Summer is the time to let your curls thrive—the moisture in the air creates the perfect environment for them. Though your curls love flying free, frizz loves flying along with them and it can kill your carefree vibe during the season that calls for it the most. Well, not to worry, curly girls: we’ve rounded up the best frizz-busting hacks for your hair type.
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Get a Great Cut From a Curly Hair Specialist
A stylist who specializes in curly hair is your best friend, and you should seek one out if you haven’t done so already. Curls fall into a different shape and need a different kind of TLC, so you should find salons that are known for curls, or have a specific stylist who is trained in catering to them.
Co-washing is short for “conditioner washing” and is defined by cleansing your strands with conditioner only, instead of shampoo and conditioner. This technique is a great way to lock in moisture and keep your curls nourished, both on the exterior and interior, though it should be done in moderation. Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk is one of the brand’s most popular lines, and its Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner ($18) will leave your hair refreshed and revived.
Find out Your Frizz Forecast
Weather is one of the biggest factors when it comes to frizz, thus site Naturally Curly has created a “Frizz Forecast” that matches up the weather in your area with your hair type. If you’re heading out for a date or special occasion, this will help you plan and make a final decision on how to style your strands.
Dry Your Hair With a T-Shirt
A t-shirt is much gentler than a towel, thus try using one to dry your hair after washing to reduce frizz and breakage.
More Combing, Less Brushing
Brushing can hurt your delicate curls, while also interrupting their natural pattern and causing unnecessary frizz. A wide-tooth comb (like the Ouidad Double Detangler Comb ($26) is the way to go when it comes to detangling.
If air drying isn’t on the menu and you want to get your hair dry before leaving the house, diffusing is the best way to do it without causing unmanageable frizz and drying out your hair. DevaCurl’s DevaDryer and DevaFuser ($160) dries curls by lightly lifting them into its state-of-the-art hand-shaped diffuser and has a cold shot function to lock curls in place.
Words like “silicones” and “sulfates” are common when it comes to hair products, but do you know what they mean? There are good and bad types of both of the aforementioned, but what’s important is that you know what’s best for your curls. Check out our guide to silicones.
Seal Your Cuticles
Frizz cream is a miracle worker, as it seals the cuticles of your hair and prevents humidity from getting in. Apply Living Proof’s ‘No Frizz’ Nourishing Styling Cream ($26-$36) to your strands right after washing and watch it work its magic.
Invest in Satin Pillowcases
A satin pillowcase will give your curls added protection in the frizz department. Morning Glamour sells a duo for a great price ($20) in a variety of fun prints.
Reinvigorate Your Curls Daily
Curly hair tends to be drier than straight hair, so it’s best to preserve the hair’s natural oils by not washing your strands daily. This also means that your locks will need a bit of reinvigoration regularly, which is where curl-refresher spray comes in handy. Ouidad is the go-to brand for curls and their version ($17) infuses your hair with moisture while eliminating frizz and adding shine.
Keep It Trimmed
A part of that extra dose of TLC your curls need comes in the form of trimming. Every six to eight weeks will do the trick, and layers are just the things to add more body, volume, and shape.
Have you tried any of these frizz-busting hacks for your curly hair? Got any of your own? Tell us below!