“A great rule of thumb to follow is if it looks frizzy when it’s wet, it’s going to be frizzy when it’s dry,” she says. “I personally like to comb through a leave-in conditioner, then rake in a curl cream with my fingers, and lastly, scrunch with a liquid gel. This provides moisture, enhances curl definition, and holds the style so your curls stay defined for days.”
3. Try a Silk Pillowcase
As a former beauty editor, copywriter Jillian Ruffo has had access to every product imaginable to stretch her weekly blowout. Nothing worked, until she introduced silk pillowcases and scrunchies into her routine. “They changed my life,” she says. “I twist my hair into a high bun and secure it with a silk scrunchie before bed—the fabric doesn’t crease my hair, especially when I’m also laying my head on a slippery silk pillowcase. In the morning I take my hair down, mist my roots with dry shampoo and I’m good to go—no frizz at all.”
4. Keep your hands off
Sometimes, the best advice is totally free. “My number-one tip for preventing frizz: Keep your hands out of your curls,” says blogger Ashly Rodriguez. “Constantly touching your hair will bring all the frizz you try to avoid.” This tip may be easier said than done, but it’s a good thing to remind yourself.
5. Hairspray is your friend
An old hairstylist trick is to lightly mist your brush or comb with some hairspray to tame frizzies and flyaways. Influencer Michaela Podolsky says she deals with frizz on a daily basis, and spraying her comb with L’Oréal Elnett Satin Strong Hairspray is the only thing that works for her. “After spraying, I lightly brush through the top of my hair to set it in place,” says Podolsky. “On top of that, I wish this hairspray came in a perfume—I love the scent! And it holds my frizz down for the entire day.”
6. In a pinch, use hand lotion
“My secret hack if I’m out somewhere and have frizzy hair I need to deal with is to just use a little hand lotion,” says Anna Moeslein, senior editor at Glamour. “A small bit goes a long way, and I’m much more likely to have a travel-sized lotion in my bag than hair products.” If you have finer hair, just be sure to focus the cream on your ends or rub it in your palms first to diffuse it, so your hair doesn’t get too greasy.
7. Start in the shower
Tangles and frizz go hand in hand, so a big step in learning how to get rid of frizzy hair is cutting down on tangles. If you have straight hair, all it may take is the right brush, but if you have curls, you know the process requires a little more TLC. Glamour commerce writer Erin Parker swears by DevaCurl Wash Day Wonder Pre-Cleanse Slip Detangler to stop tangles in their tracks. “It makes your strands extra slippery and easier to work through, whether you’re finger-detangling or using a wide-tooth comb,” she says.
8. Swap out your towel
The towel you dry your hair with is just as important as the products you apply, so consider hair “plopping”, which recently took off on TikTok. “First you apply your regular styling products to freshly washed, still damp hair,” says Parker. “Next you lay a microfiber towel—not a traditional one; this is key to minimize frizz—or an old T-shirt down on a flat surface. Then you bend over and plop your hair down into the towel or T-shirt.” This allows the water in your hair to soak into the microfiber towel or T-shirt, which helps you avoid the damaging friction that traditional terry cloth towels can cause.
9. Use products strategically
Often only one product isn’t enough to get rid of frizzy hair, especially if you have thicker or curly hair. Instead, think of your products as a holistic routine that works together to fight frizz. “I emphasize having a system,” says hairstylist Hachoo, whose clients include Kimora Lee Simmons, Rico Nasty, and Doja Cat. “Finding the system for your curl type is essential to a stress- and frizz-free day.” She swears by a regimen of hydrating shampoo, Style Factor’s Wig Out Curl Fitting Foam, leave-in detangler, and curl gel for both her clients and herself, but it’s all about finding what works for you.
10. Straighten smarter, not harder
Taming frizz on your natural texture is one thing, but keeping straightened hair sleek is a whole other can of worms. Luckily, Glamour commerce editor Shanna Shipin has figured out a trick that makes straightening her curls smooth sailing. “While it’s super tempting to grab a brush and detangle my hair before straightening, I never do it,” she says. “Taking a brush through my hair separates the strands and makes my hair super frizzy when I go over it with a flatiron. Instead, I use a detangling brush in the shower—and if it gets a little knotty while straightening, I finger comb it.” It also helps to use a heat protectant spray.
11. Consider your environment
Since frizz is caused by your hair looking for the nearest source of water in the air, humidity levels have a huge effect. “My thick, semi-wavy hair was so manageable in New York, but when I moved in with my parents in Florida, my hair was not prepared for the humidity,” says Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour weekend editor. If you’re planning a trip, consider the climate, and plan accordingly by adding smoothing or moisturizing products to your routine.