How to: Keep Frizzy Manes Under Control

By | May 21 2009 | 31 Comments

frizzy hair

As the un-proud owner of God-damnit annoying hair that’s prone to limpness at the crown and triangle-head at the base, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to keep it under control over the years. While I have fine, relatively straight hair, I also have a hell of a lot of it, and an abundance of frizz-prone fine stuff is a particularly irritating hair combo.

For a long time my one and only approach was to keep it tied up, and that way I didn’t have to think about it too much, save for the occasional time when I’d GHD it into submission and leave it down. Obviously that’s no way to live your life, so I began to experiment with products, treatments and cuts. Like a lot of things in life, my hair is an endless learning process, but so far, here are my golden rules:

  1. Keep it at a manageable length. Sorry gals, but unless you’re willing to put in a lot of daily work, long locks are a nightmare with this hair type, and repeat after me, it will NEVER ever be that sort of flippy, shiny Myleene Klass hair. Sorry, but it won’t. The length I’ve arrived at that suits me is about an inch or so above my shoulders. Letting it get longer results in ratty, frizzy ends, and zero volume at the crown. Most of us need some volume up there, it’s a fact
  2. Never ever ever ever ever allow a razor to go near it. While it’ll immediately take out volume at the ends, all this does is thin down already fine hair, leaving it even more prone to frizz and misbehaviour. Head to the hairdressers armed with garlic, holy water and a silver-tipped stake if necesary. The best thing to ask your stylist for is longer layers and get him or her to shape in the ends of your hair so it won’t triangle out
  3. Get into a routine of using good de-frizzing care products like Redken’s Sleek and Smooth or Sebastian’s Hydre range. Kerastase Bain Oleo Relax is also good. A weekly masque can also help – I go for really nourishing ones like Bumble & bumble’s Creme de Coco masque or Realhair’s eek-ingly expensive one. For styling, John Frieda’s Frizz Ease line is also a boon for this sort of gruaig, because it contains oodles and oodles of lovely silicone, which frizzy hair hates, as it beats it into submission. You’ll love it, though!
  4. Night serum or lotion is a fantastic aid for frizz, and I will not be without my bottle of Kerastase Noctogenist Nuit – I don’t know how it does it, exactly, but tame frizz and crunchy ends it does. Brilliant stuff.
  5. As mentioned above, volume at the roots is a bit of an essential to ‘balance’ you out. I tend not to go the back-combing route, because I think it just stresses hair, especially if you’re doing it daily. Instead, my approach is usually to use a little dry shampoo or a dry styler like Aveda’s Pure Abundance potion, right at the roots. Avoid the ends – you want to keep them as hydrated as possible.
  6. Still acting the maggot? I use Shu Uemura’s lovely and sleeking Silk Oil Camellia Smoothing Fluid – a couple of drops mixed in the palms of my hand and smoothed through ends always sorts the finger-in-the-plug-socket effect.

Anyone else got any tips for taming frizz-prone tresses? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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31 Replies to "How to: Keep Frizzy Manes Under Control"

  • xgirl says:

    Great tips – my hair suits me best below shoulder length but I am also prone to the triangle effect and longer layers all through the hair are indeed the way to go to counteract it!

  • Cici says:

    what is the triangle effect? im pretty sure it could be me, long hair well below my shoulders. think im gonna get it cropped up above shoulder soon, although that always makes it look thicker and as ive enough hair for about 2 or 3 heads i dont need it to look any thicker.

  • Cici says:

    eekkk! this could indeed be me! will have to make that appointment much sooner than expected!

    Kirstie-do you think the frizzy lotions and potions mentioned above would be ok to use on hair that gets greasy waaaaaaaay too quickly? i have a frizz at the bottom, greasy on top problem so i avoid using products to keep hair fresher for as long as possible i.e a day!

    suppose no body knows of any cures or anything for greasy hair?? or what causes it? i can just about get a second day out of a blowdry and that with loadsa dry shampoo on second day!! its a nightmare with long hair :(

  • Kirstie says:

    Cici – use them only on the ends. Mix a very small amount of anything frizz-easy between your palms really well, and then lightly brush hands up under the ends of hair to sleek them. That way you should avoid the mid-lengths and the top.

  • becks says:

    I don’t understand what ye mean by traingle effect – I did look at the other post. I hope I don’t have it.

    I have fine hair which is halfway between bra strap and shoulder and don’t ahve a frizz problem. Hair use to frizz if one drop of rain touched but since I stopped hi highting it blocn I’ve had no problems.

  • Kirstie says:

    Becks – basically it’s hair that’s flat at the crown and bushes out at the ends, making you look like a bit of a triangle!

  • lemon verbena says:

    Kirstie – Triangle Head (using the terminology in its purest sense) applies mostly to curly hair. When layers grow out the hair is pulled down at the crown by the weight of the nasty furze bush at the end.

    I think we should have a dictionary/encyclopedia
    I can think of loads of terms to go in it
    Go on!!

  • Kirstie says:

    oh yeah, the lexicon is half-formed in my head! I was thinking of all our terms in the shower this morning as it happens:

    face cheese
    etc etc

  • lemon verbena says:

    lady garden (lots of these actually – fandango, VIP area), boobage

  • becks says:

    Ah thanks kirstie – no I don’t think I have it.

    Now I don’t know what face cheese either.

  • Katherine says:

    This is for curly curly hair, but the curl cream from Boots is the job. It’s only around 1.80 as well.

  • Aphrodite says:

    oooh like the sound of that Katherine – is it a Boots own brand? Must give it a go

  • Natural Blonde says:

    Anyone know where one could buy Sebastian products in Cork city please?

  • Kirstie says:

    I only know of a Dublin stockist, sorry about that!

  • Aphrodite says:

    Hi Natural Blonde – have a look at the Stockists list (pink bar top of site) and there’s a number to ring

  • Aphrodite says:

    ah Kirstie – look at us being helpful late into the evening!

  • Kirstie says:

    we never end.

    • Aphrodite says:

      have to go to bed now – I was watching that Primetime report about the abuse… Miriam was brilliant. So were all the people who were telling their stories, jesus

  • Kirstie says:

    oh I could not bear it. Instead I finally started on the lexicon/beaut.iepedia and made myself laugh instead!

  • Aphrodite says:

    haha – send it to me!

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