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Find Your Perfect (Frizz-fighting) Match

It may be time to break up with frizz. If you have straight, wavy, or curly hair, and you’ve decided a frizzy style isn’t for you, we gathered our best advice to help you live your best hair life. Before you choose to tame frizz for good, here’s why you may be experiencing it.

Quick recap: why your hair is frizzy.

For some textures, frizziness occurs when your hair is naturally dry. Other textures may experience frizz when their hair has become damaged. In either case, one thing to consider is the relationship between humidity and frizz. Humidity is a known amplifier of frizziness—as humidity levels go up, frizziness multiples because it’s seeking hydration from the air around it. While frizziness is not innately bad, it is a characteristic of hair that every texture approaches differently.

We’re here to banish misconceptions around frizzy hair to remind you that all textures are gorgeous, including those that experience frizz. At the end of the day, whether you want a look with frizz or not, we support your perspective on what’s beautiful. To find out the specifics behind your dryness-related frizz, check out our Guide to Dry Hair.

Next, how to get rid of frizz for good.

For some textures, frizziness occurs when your hair is naturally dry. Other textures may experience frizz when their hair has become damaged. In either case, one thing to consider is the relationship between humidity and frizz. Humidity is a known amplifier of frizziness—as humidity levels go up, frizziness multiples because it’s seeking hydration from the air around it. While frizziness is not innately bad, it is a characteristic of hair that every texture approaches differently.

We’re here to banish misconceptions around frizzy hair to remind you that all textures are gorgeous, including those that experience frizz. At the end of the day, whether you want a look with frizz or not, we support your perspective on what’s beautiful. To find out the specifics behind your dryness-related frizz, check out our Guide to Dry Hair.

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Product ingredients

Similar to how you may look for specific ingredients to add to a skincare routine, there are some great frizz-fighting ingredients to keep an eye out for that will help your hair slay all day, no matter the season.

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Types of products

When looking for a frizz fighter, keep in mind they have to be a match for your hair and your lifestyle. Which product(s) to use depends on the ingredients that your unique texture likes, what your current routine is, and the environment that you live in.

Which ingredients should you look for on product labels?

When on the hunt for quality ingredients in your new frizz fighter, think about why your hair is experiencing frizz in the first place. If your frizzy hair is caused by natural or damage-induced dryness you’ll want to nourish your hair. To do so, find ingredients that will give your hair what it needs through one, if not all three, of these ingredient categories: emollients, humectants, or occlusives. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites and how they work:

Emollients – Emollients are naturally moisturizing ingredients that protect and lubricate the length of your texture for glossy, soft, and smooth strands. Shea butter is an effective emollient that’s widely used in both hair and skincare. It’s packed with vitamins and essential fatty acids, and when applied to wet hair, the water can help your strands absorb the moisture from shea butter, which makes it an ideal ingredient for conditioners and wash-n-go routines. When looking at product labels, ingredients are organized from highest quantity to lowest quantity. A good rule of thumb is that the first five to seven ingredients make up the majority of the product and should be the ingredients you take into consideration first. When formulated in higher quantities, shea butter is ideal for winter time and textures with coarse, dense, or thick hair; in lighter quantities, shea butter is a must for summer time, and textures with fine or thin hair. Look for shea butter in conditioners, such as Quench Ultra Rich Conditioner, and hydrating hair creams.

Humectants – Three powerhouse, frizz-fighting humectants are glycerin, panthenol, and honey. They support hair health by taking moisture from other ingredients and infusing your hair with that moisture.

  • Glycerin is particularly great during humid, summer months because it’s lightweight and has long-lasting pattern hold for your texture.
  • Panthenol Panthenol is lightweight with both emollient and humectant properties, making it a staple ingredient for any texture. In products like Volumizing Hair Spray that protect against the effects of humidity, panthenol enriches hair with shine or luster while binding to your strands to protect them from damage.
  • Honey, while being a natural humectant, also has emollient and reparative properties, meaning it can help hydrate, moisturize, and strengthen your hair all at once.
    If you live in a dry climate or want to winterize your hair care routine, look for formulations that pair humectants with emollient ingredients. This will provide humectants a moisturizing layer to pull from. When formulated in products without emollients, humectants seek moisture from the air. When you’re in a dry climate, humectants won’t have hydration to absorb which can lead to dry or frizzy hair.

Occlusives – Occlusives are the last category, and tend to be most effective as the last step in your shower or styling routine. Occlusives are moisturizing agents that seal in hydration by acting as a protective barrier between your hair and its environment. Avocado oil, olive oil, and coconut oil are all holy-grail ingredients in hair product formulations because of their occlusive properties. Combined with the vitamins, fatty acids, and other nutrients found in these oils, they can maintain or restore moisture levels while adding shine, luster, and body to your hair. They are especially efficient when formulated in leave-in conditioners, such as Nourishment Leave-in Moisturizer, and finishing products (which are applied at the end of your routine to finish your style) such as Hydrating Finishing Balm.

What products are good for frizzy hair?

Knowing which ingredients address your frizzy needs can help narrow down what products to keep an eye out for. While cleansing and conditioning are vital steps to any routine for instance, some frizz fighters that pack the biggest punch are styling products because of the ingredients they use. Our favorite stylers enhance your natural texture while providing major frizz defense:

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Kinky Curling Cream and Curly Whip

These stylers can be used interchangeably for curly textures. Kinky Curling Cream uses olive oil and honey to protect and deeply moisturize hair. It keeps curls supple, especially during the winter or if you live in a dry climate. Curly Whip uses glycerin and honey for lightweight summer tresses and long-lasting hold for your pattern. Curly Whip is styling-must if you live in an environment with plenty of humidity.

Wavy Mousse
Wavy Mousse

Wavy Mousse uses a powerful combination of honey, panthenol, and glycerin. It’s a flexible mousse that keeps hair soft and healthy with lightweight, yet strong hold for rockin’ waves and curls. Wavy Mousse is essential for curves and spirals no matter their environment.

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Blow It All Out

Panthenol works in tandem with extracts and proteins in Blow It All Out to protect your straight texture or straight style from both frizz and heat-related grievances. Lightly spraying this on damp hair before blowing your hair out will help defend and maintain your final look from frizz. Blow It All Out cushions your hair in dry and humid environments alike.

In the end, finding what works best for you is a process and we’re here to help you along the way. If you need guidance on how to customize your routine or want to dive deeper to learn about your hair, Dickey is the Texture Guru for all textures and is ready to answer your questions with our virtual consultations. No matter how you nurture your crown, we want to hear your experience. Did these tips work for you? What do you do to treat yourself and your hair? Tag us with @hairrules to share how you keep frizziness at bay or embrace your frizzy locks on social media!