15 Hairstyles for Frizzy Hair that Help You Embrace Your Texture

If you can't beat it, work around it!

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. Read on to learn more:

1. Bandana It

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So versatile: headband, hair wrap… whatever you want it to do, a bandana can do it. Photo credit: Dvora

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

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Take it back to the 90s with this style.

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).

3. Slicked Down

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When in doubt…slick it down.

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 comb your hair down. Bonus round: The hair wax adds shine and fights humidity from wrecking your look.

4. Brushed-Out Curls

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Brushed-out curls are an intentional way to rock a frizzy-leaning texture.

If your hair is wavy, curly and frizzy, embrace this trifecta and create romantic looking hairstyles for frizzy hair by brushing out your natural ringlets to enhance the texture. 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

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Curls away!

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. Bob It

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Bob it.

Try a chin-length bob, but let your curls out to play.

7. Off Center Part Bob

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Curly cute.

Try a curly bob that ends a bit below your ears and use an off-center part.

8. Half Messy Bun

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Any way you tie it, it looks good.

Half messy buns are in. This style takes frizzy curly hair and turns it into the style of the moment.  Half buns are a no-fail option for frizzy locks, and are a style that can be worn anywhere you go.

9. Shag

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Runway to rock n’ roll. Photo credit: Indigitalinmages.com

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.

10. Fishtail Braid

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So cute!

Frizz is easily controlled with a braid. Get fancy schmancy with a fishtail braid that’s also great for festival season!

11. Center Part

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A center part makes it bold.

If you want to embrace frizz and also create a bit of a distraction, go for a center part. Center parts are bold and pull anyone’s eyes to your face, so no one will linger around the frizz!

12. Cover Up with a Scarf

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Cover some frizz with a statement scarf.

A great way to deal with frizz is to use a silk scarf to cover it. A bold statement piece like this will draw the eye away from any excess frizz popping out the back and it will cover any unwanted baby hairs in the front.

13. High Ponytail

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When in doubt, put it up in a high pony.

If your frizz is ever becoming too much, try a high ponytail. When you wear a high ponytail there will always be some frizz or shorter strands standing up at the top, but if anything they add more volume and texture to the bold look.

14. Half Updo

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Gather that frizzy hair and create a chic half updo. Photo credit: Arianna Sharfman

For most, frizz is located on the top most layers from lots of hot tool usage or tight ponytails. If this is the category you fit into, then try out a half updo. With a half updo, you’ll be completely covering all of your frizz but still allowing your length to show and remain down.

15. Beret

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In a rush? Cover your hair! Photo credit: Arianna Sharfman

Feeling rushed but really need to cover up that frizz? Just throw on a stylish beret. These hats have come back into style over the past colder season and we love how easy it is to take them from an outdoor look to an inside look.

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—dyeing 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.

Products to Try

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.

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