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How To Manage Frizzy Hair: Treatments And Styling Tips

If you often find yourself in a battle against the frizz, you’re not alone. Frizzy hair can be both a blessing and a curse. While it adds volume and personality to your locks, taming it can sometimes feel like trying to wrangle a wild animal.

But with the right techniques and products, you can turn your frizzy hair into the look you want. In this guide, we'll offer our tips, tricks, and techniques to help you embrace and enhance your hair’s natural texture. Whether you're looking to define your curls, smooth out the frizz, or simply gain a better understanding of your hair type, read on.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Frizzy hair looks different for everyone and can be defined as surface, halo, or in-the-curl frizz.
  • Frizzy hair can be genetic, or caused by humidity or hair treatments.
  • Frizz can be prevented by using moisturising shampoos, frizz-prevention products, and gentle styling.
  • Hair masks, silk pillowcases, and other treatments can help tame frizzy hair.
  • A range of hairstyles are suitable for frizzy hair, from messy topknots to simple braids.

 

UNDERSTANDING FRIZZY HAIR: THE BASICS

H3: What is frizzy hair? 

Frizzy hair refers to dry hair that lacks moisture and appears unruly or puffy. This is due to the cuticle layer of the hair being raised, which allows moisture to pass through and swell the strands. This can result in a lack of smoothness and a tendency for the hair to form tangles and flyaways.

What does frizzy hair look like?

Frizzy hair can look different for everyone, but there’s three main types of frizz: 

  • Surface frizz: This type of frizz appears as a halo of fuzz on the surface of the hair, giving it a rough and uneven texture.
  • Halo frizz: Similar to surface frizz, but more pronounced, forming a visible halo around the head.
  • In-the-curl frizz: Frizz that occurs within the natural curls or waves of the hair, causing them to lose definition and appear frayed.

Why does my hair go frizzy? 

Several factors can contribute to hair becoming frizzy:

  • Genetics: Some people are genetically predisposed to having hair that’s naturally more prone to frizz due to its texture and structure – for example, if you have type 2, 3 or 4 hair you are more likely to have frizz than someone with type 1 hair.
  • Moisture/humidity: Dry or humid weather can cause the hair cuticle to swell, leading to frizz. Lack of moisture or excessive moisture absorption both contribute to frizz.
  • Hair treatments: Chemical treatments like bleaching or perming, and harsh hair products can damage the hair cuticle, making it more likely to get frizzy.

We recommend dialling down the heat on your heated styling tools to best protect your hair. Work out the best heat setting for your hair type with our Temperature Calculator.

Why does my hair go frizzy in cold weather?

In cold weather, your hair goes into ‘survival mode’, desperately trying to hold onto whatever moisture it can. This can produce frizz. Also, cold weather tends to be drier, which can strip moisture from your hair, causing it to become dehydrated and frizzy. Indoor heating during colder months can also dry out your hair, making frizz worse.

Why does my hair go frizzy in humid weather?

Humid weather causes the hair cuticle to swell as it absorbs moisture from the air. This can result in frizz as the hair strands expand and become more prone to tangling and breakage.

How can I prevent my hair from going frizzy?

Here are some tips to help prevent frizzy hair:

  • Moisturise: Use hydrating shampoos, conditioners, and leave-in treatments to keep your hair nourished and frizz-free.
  • Low heat styling: Give your hair a break from intense heat and use hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons with variable heat settings. All our heated styling tools at CLOUD NINE have Variable Temperature Control, putting you in charge of the heat you use on your hair.
  • Protective hairstyles: Wear hairstyles that minimise friction and protect your hair, such as braids, buns, or ponytails using silk scrunchies.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb: Avoid brushing your hair when it's dry, as this can disrupt the hair cuticle and lead to frizz. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle wet hair.
  • Reduce friction: Use a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction and prevent frizz while sleeping.

Is there any way to get rid of frizzy hair for good?

As much as you might love to say goodbye to frizz forever, it's not that simple. But with a good hair care routine, the right products, and maybe a little help from your hairdresser, you can definitely keep that frizz in check and feel more in control with knowledge of why and how frizz happens.

 

BEST FRIZZY HAIR TREATMENTS

If you’re tired of battling frizzy hair every day, there are plenty of products and treatments out there to help you tame the beast and achieve smoother, more manageable locks. Whether you've got curly, thin, coarse, or dry hair, there's a solution for you. Let's dive into some of the best products and treatments to help prevent and stop frizzy hair in its tracks.

Low heat styling tools

Excessive heat can wreak havoc on your hair, leading to frizz and damage. Choose a heated styling tool with Variable Temperature Control like the CLOUD NINE 2-in-1 Contouring Iron Pro, which comes with our unique Revive ModeTM to limit the amount of heat your hair is exposed to. 

Check out the CLOUD NINE Temperature Calculator to find out your hair type and the optimum temperature for styling your hair. 

Diffuser

If you have type 2 (wavy) or type 3 (curly) hair, a diffuser attachment for your hair dryer can be a game-changer. Our Airshot Pro hair dryer comes with a magnetic diffuser attachment. Simply snap it onto the hairdryer before drying. Instead of blasting your curls with intense heat, a diffuser gently distributes airflow. This helps to enhance your natural curls and tame frizz. If your hair is on the curlier side, apply a curl-enhancing product to damp hair, then flip your head upside down, and diffuse away for bouncy, frizz-free curls.

Learn how to use a diffuser for more advice about how to use a diffuser for gorgeous, frizz-free waves or curls – and discover more curly hair considerations in our guide.

Silk pillowcase

Swap out your cotton pillowcase for a silk pillowcase to prevent friction and reduce frizz while you sleep. The smooth silky surface helps to minimise tangles and friction – particularly if your hair is thin or delicate – leaving you with smoother, shinier hair when you wake up. 

Gentle shampoos and conditioners

When it comes to preventing frizz, it's all about keeping your hair moisturised and healthy. Choose gentle, sulphate-free shampoos and conditioners formulated specifically for your hair type. Look for products enriched with hydrating ingredients like argan oil, shea butter, or coconut oil to nourish and tame frizz-prone hair.

Hair oils

Hair oils are your secret weapon against frizz, creating a barrier around your hair to stop frizz in its tracks. Whether you prefer argan oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil, a few drops of your favourite oil can work wonders for smoothing frizz and adding shine – especially if you have coarse or thick hair. Apply a small amount to the mid-lengths and ends of damp or dry hair, focusing on areas prone to frizz such as the top section or ends.

Brushes and detanglers

Say goodbye to knots and tangles with a gentle brush or detangler designed to minimise breakage and prevent frizz. Choose a brush with soft bristles like our Luxury Dressing Brush, or a wide-toothed comb to use in the shower. Start from the ends and work your way up, gently detangling any knots without pulling or tugging on your hair.

Hair masks

Treat your hair to a weekly hair mask to keep frizz at bay and restore moisture and vitality. Look for hydrating masks infused with nourishing ingredients like keratin, avocado oil, or honey to deeply condition and smooth the hair cuticle. Apply to clean, damp hair, leave on for the recommended time, then rinse thoroughly for silky-smooth results.

Magical Remedy

Our Magical Remedy is the perfect 3-in-1 haircare product, providing a conditioner, leave-in conditioner and hair mask in one. Infused with the perfect blend of hero ingredients, Magical Remedy contains natural oils, amino acids, keratin, and collagen which moisturise your hair, helping to prevent frizz. 

Magical Potion

A heat protectant is a must for safe styling. Our Magical Potion contains a blend of conditioning and protecting ingredients to help protect your hair from heat and reduce flyaways. Simply spritz onto your hair before using any heated styling tool to help your hair stay healthy, shiny, and frizz-free.

Microfibre and cotton towels

Gentle microfibre towels are often preferred to traditional cotton towels because they absorb excess moisture without causing friction, helping to prevent frizz and breakage. Simply wrap your hair in a microfibre towel after washing and gently squeeze out any excess water. Whatever you wrap your hair with, just make sure you’re gentle – a traditional towel is absolutely fine as long as you take care not to squeeze or wrap your hair too tight.

 

HOW TO STYLE FRIZZY HAIR

With so many styles out there, it’s never been easier to find a style that helps minimise frizz or wear your frizzy hair with pride. If your hair is on the curlier side, let your curls shine with a cool topknot, or use a silk scrunchie to tie your hair back off your face. If your hair is type 1 or 2 with a tendency to frizz, keep flyaways under control with a sleek bun or a mermaid tail braid over one shoulder.

Classic bun

You can’t go wrong with a classic bun. From ballroom to boardroom, this look exudes chic. A generous spritz of hairspray will work wonders if your hair is coarse and frizz-prone. Pair with a ribbon or embellished hair slide for a fancier look for a special occasion.

Messy topknot

The beauty of a messy topknot is that it’s supposed to be messy and ‘undone’. If your hair is curly, let your curls pop out in all directions and embrace the frizzy bits. If you have thin hair, a topknot is a great way to disguise a thinning parting or give the illusion of more volume with a few teased-out tendrils.

Mermaid braid

This statement look is the ideal blend of polished and relaxed. It may take some time to perfect, but once you’ve mastered it, the mermaid braid is a great low-maintenance style. This braid can be worn in a half-up half-down style or a one long braid worn down your back or across your shoulder.

Silk scrunchie ponytail

A ponytail is the go-to for frizzy hair, especially if it’s mid-length or longer. However, hair elastics can snag and cause more frizz, not less. By using a silk scrunchie, you can tie your hair back for exercise or work, but prevent breakage or snagging.

Twist

Twisted hairstyles are the perfect low-manipulation and low-maintenance options for those with curly or coily hair. If you have coarse type 4 coils, a twist braid or spring twist gives a soft, bouncy look. Check out our type 4 hair guide for lots of hairstyle ideas that help you reduce frizz and showcase your gorgeous coils.

Mermaid Waves

First popular in the 90s, mermaid waves are back. Remember to use a heat protectant such as our Magical Potion before heat styling, and use a heated styling tool like our 2-in-1 Contouring Iron Pro which comes with Variable Temperature Control to style your hair at the lowest possible temperature. 

 

MANAGING FRIZZY HAIR – DOS AND DON’TS

To round off, here’s a simple list of dos and don’ts for managing frizzy hair:

Do:

  • Use Revive ModeTM when straightening your hair: Our Original Iron Pro comes with our signature Revive ModeTM, which uses Axial VibrationTM technology to take care of your hair as you straighten it.  
  • Brush your hair carefully: Use a wide-tooth comb or a brush with soft bristles to gently detangle your hair, starting from the ends and working your way up to prevent breakage and minimise frizz.
  • Use cotton towels or air dry naturally: Pat your hair dry with a soft cotton towel or allow it to air dry naturally.
  • Maintain a balanced diet: Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals to support healthy hair growth and minimise dryness and frizz. Check out our complete guide to hair nutrition for advice on how to make healthy food choices for healthy hair.
  • Apply styling products to wet hair: Apply styling products, such as leave-in conditioners or creams, to damp hair to lock in moisture and definition, reducing frizz as your hair dries.
  • Take cool showers: Hot water can strip the hair of its natural oils, leading to dryness and frizz. A slightly cooler shower, or blast of cold water at the end of your shower can work wonders for shiny, frizz-free hair.

Don't:

  • Use high heat: It’s possible to use heated styling tools in a way that’s kinder on your hair – simply use our Temperature Calculator to work out the perfect temperature for your hair type, and make sure you use heated styling tools with Variable Temperature Control like our Original Iron. Always apply a heat protectant beforehand too – our Magical Potion is perfect for the job.
  • Brush too vigorously: Avoid brushing your hair too vigorously, especially when it's dry, as this can cause breakage and increase frizz. Instead, be gentle and patient when detangling your hair, starting from the ends and working your way up. Try using a brush with natural bristles like our Luxury Dressing Brush – but be as gentle as possible.
  • Use harsh chemical products: Steer clear of hair products containing harsh chemicals, such as sulphates and alcohol, as they can strip the hair of its natural oils and add to frizz. Go for moisturising, nourishing shampoos and conditioners to help maintain shiny, frizz-free hair.

Frizz doesn’t have to be the enemy – there are many styles out there that help you embrace your flyaways – but we understand that sometimes you just want straight and sleek, and that’s fine too. 

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