Hairline frizz is the bane of curly girls, ruining an otherwise sleek hairstyle. Women of color, whose hair tends to be curlier and more coarse than Caucasian hair, may have more difficulty taming frizz around the face. When curly-haired ladies talk about "smooth edges," they're talking about taming frizz at the hairline. Using the right products makes a difference, but proper styling technique goes a long way, too. Heat-styling and rough towel-drying are notorious for creating hairline frizz.
Wash your hair one to three times a week, which is enough to keep it clean unless it gets really dirty. Frizzy hair is often dry hair, and harsh detergents in shampoos dry it out more. When you do wash, use a sulfate-free shampoo and frizz-taming conditioner. Better yet, use non-lathering, cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo.
Apply a leave-in conditioner to soaking-wet hair after washing, before stepping out of the shower. Comb the conditioner through your hair with a wide-toothed plastic shower comb, then squeeze out the excess water and wrap your hair in a soft, extra-large T-shirt to soak up the rest.
Rub a dime-size amount of styling gel on your fingertips and apply it to your hairline while your hair is still damp. Fold a satin scarf into a wide headband, lay it across your hairline and tie it loosely at the back of your neck. Allow your hair to dry, then remove the scarf.
Apply a drop of anti-frizz serum to your hairline when your hair is dry. This will help keep it from frizzing again when you step outside, especially if you live in a humid climate.
Tie your hair into a loose ponytail on top of your head before you go to sleep at night. Rub a dime-size amount of shea butter between your palms to liquefy it, then apply it to your hairline with your fingertips. Sleep on a satin pillowcase or with your hairline covered in a satin scarf to help prevent hair breakage, which contributes to frizz.
Deep-condition your hair weekly. If you don't have time to deep-condition after shampooing, slather your hair with coconut oil the night before and wash it out in the morning.
Avoid brushing your hairline, which can contribute to frizz. If you must brush, use a boar-bristled hairbrush. Do not use blow-dryers or heat-styling tools on your hairline, as they can dry out your hair and exacerbate frizz.
S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.