How to Tame Frizzy and Unruly Hair

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If you've got frizzy and unruly hair, attaining smooth, sleek hair can be difficult and downright frustrating. Changing your haircare routine, especially in the humidity of summer, can tame your hair and create a flyaway-free style.

Avoid using a hairdryer if you can. Hot air can cause your locks to become more puffed up, especially if the weather is hot and humid. Wrap your head in a towel to remove excess water before letting your hair air dry, and use the cool setting on a hairdryer if you choose not to forgo heat styling.

Use styling products judiciously to keep your mane on its best behavior. Hair sprays, mousses and gels designed for frizzy, curly or wavy hair can keep unruliness to a minimum as they help your hair conform to the style you choose. Apply a small amount of product to your fingers and comb through your hair while it's still damp to ensure the most sticking power.

Tie your hair back in a ponytail, especially on humid or windy days. Your hair is more likely to fly about and frizz up when you wear loose styles.

Moisturize your hair. Frizzy and unruly hair can be the result of dryness. Wash your hair every other day if possible, to allow the natural oils produced by your scalp to nourish your dry, frizzy hair. Temporarily tame your hair by using leave-in conditioners or hot oil treatments on a weekly basis.

Reign in your unruly hair with a professional haircut. Keeping your hair shorter might help reduce frizziness, tangles and other signs of unruliness. Ask your hairdresser to thin out your hair with special scissors; thick hair is often more difficult to manage than thinner locks.