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Dr. Alpana Mohta Ranka, MD, DNB, IFAAD, is a triple-board-certified dermatologist with over 100 research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


How to Get Rid of Frizzy Curly Hair

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

Curly and wavy hair is the envy of many women. It's fun, it's versatile, and most importantly, it looks fabulous! But curly hair will frizz if you aren't careful. With proper maintenance and some knowledge about how to prevent frizzy hair and enhance the definition of curly hair, there are some things that you can do to keep your curls looking great all day long!

A girl with beautiful, curly, and shiny hair.

Curly When Wet but Frizzy When Dry

Curly hair is naturally dry and frizzy, making it more susceptible to breakage. This can be caused by a number of things: Dryness, heat, and humidity all contribute to curlier strands becoming unruly.

Due to the spiral shape of curly hair (the same reason why curly wigs are so popular), it isn't easy for the scalp's natural moisture and oil to trickle down and cover every hair strand - resulting in frizzy locks! Therefore, your hair might be curly when wet but frizzy when dry.

How to Control Frizzy Curly Hair

Curly hair is a beautiful thing, but it can be hard to find the right products. There are so many options out there that it’s easy to get lost in the sea of products and end up with frizz-prone curls or dry, frizzy ends.

Luckily for you, we have put together some tips and tricks for how best to take care of your curly locks:

Use the right products and techniques.

  • Sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner are essential for curly hair. In addition, look for a leave-in conditioning treatment specifically designed for curly hair (if possible).

  • Use a styling cream, gel, or mousse like TRESemmé hair mousse that will help control frizziness without drying out your tresses even more than they already are!

  • If it's not possible to avoid heat styling altogether, try plopping your curls before blow-drying them with an upside-down bowl.

  • Use a diffuser to spread the heat evenly throughout all sections of your head instead of focusing solely on one area at a time.

Wash your hair with the right shampoo and conditioner.

If you have curly or wavy hair and want to keep it that way, don't use any products containing sodium laurel sulfate (SLS), which strips out moisture from the hair follicle over time; instead, try an organic sulfate-free version containing apricot oil, coconut oil or jojoba oil.

The same goes for conditioner! If you have dry/damaged ends from heat treatments or chemical dyes, then it's best to use a product containing argan oil, glycerin, or cetyl/stearyl alcohol. TRESemme Pro Protect Sulphate Free Conditioner is my go-to conditioner now, for obvious reasons!

Fragrance Free Hair Care for Sensitive Scalp

For those of you who have a very sensitive scalp, avoid using products that have any fragrances in them.

Here are some of my recommendations:

Deep condition regularly.

It's a fact that your curls will be more defined, frizz-free, and healthy if you deep condition regularly. A deep conditioner is a great way to restore moisture back into dry or damaged hair. Use it once weekly or as needed to keep your curls in tip-top shape!

Deep conditioners are best for dry hair types because they provide more intense hydration than other treatments like shampoos can provide. This means that if you have coarse or thick curly locks, then using a deep conditioning treatment twice weekly should be enough to keep them moisturized without weighing down their texture too much (which could cause breakage).

Use hydrating products for hair.

You can use hydrating products for hair to help prevent frizz and enhance definition. Use a hydrating hair mask. If you have dry hair, try adding some serum into your routine to give them extra shine while they are still wet after washing!

If you want something lighter than oil but still want that added benefit of hydration (and maybe even some extra shine), try an air-dried mists. These will leave no greasy residue on your strands—just perfectly smooth curls!

Lower the temperature when you style your hair.

  • Use a low heat setting on your blow dryer.

  • Use a diffuser to keep the heat away from your hair.

  • Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your curls, then brush them out with long, soft bristles (the kind in an electric toothbrush) when you're done styling them so they don't get tangled again!

Protect your hair against the elements

Protect your hair from the elements. When it’s windy or cold outside, your hair will look frizzy. Ensure you have a hat or scarf on, and take care of yourself by applying leave-in conditioner before leaving the house or using a heat protectant spray.

You are now armed with some techniques to tame frizz and embrace your gorgeous curls. But what if we told you there's more to explore in the world of hair care?

Say goodbye to frizz and hello to silky, stunning hair that's full of life. Intrigued? Get ready to take your hair game to new heights with my article on Hair Botox – How does it Work?


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