Frizzy Hair

Whether it's the humidity, wet weather or just bad genes, frizz is the ultimate hair no-no when it comes to great styling. We asked John Freida's Senior Stylist Jake Davis for his top tips on fighting the frizz...

GTG: What causes frizzy hair?

“Frizz happens when the outer layer of the hair dries out and starts lifting, creating the fluffy/frizzy texture. This also causes your hair to look dull, brittle and lose its elasticity.

Frizzy hair varies from just flyaway to chronic frizz; curly hair tends to be frizzier because it's naturally drier but over washing your hair with harsh shampoos will also dry out your hair and therefore create frizz. Using heated appliances and over processing your hair with colour will sensitise your hair and again cause the frizz.”

GTG: How can we tackle frizzy hair?

“The best way to combat frizz is to put the moisture back in your hair - wash with a gentle shampoo such as Frizz Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo, £5.99, or Color Wow Color Security Shampoo, £16.50, which is great for coloured hair and is sulphate free. Always use conditioner to smooth the cuticle and re-hydrate the hair after shampooing; this will also help with detangling your hair ready for styling.

"You should also have a regular deep conditioning treatment at least once a week and do not use heat directly on the hair without apply a heat protecting serum beforehand. Sheer Blonde Brightening Oil Elixir, £9.99, has heat protection and helps revive dry and/or colour treated hair.

My top tip for frizzy hair

“Apply Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Crème Serum, £6.29, on towel-dried hair, twist your hair into a knot at the top your head and let it dry naturally, take out once completely dry to reveal frizz free, soft, wavy hair. Or plait your hair instead of twisting it for a more define look.”

GTG recommends…

For frizz-fighting at home, we’ve tried and tested some of the best miracle cures on the market. Here are our favourites…

The Brilliant Shine Brush from BaByliss, £30, uses negative ions to neutralise the static charge that builds up in hair over time, leaving formerly tatty tresses smooth, shiny and ultra frizz-free as a result (Check out our in-depth review here). Handy if you don’t have time for masks and serums, it’s the perfect on-the-go hair tool for frizzy hair.

John Frieda also has a great Frizz Ease collection of serums, oils and creams aimed at providing control and manageability for all hair types. One of their hero products, and an absolute GTG must-have for frizzy hair, is the Frizz Ease 6 Effects Serum, £6.29. This easy to use (and ultra affordable) serum works instantly to eliminate frizz and protect against humidity for a glossy, smooth and frizz-free finish.

Another collection with the GTG seal of approval is L’Oréal’s Liss Unlimited, a range that’s all about providing climate-proof haircare. The Keratinoil Complex Masque, £11.90, is best for banishing flyaways, and SOS Smoothing Double Serum, £14.99, smooths and protects hair against harmful heat and humidity.

Last but by no means least is the Discipline range from Kérastase. This hair-hero range promises a universal answer to unruly hair, and boy does it deliver. With five great products for at-home use, the collection provides a step by step guide to banishing flyaways and frizzy hair for good.

And remember…

  • Frizz control starts in the shower. Use a gentle and smoothing shampoo and conditioner to calm and re-hydrate your hair.

  • Always apply serums to wet hair, and blot rather than rub when towel drying.

  • When blow-drying, aim the air flow down the hair shaft to close the cuticles for a smooth and glossy finish.

  • As frizz is the result of too much colour, heat and styling, giving your hair a break will really help. Once a week try blotting hair dry, then braiding or putting into a bun.
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