Even the most manageable hair can sometimes get frizzy. And whether you have a voluminous mass of hair or prefer to wear it cropped, humid weather and even some products can foil your best attempts when you want to have smooth tresses. “Hair becomes frizzy because it lacks moisture and is seeking moisture from the environment,” says Alicia Bailey, hair stylist, hair texture expert, and global education director at Design Essentials. [It can also happen] due to styling when your hair has been disturbed before fully drying,” she says.
However, we’re not suggesting that you change or “fix,” your hair; we just want you to have options. “Many of the challenges of various hair types are mental,” says Darrius Peace, natural hair expert. “Once familiar with your hair, you will learn compatible tools and products for styling,” he says.
So to help to make styling your hair one less thing for you to stress about, we have reached out to a couple of hair experts for their best tips, and we have curated some of the best frizz-taming products for you to try.
It is pretty clear to see that no matter race or ethnicity, different hair types exist within each group. And part of your ability to style your tresses as you please is knowing and understanding your particular hair type.
“Hair is straight, wavy, curly, and coily, and is subtyped by letters and numbers which indicates the degree of straightness, waves, curls, and coils the hair has,” says Bailey. “Type 1 is the loosest, and 4c has the tightest curl pattern,” says Peace. The corresponding subsets of A, B, and C is the range of the curl pattern from large to tightly wound.
Type 1: This type of hair has little to no waves, lacks volume, and does not hold curls well. Typically frizz occurs due to damage from heat styling, bleaching, or coloring hair. Products like Briogeo Superfoods Shampoo and Conditioner can help to soften and gently remove dirt and gunk from your hair without silicone, parabens, and sulfates. While oil-based products can weigh it down, there are options for boosting it. “Holding sprays and setting foams are ideal for preventing flat hair because they both can set the hair into the desired look,” says Peace.
Type 2A-C: Wavy hair tends to have a loose or distinct S pattern. “It has a little volume and frizzes easily,” says Bailey. “You should avoid products with heavy creams or oils.” TGIN Rose Water Sulfate-Free Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner duo created without sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, lanolin, and artificial colors can help add moisture without causing the hair to look or feel greasy. Using a hydrating and detangling leave-in conditioner like Coco & Eve’s plus a Milk Shake’s Lifestyling spray can give you waves for days.
Type 3 A-C: Curly locks can range from a light curl to a tight corkscrew-type pattern, typically with different textures on the same head. “To combat frizz in hair types 3A-C use products that contain moisturizers, oils, or creams that will penetrate and coat the hair strand, thus creating a barrier that will combat frizz,” says Bailey. But depending on your hair’s porosity, you want to avoid anything too heavy as it will cause your curl to droop.
Matrix A Curl Can Dream line of shampoo, conditioner, and curl cream infused with Manuka honey extract supports the curl pattern even on day three, especially when used with Tgin Miracle RepaiRx Protective Leave In Conditioner. Finish off your hair with the lightweight gel from the Matrix A Curl CAn Dream line for shine without crunch. And if you color your hair or use heat-based styling tools, consider using a hair mask like Luseta’s Biotin B-Complex Hair Mask, which can help to maintain hair health.
Type 4: Coily hair can range from really tight tendrils to strands that appear to have a zigzag pattern. The key to having your coily hair bounce beautifully is to ensure that it is hydrated. “Use products that will moisturize, define, and hold; they usually contain emollients, oils, or creams,” says Bailey.
She recommends trying the Almond & Avocado Collection from Design Essentials. While the line can work well for most hair types, the sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner can help to detangle coily hair with precision minimizing damage. When using heating tools, protect your tresses with products like Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Thermal & Heat Protectant Spray featuring ingredients like sweet almond, argan, and Mongongo oils.