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Frizz is not a bad thing—there is no such thing as "good" or "bad" hair textures—so let's get that straight right here. The way your hair dries is beautiful and personal to you. That said, you're also allowed to use products that can manipulate your hair in any way you want. So, shampoo can help with that.
First, let's get into what causes frizz in the first place. “Frizzy hair is caused by friction within the hair strands,” explains Leigh Hardges, hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. “In most cases the slight opening of the hair’s cuticle causes strands to rub against one another creating what we know as 'frizz.'” Humidity, of course, also causes frizz, says Hardges. That’s because water molecules in the humid air interact with your hair’s hydrogen bonds, making it appear less smooth.
And, it all starts with your shampoo. Keep in mind certain shampoo ingredients are more hydrating, smoothing, and cause less friction in your hair. “Natural oils are great for nourishing the hair to reduce the reaction to humidity,” says Hardges. “Also, citric acids help to shut the hair’s cuticle for smoother strands that are less prone to create friction.”
If you're interested in less frizz (some of us are, some of us aren't—and that's OK), we’ve rounded up the best shampoos for hair prone to frizz, below.
There’s a reason this shampoo has been a bestseller for years. The formula utilizes technology developed by MIT scientists to create an invisible shield around the hair to block out humidity without weighing down your hair. Users of all hair types, from thin to thick and straight to curly, rave about this shampoo’s ability to smooth hair without making hair feel greasy.
This wallet-friendly formula is loaded with natural oils that nourish dry hair for super-silky, frizz-free results. Hair will feel smooth from the first use and healthier and easier to style over time.
This shampoo does a great job of strengthening natural hair while keeping friction at bay. It’s full of a slew of nourishing, smoothing ingredients like copra coconut oil, tiaré gardenia flower, shea butter, moringa seed oil, vegetable protein, and silk. You’ll notice hair is easier to detangle post-shower.
This splurge-worthy shampoo is a favorite of Hardges’. “It helps to work with frizzy hair via polymer technology that coats the strands while using natural surfactants to remove oil and build-up from the hair,” she says. “Citric acid helps to shut down the cuticle to reduce frizz and the salicylic acid is great for the scalp aiding in skin cell turn over to help promote growth.”
Enjoy the curls you’ve been dreaming of when you use this moisturizing shampoo. A blend of three oils—coconut, argan, and rosehip—seal in moisture, nourish dry curls, and keep frizz at bay for shiny, smooth curls in any weather.
Faith Xue, Editorial Director at Byrdie, loves this sulfate-free shampoo made with frizz in mind. It’s ideal for anyone with damaged hair as it gently cleanses and strengthens strands while it calms friction. Hydrolized soy protein is responsible for this shampoo’s smoothing properties, while maple and pecan nut soothe and moisturize.
Kelly Gallagher, Senior Social Media Manager at Byrdie, is a fan of this shampoo, which also soothes a dry scalp. Babassu seed oil restores moisture to the scalp, while glycerin and juniper berry extract help balance hair’s moisture and oil levels.
Thick hair can take longer on wash day, but this shampoo, a fave of Xue’s, is here to help. Formulated with olive extract, the formula nixes frizz and pumps up the shine for a major dose of glossiness.
You can still use a shampoo meant for frizz, even if you have thin hair. Users rave that this one doesn’t weigh hair down, making it the perfect pick for thin hair. It’s also a favorite of Jessica Mahgerefteh, Commerce Editorial Director at Byrdie. Cold-pressed olive oil transforms dry, frizzy hair into shiny, silky strands. Bonus: The formula also provides antioxidant protection against color fade.
Put the kibosh on dandruff and frizz at the same time with this shampoo. Pyrithione zinc works magic to get rid of dandruff flakes, while the rich and creamy formula transforms hair from dry-looking to shiny for up to a full 24 hours.
You can’t go wrong with this classic drugstore frizz shampoo. It’s formulated with coconut oil, an ultra-smoothing, powerful ingredient that works. It’s a great pick for those with medium to thick wavy and curly hair. Plus, no silicones mean this formula won’t cause buildup.
Hardges likes this clarifying shampoo for oily scalps that also have frizz or flyaways. “It removes product buildup from the scalp and hair, yet keeps hair soft, moisturized, and free of frizzies with argan oil and aloe vera leaf juice,” she says. The fragrance-free formula is ideal for those sensitive to scents.
Whether you have straight, wavy, curly, or coily hair, you’ll find this shampoo does wonders against humidity. That’s because it features time-released humidity protection thanks to an ingredient known as phenyl trimenthicone. Meanwhile, panthenol helps mend split ends in addition to smoothing out hair.
There are other things you can do during and after washing your hair if you're not into frizz. Once you’re done shampooing and conditioning, rinse hair in cold water to help seal your hair’s cuticle and keep it smooth, Hardges recommends.
Another tip? After you step out of the shower, dry your hair with a T-shirt instead of a towel, suggests Hardges. “The texture on a towel is an instant frizz creator,” she says. “If you do use a towel, gently squeeze out excess moisture.” Finally, to keep frizz at bay while your hair air dries, keep your hands off, says Hardges.