As mentioned earlier by Pendley, fighting frizz begins in the shower. If your hair is curly—aka prone to crazy frizz in humid temps—he suggests using a shampoo and conditioner that are made specifically to fight frizz. These are strong enough to seal the cuticle, yet light enough to keep your curls healthy and defined.
It doesn’t stop there, though. “As you exit the shower, it’s very important to immediately apply a primer to your ends, such as a detangling spray, followed by your styling product while your hair is still soaking wet to ensure frizz-free curls,” says Pendley. He recommends trying something called the Rake and Shake technique, which involves raking product through your curls with your fingers and then shaking your ends to define curls. It not only distributes the product evenly but also helps keep the hair cuticle closed. You can read a step-by-step of the technique here. Pendley also suggests letting your curls air dry—only diffusing them gently if you’re in a rush—so that the cuticle stays closed and your hair frizz-free.
One thing you want to avoid when styling your curls is using a product that leaves your hair crunchy—a look that should be left in 2004. “The key to defrizzing curly hair is finding a hydrating product that doesn’t weigh down the hair or leave a crunchy finish,” says Tyson Kennedy, co-owner of Cutler Salon Brooklyn, New York. “Opt for something that is equal parts hydrating curl cream and a light-hold gel to smooth away frizz while still hydrating and conditioning each follicle.”