While we're all about naturally voluminous hair – especially now that it's making major waves on fall 2016 runways – sometimes, you just want a sleeker look. And because end-of-summer humidity isn't helping anyone with the frizz situation, we're giving you everything you need to know to fight the fluff when humidity strikes.
5 WAYS TO FIGHT FRIZZ
WHEN AIR-DRYING YOUR HAIR
If you're air-drying your wet strands, avoiding frizz starts right when you step out of the shower. Try using a towel that doesn't pull the strands of your hair apart to "blot" the water out of your hair. Blotting the hair reduces drying time under heat, which helps the hair maintain its natural moisture.
If you're fighting serious natural frizz, try using a styling cream with plenty of moisture, and distribute it evenly through the hair using a wide tooth comb. Most importantly, don't touch your hair until it's totally dry!
No one wants to wake up in the morning with a head full of frizzy strands, so ditch your cotton pillow case and opt for a satin one that will reduce friction and prevent morning frizz. When sleeping, avoid tight ponytails and pulling strands along your scalp by using a soft hair tie and looser fit.
WHEN BLOW-DRYING YOUR HAIR
Post blow-dry is one of the frizziest times for hair, so when you're in a rush and need a quick dry without frizz, opt for a leave-in conditioner that can be used in conjunction with a thermal heat protectant before blow drying your hair. This will help detangle and straighten strands to avoid frizz.
When drying, make sure to direct the air flow down the hair shaft, and to try using a ceramic blow dryer. This will also help reduce frizz while drying.
WHEN TRIMMING YOUR HAIR
Split ends can be bad news for sleek strands, because the end can split all the way up the strand, causing it to frizz out indefinitely. Try to get your ends trimmed every 6-8 weeks, and use oil on the tips to keep them moisturized.
Frizz is your hair's way of reaching out to the atmosphere to expand and capture more moisture. If you give your hair the moisture it needs before you exit the shower, then it will be less likely to get frizzy afterwards. Try using a hair mask or treatment like L'Oreal's Fibralogy mask in the shower for intense moisture. You can even use natural oils (like coconut and argan oil, for example) on your ends after conditioning for extra moisture. To really seal in the moisture, perform a deep treatment on your hair at least twice per week.