How To Fight The Frizz

Fluff, flyaways and frizz be gone

WHERE — Dubai
PHOTOGRAPHY — Sam Flaherty

Whether you have fine, thick, curly or straight hair, apparently many of us Monica Geller’s understand frizzy hair woes all too well. Enter; a few tips and tricks to fight the frizz.

I don’t know if it’s because my hair is fine, or if my hair is punishing me for years of bleach-related damage, but my locks have a tendency to go full-frizz all too often. Even the slightest bit of humidity results in what I like to call sheep hair; aka my hair starts to resemble the fleece of a fluffy sheep.

And while there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, these tips and products will help smooth, sooth and control frizz-prone hair and hopefully eliminate the frizzy halo atop our heads.

Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet

I know, I know, easier said than done (I do this all the time, whoops). But if your hair is frizzy or prone to breakages, you’ve just gotta leave it alone when it’s at it’s most fragile (aka when it’s wet).

Read the label: opt for a sulfate-free, glycerin-packed shampoo

Why is that we painstakingly read the label of our food, and quite often our skincare, and yet when it comes to our haircare, anything goes? Sulfates will dehydrates your hair, while glycerin actually provides a protective coating over the strands, which is exactly what you need to avoid the frizz. So get reading those labels.

Rossano Ferretti’s Intenso Softening and Smoothing Shampoo is sulfate-free and packed with good stuff like avocado, while Rahau’s Classic Shampoo takes additives seriously and is completely natural and 100% vegan.

Opt for products specifically made to combat frizz

I swear by John Frieda Frizz Ease Serum (an oldie but a goodie), Carelli’s Recovery Oil (it’s organic, 100% with chic packaging to boot) and Playa’s Ritual Hair Oil (super nourishing for dry, summer weary locks. Not to mention the branding is on point which doesn’t hurt).

If you have textured hair, sleep in a silk scarf

Tie your hair in a silk scarf before you go to bed, or alternatively use a silk pillow case to protect your hair from rubbing against your cotton bedding.

Tie it up

Hardly rocket science, but the easiest way to fight the frizz (and avoid a bad hair day is just to tie it up). This also rings true if you’re trying to grow out your hair; tie it up in a loose pony every day to avoid damage and breakages.

Nope, not just an old wives tale, rinse with apple cider vinegar

Perhaps not your first port of call for fly-aways, but if you have frustratingly frizzy hair, use a super diluted batch of apple cider vinegar (1 part vinegar, 4 parts water) after shampooing and before conditioning for shiny, frizz-free hair.

Thou shall use a mask weekly

Moisture is king. So up your conditioning game with super hydrating masks that are free of the bad stuff (like sulfate) and designed to actually hair for you hair. I love Rahua’s Omega 9 Hair Mask (which is 100% natural), Onira Organics ‘The Mask’ which is totally free of parabens, silicones and sulfates (and will quickly become your hairs guardian angel) or Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor which is not only budget-friendly but will always be the OG of hair care in my books.

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