Somehow, frizzy hair is a year-round affliction. When we're having a really bad, run for-the-hills or hide-under-a-hat hair day we tend to blame the weather, but if we're really being honest with ourselves, we battle frizz all the time — the humidity just exacerbates it. To get frizz truly under control, proper maintenance with products — starting in the shower — is the key. But that's not all: Depending on your hair type, the different products you use matter a lot more than you might think.
That's why we talked to two of the most sought-after stylists in the business right now — celebrity hairstylist for L'Oreal Paris, Mara Roszak (Brie Larson and Emma Stone's go-to) and Pantene hairstylist Kim Kimble, the mastermind behind Beyoncé's "Lemonade" braids. They broke down exactly what you should be doing to minimize your frizz woes, whether your hair is fine, wavy, or coarse and curly — and which products to stock up on ASAP. And the best part? They won't break the bank.
Fine and Straight Hair
Both Kimble and Roszak agreed that the most important step for women with fine hair is to focus on conditioning well, since it's one that's frequently skipped. But – and this is a big but – only focus the conditioner on your ends, as many folks have a fear of weighing the hair down, and this can happen if you focus the product at the root. "Make sure your hair is moisturized enough — dryness is typically what causes frizz," said Roszak. So, if your ends are frizzy, it's probably due to a lack of conditioner.
As for products, steer clear of heavy oils or anything that contains wax, Kimble told us. "Creams and balms are lighter than oils, pomades and gels, so these are more appropriate for fine or straight hair."
For ladies with waves, Kimble noted that the de-frizzing truly starts in the shower. "Women with naturally wavy hair need to use the right shampoo and conditioner. Pantene Curl Perfection Moisturizing Shampoo ($4.99) and Conditioner ($5.09) are great for de-frizzing all types of naturally curly or wavy hair," Kimble said. She also added that because of the curly texture, a moisturizing shampoo is crucial. Roszak noted that brushing the hair in the shower — only when wet — can help battle excess frizz, too.
As for products to help women with wavy hair battle frizz (a constant ailment for this set), Kimble noted that it's crucial to steer clear of any that may contain alcohol, as they can be very drying to the hair. Roszak added that she loves applying oils in damp wavy hair to tackle frizz, favoring L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil-in-Cream ($5.99) on damp hair and Leonor Greyl Eclat Natural ($46) on dry hair. For a hairspray, Kimble loves Pantene Style Series Airspray ($5.99) because it's alcohol-free, and also told us to look for creams, balms and serums to help seal the hair cuticle.
Coarse and Curly Hair
Similar to wavy-haired ladies, those with coarse and curly hair need to be using moisturizing shampoos and conditioners — upping their anti-frizz protection in the shower. Kimble also added that if you have this hair type, it's important to use masks and deep treatments, like Pantene's Daily Moisture Renewal 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner ($4.99). Roszak agreed on all counts, saying that this hair type needs extra moisture, and that shampooing hair less is actually key. For this hair type, she loves L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare Extraordinary Oil Curls Shampoo ($3.99) and Mask ($5.99) to help tame and rebuild curls, but also recommended incorporating a cleansing balm a couple of times a week, instead of just once as is the typical recommendation with the other hair types.
But, as a word to the wise, Kimble added that women with coarse or curly hair types should avoid cleansing or volumizing shampoos since "these formulas tend to be lighter and don't provide the moisture they need."
And, as a final note for everyone battling frizz, no matter your hair type, Roszak told us that if you're blow-drying your hair, always keep the nozzle on your dryer to help direct the heat downwards for a smoother blow dry. When it comes to products, Kimble left us with these words of wisdom: "Any product that provides anti-humidity benefits and damage protection will ultimately help women combat frizz, no matter the hair type."