Playing with looks when you have frizzy hair doesn’t mean (a) having to cut it all off or (b) wearing it in a ponytail 24/7. Curly frizzy hair can be glorious to work with; it just depends on your attitude! Incorporate and rock your frizz with tons of hairstyles for frizzy hair, because as luck would have it, there are stylish ways to do so without looking dated or stuck in the ’80s.
We here at ATH get your issues: Some of us here have been battling curly frizzy hair for years. We’ve learned to deal with the most common issues that come with frizz, and we’re passing on our hairstyles or frizzy hair knowledge to you.
How to Handle Frizz + Hairstyles for Frizzy Hair
Before anything else, what really causes frizzy hair? Ever notice how curly and wavy hair is more prone to frizz than straight hair? That’s because wavy (and especially curly) hair is typically dryer than straight hair. The cuticle of the strand doesn’t lay down flat (think shingles on a roof) and as such, is prone to sucking up moisture in the air, a.k.a. humidity. When this happens, hair poufs up and creates that look and texture we commonly know as frizzy.
Frizzy hair is also a sign of damaged hair. Over processing—dying and re-dyeing your hair constantly, using heated tools without using protective products, using alcohol-based styling products—these can all contribute to frizzy hair.
To bring hair back to its optimal health, it would benefit you to use a shampoo and conditioner that deeply moisturizes and nourishes dry, damaged, frizzy hair. Nexxus Oil Infinite Shampoo and Conditioner is made for straight and curly hair that has frizz. Made with Marula and other oils, these two products bring hair back to life.
If your hair has become frizzy due to over processing or using heated tools, using Nexxus Humectress Moisture Restoring Masque weekly helps nurse your tresses back to health. The mask distributes Elastin Protein into your strands, helping revitalize damaged hair.
If your hair is dry, brittle and very frizzy, try Suave Professionals Coconut Milk Infusion Intense Moisture Mask once a week. This mask instantly distributes moisture into your strands.
Now for the fun part: how to style frizzy curly hair! Here’s 13 hairstyles for frizzy hair we’re crushing on at the moment:
1. Bandana It
Use a bandana as a mini headwrap or headband on frizzy hair. Bandanas can look amazing on all hair lengths, from mini afros to long hair. And it’s one of those easy hairstyles for frizzy hair that takes less than 5 minutes to do.
2. Crimp It
Work with frizz instead of battling it daily. Crimping was big in the late ’80s and ’90s and it’s back in the limelight. You can crimp hair that’s cut into a bob or longer (read our tutorial on how to do it right). Before picking up that heated tool, protect your hair from more frizz by using Nexxus Promend Heat Protecting Mist. The spray is lightweight and forms a protective shield against heat damage.
3. Spike It
Turn your cowlicks and frizz into a punky pixie style. Bed Head by TIGI Wax Stick fights frizz as it styles your hair. If you’re looking for easy hairstyles for frizzy hair, take a dab of the molding wax in your hands, heat it up by rubbing it between palms and then rake it through your hair, finger-styling into spikes as you go. Bonus round: The hair wax adds shine and fights humidity from wrecking your look.
4. Embrace It
If your hair is wavy, curly and frizzy, embrace this trifecta and create romantic looking hairstyles for frizzy hair. To keep frizz controlled and to add shine, use a few drops of Suave Moroccan Infusion Styling Oil to damp or dry hair. The oil smells amazing, and instantly adds shine and helps keep styles smooth for hours.
5. Stack Bob It
Frizzy curly hair shouldn’t frustrate you or make you cry. Embrace your curls and let them shine with a bob that’s stacked in the back.
6. Mini Shag It
Relish your curls and waves with a mini shag or a boy cut that has multiple layers.
7. Layer It
Layers that work with your hair pattern are great hairstyles for frizzy hair, as they help minimize pouf and give curls and waves more swing. Have your hairstylist create a style that mixes long and short layers. To style your hair, try using Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse. Its formula is anti-frizz, long-lasting and gives hair shine.
8. Side Part It
Create a deep side part, maybe with long curtain bangs to highlight your features.
9. Bob It
Try a chin length bob, but let your curls out to play.
10. Off Center Part Bob
Try a curly bob that ends a bit below your ears and use an off-center part.
11. Messy Bun
Messy buns are in. This style takes frizzy curly hair and turn it into the style of the moment. Buns are a no-fail option for frizzy locks, and are a style that can be worn anywhere you go.
If ever there was a hairstyle that was meant for working around frizz, it’s the shag. The cut seems to be one of the easy hairstyles for frizzy hair that’s both runway and rock ‘n roll.
13. Fishtail Braid
Frizz is easily controlled with a braid. Get fancy schmancy with a fishtail braid that’s also great for festival season!