1. Chill out
Your freezer is good for more than stashing vodka and veggies. One of the biggest causes of frizz is not allowing hair to fully cool down after heat-styling—and stepping right out into humid weather can make the problem worse. Before you leave the house, open your freezer door and stand with your back to it for a few minutes to “set” your style.
2. Create non-frizzy waves
Don’t let used Popsicle sticks go to waste. Rinse and dry them, then loosely twist the midsections of damp hair around the sticks, fastening at the top and bottom with bobby pins. Once hair is fully dry, release and gently shake it out, then finger-comb strands for pretty, natural waves.
3. Do a D.I.Y. treatment
Keeping hair hydrated is key for fighting frizz since dry hair literally seeks the moisture it needs from the air. And doing it doesn’t require an expensive hair mask. A little olive oil—or any other oil you have in your kitchen—will help quench parched strands. Warm oil just a little on the stove first, and once it’s cool enough to handle, slather through hair. Wait about half an hour, then shampoo and condition as normal.
4. Strengthen strands
The proteins in gelatin can help repair damaged hair, especially split ends, making it less prone to frizz when the temperature rises. Mix a packet of the unflavored kind with warm water, wait about 20 minutes, and then apply to clean, wet hair. Leave gelatin on for up to half an hour, rinse out, and follow with a healthy dose of conditioner.
5. Be sun-smart
We don’t have to tell you that the sun’s rays can do a number on your hair, making it more susceptible to damage and breakage. Before you head to be beach, rub a little sunscreen over your palms and smooth it over your tresses—the extra weight and moisturizers will help keep flyaways at bay, too.
6. Skip shampooing
No time to wash your hair and blow-dry it smooth? No problem. Sprinkle a little dry shampoo along your hairline, leaving it to absorb for a few minutes and then working it in with your fingers to soak up grease and sweat.
7. Hit reset
If styling products start to feel heavy in the heat, clear through the gunk with a vinegar rinse. After shampooing, coat hair with a 50-50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. Let sit for a few minutes, then condition as normal. The slight acidity in the vinegar clears out buildup and conditions your hair.