Whether it happens because of summer humidity, dry winter air, or wiry hair texture, a halo of frizz is the opposite of a well-groomed look. Cutting your hair to suit its texture, adding moisture, and regular maintenance helps eliminate unwanted frizz.
The Right Haircut
Every hair texture comes with challenges. Thick hair can look puffy when grown out, while wiry, curly hair can go wild with the slightest hint of humidity. For a groomed finish, men with wiry, thick locks should ask their barber for a shorter cut along the sides of the head, with a little more tailored length on top.
If your hair is thick or coarse, have the barber point cut into your strands at the top of the head to take out some of the heft while still leaving a bit of the length. If you have natural curls that tend to frizz (think Justin Timberlake) keep the length short for easier maintenance and a more streamlined appearance. If you prefer longer hair, get a trim every 4 to 6 weeks. Split ends create dry, frizzy, and dull-looking locks.
How to Treat Frizzy Hair
Regular maintenance is the key to keeping frizziness at bay. Invest in a hydrating shampoo and follow up with a rich conditioner. Frizzy strands develop because the hair shaft is dry, causing it to suck humidity from the atmosphere and expand. Fine, dry strands also tend to collect static electricity after wearing a hat or hood.
Wash your hair only two to three times a week to avoid drying out your scalp. If you need to wash every day, skip the shampoo every other time and simply wet hair and apply a small dollop of conditioner before rinsing.
Avoid rubbing your hair back and forth with a towel after you shower. These movements cause damage. Instead, gently blot or squeeze water out.
If you have thin, static-inducing strands, avoid combing with a plastic comb. Use a metal comb instead.
Every two weeks use a deep conditioning treatment to deliver powerful moisturizers and tame frizz. One option is a hydrating hair mask. Apply the product to your washed, damp strands, let it soak in for about 10 minutes, then rinse. Alternatively, you can simply apply 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil after shampooing. Let the oil soak into your strands for about 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. This step is especially important if you prefer to grow your locks any longer than two inches because your ends need extra moisture to stay healthy.
Once you have a clean haircut and a deep moisturizing routine established, you now need a styling product to seal the deal. Since frizz can develop during the course of the day, from unexpected weather or having to wear a hat, a moisturizing, shaping product keeps strands in place.
If you have thick or coarse hair, opt for a moisturizing, controlling putty and work a dime-sized drop of the product into your strands. If you have lightweight flyaways, try a texturizing spray that adds volume and controls the shape of your hair so it stays in place.
For long hair, a conditioning serum or lotion smooths strands and adds a moisturized finish. These products also help seal in dry ends to prevent future damage.