Prevent Hair from Frizzing After Shower

Strands of hair are made up of an inner cortex and an outer protective layer called the cuticle. The cuticles consist of a series of roof-like tiles. Hair appears smooth when these microscopic tiles lie flat against the cortex. Humidity, lack of moisture, friction, and styling and chemical damage can unsettle the cuticles and cause hair to frizz. How you treat your hair before, during, and after the shower can help treat frizz, even in the most humid and unforgiving climates.


Reducing Frizz-Inducing Habits

  1. Use your fingers to comb your hair. Brushes and combs create friction that can damage your hair or upset the strands, causing more frizz. Breakage and frizzing are even more likely when using a dry brush on dry hair. To reduce frizz from brushing, use your fingers to untangle your hair when it is dry.[1]
    • If necessary, use a wide-tooth comb in the shower to properly distribute conditioner and untangle hair. Avoid using combs on dry hair. Boar bristle brushes are a good choice for dry hair.[1]
  2. Choose air-drying over blow-drying your hair. Air drying your hair can help to prevent frizz. Friction and heat are major causes of frizz, so avoiding blow-drying and towel-drying can help to prevent your hair from getting frizzy.
    • To help the hair cuticles dry flat, try tying your hair in a loose bun or braid as it dries. This will keep the strands lying flat and prevent flyaways and frizz while it dries.[2]
  3. Skip the towel. When drying your hair, try using a t-shirt or microfiber cloth instead of a towel.[3] Regular towels create more friction, which may cause frizz. T-shirts and microfiber cloths are gentler and will help your hair lie flat as it dries.
  4. Wash your hair less frequently. It is possible to reduce frizz by washing your hair less often. Frequent washing can strip natural oils away from your hair and this may cause your hair to frizz. Fine hair only needs to be shampooed every other day and thicker hair only needs to be shampooed about once every three days.[3]
    • People with oily hair, or those who sweat daily due to activities like work or exercise may need to wash their hair more frequently. Use conditioner on non-shampoo days to remove sweat and dirt and allow for easy styling.
  5. Keep your hands off your hair during the day. The more you touch your hair throughout the day, the more friction is created. This can ruffle your hair cuticles and cause frizz. Try to avoid touching your hair, or putting it up and down throughout the day.[3]
  6. Reduce chemical treatments. Treatments such as coloring, perms, and relaxers can dramatically change the texture of your hair, causing it to frizz in ways it hadn't previously. Reduce the number of times you get chemical treatments in a year to help combat frizz.
    • Consider using root touch up powders in between colorings, and find styles that allow you to rock your natural texture rather than having it chemically altered.

Experimenting With Anti-Frizz Treatments

  1. Mix up an anti-frizz solution. If your hair is prone to frizz, try creating a solution of conditioner and water to apply to the tips of your hair. Take about a tablespoon of conditioner and mix it with about 1 cup of water. Use your fingers to apply a small amount to the ends of your hair. Keep this solution handy for a quick frizz fix or make it part of your daily hair care routine.[4]
    • Make sure that you only apply this solution to the ends of your hair, not the roots.
    • You can also put some of the solution in a small spray bottle to keep with you in a purse or bag and use as necessary throughout the day.
  2. Make a hair masque out of avocado. Mash up one avocado. Apply it to clean, damp hair with your fingers, staying a few inches away from the roots. Let stand fifteen minutes. Rinse out with water.[5]
    • Those with fine hair should only apply the masque to their ends.
    • The oils in the avocado will naturally coat your hair and protect it from damage and humidity. It will also lock in moisture to keep it from drying out.
    • You can also use olive oil to create a hair masque. Warm olive oil on the stove until it is warm, but not too hot to touch. Apply it throughout damp hair. Wait thirty minutes. Shampoo and condition normally. [6]
  3. Try a jojoba oil treatment. Jojoba oil is a natural plant-based oil that is sold as a moisturizing hair treatment. It is very useful for frizz-prone hair. Apply the oil weekly to your hair below your ears, focusing on the ends, where more damage is likely to occur. Applying below your ears will also prevent your hair from appearing flat. [7]
  4. Smooth your hair with coconut oil. Coconut oil has many uses, and can be used on thick hair to keep in moisture and prevent frizz. Apply to clean, damp hair, starting at the ends and working your way up. Stop midway up your hair, as applying it near the scalp will make your hair appear extremely greasy. [2]
  5. Blast your hair with cold air from a freezer for a few minutes. Hair frizzes from heat styling and warm weather. To set your hair after styling it, stand in front of the freezer for a minute. This will allow the hair cuticles to cool and settle smoothly before you go outside, where it may be exposed to sun and humidity. [6]
    • You may also use the cool shot button on your hair dryer on a finished style to achieve the same effect.

Using the Proper Hair Products

  1. Choose quality shampoos and conditioners. Sulfates in shampoo are great at stripping away dirt and oils, but they are incredibly drying to hair and can cause excess frizz. Opt for shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate-free to reduce the drying, fizzing effect on your strands.[8]
  2. Steer clear of alcohol-containing hair products. Hair products such as hair spray can dry out your hair.[9] Before you buy any hair product, check for alcohol in the ingredients list. If you spot alcohol in the ingredients list, don’t buy the product.
    • Not all alcohols dry out your hair. Fatty alcohols Lauryl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Myristyl alcohol, Stearyl alcohol, Cetearyl alcohol and Behenyl alcohol, will not be as drying.[10]
  3. Limit use of heat-stylers. Tools that expose your hair to heat, such as blow dryers, straighteners and curlers, can cause damage that may contribute to frizz. Using these products often can cause permanent damage, so it is best to save them for special occasions.
    • If you choose to blow dry your hair, consider investing in a diffuser to reduce the amount of direct heat on your hair.[1]
    • When using a standard blow dryer, wait until hair is 90% air dried, then use a blow dryer to dry the last 10% of your hair. This will help to reduce the damage caused by the heat.[11]
    • When using heat-stylers, you may also want to consider using a special spray to protect hair cuticles from the heat, and to lock in moisture. There are many products that will add a layer of protection to your hair cuticles so that they are not as easily damaged by the direct heat.[7]
  4. Use dry shampoo between washes. Regular shampoo dries out your hair and the friction that comes from washing your hair can contribute to frizz as well. Try using a dry shampoo in between washes to help eliminate oil near your scalp. This will control frizz by reducing your need for continual washing.[7]
    • Be sure to look at your dry shampoo to see if it uses a non-fatty alcohol. Short-chain alcohols can actually make the problem worse over time.
  5. Apply styling products right after you shower. Applying styling products right after getting out of the shower can help to lock in moisture.[1] Just be sure to wring out your hair first or the products will not absorb. Look for products that contain polymers and silicone, which help fight humidity.
    • For fine, wavy hair, try using mousse. It will not weigh your hair down as much. For thicker hair, try gels and creams, which can hold up against thicker curls.[12]
    • When using products on frizzy hair, make sure to focus the product toward the ends of your hair. Work the product up until it is about halfway through up your hair. The ends dry out faster, and applying product to your scalp will only make your hair look greasy.[2]
  6. Finished.


  • Consider getting shorter haircut. Long hair frizzes more often than short hair, so talk to your hair stylist about possible short hairstyles that might help to reduce frizz. Even getting a trim may help to reduce frizz.

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