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Taming a Wild Beast: A Guide to Combatting Your Frizzy Hair

I’m always looking for new ways to prevent my hair’s frizzy tendencies, but moving to a rainy seaside town probably wasn’t my wisest idea in terms of combatting bad hair days.

My locks seem to have a mind of their own; I actually feel guilty about having the hairdresser dry my hair (usually, it ends up as a three-person job), and my arms are constantly aching from having my hands in the air in an attempt to blow dry or straighten my unruly strands.

Having tried a vast array of serums, spray foams, smoothing creams, flat irons, etc., in my time, I thought I’d let you in on the top tips I’ve picked up over the years.

  1. Choose a suitable shampoo and conditioner

    It seems pretty obvious, but the first thing I recommend is to try out a range of products until you find one that agrees with your hair. There are hundreds of products out there, so don’t just stick with the one you always buy just because you can’t be bothered to try something new! Try products that add moisture – dry hair is more likely to frizz up.

    I’ve had a pretty long-term relationship with this Herbal Essences shampoo, which smells divine and really smooths out my hair.

  2. Conditioning

    Before conditioning your hair, ring it out as much as possible to prevent water dilution and allow maximum effect. If your hair tends to get greasy quickly, avoid using as much around the roots but make sure to coat the rest of the length. I usually leave the conditioner in for about five minutes so it has time to get down to business!

  3. Don’t shampoo every day

    The natural oils that accumulate are some of the best fighters of frizz, so it’s actually better to not wash your hair every day – plus, you just saved hours usually spent blow-drying! If you feel a bit gross about the idea of not shampooing daily, a dry shampoo, such as Batiste, is a good way to revitalize your hair without the kerfuffle or washing away natural oils.

  4. Don’t rub with a towel

    This upsets your follicles and prevents the hair cuticles from lying flat –- creating the perfect environment for frizz central! Instead, gently squeeze hair with a towel to absorb excess moisture.

  5. Use a serum

    Using a light serum on towel-dried hair is a good way to smooth it and prevent it from frizzing up again at the first sign of water! I like this KMS California TameFrizz Taming Creme.

  6. Regular haircuts

    If you’re like me and hate waving goodbye to your locks (which you’ve been trying so hard to grow since your last cut), this step may be difficult for you. However, you need to take a few breaths and get over it because regular haircuts rid your hair of split ends, which make frizzy hair worse. 

  7. Heated rollers are your friends!

    My heated rollers are possibly the best investment I’ve ever made. They smooth out my hair without getting rid of any volume, and I much prefer how my hair looks when I’ve had them in. It may also be an idea to purchase some Velcro rollers – which don’t involve heat – to pop in between styling if your style needs a little boost.

  8. Style your hair the night before

    This step is essential in not only preventing meltdowns and even frizzier hair as you run to the bus, but also in preventing frizz. I always find that once my hair has been slept on, it looks a lot smoother than when it is first styled. To avoid it going flat, twist your hair up into a lose pineapple bun.


I hope my tips help you to prevent frizz this winter! If you have any tips of your own, let me know!

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Olivia Burton

Exeter Cornwall

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