apply to the lengths and ends of your hair, dispersing down the lengths with a wide-toothed comb keeping it away from your roots to avoid weighing your hair down. 

Carry a de-frizz product

We all know how annoying it is to go to all this effort only to get caught out with a little moisture in the air (Monica’s humidity hair anyone?) so be sure to pack a frizz-fighting product that you can call to action when you need to. 

Wrap your hair in silk overnight 

Do we really need to remind you that wrapping your hair in silk is amazing for your hair? Wrapping your hair in a Luna cap will cocoon your hair in silk, preventing it from friction and rubbing up the wrong way against cotton, and locking in the natural oils in your hair too.  

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Use cream products and a diffuser on curly hair  

Curly hair can sometimes need a little extra love since it is more prone to frizzing. After washing, apply a cream-based product from root to tip.  When you apply the product, instead of rubbing it in, warm the product between your palms and fingers, and squeeze it onto your hair. Then, wrap your curls around your fingers to shape them exactly how you want, and let your strands air dry. You can also use a diffuser on low speed, high heat (aiming it down to keep it from ruffling the cuticle) to dry it. 

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Embrace your natural texture 

 Sometimes, just letting nature do its thing and embracing your natural hair texture can do wonders. Having some time away from straightening and additional products gives your hair a chance to relax and return to its natural state. Your hair is a part of what makes you who you are, so why change it?  


Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.