Fighting Frizz and Keeping Static Away
Watching winter transform your "I woke up like this" look into the hair you actually woke up with is a special kind of disheartening—there’s nothing that can ruin a great hair day quite like frizz, static and flyaways. We know the struggle, and we’re here to help. Kiss frizz and static goodbye with these product picks and tried-and-true tricks.
The key to frizz-free strands requires balancing moisture levels year-round. Humidity is enemy No. 1 in the summer, but winter air is far more dangerous. Not only does cold air and arid indoor heating strip hair of moisture, it also makes it brittle and much more susceptible to breakage. Lotion and lip balm cure cracked palms and chapped lips, and the fix for hair breakage is just as simple: hydrating conditioners like DESIGNLINE Olive Oil Shampoo and Conditioner and hair creams like Mizani Coconut Souffle Light Moisturizing Hairdress—which is like a hand cream for hair anyway.
Love your hair and it’ll love you back. You put your hair at risk of frizzing the moment you step out of the shower. Rough towel-drying and exposing damp hair to the elements are shortcuts to split ends and breakage. Instead, gently remove excess moisture from your hair with a paper towel or even an old t-shirt before applying a smoothing control cream, like Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame, and blow-drying on a low-heat setting.
When drying, stay focused
Now that your hair is prepped and ready to dry, let’s talk technique—or more specifically, attachments. When purchasing a new dryer, the nifty attachments are, more often than not, tossed with the packaging; however, these nozzles can be the key to frizz-free success—more on that in a minute. Each attachment serves a different purpose, so make sure you're using the one best suited for your hair type:
Long/layered locks: The first attachment everyone needs to get acquainted with is the concentrator nozzle—the one with the flat vent. This little plastic piece strategically changes the airflow of your dryer, directing it for more targeted shaping when drying. Once hair is about 75% dry, attach your concentrator and direct up at the roots for volume before guiding it down with a paddle brush to flatten flyaways and impart that signature salon-blowout shine.
Texture and curls: A diffuser may look like medieval torture-tableware, but curly girls, it’s made for your hair. Shaped like a bowl with prongs sticking out, the diffuser’s spikes incorporate air holes for a gentle, even distribution of air. Rather than blasting hot air in one area, this inventive piece of plastic engineering uniformly spreads the air output for a frizz-free drying experience that leaves the shape of your curls intact. To keep your strands hydrated and secure a more frizz-free hold, massage Biolage Hydrofoaming Styler Mousse into your palms and distribute evenly to the hair before drying.
Pro tip: to avoid damage from dryer heat, always apply a thermal protectant spray like Hot Sexy Hair Flash Me Quickly Blow Dry Spray. On top of heat protection up to 450F, it also offers up to 50% quicker drying time.
Tricks of the trade
If you’re still fighting flyaways, we have a few more tricks in store:
Hairspray: Spray an alcohol-free—alcohol dehydrates strands—hairspray like Kenra Alcohol-Free Shaping Spray 21 onto a fine-tooth comb and brush onto your roots to help wayward strands stick.
Pomade: Got a cowlick that just won’t stick? Paste it down with a bit of hydrating pomade, like KeraCare Dry and Itchy Scalp Glossifier, which can also provide relief for winter scalp problems.
Dryer sheets: And oldie but goodie, dryer sheets can save staticky strands in a pinch. Just rub one over your freshly-dried hair to remove static and follow up with DESIGNLINE Silk Drops to reactivate shine.
Accept your limitations
When all else fails, accessorize. Never underestimate the power of a cute hat or headband—some hair days are just better than others.
Love these tips? There’s more where that came from. Talk to one of our expert stylists for more frizz-fighting product recommendations at a SmartStyle near you.