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What’s the best product for frizzy hair?

Harshleen asks…I’ve always had thick, poufy hair that also frizzes easily. Is there a way or product to bring down the volume and smoothen hair without using a flat iron to straighten?

The Beauty Brains respond
Hi Harshleen. Your question reminds us of the one we received from Kenya about which hair products are best for working out. In both cases, there is no definitive technical answer because there are so many different ways to style your hair and so many different product types. that depend more on personal choice not technical stuff. So, just as we did in Kenya’s case, we’ll give you our point of view and then throw it open for comments from the Beauty Brains community. Here are the main causes of frizzy hair…

1) The natural shape of your hair

If the natural shape of your hair has some curl, you will tend to have more frizz. Hair shape is primarily determined by the shape of the follicles that the hair grows out of. There’s not much you can do about this frizz!

2) How you cut and style it

Long hair has more frizz from damage. That’s because it’s experienced a lot of brushing and combing that causes it to break and split. Broken hairs tends to spring outward uncontrollably because the proteins in hair get “stretched” when the hair is pulled and they don’t go back to their original shape. A shorter cut can control this kind of frizz to some extent.

3) The environment

Humidity can get inside your hair and make fine, curly hair fall flat and it can make smooth, straight hair frizz out. (How does that work? The inside of your hair consists of two different protein regions: the Orthocortex and the Paracortex. These areas absorb water differently, so they don’t swell the same. This differential swelling causes the hair shaft to bend or twist to one side or the other which causes frizz. You can’t completely overcome the effect, but a good conditioner can help block the effects of water on your hair. (Look for something with a good slug of dimethicone in it) and then use high quality styling products that are effective against humidity.

Does anyone have any non-flat iron suggestions for frizzy hair? Leave a comment and help out Harshleen!

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  • Elle March 30, 2015, 10:47 pm

    Another point for factors that influence frizz…. When I’ve lived in cities with very hard water (i.e.: London) I’ve found the frizz a lot harder to control.

    My hairdresser introduced me to Kerastase’s Discipline line, and it’s made a HUGE difference, more than any other product I’ve tried. Especially the spray, and the mask.

  • Rachael March 31, 2015, 10:12 am

    L’oreal’s Advanced smoothing line works very well for me. I find the “Ultimate” version to make my hair too greasy though, so stick with the regular one.

    I don’t purchase a lot of high end products anymore (thanks, BB!) but I really liked Aveda’s smoothing line when I did. I feel like the ridiculously cheap Loreal works better, however Aveda sure smelled nicer.

  • MaryB April 2, 2015, 4:50 am

    Broccoli seed oil is my go-to product for frizzy hair. You can put some drops into you conditioner or very gently use the oil on its own (don’t overdo it).

  • Débora April 4, 2015, 1:52 pm

    I have very curly, volumous hair. It’s always going to be frizzy, but wearing a good moisturizing leave in conditioner and a good liquid gel and styling the hair only when wet while avoiding to touch it as it’s drying, is what works best for me.

  • Susie May 2, 2015, 3:47 am

    This may sound silly, but my suggestion is to stop fighting it! I have some of the frizziest hair on the planet. My hair is NEVER smooth. I used to dream of Marcia Brady smooth hair. I have stopped coloring, let it grow down my back, stopped getting layers. I use Neem oil, Argan oil, deep conditioners, etc. now I don’t worry about it so much anymore. It is what it is. Makes life a lot simpler when you give up the struggle.

  • Scott May 24, 2015, 1:29 pm

    I used to struggle with frizz and dryness. After what seemed like endless searching and going through tonnes of products I found this combination works for me.

    Pureology Precious Oil Shampoo
    Pureology Precious Oil Conditioner
    Pureology Precious Oil Masque
    John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil

    I wash and condition my hair every 2 days.
    I used the masque every two washes and leave it on for 5 minutes.
    I apply the smallest amount of Argan Oil (2-3 drops) to damp hair and leave it to dry naturally.
    No chemical processing, no heat and gentle care when wet and keep combing and brushing to a minimum.
    These products combuned with conscious care have solved all my hair problems. Hope this helps and I’m happy to answer any questions.

    • Pamela Brinkmoeller October 2, 2017, 12:59 pm

      Be careful! I took to the argan oil/moroccan oil trend and was using it in my SH/CN as moisturizer and it was even in my makeup. After a few months, I started developing dry scalp, which then turned into redness on my face and then ultimately would cause massive swelling on my face! (I even had to go to urgent care once bc it got so bad). Turns out that in small doses it was okay, but I had an allergy/sensitivity to it and overtime became unable to use it at all. Good Luck!

  • Nikole May 31, 2015, 12:22 am

    I suggest checking out http://www.naturallycurly.com to figure out what type of hair you have… and looking at products other similar hair-having people use.

  • Sabine July 22, 2015, 11:01 pm

    I have had luck mixing just a bit of Kiehl’s Creme with Silk Groom with a little argon oil in my palms and smoothing it on dry hair. A little goes a very long way, so be careful not to use much. It works great though, and leaves my dry, color treated and frizzy hair soft and smooth.

  • mommalion August 17, 2015, 5:07 pm

    My hair and the health of my hair has always been something I have struggled with. There was a period of time I wouldn’t do my hair at all… it was always uncontrollably frizzy and would shed.. it felt like a broom! I tried many hair treatments and went to many salons to try and get my hair healthy again. I started this Shielo line with the Shielo Smoothing Conditioner and fell in love!!! My hair is like new! Healthy shiny and strong! and can use hot tools now and style it, or just leave my hair natural.

  • Mary Ware June 28, 2016, 12:20 pm

    For long term results I use The Best JUVEXIN treatment and for short term results I use GKhair serum. The best JUVEXIN treatment keeps your hair for upto 5 months straight, smooth and soft but the hair serum fights instantly your hair frizz for the time being.

  • Rachel January 12, 2020, 8:44 am

    Olaplex products work for my frizzy hair