5 Expert Tips On Combatting Frizz

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From jam-packed awards shows to summertime filming, celebrities’ strands endure a lot, so there’s no better way to learn how to combat frizz and flyaways than straight from their hair tamers.

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Towel Off
“To reduce frizz, always pat the hair dry after a shower instead of rough-drying it with a towel,” says celebrity hairstylist Rena Calhoun, whose clients include Christina Applegate and Demi Lovato. “This will keep the cuticle smooth and reduce frizz.” If you have moisture-retentive hair, opt for a microfiber towel, which removes excess water from the hair without the harsher effects of a traditional bath towel.

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One microfiber cloth that actually stays put on the scalp, The VOLO Hero Quick Dry Towel ($39) includes a snag-free strap that holds your ‘do tight. When it comes time to take it off, your locks will not only be dry, but irresistibly smooth to the touch.

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Lock + Load
“Life happens fast when the shower turns off, but celebrity hairstylist Giannandrea Marongiu—he’s done killer looks on Megan Fox and Drew Barrymore—says to get your hair care out of the way before you take on the day. “Apply a hair oil or serum when your hair is still damp,” he suggests. “This will allow you to control your hair’s hydration level from the start.”

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NUELE Hair Serum ($34) took four years to perfect, and the formula shows. A heat protectant and moisturizer in one, it features a blend of five oils that keep the scalp moisturized and protected from heat in one punch. If you forgot to hydrate before leaving the house, use Superzero Frizz Fighter Hair Serum Bar ($22) for an instant refresh on the go—UV protection included.

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Back to Basics
Perfecting your in-shower routine is the first step in eliminating frizz for good, and celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble—the artist on speed dial for A-listers like Zendaya and Laverne Cox—says purchasing a mild shampoo with a low pH is the place to start. “Be sure that your shampoo also has the words ‘moisturizing’ and ‘gentle’ on it—you don’t want a product that has too much alcohol in it because that creates dryness.”

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The frizz-smoothing formula of Davroe Smooth Senses Anti-Frizz Shampoo ($29) is not only suitable for keratin-treated hair, but also made with clean ingredients like aloe and fruit extracts to calm and soften each strand with every lather.

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Style Edit
Hairstylist Chris Jones prefers to dry the hair naturally with a light lift and scrunch here and there. But, if you’re in a pinch, he recommends “diffusing the hair until it’s 50 percent dry, then let it finish drying on its own.” If you’re using a blowdryer, “direct the airflow toward the ends to keep the cuticle flat and smooth,” he adds.

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To avoid heat damage and frizz, try IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray ($32), which the brand calls “keratin in a can”—it also protects against up to 450 degrees of heat. Go back for round two once you’re all done and your hair will look like you just left the salon.

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Water Wick
“The beach may be your pal in the summer, but if you’re rocking a sleek ‘do, Martha Stewart’s go-to hairstylist Paul Labrecque advises staying far away from humid environments. “Moisture is what causes frizz. If you’re trying to create a hairstyle that you weren’t born with, it will only last as long as your locks stay perfectly dry.”

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Like a shield for strands, Joico Humidity Blocker+ Finishing Spray ($21) acts as a barrier against style-killing humidity for a full 24 hours. Add a dash of PHYTO Phytodefrisant Anti-Frizz Touch-Up Care ($27) for an extra boost of shine.

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