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How to Take Frizz Away Without Washing

by Celeigh O'Neil, studioD

Frizzy hair is an often unpredictable issue that plagues those with curly and straight locks alike. Excess moisture or dryness in the air can make even the most nourished hair appear damaged and unruly. Although it is often recommended that you should not wash your hair daily in order to retain moisture, starting from scratch with a cleanse may often seem like the only way to get rid of frizz. However, healthier-looking results can be obtained without a rewash.

Brush through hair with a dense natural-bristle brush. Start from the scalp and slowly brush through to the ends, distributing the hair’s natural oils in order to defrizz and smooth.

Apply an oil or serum to the hair from midlength to ends. Work it in with the palm of your hand, and apply any excess to the ends to help bind any splits. A dime-size amount is enough for shoulder-length hair. Opt for a natural-based oil for dry hair, such as argan or coconut oil, and a light serum for fine and oily hair.

Run through ultra frizzy sections with an iron. Use a flat iron for straight hair, or wrap hair around a curling iron for curly hair. Typically the sections in need of extra attention will be short, fine layers or the very ends. Use a low heat setting and run over the sections quickly to reseal the cuticle.

Spritz hair with an anti-humidity hairspray. Hold the spray bottle 10 inches from the head and apply one even coat. Focus on midlength through the ends, as these areas have a tendency to fall flat first throughout the day.

Items you will need
  •  Natural-bristle brush
  •  Hair oil or serum
  •  Flat iron
  •  Curling iron
  •  Anti-humidity hairspray


  • If the roots of your hair become limp throughout the smoothing process, spray them with dry shampoo and massage it into the scalp for instant lift.
  • When washing hair, use a frizz-fighting deep conditioner. Deep conditioners are more intensive than regular conditioners and will typically help your hair remain frizz-resistant for a longer period of time.

About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.

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