It’s time for your day to begin. You’ve prepped your clothes and even know which accessories and jewelry you’re going to wear, too. You head out to lunch with some friends, have a fairly easy workload — life is good. A quick check in the mirror before you head out and BAM — there it is!
That little bit of frizz just snuck up on you between setting your curls and the mirror next to the door. Okay, so there’s no time to wash and restyle, but there are a few quick tricks and curly hair styles you can use to hide your frizz and still have one heck of a day!
Start off on the Right Foot
First off, be sure to use products that work for your hair type and help cut down on frizz. Also, look at products that are “seasonal” for your hair type, since warmer and colder temperatures affect each hair type differently. In warmer weather, hair tends to need moisture so it doesn’t suck it out from the humidity (which results in frizz). In the winter, protective styles and deep conditioners ensure that the cold, dry weather doesn't take moisture from your hair (which results in frizz).
Don’t forget that “over-washing” is also not good for curls. Keep washing to a minimum and use leave-in conditioners, second day hair products and co-washing to avoid stripping your hair of its essential oils.
Double Braided Updo
Keeping frizz at bay once you are out of the shower and are in a rush can be difficult. With no time on your hands to restyle, deep condition, or moisturize, you might be freaking. Braids are one of those curly hair styles that can be your saving grace.
Most of us have been braiding our dolls, moms, best friend's or our own hair since sixth grade. We've become experts, which is why braids are the curly girl's number one tool in our hairstyle tool kits. They get our hair out of our face and, when needed, make frizz seemingly disappear!
- Part your hair to the side and French braid each side. To French braid, begin with three strands close to the scalp. As you continue down the side, pick up hair along the way in to each of the three sections. Secure the ends with elastic ties.
- Apply a smoothing cream like shea butter to the braids to keep flyaways at bay. If your hair is long enough, pull the braids to the back center of your head into a ponytail. Twist the ponytail into a bun and secure with bobby pins.
- If your hair is shorter, simply pin the braids where they are, or pull them back into an X formation on the back of your head and pin in place.
The Messy Chignon
The chignon is one of the easiest curly hair styles due to its minimal hands-in-hair time. But did you know that it also hides frizz? By pulling hair back into a chignon, you add a classy look to your arsenal, and a polished one at that!
- Wavy & Curly (Type 2 & 3) Pull your hair loosely to the side of your head, or back of your neck, into a ponytail. Twist the ponytail and then wrap the twisted ponytail around the base of the ponytail, like you would a bun. Do not worry about any particular flyaways or stray pieces—these will simply add to the messy look. Secure the chignon as the base of the ponytail with bobby pins.
- Curly Kinky & Kinky (Type 3C & 4) Chignons on type 3C and 4 hair are best done when the hair is stretched. This will work best when your hair is in a braid out, twist out or the like. Once the braid out is completed, pull the hair back into a ponytail and secure with a elastic band. Twist the ponytail and finish by wrapping it around the base of your ponytail. Secure with bobby pins.
This look is perfect for hiding frizz because the style itself is "messy." Don't worry about flyaways or misplaced pieces — these add to the overall look. You can even opt to pull out some bangs or fringe to frame your face and give it an even more causal (but put together) look.
Distract With Accessories
When all else fails, pull out those hair accessories and get to being creative! Our favorite by far are scarves. They can do everything! Don't believe us? Check out our favorite way to wear a scarf!
The best way to rock a scarf year-round is the same way your grandmother used to — the retro way! This will keep the wind out of your hair, your ears warm and keep the frizz away from onlookers.
- To begin, part your hair on the side and twist the larger section back. Pin your hair up in the back with bobby pins.
- Grab your favorite satin scarf and fold it into a triangle. Place one of the corner on your head, facing forward, and hold the other two corners in each of your hands.
- Pull the scarf back a bit on your head, allowing the twist to show — this hair will be left out of the scarf. Then, pull the two corners in your hands up and tie them, making sure the corner on your head is left in front of the tie that your create with the other two corners.
- As you make a bow with the two corners, pull the corner point on your head back and allow the knot to hold it in place. Finally, tuck the ends into the two flaps that have been created on either side of the scarf. Use bobby pins to hold the scarf in place in really windy weather.
Tried to fix frizz with a hat? Get our quick & easy hat hair remedies!
Whichever curly hair styles you choose, you may want to “dress up” a few tendrils with a shiny pomade, too. Pomades are good at hiding frizz and adding shine, and a little goes a long way. You can also keep a small container in your purse or a drawer in your desk at work.