Dealing with frizz in the summer can be overwhelming. I have naturally wavy hair. It can get super dry if I’m not careful. My husband is half Puerto Rican, and his hair is super thick, curly, dry, and incredibly frizzy. The fact that we both have dry hair makes the chances of becoming frizz-balls so much higher. At least we’re in it together, I guess!
It’s just so frustrating because frizz can flare up and get out of control so easily. All you have to do is use the wrong shampoo, shower too often, heat style all the time or wander out into the humidity. The list goes on and on. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to avoid it, but everyone is different. If you have frizzy curly hair that is hard to control, I have some tips that might help you learn how to get frizz-free curls on your own! It might take some time, but it will be so worth it in the end.
Curly Hair: All You Need to Know
It can be challenging to figure out how to get frizz-free curls. It seems like everyone with curly hair wants straight hair and vice versa. But you should just embrace your natural hairstyle and take advantage of it!
Styles for Curly Hair
There are plenty of different haircuts for frizzy hair. The key is to know your hair and figure out what style will work the best for you. Getting advice from a stylist would be helpful. But learning how to style your own hair is super important. We’ll dive into the details of that a little bit later in this post. For now, I wanted to give you some haircut ideas you could try! It’s also important to remember that it’ll be a learning experience. Hair grows back, so don’t be afraid to try new things!
Short and Curly
Short curly hair is so cute! Learning how to style curly hair is easier than you might think, especially if it’s short. You need to play around with it to see what works for you! This would be really easy to style with a curling iron because it would only take a few minutes. You could even straighten it from time to time for a different look. But it’s perfect if you want a style that allows you to take a shower and go. You just need a little product to battle any frizz, and you’re golden!
This style is slightly longer, but still really cute, short curly hairstyle. I like this because it gives you enough length to put it up. At least, with some help from a few trusty bobby pins! It is also super easy to style. Learning how to scrunch hair would be the perfect trick to keeping this style looking cute while avoiding frizz!
Long and Curly
The key to getting the right hairstyle for frizzy or curly hair is to make sure you avoid short layers. Long layers are your best friend. Then the frizz won’t end up getting stacked into a weird triangle shape. That’s the main reason I haven’t cut my hair too short in so long. I had some bad haircuts growing up because I didn’t know what hairstyle would work with my hair type.
Tips For Frizz-Free Curls
Since everyone is different, the same tips and tricks won’t work for everyone. So I wanted to cover as many simple tips as I can. You will have to experiment a little to find out how to control frizzy hair. In the end, you’re the best person to figure out what works the best for your hair! So here are some tips that will hopefully be a huge help while you learn how to get frizz free curls!
- Texturizing, thinning, or razor cutting will enhance the frizz and make it worse. So if you’re worried about that when you’re getting your hair cut, make sure to let your stylist know. Short layers are one way they have tried to thin out my thick hair. Let me tell you; it was a nightmare. When I was younger, I had very frizzy/wavy hair. Talk about volume! So when they tried to thin my hair, it had the opposite effect. That was the day a straightening iron became my best friend.
- Frizz can be caused by a lack of moisture in your hair. Since I have dry hair I know this all too well. So when you walk into the humidity, your hair actually tries to suck the moisture out of the air. That’s why your hair gets so puffy. So make sure you always use a conditioner or leave-in conditioner!
- Using a sulfate shampoo contributes to dry hair. Most shampoos contain sulfates to help your shampoo foam up. But they are pretty harsh on your hair. Focus on trying to find a sulfate free shampoo that contains a bunch of glycerin instead. That will help smooth and hydrate your hair!
- Don’t wash your hair every day! I know it’s tempting, especially if you have oily hair. But washing it every day will make your hair even more oily. You’re stripping moisture out of your hair constantly by using shampoo on a daily basis. So your scalp is trying to make up for the oils by going into overdrive. Try using a dry shampoo between showers to control the greasy look!
- Using a leave-in conditioner a few times a week will help fix your dry hair. I would recommend using it mainly on the ends and halfway up the shaft. Avoid your scalp because it will help make your hair greasy as well.
- If you have curly hair, it would also be beneficial to use a wide-tooth comb, rather than a brush. It will detangle your hair just fine without messing up your curl pattern as much! But if you’re trying to straighten your hair but retain that volume, use a blow dryer with a round brush. It won’t be as straight or as flat, but it will give you a more natural, but still gorgeous and sleek look!
- Give your hair a chance to dry about 90% on its own before you blow dry. I know this can be a hard rule to follow if you’re in a rush. But it will save you some unnecessary damage in the long run and help reduce frizz.
- Instead of towel drying your hair try using a softer material. Using a cotton t-shirt to gently towel dry your hair will be much easier on your hair!
Enhancing Your Curls
Now that we’ve talked about how to defrizz hair, I want to focus on learning how to style naturally curly hair! It isn’t as hard as you think. There are a few simple products you can use to control the frizz and accentuate the curls. The best part is the fact that it is simple and easy to do on your way out the door in the mornings! Not to mention, all the product are a huge part of learning how to get frizz free curls!
- Argan Oil is the perfect way to lock in some hydration! Keep in mind that a little bit goes a long way. Girls with natural hair love it because it helps reduce breakage and promote moisturization. If you don’t have natural hair and are a little worried it could make your hair too greasy; you could always try Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner instead!
- Hair Botox is a more expensive option that a lot of people don’t know about. The higher price tag is worth it for most people though. It reduces frizz, is a natural curl enhancer, and each treatment lasts for around three months! By repairing breakage, it makes your hair look and feel silky smooth!
- If you want a gorgeous beach wave look and loose waves or curls, I would recommend sea salt spray! It helps separate hair into individual tendrils for an effortless look that works for all hair types! It reduces frizz, and most are humidity-resistant!
- An anti-frizz serum is a miracle product my mom introduced me to a long time ago. It’s the best thing ever. All you need to do is work a pump or two into damp hair. So one bottle will last forever, is super affordable, and will defrizz those curls with minimal effort!
- Relaxing Balm is a product I’m not as familiar with, but really want to try for myself! It is similar to anti-frizz serum because it helps tame frizz. This is another product that only requires you to use a few pumps in your damp hair! It is also humidity resistant, which is perfect when you have as many issues as I do!
- Learning how you use mousse or hair gel/creme for curly hair would be another quick and easy way to tame the frizz and enhance your curls! The key is to make sure you don’t use too much. More is less in both of these cases. Having a blow dryer on hand with a diffuser is also a huge plus for the mousse. Or you could scrunch your hair with either!
How to Curl Straight Hair
Now, I know all you straight haired ladies are feeling left out. But what if you could learn how to curl your hair without a curling iron? There are more ways than you might think! I always thought heat it was the only way until I did a little experimenting of my own. If you are only doing it on occasion, curling irons and curling wands are fine. But they can do some damage. So here are a few ways to make your hair curly without heat!
I added links to video tutorials so you could learn how to do each one. Then you can determine for yourself what would work for your hair type, length, or style! When you use any of these methods, you can also use any of the tips and products above to get the best out of your curls too!
Curling Your Hair Isn’t So Hard After All!
Curling your hair doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. It also doesn’t have to be hard to control frizzy hair. So if you want to learn how to get frizz-free curls, just play with your hair and try new things. Some tips might not work for you. But you also might find the best new way to do your hair! So be spontaneous, remember that hair always grows back, and there are so many options for your gorgeous curly looks! So embrace that curl and banish that frizz!
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