How to Make Frizz-Free Waves

Some hair types are more inclined toward a frizzy texture than others.
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Fried, flyaway hair is never fashion-forward, but a tendency toward frizz doesn't have to be a style death sentence. If minutes spent shaping your hair into soft, sultry waves seem wasted the moment you set foot out the door, your hair may suffer from small injuries to the cuticle, split ends and broken strands; or, it may simply be susceptible to humidity. Improve your hair health and get frizz-free shine in your waves -- no matter the weather -- with a few coif-control tips.

  • Hot-oil hair serum
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Silicone-based anti-frizz serum
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Bath towel
  • Heat-protectant spray
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Electric flat iron
  • Electric curling iron
  • Shine spray
  • Ionic hair-dryer
  • Round hairbrush
  • Flat hairbrush

1 Natural Waves

2 Apply a hot-oil hair product

Apply a hot-oil hair product to the hair each week to help heal damaged cuticles. Keep the product away from the roots and apply only on the strands below your ears.

3 Wash your hair

Wash your hair with shampoo only a few times each week so that your scalp's natural oils help fight daily frizz.

4 Leave conditioner

Leave conditioner on the hair for at least 5 minutes before rinsing each time you wash.

5 Work silicone-based anti-frizz serum

Work silicone-based anti-frizz serum and leave-in conditioner into wet hair. Wrap the hair in a towel to blot the excess water, but avoid rubbing dry.

6 Unwrap your hair and let it air-dry into natural frizz-free waves

Unwrap your hair and let it air-dry into natural frizz-free waves.

7 Modern Waves

8 Apply a silicone-based anti-frizz serum

Apply a silicone-based anti-frizz serum and a heat-protectant spray to dry hair. Spread the products throughout the hair with a wide-tooth comb.

Warm an electric flat iron to a high-heat setting. Clamp the iron over a 2-inch wide section of hair close to your scalp and slide it only partway down the section. Open the iron just above the ears. Continue until you've straightened all hair above the ears.

Warm an electric curling iron to a high heat setting. Hold the iron beside your head, with the tip pointing toward the floor. Wrap a 2-inch wide section of hair around the barrel, only from below the ear to the tips, for 10 to 20 seconds. Continuing curling all hair below the ears in 2-inch wide sections.

Coat your waves with shine spray to make them look glossy and frizz-free.

9 Classic Waves

Work a heat-protectant spray into wet hair with a wide-tooth comb.

Wrap 2-inch wide sections of wet hair around a round brush and dry them with an ionic hair-dryer to prevent heat damage. Warm an electric curling iron to a high heat setting while you work.

Grasp a 2-inch wide section of dry hair and spritz it again with the heat-protectant spray. Wrap the section around the barrel of a curling iron, from ends to roots, for 20 seconds.

Curl 2-inch wide sections of hair all over your head. Alternate the curl direction of each section so that some curls are directed toward the face and some away from the face.

Let your hair cool completely. Brush the curls gently to make them form loose, connected waves and lightly mist them with an aerosol shine spray.

  • If necessary, use alcohol-free hairspray only. Alcohol-based products dry and damage hair.

A writer with a Bachelor of Science in English and secondary education, but also an interest in all things beautiful, Melissa J. Bell has handed out beauty and fashion advice since she could talk -- and for the last six years, write for online publications like Daily Glow and SheBudgets.