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How to tame frizzy hair

When it comes to fighting frizz, London-based hair specialist ZOLTAN VARGYAI is the go-to for beauty editors and industry insiders. We asked him to explain the different types of frizz and share his tips for achieving a smooth and sleek finish

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For naturally frizzy hair that can’t be tamed by products…

If you were born with frizzy hair and no amount of serums, creams or sprays seem to work, then a professional salon treatment is the best solution. “A Brazilian Blow Dry will re-texturize your hair and smooth any frizz and flyaways,” says Zoltan. “It can last anywhere between two-to-eight months, depending on the strength and type of the treatment.”

For frizz that is puffy, fluffy and unmanageable…

“If your frizz tends to be ‘poofy’, it is probably caused by over-styling, bleach or chemical damage, and external factors such as pollution,” says Zoltan. “This is the kind of frizz that conditioning serums and hair masks work really well with, but they don’t have to be super-heavy – try treatment serums, oils and lighter hair masks.”

For hair that only frizzes in rain or humidity…

If you find that frizz only arises in damp or humid weather, it’s probably because your hair is dehydrated. “The lack of moisture in the hair means that it soaks up any moisture in the air when it can, making it frizzy,” explains Zoltan. “You need to rehydrate the hair, so make sure that you use a leave-in conditioner every day. Opt for rich hair masks and conditioners that really penetrate the hair, and try at-home treatments and serums to rehydrate the lengths of the hair while you sleep.”

Zoltan’s ultimate anti-frizz tips…

• “One of the best ways to prevent frizz and make it more manageable is learning to blow-dry your hair correctly. Instead of blasting and blowing upwards into the roots, always blow-dry in a downwards direction, whether you’re rough-drying or styling.”

• “Take care when towel-drying your hair (especially if you have textured hair) and use microfiber towels, gently pressing to dry rather than rubbing back and forth, which causes frizz and breakage.”

• “Sleeping with a silk head wrap or on a silk pillowcase not only prevents hair breakage throughout the night, but the fabric doesn’t absorb as much moisture from the hair as regular cotton pillowcases do, leaving you with silkier and frizz-free hair in the morning.”

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THE BEST FRIZZ TAMERS

Fighting a losing battle with frizz? Turn your bad hair day into a great one with these brilliant buys for every situation and hair type…

BEST FOR ON-THE-SPOT FRIZZ MANAGEMENT Ouai Haircare Anti-Frizz Smoothing Sheets

If you know your hair is prone to static and frizz, keeping the very convenient Ouai Haircare Anti-Frizz Smoothing Sheets in your purse is just good sense. Each wipe contains coconut and shea oils – you simply sweep one over troubled zones to swiftly tackle frizz wherever you are. If you’re headed on vacation to a destination that’s notoriously humid, these are handy for travel, too.

BEST FOR PROLONGING A BLOW-DRY Briogeo Farewell Frizz Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Crème

No one wants to take the time to blow-dry their hair only for it to be blighted by unwelcome frizz within moments of stepping outside. Heat-protecting sprays are all well and good but a heat-protecting cream like this, which is packed with nourishing and hydrating rosehip, argan and coconut oils, will prevent frizz whilst prolonging your blow-dry. It protects hair up to 218ºC (425°F), so you don’t have to forgo your favorite hot tool in the name of frizz.

BEST FOR THICK OR AFRO HAIR Slip Embroidered Silk Queen Pillowcase

If you have very thick or afro hair, you’ll know that frizz can be a real issue. Switching your regular cotton pillowcase – which does a really good job of zapping moisture from your hair – for a silk version will reduce friction, damage and frizz from occurring while you sleep. Plus, you get added anti-aging benefits since silk is kinder to skin too.

BEST FOR DEFYING HUMIDITY Oribe Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray

In a particularly humid environment? This frizz-taming, shine-boosting spray with pro-vitamin B5 and UV protection (yes, hair needs protecting from the sun too) creates a veil over your strands, shielding them from the elements. There is also a travel version, which you can slip in your handbag on days when you know the weather isn’t going to be on your side.

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