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    Updated on Sep 2, 2020. Posted on Jul 18, 2015

    15 Life-Changing Ways To Tame Frizzy Hair

    There's a special place in hell for the person who invented frizz.

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    What causes frizz, you ask?

    It's pretty simple. When hair is damaged or dry, the outer layer of hair (the cuticle) lifts, which allows moisture to pass through and swell your hair strands. Basically: dry hair = more moisture in = frizz central. Thankfully, you don't have to stay in a committed relationship with frizz forever.

    1. Keep the heat down on your styling tools.

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    High heat settings can cause your hair cuticles to swell, so bring the temperature down to around 365 degrees Fahrenheit for minimal frizz.

    2. Wash your hair less often so its natural oils can ~do their thing.~

    3. But when you DO wash your hair, finish off with a deep-conditioning treatment.

    4. Or create your own DIY coconut oil hair mask for some seriously soft hair.

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    If you do choose to sleep in the hair mask overnight, slip on a plastic shower cap so you don't grease up your pillowcase.

    Find more info about this tip here.

    5. Use sulfate-free shampoos.

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    Sulfates just dry the crap out of your strands, which causes hair to soak up the humidity in the air like a sponge. Instead, aim for shampoos that are high in glycerin and sulfate-free. Glycerin coats the hair with moisture from the inside out to block that outdoor moisture from getting in. Win-win!

    Learn more here!

    6. Ditto for products without alcohol.

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    Alcohol swells the hair cuticle (thus leading to frizz), so look for hair care and styling products that are labeled as alcohol-free.

    7. For small areas of frizz, use a mascara wand and hairspray.

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    Spraying a clean mascara wand with alcohol-free hairspray will tame flyaways and frizzy areas like a ponytail or those annoying baby hairs around your crown.

    Get the full step-by-step directions here!

    8. Use a flat iron with teeth for extra straightening power.

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    The teeth help create tension, which, coupled with heat really helps get things super smooth.

    9. Whatever you do, avoid the ~towel rub~.

    10. If you have curls, pop a diffuser on your hair dryer.

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    It'll make a HUGE difference in cutting down on frizz and keeping your hair intact. Hair diffusers mute the forcefulness of air so that your hair won't move around while it's being dried, which is especially great for curly hair.

    Learn more about this trick here.

    11. Or try this amazing plopping trick.

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    Plopping helps to dry curly hair while it's compacted in a T-shirt for tight, luscious curls.

    Check out the full tutorial here.

    12. For straight hair, try this ~twisting hack~ for frizz-free waves.

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    After you've blown out your hair, apply a bit of hair serum, then make two separate twists (twisting away from your face) and anchor them beneath your chin with a hair tie. Keep the twists in while you finish getting ready. (It may feel completely silly at first, but know that it's all going to pay off later.) After about 10–20 minutes, release the twists, add a few more drops of serum to smooth everything out, and enjoy your new ~natural waves.~

    Here are some more tips on this!

    13. Resist the urge to touch your hair.

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    Every time you touch your hair, you're breaking up its natural pattern, which can cause frizz.

    14. Just before you shower, brush out your hair with a boar bristle brush.

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    Regular bristle brushes can cause some serious breakage and damage, but boar bristle brushes actually help distribute your hair's oils for smooth, silky hair. Doing so before showering helps lift the oils away from your scalp so you can get an even deeper clean and let the oils nourish your hair strands in the process.

    15. And when hair is wet, use a wide-tooth comb.

    May the humidity be ever in your favor.