Is there any hope in the fight against frizz? Turns out yes. Savoir Flair tapped some of the world’s leading hair experts for DIY remedies, summer-friendly hairstyles, and insights into the best frizz-fighting products out there. Here’s what we learned.
According to celebrity hairdresser Mario Charalambous, coconut milk is Mother Nature’s way to fight off frizz. “Coconut milk works as a natural light protein and DIY moisture treatment for frizzy hair,” explains Charalambous. “You can extract coconut milk from the flesh of a coconut or opt for one available in the market. Put two tablespoons of coconut milk in a small pot and heat it until it’s warm, but make sure it doesn’t get too hot and burn! Apply the warm coconut milk to your hair, and cover your head with a shower cap and then a hot towel. Later, wash your hair with shampoo and let your hair dry naturally.”
Skip the Sulfates
Dry hair soaks up humidity like a sponge, and the number one causes of dryness? Sulfates. These harsh chemicals strip hair of moisture, resulting in dry and damaged locks that are super susceptible to summer frizz. Swap out sulfate-packed products for SLS-free shampoos that will gently clean your hair without stripping it of its natural oils to keep your locks feeling smooth and soft.
Hollywood hair stylist Jen Atkin revealed to Savoir Flair that her top tip to beat heat and humidity is to get braiding. From fishtail and milkmaid to schoolgirl and boho, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to braids, and they’re a cool and stylish way to wear your hair in the heat.
Use a Serum
Celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie’s top frizz-fighting tip? “Always use a serum! Sometimes they can be daunting to use, but a small amount suitable for your hair type can really be a miracle.” If you’re worried about your locks getting greasy, make sure you only apply your serum to the mid-lengths and ends – and never to your roots. And remember, a little goes a long way!
When styling or drying your hair, finish with a blast of cold air (cool settings are found on almost all hairdryers). This helps to seal the hair cuticles and prevent frizz disasters later on, whilst also ensuring your blow-dry stays looking perfect for longer. Bonus.
Comb, But Correctly
Brushing and combing your hair helps distribute its natural oils to keep hair hydrated, resulting in smoother locks. However, when done incorrectly, you can brush your way to even more frizz! So ensure you always choose the right type of brush (boar-bristle brushes are the best for smoothing hair). With wet hair, use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle.
Switch to Silk
Banish bed-head and wake up with soft, smooth, frizz-free locks simply by switching to a silk pillowcase. Cotton can dry out hair and cause it to drag and tug across your pillow, whereas silk ensures that hair glides effortlessly and gently across the surface without damaging or drying.
Slip ‘Silk Pillowcase’
Book in for a Brazilian Blow-Dry
“The number one thing that’s going to fix your hair is a Brazilian blow-dry or relaxing treatment. It will help blow-dries last longer and keeps hair smoother and softer. Outside of that, there’s no miracle product that’s going to withstand that type of heat and humidity – especially in the Middle East!” reveals celebrity hairstylist Christian Wood. So, if your usual blowout isn’t quite cutting it, get down to your local salon and book in for a Brazilian relaxing treatment, stat. A semi-permanent treatment that uses keratin (a protein that makes up 91 percent of our hair) to smooth and nourish, it will hydrate and condition even the frizziest of hair to give you sleek, silky, luscious locks, all summer long.
Stock up on Hairspray
George Northwood, the man behind Meghan Markle’s mane, swears by the staying powers of hairspray to keep frizz at bay. “Spray some onto a hairbrush, or even a toothbrush, and smooth it over the top layer. It acts as a barrier and glues hair down”, he told us. “It’s great to tackle flyaways, too. Just make sure you have a separate toothbrush for your hair – imagine if your husband starts using it!”. Those mini travel-sized cans are perfect for on-the-go touchups and are soon to become your summer beauty BFF.
Ditch the Towel
Towel-drying may seem like the gentler approach compared to blow-drying, but that’s not always the case. “Forcefully drying your hair with a towel results in frizz and tangled hair, as well as breakages,” says celebrity stylist Neil Moodie. “Use your hands to gently squeeze out extra water in large sections, then do the same with a towel, blotting the hair rather than rubbing.” So, grab your new fizz fighting serum, your hairdryer, and your hairspray, and get embrace the ultimate smoothing styling routine.