Many of us struggle with hair frizz all year round but when you throw heat and humidity into the mix, it’s a whole different level of frizz. Celebrity hairdresser Luke Hersheson explains “when it’s sticky, hot, and humid – moisture from the air makes its way into the hair structure, causing the cuticle to swell and become rough. This change is what lies behind that dry, bushy, fuzzy, out-of-control mess – the kind of frizz we don’t appreciate at all.” Thankfully there are easy tricks and innovative products that will keep hair looking smooth and sleek even when the temperature rises. 

The Five Steps To Taming Frizzy Hair

Here, legendary hair stylist and luxury haircare founder, Sam McKnight reveals the five steps to tame frizzy hair in the heat no matter what your hair type. 

Step 1: Prep 

Taming frizz in the heat is all about lightly layering the right products. “I always start with haircare – the right shampoo and conditioner will give your hair the best foundation for styling,” claims Sam. 

Step 2: Prime 

A cream or balm into freshly washed damp hair, whether you are letting your hair dry naturally or blow-drying keeps frizz at bay. Sam says, “a great tip is to top it up with another application once dry to protect hair from fluff and frizz that can crop up in the heat.”

Step 3: Check ingredients 

Look for ingredients in your products that are known to help hair retain moisture such as shea butter. It has incredible water binding properties, so hair retains moisture whilst also sealing the cuticle with a fine film without any greasiness. Perfect for frizz prone hair.

Step 4: Use the right styling tools

Are you creating frizz when styling? Sam strongly advises “to consider the tools you are using. Waves and curls, once dry, should not be brushed, it makes them fluffy and frizzy. Instead use a wide tooth comb to detangle.” 

Step 5: Create control

For those flyways or that frizz that gives you a halo around your style, the best way to get them under control is to mist hairspray onto a soft bristle brush, a natural toothbrush is perfect (and a trick of the trade) and smooth over those pesky hairs. It’s the oldest trick in the book, but it works. Finish with a fine spritz of lightweight hairspray. 

The Expert’s Frizz-Fighting Rulebook 

The hair rules to follow as revealed by John Frieda Salons Creative Director, Zoe Irwin. 

*Don’t rough dry hair with a towel, it causes more friction, instead use your fingers to comb through excess water.  

* Use a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week. 

* Don’t lather your hair while shampooing, instead smooth with the flat surface of your hand to avoid creating more friction which leads to frizz.

* Never skip on conditioner. 

* Always brush your hair from the ends up if you need to detangle. 

* Heat protector products is a must when heat styling hair. 

* Don’t underestimate investing in a good hairdryer, it will keep your hair follicles smooth. 

* Try not to flick or touch your hair throughout the day. 

Here’s our favourite products to beat the frizz…

Olaplex No.6 Smoothing Cream, £25.2

A great choice for colour-treated hair that’s also prone to static with pesky little baby hairs popping out in all directions. As much a hair styling product as it is an intensive hair treatment, this also promises to strengthen and moisturise, speed up blow-drying time and control flyaways for up to 72 hours as well! 

OUAI Detangling and Frizz Fighting Leave In Conditioner, £24

This multi-tasker will detangle and hydrate parched summer hair while fighting frizz and leaving a gorgeous scent in its path. Use it as a pre-heat styling primer or as part of your wash-and-go routine for healthy, radiant hair every day. 

Living Proof No Frizz Vanishing Oil, £33

Contrary to belief, hair oil does not equal greasy hair. This pure oil (that mimics hair’s natural oils) feels incredibly light, so it disappears (hence the name!) into even the finest of strands, with not a trace of grease in its path.  Just two drops in damp locks evenly distributed in your hair will seal the hair fibres from humidity, preventing frizz all day long. A hero for all hair types. 

Virtue Frizz Blocking Spray, £42

This beauty junkie favourite brand has created this super innovative product that is activated by the heat in your hairdryer or straighteners. The spray creates a protective shield against humidity and heat – the main frizz culprits. A great choice if your hair is used and abused by hair styling tools. However, it doesn’t come cheap. 

Kérastase Curl Manifesto Crème De Jour Fondamentale Leave-In-Cream, £26.1

Curly hair is a challenge at the best of times, so it’s no surprise that Kérastase’s recently launched curly-hair line is already a big hit with hair stylists. One of the stars, is this leave-in cream that controls fly-aways, gives curls texture rather than crunch and keeps frizz at bay. Once you’ve tried this, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. 

Sam McKnight Happy Endings Nourishing Balm, £36

This high-performance hybrid style and care balm nourishes hair from the inside out. With just a pump or two you can nourish, tame frizz, defluff, smooth and define texture to make styling all hair types a breeze. A one-stop shop for everything hair!

L’Oreal Professional Tecni.ART Liss Control, £15.44

Designed to control and smooth frizziness, this works to tame rebellious hair and leave it looking healthy and shiny. Apply through the lengths and ends of towel-dried hair, your locks will look great whether you blow-dry them or leave them to dry naturally! 

Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Glossy Nourishing Anti-frizz Hair Oil, £33

Create mirror-like shine, sleek strands, and control frizz all in one application with this insanely tropical-smelling ultra-hydrating oil. Its credentials speak for themselves; in a clinical study conducted by an independent third-party lab, the oil was clinically proven to repair split ends and provide 72-hour frizz control and up to 450° heat protection. And did we mention it smells divine too!  

Larry King Hair Care Flyaway With Me Kit, £19

This genius product is the perfect travel companion. Small and discreet enough to carry in your handbag, this kit contains a dual-ended bamboo brush and comb to work product through targeted areas while gently controlling flyaways and frizz. A super cute essential for speedy touch-ups. 

Philip Kingsley Pure Colour Frizz Fighting Gloss, £26

This conditioning gloss, smoothes fiendish frizz- as it grants mirror-like shine while enlivening colour. Designed to supplement your heat-styling routine, this innovative treatment casts an invisible, weightless veil over your hair that effectively tames wayward frizz in an instant and leaves hair gorgeously silky to both look and touch. 

Hershesons The Everyday Essentials Brush, £30

Smooth any residual fuzz (and detangle at the same time) using this antistatic brush that beats frizz, while adding gorgeous softness and movement back into lacklustre hair. Think of this as your daily go-to. Featuring a mix of hair-friendly nylon and boar bristles, it smooths, reduces frizz, adds softness, tackles static and beats bacteria. Basically, it’s the only brush you’ll ever need. 

ghd Gold Hair Straighteners, £143

Frazzled, frizzy hair will seriously benefit from a quick straighten especially with professional- grade straighteners such as these. Expect smooth locks, create loose waves, bouncy curls, and sleek hairstyles without risking any hair damage thanks to its clever heat sensors that won’t allow your locks to get frazzled. But the best bit is, they take just 25 seconds to heat up, so there’s minimal waiting time. 

John Frieda Frizz Ease Serums, £7.99 each

The original pioneering product claiming to beat the frizz has had a makeover since it launched in 1990. It was a revolutionary product then and to this day it’s still taming frizzy manes by repelling humidity, smoothing strands and taming flyaways. And it’s now available in three varieties specific to your hair length and type. A best friend for good reason. 

Umberto Giannini No More Frizz Anti Frizz Curl Serum, £6.13

If a frizz halo is your hair bugbear than this intense serum will tackle flyways in no-time. Simply coat serum through the mid lengths an ends to give hair a silky smooth veil that’s packed with shine and nourished with Argan oil. Particularly great on unruly curls, relaxed hair and even hair extensions. An impressive product at an affordable price.

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