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Taming Frizzy Hair: Strategies for Smooth and Manageable Locks

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Just about everyone experiences frizzy hair at some point in their lives. However, for some, it’s an ongoing battle.

If you’ve been struggling to keep your frizzy locks under control, you’ve come to the right place. Read on as Nubi shares some top strategies for taming that frizz to give your locks a smooth and sleek finish.

What Causes Frizzy Hair?

There are several different factors out there that can cause frizzy hair. This is why there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to fighting frizz. What your hair needs will vary depending on the reason behind your frizziness. 

For most people, frizzy hair is a result of dryness or dehydration. When strands are parched, they reach upwards and outwards to absorb as much moisture as possible from the air around them, resulting in a halo of frizz surrounding the head. To tackle this, check out the moisture-boosting strategies that we’ve shared below.

Other people experience frizz because their strands are damaged. This affects the shape of the hair shaft while leaving it feeling rough and prickly, and, therefore, frizzy. The best way to deal with this is to follow the strategies below that focus on repairing the look of damage.

The environment around you can affect how smooth or frizzy your hair looks too. Frizz tends to be more prevalent in humid environments. The hair ends up soaking up all of that excess moisture from the air around you, causing it to swell up and frizz. This is why frizz is often worse during the summer months.

How to Tame Frizzy Hair

Hopefully, you’ve now figured out the reason behind your frizzy hair. This means that you’ll be able to pick and choose the most suitable strategies to follow:

Use a Frizz-Busting Shampoo and Conditioner

Nubi Conditioner

The fight against frizz begins in the shower, making it crucial for you to be using an appropriate shampoo and conditioner. Picking the wrong formulas could end up drying your locks out even more. This will only exacerbate your frizz.

Ideally, you want to look for products that are packed with moisturizing and hydrating ingredients. Plant oils do this well, while glycerin, proteins, and vitamin B5 are also revered for how they can leave the hair looking smoother.

You’ll find all of these ingredients in the Nubi Nourishing & Moisturizing Conditioner. It contains olive oil, which is renowned for being a fabulous conditioning agent that leaves the hair looking sleeker. In this formula, the olive oil is combined with vitamin B5 to strengthen the feel of your strands, glycerin for hydration, and hydrolyzed soy protein to counter the feeling of brittleness. This formula has been designed specifically to smooth away the look of frizz, so that the hair can take on a naturally glossy sheen.

Use a Hairdryer With a Diffuser Attachment

Blow Me Away Hairdryer

It’s no secret that excess heat can quickly damage the hair, leading to a frizzy appearance. Therefore, it’s only natural for people to believe that air drying their hair is the safest way to go.

However, studies have disproved this. Turns out, if you use your hairdryer in the right way, you’ll actually be causing less damage than if you were to allow your hair to dry naturally. This is because of how long it takes for the hair to dry naturally – usually around two hours, although this depends on the length and thickness of your locks. Either way, air drying means that your strands remain saturated with water for a longer period of time. This causes them to swell and frizz. Cutting back on this time by using a hairdryer produces significantly less damage. However, you’ll need to hold the hairdryer about 15cm away from your hair for this to hold true.

It would also be wise to use a hairdryer that comes with a diffuser attachment. This will direct the heat that’s released from your hairdryer. You’ll be able to focus it on specific areas of your hair, rather than allowing the heat to blow your hair in every direction. Point the diffuser downward as you dry and you’ll be flattening your hair cuticles, therefore smoothing and de-frizzing your strands.

If your hairdryer doesn’t have a diffuser attachment, check out the Nubi Blow Me Away hairdryer. It comes with two concentrators to give you even more control over how you dry your locks. It also offers three temperature settings, which, as you’ll soon find out, is also vital when it comes to taming frizz…

Turn Down the Temperature

Straight Up Ceramic Pink Straightener

If your frizzy hair is due to damage, then it goes without saying that you should be trying to prevent your hair from undergoing even more damage. After all, you don’t want to make that halo of frizz even bigger!

Reducing the amount of heat styling you do is one way to prevent damage but, let’s face it, this is sometimes easier said than done. Chances are that there will be times when you need to whip your hair into a sleek and stylish ‘do for a special occasion, meaning that you’ll need to reach for your heated styling tools.

Fortunately, even heat styling can be done safely when you have the right tools by your side. Look for products that offer an adjustable temperature dial. This way, you’ll be able to decide how much heat you subject your strands to. The lower the heat, the less frizz you’ll experience, making it important to pick styling tools that give you this choice. 

The Nubi Soft N’ Straight 1.25” Ceramic Pink Styler is a good example. This flat iron comes with an adjustable temperature control, allowing you to choose between 180º-450ºF. Start off with a low heat and then slowly turn it up to determine how much heat your hair actually needs in order to set a style. This way, you’ll be able to give your locks the perfect temperature rather than damaging them with an overly high heat that you don’t even need.

Brush Your Hair With a Styling Spray

Nubi Styling Spray

Learning how to prevent the appearance of frizz is all well and good. However, what are you meant to do when you’ve just styled your locks and you’re still left with that dreaded frizzy finish? After all, it can take a while to restore moisture and repair the look of damage. Prevention strategies aren’t going to work overnight!

This is where a good hairspray, such as the Nubi Styling Spray, can really save the day. Spritz a small amount of the spray onto a comb and gently run this through the top of your hair, where the frizz is most prevalent. As you do so, you’ll notice that all of those frizzy strands that were standing up will now be lying smoothly down.

If you’ve just created an intricate updo and can’t risk running a comb through your complex style, follow the same technique but use a toothbrush or a mascara wand instead. This will give you some extra finesse. It will allow you to target just a couple of hairs at a time without interfering with the rest of your style.

Blot Wet Hair With a Microfiber Towel

We’ve already talked about how to use a blowdryer in a safe and beneficial way. However, a hairdryer should only be used on strands that are already at least 75% dry. So, how do you get them to this stage without having them frizz up?

To start with, find yourself a good microfiber towel. Unlike regular towels, microfiber towels feature super thin fibers that make the towel so much more absorbable. 

Then, rather than rubbing at your strands with your towel, implement a blotting technique instead. Wrap the towel around a section of your hair and gently squeeze out any excess water. Doing it this way, instead of rubbing the towel on your delicate wet locks, will save you from subjecting your hair to frizz-inducing friction.

Once your hair has dried sufficiently, you can then finish the job with a hairdryer (and a diffuser, of course!).

Apply a Leave-in Product to Damp Hair

As we mentioned, the most common cause of frizzy hair is a lack of moisture. As soon as you step out of the shower, moisture will start to evaporate out of your hair. This is when the frizz begins to form.

One way to stop this from happening is to seal in all of that moisture while your hair is still damp. How? With a leave-in product, such as a no-rinse conditioner or a hydrating hair serum. This will prevent moisture from evaporating while also smoothing down your hair cuticles, giving them a frizz-free finish. 

As an added bonus, whatever product you choose to apply will also serve as a form of protection if you plan on heat styling. Just like a regular heat protectant, it will act as a barrier between the heat and your strands, preventing your locks from burning.

Protect Your Hair While You Sleep

If you find that your frizzy hair tends to be at its worst in the mornings, then switching up a couple of your bedtime habits could be the way to go.

For starters, you should be sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase. Remember that frizz-inducing friction we mentioned earlier? It’s not just your towel that can cause it – your pillowcase may be doing the same. When your hair rubs against your pillowcase while you sleep, friction, and therefore frizz, is caused. Using a silk or satin pillowcase reduces this friction, allowing your hair to glide smoothly over the fabric instead.

If your frizzy hair also happens to be curly, try wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before you head to bed. Not only will this protect it from pillowcase friction but it will also help to block moisture from evaporating out of your strands while you snooze. This way, your hair will look and feel so much more hydrated each morning. This means that frizz won’t be quite so much of an issue.


Remember, when it comes to taming frizzy hair, picking just one of these strategies is unlikely to work. Instead, you’ll need to use a combination of them to ensure that your hair remains hydrated, moisturized, and protected from damage, all of which will keep it looking healthy and frizz-free.

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