Fix Dry Frizzy Hair

Hair with frizz
Q: Hi. I live in New York, and I have a question. I have really thick dry frizzy hair. I have to wear it up and use hairspray to control the frizz. Is there anyway to fix it? I have tried everything. I would love to get rid of the frizz and wear my hair down.
A: Well, the first step to curing frizzy hair is to make sure it's well-moisturized. I would suggest starting with a shampoo with a "smooth and sleek" formulation and its accompanying conditioner.
Always leave the conditioner on the hair for at least the amount of time directed, if not longer when you feel it's needed. Rinse the conditioner using cool water to help close the cuticle layer of the hair shaft. Follow this with application of an anti-frizz serum before towel-drying the hair. Use a wide tooth comb to distribute the serum evenly through the hair.
When towel-drying the hair, always be sure to use the "pat and squeeze method" on your hair, by patting the scalp with a clean, dry towel and squeezing the lengths of the hair in order to blot away excess moisture. Never, under any circumstances, should you "rub" the hair with a towel. Doing so only roughs up the cuticle, increasing the amount of frizz and causing tangles and snarls in the hair.
Once the hair is toweled-dry, use a spray-on, leave-in conditioner/detangler and your wide tooth comb to comb out the damp hair carefully. Dry the hair naturally whenever possible, and always use a diffuser attachment on your blow-dryer when you must dry the hair more quickly. Aim the airflow of the dryer in the direction of the hair growth (i.e. away from the scalp), to keep from roughing up the cuticle and making the hair frizzier.
At least once a week, give yourself a deep-conditioning treatment, by applying your favorite conditioner, covering the hair with a plastic cap and wrapping the head in a hot towel (from the clothes dryer) for 20 minutes. Rinse the conditioner from the hair with cool water.
Following these steps should help to reduce the frizz in your hair. However, if you still have problems with frizz, you may consider using a hair straightener kit (NOT hair relaxer), many brands of which are available at beauty supply stores or online. Select from the types that offer results lasting 6-12 weeks.
These products can do wonders with truly difficult hair and can give you long-lasting results when used properly. Just be sure to read the product labels before you buy to make sure they are suited to your hair.
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See also:
Why does hair frizz?
How to tame frizzy hair
How to towel dry hair
How to use a diffuser
Hair straightening