26 May YOUR ANTI-FRIZZ ARSENAL
There’s a lot we love about summer. The sundresses, the beach trips, the al fresco happy hours—it’s a blissful time, brutal Houston heat aside. But as dedicated hair professionals, we know there’s one plight that’s inconveniently unanimous with this balmy season: frizz. For all too many of us, what were once soft and smooth tresses have transformed into something more closely resembling a bird’s nest by the time the summer solstice rolls around.
While piling on the products might be your last inclination in the midst of all this heat, the right product lineup—including those you use long before styling begins—can help you gain major ground in the battle of the frizz. Read on for our favorites.
First things first: start with your shampoo. A common summer hair mistake is assuming that anything too nourishing will leave your strands lank and weighed down. In fact, keeping your hair adequately hydrated is key to preventing frizz—which starts when your thirsty hair sips in moisture from the surrounding air. Aveda’s Smooth Infusion line includes a shampoo and conditioner combo that utilizes buriti oil to hydrate and organic aloe, maize, and guar bean to create a smooth new surface on your hair (hello, glossy!)—without weighing it down.
Those with naturally curly hair, meanwhile, should skip the shampoo entirely and reach for a cleansing conditioner instead. Kérastase Discipline Cleansing Conditioner Curl Idéal and Aveda Be Curly Co-Wash are both sulfate-free and low-lather—meaning they won’t dry your curls out and leave them prone to frizz.
And while you’re fine-tuning your shower ritual, it wouldn’t hurt to add a weekly hair mask to the mix. Kérastase Discipline Maskeratine deep conditions while imparting maximum frizz control and sealing the strand to help prevent future blowdry damage. (Win-win.)
If you have fine hair, Kérastase’s Elixir Ultime Bi-Phase Spray Oil is exactly the dual-purpose product you never thought you’d find. The lightweight mist not only imparts softness and shine—it also expands and thickens each hair fiber for added volume. And while the purpose of the nourishing oils is to keep frizz at bay, the added benefit of their heavenly scent will have you addicted. (Elixir Ultime Original Oil offers the same smoothing benefits, minus the added volume if you have normal to thick hair.)
Since curly hair is prone to frizz in the best of weather, it’s especially important that you choose your styling products with care during the humid summer months. Aveda’s Be Curly line offers both a Curl Enhancer that intensifies curls and a Curl Controller that lengthens them. Best of all, both work wonders on the frizz-taming front.
No matter what your hair type, it can’t hurt to have on-the-go products for when you find yourself in a pinch—since it’s those long, outdoor days that are most likely to bring on the frizz anyway. Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Oil is the perfect size for tossing in a beach bag, and 1-2 drops emulsified quickly tame frizz and flyaways (and leave you smelling like a spa to boot). If your ends are prone to fraying, Kérastase Nutritive Touche Perfection is a replenishing balm that helps smooth them back into submission whenever the need arises.
And last but not least, let’s not forget the big guns. An in-salon treatment like Kérastase Fusio Dose will jumpstart your frizz-fighting mission, while springing for a Brazilian Blowout actually improves the condition of your hair by creating a protective layer to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle—meaning guaranteed smooth sailing, all summer long.