Hair Care

How to fix dry frizzy hair – 5 simple tips

Created: April 8, 2018
How do celebrities manage to achieve their silky shiny hair?

Would you love to have the same?

But no matter what you do, you just end up with the same unruly frizzy mess!

You have tried so many products and taken so much care to dry your hair beautifully, and yes it looks great when you have finished, but then an hour later you end up with hair twice the size, and you feel disheartened and fed up.

In this post I would like to share with you my 5 simple tips on how to fix dry frizzy hair, so you can once again hold your head up high and feel proud.

What is all the frizz about?

So what causes frizzy hair?

Wavy or curly hair tends to be more prone to frizz. When it is dry and you brush your hair the outer layer, the cuticle, which is like lots of overlapping scales, lifts. When the cuticle lies flat it creates a smooth surface which protects the hair but when the cuticle lifts it becomes rough and allows moisture in, this makes the hair “puff out”.

To make matters worse curly hair can often be more coarse and dry, which is why it wants to suck up all that moisture!

Tips to help control the frizz.

There are a few tips we can follow to help control this beast, here are my favourites.

  1. Comb your hair, don’t’ brush

If you have the time, it is best to leave your hair to dry naturally. You can use your fingers to gently comb through the hair as it is drying, this will allow the hair to untangle without disrupting the hair cuticle.

It may then be styled when it is almost completely dry, the brush will easily slide through the hair and ensure a smooth silky finish.

2. Use Sulfate free shampoo

Sulfate is added to shampoo to produce the thick lather we have all grown used to, and we have been led to believe the thick lather is necessary to clean our hair properly. This is not the case.

Sulfate causes frizz, especially for curly or coloured hair. It is best to use a shampoo which is free of sulfate, one which will not strip the hair of its natural oils. I would personally recommend this shampoo by Brooklyn Botany.

You may find when using this type of shampoo that you do not get the same full lather, don’t worry, and don’t add more shampoo, in fact, it is often the case that you need to use a smaller amount of shampoo.


3. Glycerin shampoo

As we mentioned previously frizzy hair is caused by dry hair attracting moisture. If we use a shampoo which contains glycerin it will draw moisture into the hair but then allow the hair to retain this moisture and provide a barrier. This is known as a humectant.

If the moisture is locked into the hair the cuticle will lie flat and result in a smooth silky look.

4. Always use a good Conditioner

To keep the moisture locked in the hair we should always use a good conditioner. The best ones to use are conditioners which contain proteins and oils like Shea butter, jojoba or coconut like Silk18 Natural Hair Conditioner Argan Oil Sulfate Free Treatment for Dry and Damaged Hair.

Also, try a conditioner rich in a keratin protein. It works by coating the hair shaft, reducing split ends and improving the hair’s appearance and manageability If you leave it in the hair for 2 minutes after washing it will penetrate to produce a lovely smooth finish.

Sometimes it is best to allow the conditioner to penetrate the hair for a longer period to provide a great treatment. To do this massage the condition into your scalp which also helps to stimulate the circulation as well as feeling wonderful of course, wrap your hair in a towel or shower cap and leave in for longer, about 15-20 minutes. Then rinse and towel dry, or leave to dry naturally if you have the time.

5. Conditioning Mask
For an extra special treat, and to keep the moisture firmly locked in the hair, apply conditioning mask.  The mask, exactly the same as a hydrating mask you may use for your face will lock in moisture to bring dehydrated hair back to life.  Here is one I love to use Kerastase Masque Oleo Relax Slim.

Hair will feel hydrated and this is what we need to control the frizz. Apply 1-2 times a week using a deep conditioning mask or hot oil treatment, there are many varieties on the market some of which feature an exclusive Memory Curl Complex keeping unruly coils in-line with bounce and shine.

You may wish to also try using household products such as coconut oil or almond oil with a few drops of your favourite aromatherapy oil for that relaxing treatment.

With a little care and attention, you can also achieve smooth silky shiny hair, as well as helping to keep the hair in tip-top condition.

I hope this has provided you with some ideas to try and I hope you manage to tame that frizzy mess and have more days with soft smooth hair!


8 thoughts on “How to fix dry frizzy hair – 5 simple tips

  1. Hey Debbie,

    Thanks a lot for this informative post on frizzy hair!

    I always thought celebrities spend a lot of time and money to take care of their hair in order to look that great. But after reading these tips from you, it seems that it is not really hard to get rid of frizzy hair and look good.

    Do you have any tips to take care of oily hair?

    1. Hi Jerry,

      Thanks for your comment!

      So oily hair is the opposite, where the hair glands produce too much oil. For the best results use a shampoo for oily hair but avoid conditioner, especially near the roots. Only wash your hair a couple of times a week. You can use a dry shampoo in between washes which will soak up the oil and keep it fresh. For a home remedy rinse the hair after shampooing with lemon juice diluted in water, this helps to control the oil.

      I will publish a post on this topic soon, but in the interim, try these tips and let me know if it helps.

  2. Hello!

    I truly enjoyed reading this article about fixes for dry, frizzy hair. I have followed some of the steps you mentioned and run my finger through my hair instead of brushing. For my daughter, who is 6 years old, it is a different story. Her hair gets knotted very easily and is very curly. The conditioner you have mentioned sounds quite interesting, and I may give it a try for my daughter’s hair. I like that it’s sulfate-free, too!

    Great info, thanks!


    1. Hi Cath,

      I am so glad I could help.
      Yes try the conditioner for your daughter, I’m sure it will help with reducing the tangles…..they can be so painful to comb out!

  3. As someone who has extremely curly hair prone to frizziness, I LOVE this article! Thank you for all the useful tips – I’ve never heard of a glycerin shampoo, I’m going to have to do some research to see where I can find some here. Do you have any recommendations?

  4. Debbie,

    I learned so much from reading this! I have really curly hair but I wear it up most of the time because it’s just too frizzy to manage. I use a keratin shampoo and conditioner, but it doesn’t seem to be enough. I never knew what caused all of the frizz and now I do! I will have to look into getting a conditioner mask to help control my unruly hair. Thanks for the advice!

    1. Hi Taylor,

      I used to do the same, wear my hair up on the days when I couldn’t seem to tame the fizzy mess!
      I am so happy you found my tips helpful.

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