Frizz-Fighting Products That Actually Work, According to Experts

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For those prone to frizzy hair, public enemy number one is humidity. Then the list of reasons for why those flyaways are popping up can include lack of moisture, over processed hair, excessive use of hot tools, etc. And because you can’t control the weather or help when damage happens to your hair, the best way to combat frizz is with the right set of hair products. 

Laura Polko, celebrity hairstylist and House of Frieda ambassador, says to first look for moisturizing ingredients and lists oils such as argan oil and coconut oil as some of the most popular ones you’ll find in hair products formulated to fight frizz. She even points to silicones being good to consider as they act as a protective coat for the hair from moisture being sucked out. Celebrity hairstylist Lacy Redway agrees and adds that keratin is another ingredient to keep a lookout for, as it is known to reduce frizz and help smooth hair for a sleeker finish. 

Below, the experts share their recommendations (and we threw in some faves, too) of the best hair products to fight off frizz. Scroll through below to find the right one for you. 

What causes frizz?

We all know that humid conditions and wet weather tend to create frizzy follicles, but what else causes frizzy hair? According to creative director, master stylist and colorist with Paul Labrecque Salon and Skincare Spa, Paul Labrecque, “Grays are a big cause of frizz.” Why is that so? As Labrecque explains, “They have much less weight than other pigmented hairs, and they usually start out shorter. This combination can make them subject to becoming the frizziest when it is humid.”

Unsurprisingly, individual hair types can contribute to frizzy strands, too. “Other factors that contribute to frizz include naturally curly and super curly hair structures as these are more fragile types. Sometimes, people like to straighten their hair if they fall in these categories, but any kind of dampness in the air will make it revert to frizz, especially around hairlines where baby hairs can snap before they get long.”

How can you prevent frizz?

While certain temperatures and humidity indexes will lend themselves to frizzy conditions regardless, there are certain hair habits you can practice to help reduce and prevent frizz before it starts. According to Labrecque, using less heat tools on your hair, adding a hair oil or serum to your routine and prioritizing conditioning are great ways to nourish your strands and stop frizz before it starts.

“For the maximum amount of frizz protection, you can go the chemical route for ultimate frizz-killer,” begins celebrity hairstylist Jonny Lavoy, “My go to is a Brazilian blowout. What is great about a Brazilian blowout is that it’s customizable—you can get rid of frizz, waves or control your curl for frizz-free ringlets. I’m also a fan of at-home maintenance products like frizz-free shampoo and conditioner and styling products.”

The best products for fighting frizz

Whether you have curly or coily hair, frizzy grays or just struggle with getting sleek strands on the regular, here are some of the best frizz-fighting products on the market according to hair-care experts and celebrity hairstylists.

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Best set: Redken Frizz Dismiss Set ($124)

“Redken’s Frizz Dismiss collection is great for controlling the frizz while resisting the elements that cause frizz, too,” says Lavoy. “The line consists of a shampoo, conditioner, mask, leave-in spray, heat protection cream and oil, so you can choose what products will work for your hair type.” In clinical trials, users experienced up to 82 percent less frizz in just 24 hours.

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Best Damage Repair: K18 Molecular Repair Hair Oil ($27)

Clinically proven to repair damaged hair while also providing 24 hours of frizz protection, 78 percent reduction in split ends, 104 percent more shine and heat protection up to 450º, it’s no surprise why K18’s Molecular Repair Hair Oil made Labrecque’s list of best frizz-fighting products for keeping hair healthy, shiny and radiant.

k18 molecular repair hair oil
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Best Filler: Garnier Fructis Hair Filler Moisture Repair Hair Serum ($10)

“My absolute favorite frizz-fighting hair product is one that is going to provide an amazing amount of hydration to the hair while also taming frizz,” says Garnier stylist ambassador and stylist to the stars, Dimitris Giannetos. “Garnier Fructis Hair Filler + Hyaluronic Moisture Repair Serum is a must-have for fighting fizz because it helps strengthen the hair and adds the perfect amount of moisture boost to the strands to avoid brittle ends.”

garnier fructis hair filler
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Best Seal Drops: Paul Labrecque Color Finish ($26)

“I like to use serums to help eliminate frizz,” says Labrecque. “My Paul Labrecque Color Finish is excellent—when smoothed over the hair, this serum’s polish and seal droplets will calm frizz.”

paul labrecque color finish
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Best Shine Booster: Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Hair Oil ($30)

Simultaneously delivering heat protection up to 450º, reducing breakage by up to 77 percent, controlling frizz for up to 72 hours and improving overall shine by up to 125 percent, Olaplex’s No. 7 Bonding Hair Oil is somewhat of a holy-grail product when it comes to taming and snatching your strands, making it one of Labrecque’s favorites.


olaplex no.7 bonding oil
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Best Blowour Spray: Oribe Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray ($28)

“Oribe‘s Royal Blowout Styling Spray and Anti Humidity Spray ($44) are a great cocktail for smooth glossy weather proof hair,” says Lavoy, “A little goes a long way with these products so it’s important not to use too much.” If you’re looking for a blowout that will end in next-level shine and last for hours, a combination of these heat protection- and frizz-fighting products is a great option.

oribe royal blowout spray
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Best Treatment: ColorWow Dream Coat for Curls ($24)

ColorWow’s Dream Coat has won the hearts of beauty aficionados, celebrities and more, and it’s also one of Lavoy’s favorite products for fighting frizz. “Saturating the hair with Color Wow’s Dream Coat for Curls is an amazing frizz fighter,” says Lavoy. “It’s like making the hair waterproof.” No, really it has unique waterproof technology, blocks frizz through three to four shampoos and contains heat protectants to keep hair soft and healthy. 

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Best Shampoo: Aveda Be Curly Shampoo ($26)

Made especially for naturally curly and coily hair, celebrity hairstylist T. Cooper loves this sulfate-free shampoo as it gently cleanses the hair without stripping moisture. It uses a special blend of peptides and amino acids (17 to be exact) to fortify curls. It also has Kokum seed butter to nourish strands and reduce breakage. 

aveda be curly shampoo
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Best Conditioner: Curlsmith Frizz Control Duo Conditioner ($27)

Rinse out or leave-in, this conditioner works wonders in keeping hair hydrated and frizz-free. It has coconut butter and a blend of nourishing oils such as jojoba, black currant, watermelon seed, and argan oil to moisturize hair and seal the cuticle for a smooth finish.

curlsmith frizz control duo conditioner
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Best Drugstore Line: L’Oreal Paris EverPure Frizz Defy ($19)

This shampoo and conditioner duo from L’Oreal Paris has one of the best anti-frizz formulas on the market. It uses marula oil to hydrate hair and seal the cuticle, leaving your hair silk smooth and frizz-free. And at less than $20 for the pair, it really can’t be beat.

l'oreal ever pure frizz-defy shampoo conditioner
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Best Serum: John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Serum ($11)

This serum from John Frieda works hard to keep your hair sleek and smooth. It contains ingredients such as silk proteins and oils such as argan, coconut, and moringa oil to repel humidity and nourish strands. And the best part? You can work it in whenever you please across hair types. “I love it because you can apply it to wet or dry hair,” says Polko. “It works for any style, from curly to straight.”

john freida frizz ease serum
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Best Cream: VERB Hydrate Styling Cream

Made with argan oil, ceramides, babassu oil, and flexible polymers, this new styling cream from VERB boosts moisture and smooths flyaways for shiny and sleek hair. It also offers flexible hold so hair maintains its shape.

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Best Mask: Kerastase Discipline Smoothing Hair Mask ($68)

To give your hair a needed refresh, we love this mask. It uses lipids and softening agents to enhance shine and your natural hair texture and it has a special complex that restores hair fibers and protects it from frizz. 

KERASTASE Discipline Maskeratine Hair Mask
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Best Leave-In Treatment: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Weightless Perfecting Leave-in Lotion ($7)

A pick from Redway,  this leave-in conditioner is a keratin-infused formula that smooths flyaways and repairs damaged strands. Pro tip: she says that she likes to use this before styling to prep the hair and lock in moisture. 

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Leave-In Lotion
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Best Shine Spray: Nexxus Epic Shine Anti-Humidity Spray ($16)

Think of this as a shield against humidity. A couple of spritzes and you’ll add a protective barrier so that moisture doesn’t get sucked out of your hair. It boasts 48-hour frizz control and offers heat protection up to 450 degrees while also giving your hair a nice glossy finish. 

Nexxus Epic Shine Anti-Humidity Spray
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Best Hairspray: R+Co Moon Landing Anti-Humidity Spray ($36)

To lock your hairdo in place, turn to this anti-humidity spray. It has a flexible hold to smooth hair and control frizz. It’s also super lightweight and has a nice satin finish.

R+Co Moon Landing Anti-Humidity Spray
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Best Heat Protectant: Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection Heat Protectant Cream ($26)

T. Cooper loves this heat protectant cream as it locks in hydration and keeps hair feeling soft and smooth. It’s made with nourishing oils such as rosehip, argan and coconut to lock in moisture and protect hair from environmental aggressors. As an added bonus, it boasts frizz protection of up to 48 hours. 

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Best Hair Oil: Amika Water Sign Hydrating Hair Oil ($32)

Another pick from T. Cooper, this lightweight serum uses a special blend of oils, such as jojoba, coconut and castor, to help lock in moisture and keep frizz at bay. It’s also made with squalane and hyaluronic acid to boost your hair’s moisture level and give it a more radiant shine. 

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Best Mousse: SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl Mousse ($11)

This mouse enhances your natural curl pattern and adds needed volume. It’s made with shea butter, coconut oil, and silk protein to control frizz and give your hair shine. 

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Best Gel: Not Your Mother’s Curl Talk Maximum Hold Hair Gel ($9)

This is the ultimate curl-defining hair gel. It’s made with a rice curl complex and protein to add definition and hydration while also smoothing out frizz. It also has a lovely citrus and jasmine scent for an added sensory experience. 

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Best For Colored Hair: Moroccanoil Treatment Purple ($38)

This hair oil does more than neutralize brassiness in color-treated hair. Along with purple pigment, it has argan oil and linseed extract to nourish strands, smooth out frizz, and protect the hair from environmental aggressors.

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Best Pomade: SexyHair Style Polished Up Pomade ($21)

Humidity has got nothing on this pomade. With a promise to keep hair frizz-free for 72 hours, this will smooth out flyaways and give your hair extreme hold in the most humid weather

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Best For a Blowout: Rita Hazan Smoothing Creme ($28)

This styling cream not only gives you the ultimate at-home blowout, it also helps with your drying time. Work this into your hair to cut the styling process in half, help fight off frizz, and boost your hair’s natural radiance. 

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Best Styler: Nicky Clarke AirStyle Pro ($250)

T. Cooper says that styling products aren’t the only things to consider when wanting to fight frizz; you’ll want to use the right tools as well. She recommends this dryer as it uses infrared and ionic technology to keep hair smooth and shiny while properly drying it. It also comes with several attachments, such as a diffuser and hair curlers, to work with different hair types. 

nicky clarke airstyle

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