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The Hair Care Routine That Finally Tamed My Frizz

Writer Leigh Weingus breaks down her frizzy hair routine—including the products she used to keep her mane frizz-free.

I don’t have a lot to complain about from a hair perspective. My hair is thick, but not too thick, and it has a fair amount of body. The only mane issue I deal with? Frizz.

For some people, frizz pops up when it’s humid outside, or when it’s raining. For me, frizzy hair is a permanent state, with a random good hair day mixed in there. So for years, I resorted to a measure I’m not proud of: Using my flat iron to “de-frizz” my hair. 

While it got the frizz out most of the time, it also took the body out, meaning my hair would lie flat, lifeless, but frizz-free. Sometimes that didn’t even work, and I’d end up with flat and frizzy hair. I vaguely knew I should try to figure out a frizzy hair routine that didn’t involve hot tools that only damaged my hair further, but I didn’t know where to start. Finally, after a lot of trial and error, I created the best frizzy hair routine that keeps my strands healthy and smooth. Below, I break down all the steps and products I use to achieve frizz-free hair. 

My Journey With Frizzy Hair

When I complained about my frizzy hair to a stylist a few years ago, he paused mid-snip and asked me if I touched my hair a lot. Until he said that, I didn’t realize just how much I actually do touch my hair (running my hands through my hair too many times a day to count is probably my top nervous habit). He explained that by doing that, I was causing breakage, which leads to frizz. Plus, the constant use of heat styling (read: my hair straightener) wasn’t helping things. 

My conversation with that stylist was kind of an “aha” moment for me. Maybe, just maybe, frizz wasn’t something I had to live with—there was something I could do about it!

My Frizzy Hair Routine

After doing a lot of research, my frizzy hair routine was born. I started by making sure I washed my hair with lukewarm water. While I can’t stand to take a cold shower, I figured my hair could use a break from the scalding hot water I usually shower in. 

In terms of products for frizzy hair, I decided to stick with my normal shampoo that I absolutely love—the Biolage Advanced Full Density Shampoo—but I also quickly discovered that Redken has a lot of anti-frizz products. I switched to the brand’s Frizz Dismiss Smoothing Sulfate-Free Conditioner. Since I dye my hair every four months or so (I started getting grays way too early!) sulfate-free hair products are a priority for me. 

Upon completing my shower routine, I towel-dry my hair, comb it out, put it back up in a towel for a few minutes. Then, I remove the towel and let my strands dry naturally—no heat styling products allowed! Here’s the key, though: I’m not allowed to touch it once while it’s drying. I can’t tell you how hard this is as a chronic hair-toucher, but with a lot of willpower and a reminder of the frizz-free hair to come, I’m actually able to do this most of the time. 

For the most part, this simple routine does the trick. If I’m dealing with a particularly humid day, however, I pull out my third product for frizzy hair, the Matrix High Amplify Proforma Frizz Control Hair Spray. I’m not a huge hairspray person, but I use this hairspray to give my roots a bit of body while ensuring that the weather doesn’t make my frizz pop back up where it’s not welcome.

Once this routine is completed, I have to go through the grueling process of doing my best not to touch my hair. While my multi-step frizzy hair routine is a pretty strong safeguard, I still need to do my best to keep it that way. If I can (and I’m getting better at it!) I can usually go frizz-free for a few days before I need to wash my hair again, with occasional touch-ups thanks to the Matrix High Amplify Proforma Frizz Control Hair Spray. 

Do I still have frizzy hair days? Yes. Sometimes even when I try my best, my hair rebels. But thanks to the right products for frizzy hair and some self-control on my part, my hair is in pretty good shape these days. 

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