How to Curl Hair Without Frizz

by Bree Johnson

Nothing gives a hair more body or bounce than silky, luxurious curls. Women have tried everything from rolling their hair on soup cans to winding it on bobby pins to give their hair that naturally curly look. Unfortunately, if you don’t know the proper techniques for curling your hair, you may end up with a frizzy, flyaway hairstyle that you can’t control. If you always wanted smooth, sexy locks, read on to learn how to curl your hair without frizz.

Items you will need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Smoothing serum
  • Hair gel or setting lotion
  • Plastic rollers
  • Hairspray
Step 1

Wash your hair and apply a conditioner that’s specially formulated for dry or frizzy hair. While there are many hair care products to choose from at your local department store or pharmacy, they can’t compete with the quality of those available exclusively at hair salons. Choose a shampoo and conditioner that will control frizz and keep your hair moisturized to allow it to curl more easily.

Step 2

Towel-dry your hair to remove excess water and apply a light, leave-in conditioner to loosen tangles.

Step 3

Comb your hair from the roots to the ends using a wide-tooth comb.

Step 4

Apply a smoothing serum to tame frizzy hair. A smoothing serum works to smooth the texture of the hair while adding a glossy shine. Apply a dime-sized amount of serum to the ends of your hair and work your way up toward the roots. Be careful not to apply the serum directly to the roots to avoid making your hair look oily and dirty.

Step 5

Apply a generous amount of hair gel or setting lotion to help your hair hold curl. Choose a formula that’s light to avoid weighing your hair down and inhibiting its curling ability.

Step 6

Set your hair with plastic curlers. In order to curl your hair without frizz, you’ll need to select a set of rollers that will keep your hair smooth during the curling process. Hot rollers and curling irons can damage the hair and foam rollers can create more frizz. Roll a small section of hair around each roller, making certain that your hair is smooth and flat as you work. Use small rollers for tighter curls, large rollers for loose, bouncy curls, or alternate between medium and large rollers to achieve a natural look.

Step 7

Allow your hair to dry completely and carefully remove the rollers. Be careful not to pull the curls as you remove the rollers.

Step 8

Run your fingers through your hair instead of using a brush, comb or hair pick. Using a brush or a comb will cause your hair to frizz and a hair pick can make your hair look stringy. Finger-combing your hair will keep the curls sleek without disturbing them.

Step 9

Spray your hair lightly with hairspray to hold the curls in place.

Tips

  • Applying too much smoothing serum will weigh your hair down, prevent it from curling and make it look dirty. You may need to experiment with different hair care products to find those that work the best for you. To learn more about curling your hair, see Resources below.

About the Author

Bree Johnson began writing professionally in 2004, penning articles for Internet SEO companies before breaking into copywriting in 2008. Since then, she has written ad copy for some of the world's most lucrative Halloween costume retailers, including Halloween Adventure and New York Costumes. Johnson majored in medical sonography at Forsyth Technical Community College and real estate while living in Myrtle Beach, S.C.