Win the Frizzy Hair Fight

Dove Advanced Color Care Leave-In Luminizing Mist
Bryan McCay
Sorry -- the sad truth is that frizz can't be cured, but it can definitely be managed. Keep your tresses in check with our tips and product picks.
Jason Todd
Jason Todd

Summer Hair Care

Follow these four tips to ensure a more manageable mane:

*Get a trim every six weeks. Damaged hair loves frizz, so keep split ends at bay by snipping ends frequently.

*Let your hair dry naturally to cut back on heat damage. When you want a super-sleek style, prep locks with a thermal protector before blow-drying, straightening, or curling.

*Hands off! Once hair is dry, keep touching to a minimum.

*On days when you don't have time to fight the frizz, pull hair back into a ponytail, braid, or low bun for an easy, controlled look.

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Fine Hair: In the Shower

Wash with a lightweight shampoo and conditioner and don't work the conditioner into your scalp -- apply just from mid-strand to ends. We love: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Sheer Shampoo and Conditioner, $4 each.

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Fine Hair: Post Shower

To add volume and control, spritz a light conditioning spray through damp hair. We love: Alterna Hemp Volumizing Spray Leave-In Conditioner, $14.

Stylist Tip

To keep hair smooth, blow-dry from roots to ends with the airflow pointing down. Make sure your hair is completely dry before going out since damp hair quickly becomes frizzy.

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Wavy Hair: In the Shower

Moisture is what gives your hair its bounce and body, so go for a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. We love: Infusium 23 Frizzologie Shampoo and Conditioner, $6 each.

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Wavy Hair: Post Shower

For all-day control, apply a nickel-size amount of frizz-fighting cream onto middle and ends of damp hair. Scrunch hair, then air-dry. We love: Aussie Catch the Wave Taming Milk, $3.

Stylist Tip

Try this trick to lock in moisture: After shampooing, apply your conditioner throughout damp hair, wrap it up into a shower cap, and blast with a blow-dryer. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse.

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Curly Hair: In the Shower

Curly hair needs extra nurturing, so start off with an ultra-conditioning shampoo and conditioner like Suave Professionals Healthy Curls Shampoo and Conditioner, $2 each. Follow with a deep-treatment mask at least once a week. We love: Ouidad Deep Treatment, $30.

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Curly Hair: Post Shower

Run a gel through damp hair to smooth the cuticle and add weight to unruly strands. Use fingers to distribute evenly. We love: L'Oreal New Studio Tightly Wound Curl Boosting Curl Spray Gel, $5.

Stylist Tip

Drying hair with a towel can damage the cuticle and cause frizz. Instead, use an old soft T-shirt and gently squeeze out moisture, section by section.

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Colored Hair: In the Shower

It's important to use a rich conditioner daily to nourish the damaged cuticle. Stick to a shampoo and conditioner formulated for color-treated hair. We love: Sunsilk Beyond Brunette and Blonde Bombshell shampoos and conditioners, $5 each.

Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay

Colored Hair: Post Shower

To help combat the damaging effects of chemical processing, use a leave-in conditioner on wet hair. We love: Dove Advanced Color Care Leave-In Luminizing or Glossing Mist, $6 each.

Stylist Tip

Protect your color at the beach or poolside by slathering hair with conditioner (don't rinse!), styling it into a bun, and wearing a hat.

Sources: Gretchen Monahan, Dove celebrity hairstylist; Luke O'Connor, Suave celebrity hairstylist; Ouidad, author of Curl Talk; Jayson Morgan, style director at Patrick McIvor Color Studio.

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