5 Steps to Frizz-Free Curls During Summer
1. Curly hair tends to be dry, which contributes to frizziness. So start with a moisturizing shampoo (like Herbal Essences Coconut Milk Shampoo, $6; drugstores) or a cleansing conditioner (such as L’Oréal Paris EverCurl Cleansing Balm, $12; drugstores) massaged into your roots and scalp, which will remove grime without stripping the hair of natural oils. After rinsing, apply either a moisturizing conditioner (get Herbal Essences Coconut Milk Conditioner, $6; drugstores) or more cleansing conditioner from midlength to ends. Run a wide-tooth comb through your hair to detangle, then rerinse.
2. Gently blot excess water with a microfiber towel. Vigorously rubbing with a terry-cloth towel roughs up the cuticle, causing frizz.
3. Prep damp hair with the right styling product for your texture: If you have thick hair, first apply a leave-in conditioner (like Garnier Whole Blends Legendary Olive Replenishing Leave-In Conditioner, $6; drugstores) to hydrate, then add a curl-defining cream or balm (try Pantene Gold Series Curl Defining Pudding, $8; drugstores). For fine hair, use a volumizing or curl-enhancing mousse (such as Virtue Uplifted Volumizing Whip, $36; VirtueLabs.com). Dispense the product onto your palms and scrunch it into your hair.
4. Add definition to your curls by squeezing a little more cream or mousse on your hands, then wrapping one-inch sections of hair around your fingers. Secure the twists with pin curl clips.
5. Once hair is 90 percent dry, remove the clips and spritz with a hair oil (try Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Luminous Smoothing Oil, $40; wella .com for salons) to tame frizz and flyaways. (If you have fine hair, use a shine spray, like Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine, $28; MoroccanOil.com.)