I battle frizz all year long, but once the humid summer weather hits, I’m basically a poodle until the first signs of fall. From anti-frizz hair serums to rinsing my hair with lukewarm water in the shower, I do just about everything to keep frizz from taking over my mane. While products do help, I also rely on a few frizz-fighting hairstyles that help keep unruly strands in check and prevent frizz before it begins.
Searching for the best hairstyles for frizzy hair? Keep scrolling for 25 that you need to know about for your summer styling routine.
How do you make frizzy hair look good?
While frizz can seem inevitable, there are a few ways to manage it and prevent it from taking over your mane in the first place. When it comes to frizz prevention, you should always start your routine with a smoothing shampoo and conditioner like Redken Frizz Dismiss Smoothing Shampoo and Conditioner. This sulfate-free system tames frizzy hair, increases smoothness, and enhances shine.
Dry hair is also very prone to frizz, so it’s essential to keep your mane hydrated. Use a hydrating leave-in treatment like Redken Frizz Dismiss Rebel Tame Leave-In Hair Treatment to hydrate, detangle, and control frizz while providing heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
What is the best hairstyle for frizzy hair?
When it comes to the best hairstyles for frizzy hair, you’ve definitely got options. While there aren’t any super hard or fast rules, we recommend focusing on styles that incorporate braids, buns, and ponytails, or styles that lend themselves to really working with products that combat frizz and puffiness—such as wet-look styles or a slicked-back high pony. We’ve showcased some specific examples below.
Do layers help frizzy hair?
Trying layered hairstyles for frizzy hair can help to the extent that it removes some bulkiness in your mane. Ultimately, though, it’s important to nourish and hydrate your strands to alleviate dryness and damage.
It’s also helpful to use anti-frizz styling products, such as Redken’s Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate Hair Oil—a silky serum that helps with frizz, puffiness, and excess volume—or Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk, which prevents hair from getting puffy even in humid weather.
The Best Frizzy Hairstyles To Try Now
Eager to explore some of the best hairstyles for frizzy hair? We’ve rounded up 25 amazing styles to try, including hairstyles for thick frizzy hair, hairstyles for curly frizzy hair, and even short hairstyles for frizzy hair.
Double Dutch Braids
If you’re searching for a frizz-fighting braided hairstyle to try, look no further than double dutch braids. This look will keep your strands under control throughout the day. For added frizz protection, be sure to apply a hair oil like Redken Frizz Dismiss Instant Deflate Hair Oil through your hair before styling. This formula helps control the effects of humidity on the hair and prevents excess volume, puffiness, and frizz while increasing manageability.
Wet Look Waves
There’s nothing like air-dried waves, especially in the summer. While we’re all about embracing your natural texture, naturally wavy hair can be prone to frizz. If you’re trying to get through the day free of frizz, give wet look waves a try.
Beginning with damp hair, apply a hair gel like Biolage Styling Texture Sap Gel throughout your hair. Gently scrunch your hair as it air dries to help lock in your waves. Once your hair is dry, complete your look with a few spritzes of shine spray like Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist Hairspray.
If you’re dealing with frizz that continually pops up around your hairline, this romantic halo braid is the perfect way to conceal it while staying on-trend. Click here for a step-by-step guide to achieving a halo braid hairstyle.
Slicked-Back Low Chignon
Want to take your wet look hairstyle a step further? Slay this slicked-back low chignon. It helps hide and prevent frizz, but it also keeps you cool and makes for the perfect hairstyle for any summer outing.
Braided Space Buns
Dealing with super short frizzy hair? Don’t stress! Simply apply a dime-sized amount of hair gel like Matrix Vavoom Hold My Body Forming Hair Gel throughout your hair to add effortless texture while keeping frizz at bay.
Messy buns are a go-to summer style, but if you're trying to tame a frizzy mane, opt for a smooth and sleek bun. Begin by gathering all of your hair into a high ponytail. Apply a few spritzes of hairspray like Redken Forceful 23 Anti-Frizz Super Strength Hairspray onto a comb and brush through the hair around your hairline to help tame frizz and create a sleek look.
Then, twist your hair and wrap it around the base of the ponytail. Secure it with a hair elastic or a scrunchie. Add a bit of hair gel around your hairline for added control and complete the hairstyle with a few more spritzes of hairspray.
Sleek High Ponytail
Keep your hair away from your face while fighting frizz with a sleek high ponytail. This classic look is the ultimate summer hairstyle.
Pop On A Headband
When it comes to hiding frizz, accessories are a total gamechanger. Try wearing a headband to hide frizz and keep unruly strands away from your face.
If you can't beat frizz, embrace it! Create pigtails and apply a few spritzes of texturizing spray like Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray to enhance your messy look with effortless texture.
Feeling bold? Embrace your texture by creating a faux hawk. Think of it as equal parts art, punk rock, and frizz-busting hack.
Instead of taking length away, consider adding length via braids. This hairstyle requires a time and cost investment upfront, but it’ll help keep your hair looking gorgeous and frizz-free all summer long.
Instead of traditional braids, try a twisted approach. It’s a fun spin on the classic and we love the addition of carefully placed gold details throughout. To tame frizz and flyaways, enlist help from Mizani Edge Trimming Hair Gel.
High, Half-Up Top Knot
This hairstyle for frizzy hair is a simple way to beat puffiness and flyaways. Simply gather about half your hair into a loose top knot while keeping the other strands down. It’s also a way to keep cooler in the summer if you have long, thick hair.
Soft Finger Waves
Soft finger waves are one of our favorite hairstyles for frizzy wavy hair. For improved definition, we suggest using a medium to strong-hold cream, like Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Umou Hold Cream. This pomade won't weigh your strands down, but it will put a cap on frizz and help you create beautiful textured styles like this.
Half Up With A Pretty Barrette
Not into the extra height of a top knot? Opt for this easy half-up hairstyle instead. The addition of a cute barrette creates a more polished, elevated look.
Loose Braided Half Updo
For an extra twist on the half-up hairstyle, create a loose braid and drape it across the back of your head, securing it covertly on the other side. You can use curl or wave-defining products on the ends—such as Mizani True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion—and a medium to high hold hairspray to lock the braid into place.
Play into your curls by using products that help define each tendril. We recommend evenly distributing Mizani True Textures Twist and Coil Jelly through damp hair. Don't rinse, but do allow your hair to dry naturally or use a diffuser to speed the process along. The result is hydrated, frizz-free curls.
Elegant Knotted Updo
Looking for the perfect hairstyle for frizzy hair that you can wear to a more formal event—like all those upcoming summer nuptials? Try this elegantly knotted updo technique. The addition of tiny flowers creates an earthy, fairytale effect. You could swap in other hair accessories, of course, like gems or barrettes.
Looking for something simple? Not only is this easy hairstyle for frizzy hair a major throwback to the ‘90s and ‘00s, but it’s as simple as scooping up front pieces and securing them.
Sleek Low Pony
Not keen on channeling a popstar pony today? Try this more subdued version, which secures hair at the nape of your neck. If you want to keep it even simpler than this, you can create a simple low ponytail and then tie a ribbon around the base.
Artsy Buzz Cut
There’s very little frizz to contend with if you’re rocking a buzz cut! This funky hairstyle not only looks cool, but will keep you cool during a blazing summer. We like the fun honeycomb technique here, but use your imagination to turn your buzz cut into a masterpiece. Even with super short hair, you can still use a product like Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Anti-Frizz Serum to create a glossy finish.
Here’s another way to lean into the classic chignon! This option is ideal for people with lots of thick hair. To create that sleek finish, we recommend using Matrix Total Results Mega Sleek Iron Smoother Leave-In Spray and flat ironing your hair before styling. To help you create the shape you desire, use Matrix Vavoom Shapemaker Extra-Hold Shaping Hairspray.
We love the compromise approach to this hairstyle, which removes some extra volume without completely nixing your natural texture. Simply slick back a portion of hair on the side of your head—Mizani Edge Trimming Hair Gel will help you get there—and then pop in a few oversized barrettes.
This summer, consider wearing your black hair in locs. Feel free to add a little personality with color—like the lime green pictured here—or keep them natural.
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