Frizz is often the enemy of kinky, curly and wavy-haired beauties everywhere. With unpredictable weather and the wrong crop of products, it feels nearly impossible to create a frizz-free hairstyle for naturals. Fortunately, with the right tools and techniques, it’s actually easy to come out victorious. These tips can help you create a vibrant set of frizz-free curls.

Pre-poo before washing

Coating hair with natural oil prior to a wash can really help ease frizz. Added bonus? It leaves hair nice and soft. Olive oil and coconut oil are great pre-poo treatments. You can apply it before a wash, cover hair with a plastic cap and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes. Sit under a hooded dryer or wear a heat cap if you desire. You could also use it as an overnight treatment.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar

The kitchen pantry has a wealth of treasures to give you luscious, healthy tresses. One of the prized jewels that you can find there is Apple Cider Vinegar. Rinsing hair with this ingredient balances the pH of scalp and hair, removes buildup and seals down hair’s cuticles for a smooth, frizz-free finish.

Product selection is key

If you experience frizz more during the Summer than the Fall, you might want to expand the range of products that you use. There’s a plethora of shampoos, conditioners and other frizz-easing products on the market. Look for labels that emphasize hydrating hair and preventing unwanted frizz.

Beware of silicone

Remember to use alcohol-free and silicone-free products. When heat (via a blow-dryer, steamer, or diffuser) is applied, the silicone melts and is sealed into the hair shaft. At first, silicones look like they’re a quick-fix to frizz because they can give your hair a smooth finish but they’re actually absorbing the moisture from your mane. As a result, your now-dehydrated hair will eventually frizz. There are water-soluble silicones that absorb into the hair shaft without the excessive buildup. You know you hair better than anyone else so choose products wisely.

Avoid washing hair with hot water

Hot water strips hair of its natural moisture which leads to dry, brittle stiff hair. That is why hair should be washed with lukewarm water. If you use deep conditioner or a steamer, rinse the product out of your hair using cool water for a shinier finish and to seal the hair’s cuticle and lock in the moisture.

Seal the ends of the hair

This is the oldest part of your hair so it’s more susceptible to frizz. It’s important to apply moisturizer or oil to the ends of the hair for that reason. The best time to do this is while hair is still damp.

Air Dry or Use a Diffuser

Excessive heat use usually has less-than-ideal affects on hair so blow drying with your blow-dryer on the highest heat setting it can have isn’t the best move. Using a diffuser attachment can prevent the frizz that’s created from using a high-heat powered blow-dryer. Also, try leaving the hair partially damp or allowing it to air dry.

How do you combat frizz in natural hair?

-Margaret Francois

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