Frizzy Hair That Won't Hold Curls?

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I live in Houston, TX and it is literally humid here nearly all year long, even in the winter. My hair is straight and frizzy. How this can be, I don't know because I've tried just about everything I can think of.


Also, my hair has too much 'slip' my hairdresser said. It slips out of curling irons, brushes, electric curlers (yes, I had to revert back to the dark ages and use them because blow drying my hair makes my hair more frizzy, and besides my hair won't stay wrapped around the brush)

I have also tried not brushing my hair after curling - just using my fingers. But my hair frizzes and the curls fall, even if I wait until my hair cools. The other issue is that any kind of product I have used - gels, serums, conditioners, leave in conditioners, etc. weigh my hair down. I've tried expensive, really expensive and cheap, but no luck. Even when I used to get my hair permed, my hair lost body and became limp.

Smoochie from Houston, TX

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December 26, 20070 found this helpful

I have been living in Houston for more than 25 years dealing with very heavy hair with a slight bit of natural wave. I keep mine very short and I have found that White Rain shampoo or St Ives Collagen Elastin body wash give me the best result with my hair.


I must be careful not to let it get too long because it definitely has a mind of its own and will not do what I say. It turns under on one side and flips out on the other.


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December 26, 20070 found this helpful

I have the opposite problem... I'm Caucasian with curly/frizzy hair...I've finally come up with a solution... I just grew my hair out & keep it in French braids!... or in a long braid down my back... I'm 52 now so to hide some of my forehead wrinkles I have bangs... I blow-dry these to keep them straight. Even though I live in Seattle (with all it's rain), I've had no "Frizz" problems UNTIL I visited friends in San Diego, CA.... & let me tell you, there was absolutely NOTHING I could do to keep my & any hairs not firmly in the braids from frizzing up due to the humidity.... I'm going to tell you about three products that really help frizz & they are:


1) INFUSIUM 23... It's a "leave in" condtioner / hair style product that works equally great on my dark curly frizzy hair as it does on my friend's frosted blond straight hair... It helps keep the frizzies down PLUS, it really helps anyone with split ends too! Just wash & towel dry hair, then put on the INFUSIUM 23 & dry as usual...


2) a Dimethicone laminator by "Citre shine" or "Frizz-eze" brand... Just look for the word Dimethicone or any "cone" product in the first word of the ingredients... These Silicone based products work great for frizzy hair, in fact, they work so well you only need a drop or two!... After washing & towel drying then using the INFUSIUM 23, rub several drops between your palms then rub your hands over your hair's ends & down the top side of your hair then comb through... If you use to much, the dimethicone will attract dirt! If your hair has to much "Slip" as you say, you might want to avoid these dimethicone products because they make your hair slippery, but they sure do help control frizz! They work GREAT for CURLY hair!


Citre Shine Color Prism Anti Frizz Serum;

Frizz-eze serum:

3) A great hair spray that is also a styling product... I swear by: "Paul Mitchel Fast Drying Sculpting Spray", because it's not only light... but when you comb your hair out, it feels like there's NO hairspray in it from the day before at all!... I'll use it BOTH as a styling spray (kind of like a mouse) BEFORE I do my hair, then I'll spray it to HOLD my hair AFTER I like the way it looks... The great thing is, you can brush it out then re-do your hair the next day or the next hour & your hair still feels soft & like it'JUST been washed! (It's one of the only products that leaves no hairspray residue feel)


Paul Mitchel Fast Drying Sculpting Spray:

-----> No need to buy these products off the internet. Most of the above products can be bought at Walmart, Wallgreens or ANY drug store, Except the "Paul Mitchel Fast Drying Sculpting Spray" which you may need to go to a Beauty Parlor to buy... Accept NO substitutes (in the way of hairspray), no matter what the salesperson may say!... Believe me, I've tried them all, & the rest either don't work or usually they'll leave a sticky residue on your hair. Buy ONLY "Paul Mitchel Fast Drying Sculpting Spray".

* The problem is, You really can't fight's a loosing battle, I think you mainly have to "go with what you've got" ... in other words, if your hair is straight, then go with that or curly, then find a curly style that suits you... When I wear my hair down in humid climates, I'll tame it with a headband, clips or barrettes or a bandanna or hat... When it's really bad in the winter, I have several trusty hats to fall back on when I'm in a hurry... But, us guys with the frizzy hair have got it rough!... My hair is a pain in the rump! If I were you, I'd just use the INFUSIUM 23 leave in conditioner" then spray with the "Paul Mitchel Fast Drying Sculpting Spray", then set or do your hair how you like it then spray AGAIN with the "Paul Mitchel Fast Drying Sculpting Spray" to keep it that way...


*Also: you can buy a Dehumidifier or use air-conditioning which is basically the same thing as a dehumidifier & just try to stay indoors... But is it really worth it to have pretty hair & not really live your life? I think NOT!... So buy a head-band & a few pretty clips & say "What the Heck!" & don't worry about your hair!... OR: you can grow your hair out & keep it in French braids like I do, OR, just cut it short!... Either way, just relax & enjoy that great Texas weather!

December 27, 20070 found this helpful

I guess I'm one of a kind...I have frizzy hair too and after I shampoo (with Baby Shampoo) I just "pin curl" my hair and go on to bed. Some times, I make small curls and other times I make larger curls. In the morning, I give it a good brushing and use Frizz-Ease Secret Weapon, Flawless Finishing Creme (on dry hair only) and fluff it up. I pin up the sides and go with it. Sort of like Bernadette Peters. I like the way it looks and it last for days. In the summer I have to wash it more often and I do the same.


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December 27, 20070 found this helpful

I use a wax pomade, like Got2B's Defiant. I apply it to dry hair with fingertips and it glues down the frizzies, but without darkening or flattening my hair. I keep some at work for repair of frizzies, using only where needed. If I were wearing a braid, I would put some on for a final slicker/smoother/shiner. Too much slip means that each hair is healthy, smooth and has a well-closed cuticle. If the stylist needs to control it more, let her spray on a bit more water.

December 27, 20070 found this helpful

Smoochie, you might want to try flatironing.

Your hair sounds almost exactly like mine, which is essentially straight but very frizzy and full of cowlicks that nice people politely call natural wave. It slips out of curling irons and will only hold a curling iron curl if I spray with hairspray before *and* after curling. Yuck!

For the first 38 of my 40 years, I kept it short and didn't even know the full extent of my problem. But now that it's shoulder length, I've had to learn a completely new approach to fixing it. (It was that or never show my head outside the house again.)

I use a smoothing shampoo and conditioner that the stylist sold me -- Aveda, but I'm not convinced that part makes any difference. I suspect something cheaper would suffice; how much can it do when you're rinsing it all out?

What does make a difference is Chi Straight Guard styling cream combed through before blow-drying on medium heat, high speed, while combing through continuously and blowing only from the top down so as not to raise the cuticle. That does a fairly decent job of smoothing but doesn't help the cowlicks. (But I'm not sure that smoothness would last in our humidity; I'm in Dallas, which is only slightly better than Houston.)

Next, I clip my hair into sections and flatiron each one with a Chi iron ($130 and worth it) and Chi 44 Iron Guard sprayed onto each section and then combed through to distribute it. (Don't just spray your whole head; you won't get the effect that way.) It might take 2 or 3 passes with the flatiron to do the job. Comb through after each pass but no need to spray additional Iron Guard.

At this point, my hair is board-straight, frizz-free and shines like each strand has been individually polished. For manageability and added moisture, I follow with a small amount of Aveda Light Effects serum rubbed between my hands and then worked into my hair. Again, I'm pretty sure there are serums you can buy at Ulta or even CVS that will do just as well for less money. The only two things you definitely would want to spend money on are the flatiron and the iron protectant. Even the Aveda Brilliant Damage Control the stylist sold me didn't work half as well as the Chi 44 Iron Guard.

I started flatironing in November 2007, so I don't yet know if my new hairdo will hold up in a Texas summer. I'm thinking it will be fine, though, since I can pull it back in a high ponytail and take a bath with no ill effects.

Perhaps the second most wonderful thing about flatironing is that it will last until you wash your hair. Most mornings, I only need to touch up a few of my ends. (The places where I would normally have horrible cowlicks tend to perk up a tiny bit while I sleep). Unless your scalp is oily, you'll be able to go 2-3 days before having "re-fix" your hair. This is nice, because the whole wash-dry-flatiron process is a bit time-consuming -- roughly an hour for me, though I'm still improving my technique and steadily whittling away at the ironing time.

I was worried at first about damage to my hair, as I'd heard horror stories about flatironing. But the key is using a quality iron, the right protectant, and ironing only as often as you need to, which for me is 2-3 times a week.

Another plus -- at least for me: Wearing my hair long and straight rather than short and wavy has taken years off my appearance, and just when I needed that.

I hope this helps!

By Gerri (Guest Post)
June 19, 20080 found this helpful

I have been dealing with Using Curly Hair Solutions. I have dry - frizzy hair - and the Curl Keeper is amazing.


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April 20, 20090 found this helpful

First, thank you for all of your good advice, I appreciate your feedback very much.

I have something that I found works and it was in front of my face the whole time.

I found that I'm not conditioning my hair enough.
When I condition my hair - and I rinse it to death, really, really well, for at least five minutes, I found that my hair will keep the curl.

I love the simple cures, don't you?

Thanks again!

July 10, 20090 found this helpful

Like Cyinda I am Caucasian with frizzy hair and I live on the NC coast with high humidity. I swear by Infusium 23 Leave-In Conditioner. My problem is that it is very hard to find in the stores here. And the nearest beauty products outlet is 65 miles away. Can anyone suggest a product with the same qualities as the Infusium23 that I might find easily?


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