How to Prevent Frizz on Relaxed Hair

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Reader Question: My hair is relaxed, but sometimes I can't even tell! It gets frizzy, especially when it's humid outside. I'm constantly flat ironing it to keep the frizz down, but by the afternoon, it's fuzzy all over again. Help!

Answer: Women who relax their hair usually do it because they prefer a straight look, so it can be annoying to have to combat frizz. There are more than a few solutions, however, to help you fight the frizzy look.

Read on to learn how to prevent frizz from interrupting your relaxed look.

Tie Your Hair Back

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Frequent exercisers may suffer from fuzziness if they work out with loose hair. If this is your problem, tie your hair back and secure the length so that long hair doesn't swell from sweat and heat. A loose braid is just one option for anyone with a lengthy mane. Short-haired people can secure a satin scarf around their hairline, leaving the rest of the scarf to drape over their head, and then knot the scarf at the tape of their neck.

Lay Off The Flat Iron

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Frequent flat ironing is something that also definitely contributes to the frizz problem. Too much heat dries out your hair, and this dryness can result in frizz. Instead of trying to fight frizz with heat, focus on these setting and styling solutions. Some people make the mistake of applying relaxers all over the head—instead of only the new growth—when it's time for a touch-up. This makes hair overprocessed, which also turns it into frizz.

Wet setting damp hair using a setting product with medium to firm hold is one of the best ways to create a sleek style. And it will hold up to just about any weather. Use the largest rollers you can to create a straight hairstyle with lots of body. Either way, whether you wet set or thermal style your freshly washed and dried hair, you could find a day or two of wearing a ponytail or bun helps to "set" the straightness even more.

Once your hair is styled for the day, smooth a few drops of a gloss or serum into your palms and rub together. Apply all over the top of your finished style. Anti-humidity serums like the Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel ($26) add shine as well as fight frizz-causing humidity. Keep in mind that light moisturizers are better than their heavier, sometimes greasy, counterparts. If your hair tends to frizz all over, only apply your oily moisturizers to the ends of your hair. 

Use A Deep Conditioner

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You also need to ask yourself: are you deep conditioning often enough? It's possible that the fuzziness is due to a lack of moisture in your hair. Frequent conditioning is key for relaxed hair. Plus, don't forget about protein. Hair that needs strengthening from protein tends to frizz; the hair cuticles don't lie flat, but have lifted scales due to chemical and/or heat abuse.

Protect Hair When You Sleep

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A smooth wrap around your head prior to going to bed is another great way to keep the sleekness in place. After wrapping, tie a silky or satin scarf around your head and secure it. Even more than just sleeping on a satiny pillowcase would, it can keep your hair from frizzing. 

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