Stressed-out, dry, unmanageable hair, we've all been there at some point. Luckily, with some gentle TLC - in the way of an ultra-hydrating hair care regimen and intelligent styling tools - you can achieve your dream hair and nix frizz for good.
What causes frizzy hair?
When it comes to frizzy hair, rising temperatures and humidity can wreak havoc on your blow-dry. "Humidity is one of the most common causes, and this is because your hair’s outer layer takes in the moisture from the air," explains Lauren McCowan, Evo and Cloud Nine Creative Director.
"Essentially, frizz occurs when the cuticle layer of the hair is raised, allowing moisture to enter and swell the strand, creating the appearance of dry, frizzy hair," McCowan adds.
2. Styling and heat damage
It shouldn't surprise you that excessive exposure to high temperatures can greatly impact the health of your hair. But did you know that your hair straighter might be the reason your smooth strands turn into Hermoine Granger frizz as soon as you walk out the front door?
McCowan says that high temperatures remove moisture which results in dry, stressed out tresses: "My best advice is t use a heat protectant like evo’s icon welder as it provides thermal and also UV protection to prevent damage when using heat tools."
Here, the best products for frizzy hair.
evo the therapist hydrating shampoo ($34; at evohair.com)
When it comes to looking after stressed out hair, the right shampoo can make a world of difference. "Definitely avoid sulphates, as they dry out your hair and cause frizz, they can also strip the natural oils from hair which keep it moisturised and luscious, McCowan says.
Look-out for a shampoo that can deeply clean and remove product build-up without stripping your natural oils, then, opt for a conditioner that will seal your strands. Like this shampoo and conditioner pairing which are aptly called 'the therapist' because who's hair isn't in recovering from something?
evo the therapist conditioner ($34; at evo.com.au)
Cloud Nine Original Iron ($330; at adorebeauty.com.au)
While newer hair tools come with an adjustable heat seating; most people just use the same temperature without factoring in their hair type. As a general rule, the higher temperatures should only be used on thick and coarse hair. Switch on the lower setting if your hair has been coloured or chemically treated. For most hair types the medium setting is best.
"For straightening the Cloud Nine Original Iron (RRP: $330) is great because it has five heat settings to choose from and the mineral-coated ceramic plates are proven to be kinder to your hair," McCowan explains.
"I’d also recommend a hairdryer with ionic technology, as it will produce negative ions that smooth cuticles and prevent frizz."
Cloud Nine Airshot ($240; at adorebeauty.com.au)
Elevate your hairstyle with the right styling products. For full-proof shine, reach for a moisturising formula - serum, balm or leave-in conditioner - designed to tame frizz and give strands a soft finish worthy of a shampoo commercial.
Eleven Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum ($24.95; at adorebeauty.com.au)
evo lockdown smoothing treatment ($45; at evohair.com)
IGK Mistress Hydrating Hair Balm ($42; at sephora.com.au)
On The Go
Ouai Anti-Frizz Sheets ($26; at sephora.com.au)
These single-use sheets are your new secret weapon to fight frizzy and static-prone hair. Just swipe and go.