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12 Genius Ways To Tame Frizzy Hair

Tips from a pro stylist guarantee the sleek, frizz-less hair you covet .

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Be liberal with conditioner

No matter what you do, your hair goes rogue. This might help explain why: Under a microscope, a frizzy hair follicle looks like a strand of scales that curl upwards into a fringe. The scales keep the cuticle open and release moisture from the hair, making it dry and causing frizz. So the first step to tame frizz is to bring the moisture back to the roots of your head. We’re usually taught just to condition the ends, but frizz usually occurs at the top of your hair where the cuticle is dry. Don’t be afraid to condition the hairline, says Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City. Here are other shower mistakes that could damage your hair.

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Use anti-frizz spray (but not much)

Spray your hands with anti-frizz product and tap lightly at the roots. “You need just a tiny, tiny bit,” says Saviano. It’s the first step toward styling to keep frizz under control.

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Try a volumizing spray

Both straight and curly hair can lose its shape. Use a volumizing spray to keep curls bouncy and straight hair from going limp.

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Don’t style dry hair

“The area where hair gets frizzy the most should be nice and moist when you blow dry it,” says Saviano. Once hair dries, you’ve lost the ability to manipulate it into the shape you want. The hair must be moist when you blow dry in order to eliminate frizz. If you have curly hair, just let your hair dry naturally.

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Going straight? Read this first

If you are looking to work your naturally frizzy hair into a straight look, separate the hair into four sections. Split the hair on top and bottom, and then split those halves on left and right. Blow the hair in fourths. If you finish one and the other sections are dry, wet the hair again before you continue to blow dry. Here’s how to take care of your hair when you apply heat to it.

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Be thorough

Take extra time to dry hair completely. Frizz will always form in areas you leave uncared for. “Hair needs to be 100 percent dry before you move on to the next section,” warns Saviano. “If you move on and the hair is damp, you’ve wasted the entire blowout.”

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Wash hair less often

Wet and condition the hair on a daily basis, but limit shampoo to once a week, advises Saviano. The more you rinse and condition, the less frizz you will have.

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Play with different products

Gel and mousse both play a role in the formation of curls by defining and enhancing them, but won’t do much else. Mixing these products with a moisturizing hair product, such as an anti-frizz hair cream, will add moisture back to the hair to reduce frizzing.

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Be picky about your brush

Metal brushes heat up. “The heat from the blow dryer and heat from the brush is a double whammy on your hair,” says Saviano. All the extra heat can dry out your hair—the opposite of what you want when taming frizz—and even cause it to break.

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Get a new pillowcase

Cotton pillowcases can cause friction against your hair while you sleep. Saviano suggests sleeping on silk so hair glides more easily. Learn how silk pillowcases can also help your skin look younger.

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Make room for masks

The real secret to taming frizzy hair: overwhelm it with moisture. Try using a hair mask once a week to reduce dryness. Here are natural hair masks you can make at home.

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Keep your hands off

Light touch-ups are necessary, but once your hair is set, try your best not to touch it. A silicon spray will help, or anti-frizz sheets, created by Nunzio Saviano himself after working with so many clients with frizzy hair. The slightly damp sheets replenish moisture and shine from roots to ends.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest