This post was sponsored by Revlon Hair Tools as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Let me start out this post by saying that I’m not a huge fan of the term “frizzy” when it comes to hair, because I feel that it implies that one’s natural hair texture can be a bad thing. We are all different, and we all have different hair, and while I admittedly get frustrated with mine, it’s just that – mine, and I’m grateful for it. That said, if we’re being real here, “frizzy” is ultimately the best way to describe the natural state of my hair, so for this post, I’m going with it. If I let my hair air dry, it’s an odd sort of wavy with each hair going in an opposite direction, and lacks shine or smoothness. It’s not unhealthy; this is just how it is.
Over the years, there has been a lot of trial and error to getting my hair to a good place when I style it. I wear it different ways depending on my mood and the occasion (and let’s face it, time I have in my day), but I feel at my best when it’s tamed and curled. Figuring out a routine that works for my hair and the knowledge of how to style it with the right products has also helped me embrace the natural texture.
I’ve gotten quite a few questions on my Instagram about how I style my hair when it’s curled and/or my typical hair routine, and I finally decided to share my tips. This is for you, fellow frizzy haired friends!
(Check out those before shots above. Frizz factory.)
1. I only wash my hair a few times a week. It’s important not to overdo cleansing when you have frizzy hair, as it depletes the hair of moisture, and moisture is frizz’s secret weapon (except when that moisture is in the form of humidity of course, but since it’s winter, I’m going to pretend humidity doesn’t exist for now, thank you very much).
2. I always use conditioner. Building on tip #1 and moisture being so important to fighting frizz, I always condition. After washing my hair in the shower, I removed excess water, apply a rich conditioner, comb through, and then allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing. If I skip this step, my hair is a hot mess of frizzdom.
3. I blot my hair dry. I am usually in a rush to shower and wash my hair because my kids are likely screaming “mama” outside the bathroom door, and it’s easier to get my hair dry by scrubbing with the towel, but this is a recipe for frizz disaster. Instead I gently blot.
4. I use a leave in oil. After washing and conditioning, I apply a leave in hair oil/serum and brush through. This is key to smoothing the cuticle. (I also use it after I style to tame flyaways.)
5. I allow my hair to partially air dry. Fully air drying my hair is pretty much always a horrible idea, but I’ve noticed if I use a blow dryer on it while soaking wet, my hair is dehydrated and, yes, frizzy. I usually let it air dry about 50% of the way (or more) before drying with heat.
6. I blow dry it straight. Once partially air dried, I use a blow dryer and the Revlon Perfect Style Extra Large Paddle Brush, which I brush in a downward motion to smooth and straighten. Even if I plan on curling my hair once it’s dry, I always blow it straight first. If I don’t, the natural wave creates all sorts of unwanted frizz. I also use the Revlon Extra Large Paddle Brush in an upward motion at the roots to create volume while I’m drying. Bonus: The extra large paddle reduces drying time, thank to IONIC TECHNOLOGY© infused bristles which help to dry hair fast while retaining moisture and reducing frizz.
7. I brush it well. After my hair is completely dry, I brush it several times with the Revlon Perfect Style Extra Large Paddle Brush. This brush is truly a miracle worker for taming frizz and helping my hair to shine. (Check out my IG Stories for a video of this in action; it’s amazing to watch the difference.)
8. I curl it. I leave my hair straight about half the time, but I very much prefer how it looks when it’s curled. I have thick hair and curling it takes time, but when I use the Revlon Perfect Heat Long Lasting Curls 3X Ceramic 3/4″ Curling Iron, it stays curled until my next washing, which makes for several days of super easy, pretty waves. I also love using the Revlon Perfect Heat Curling Iron because it has three layers of ceramic coating and even heat distribution to style from the inside out, which helps protect my hair from over styling damage (a big deal when your hair is naturally frizzy). The fact that it heats up fast (in 30 seconds) and has auto shut off is a major bonus for me, since I’m (A) always in a rush, and (B) admittedly scatter brained a good portion of the time. The 30 heat settings is really nice too, because even though I usually go high (it heats up to 400 degrees), sometimes I just want a subtle wave. I’ve used curling irons that have made my frizz look worse than when I started, but the Revlon Perfect Heat Curling Iron helps my waves look smooth and shiny. After curling, I use Revlon Extra Large Paddle Brush to brush the curls into natural looking waves.
9. I lightly spray. I finish my look with a light coat of hair spray, and sometimes add a little more oil/serum to the ends. This usually completes my styling, but sometimes I move on to #10…
10. I (sometimes) put it up or back. The truth to this one is that I’m basically every stereotype of a work at home parent, which means even when my hair is styled exactly how I want it, I usually end up putting it up in a ponytail or bun, or in a loose braid to keep it out of my face during the day. To do this, I grab a Revlon Extra Thick Elastic Hair Band and throw it up or back, without much thought. My hair is pretty thick, especially when it’s curled, and these elastics are amazing for strong, maximum hold. They don’t pull on my hair, which is key for reducing damage (which, yes, leads to more frizz.)
So there you have it, friends: the step by step of how I style my naturally frizzy hair. I have to say that while using a great conditioner and hair serum plays a big part in keeping my frizz under control, Revlon Hair Tools are truly my secret weapons in helping my hair look smooth, shiny, and healthy. I like them so much that I’ve already grabbed a few for holiday gifts for family members. The Revlon Extra Large Paddle Brush, Revlon Perfect Heat Long Lasting Curls 3X Ceramic 3/4″ Curling Iron, and Revlon Extra Thick Elastic Hair Bands, along with other Revlon Hair Tools, are available at Walmart this holiday season. If you get any of them, I’d love to hear what you think and if you love them as much as I do. And if you have any other tips for fellow frizzy haired friends, I’m all ears!