Top 10 products that will help you win the fight against frizz
We review our favourite frizz-fighting formulas right now
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / January 17 2019
Do you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle against frizz? We hear you. It’s a daily struggle for most of us. Be it our frizz-prone hair type, our lack of time to try and create a smooth finish every single day, or that darn change in weather that you didn’t properly prepare your hair for before you left the house. Either way, frizz sucks and it’s a hard beast to wrangle.
The good news is it’s a problem experienced by the masses (you are not alone!), which means there are PLENTY of products out there formulated to get your frizzy ‘fro under control. And it’s not just a wide selection of brands you can choose from; you can also pick your preferred solution type because frizzy hair products come in all steps of your haircare routine.
If you’ve got frizzy hair, we’ve got the best anti-frizz products for you. We asked our Beauty Crew team and SUPERcrew members to reveal their picks for the best products for frizzy hair. These are their reviews.
#10 / TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray
Fact: Styling tools are a top culprit of hair damage. And when hair is damaged, it’s more porous and prone to frizz. So a heat protectant is an anti-frizz must-have. This supermarket buy is easy on your bank account and protects your hair while you heat style, plus it leaves your strands shiny. Can you see why we’re a fan?!
The review: “The TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray is fantastic because not only is it a very effective heat protectant, but it's a fantastic anti-frizz product. No need to worry about frizz, fly-aways or static as I dry my hair. Gotta love a product that streamlines my haircare routine.” Bhavna, SUPERcrew member
#9 / Bhave Rescue Intense Repair Shampoo and Conditioner
Frizz loves dry, brittle hair, so to get rid of the former, you need a product that tackles the latter. Bhave’s Rescue range contains naturally derived and extracted keratin proteins that bind to severely damaged hair and rebuild the internal structure. It also coats hair in a protective shield to prevent future damage. What you’re left with after continued use is hair that’s strong, healthy and frizz-free.
The review: “I have long hair that’s colour processed, damaged, frizzy and fine textured. This line gets my hair looking so sleek, healthy and shiny as no other serums or products ever have. Turns hair into pure silk!” Jovanka, SUPERcrew member
Cost: $44.95 each
#8 / Hask Argan 5-in-1 Leave-in Spray
If parched strands are the reason behind your frizz woes, this anti-frizz spray will repair and hydrate to nix the issue. It contains ultra-nourishing argan oil that also delivers shine-enhancing results, and its formula is free from sulphates and parabens.
The review: “I have thin, fine, frizzy hair (the worst!) so I love that this is lightweight and doesn't weigh my hair down. It smooths the frizzy top hairs and makes hair more manageable to style. It makes hair easier to brush and adds a shiny, silky effect. And I love that it has no sulphates, parabens, phthalates or drying alcohol!” Milan, SUPERcrew member
#7 / R+Co Foil Frizz + Static Control Spray
Ah static, the sidekick of frizz and just as unwelcome. This spray busts both woes in one. It won’t weigh down your hair, but it will smooth those fly-aways and seal in moisture so that your hair actually gets healthier every time you style it. Great for fine hair and curly hair alike. Added bonus: Its formula is vegan and cruelty-free and has a delightful oriental scent.
The review: “To control frizz and get rid of fly-aways I love Foil Frizz + Static Control Spray by cool-girl brand R+Co. The best bit about this frizz controller is you can spritz it onto finished hair to polish up your look, or apply it onto damp hair for easy-as locks that behave all day long.” Sally Hunwick, marie claire’s Beauty Director
#6 / L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Absolut Repair Lipidium Shampoo & Conditioner
The best shampoo and conditioner for frizzy hair is one that’s focused on replenishing lost moisture. When our SUPERcrew put this duo to the test, many commented that their usually-dry, frizzy and damaged hair saw a significant reduction in frizz - there were even some who claimed they had been able to air-dry their hair (sans heat styling) for the first time in years. And they awarded both the shampoo and conditioner 4.5 stars. The serum in the range is also a must-have for banishing frizz: “I use this to make my frizz and flyaways more manageable. It keeps hair looking neat without heavy residue or weighing it down. As a bonus it's also great for adding softness and a bit of shine!” says SUPERcrew member Georgia.
The review: “My new absolute favourite shampoo, this is brilliant! I have tried HUNDREDS of others and 99% make my hair look like I stuck my finger in a powerpoint to varying degrees (either lots of frizz or best case, a tolerable amount). THIS IS AMAZING!! Washed, conditioned with the matching conditioner, left to air dry. No frizz, no fuzz, just beautiful silky locks that look great without any styling.” Simone, SUPERcrew member
Cost: $26 and $29
#5 / Kevin.Murphy Young.Again
Kevin.Murphy Young.Again’s main claim may be its ability to revitalise ageing hair and repair damage, but it’s the weightless oil’s knack for smoothing fly-aways and keeping frizz under wraps that’s earned it a spot on this list. Shiny, silky strands minus the frizz? Yep, it delivers.
The review: “I find a lot of frizz serums can be really heavy and leave my hair looking greasy. While this one may be an oil, it’s one of the most lightweight oils I’ve used and I love the smooth results it gives me. It works wonders on leaving my hair super soft and frizz-free.” Chelsea Tromans, Beauty Crew’s Contributing Editor
#4 / R+Co Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion
If you want to de-frizz hair during your styling step, add this treatment-and-styling-cream hybrid to your kit. Formulated for fine to medium and extra-long hair, it contains Japanese witch hazel to rebalance your hair’s hydration levels and prevent frizz, and Brazilian babassu oil to nourish dry and damaged hair so your strands return back to their smooth self. As for its style-enhancing powers, it defines curl, creates a smooth finish and has the added perk of a built-in heat protectant in the formula.
The review: “I could talk for HOURS about different product recommendations for frizzy hair – welcome to my life. But my numero uno at this point in time is R+Co Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion. This angel of a product has been working overtime lately (it’s so humid in Sydney RN!), doing wonders for my fine, frizzy, and all-round hard-to-manage hair. I like to comb it through my hair before blow-drying to give me a smooth, shiny result but you can also use it as a leave-in conditioner. I also love throwing it in my beach bag to detangle my hair after swimming and the inclusion of Brazilian babassu oil means it’s incredibly nourishing – perfect for getting some hydration back into salty, surf-ravaged locks.” Isobel Larkin, Beauty Crew’s Beauty Assistant
#3 / Moroccanoil Original Treatment Oil
We adore Moroccanoil as a leave-in hair treatment and it has also won our hearts as a frizz-fighting superstar. Because healthy strands know no frizz. This argan oil-enriched treatment intensely hydrates strands, protects against damage from the sun and other environmental aggressors, and improves the overall condition of hair. It’s also our pick for one of the best products for curly, frizzy hair.
The review: “The best product for frizzy hair is Moroccanoil Original Treatment Oil - it smells fantastic, eliminates frizz and adds incredible shine.” Aneta, SUPERcrew member
#2 / Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets
Meet Kim Kardashian’s secret weapon for keeping frizz from ruining her always-sleek hair. This breakthrough creation, courtesy of celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, is genius for on-the-go frizz-fighting: just wipe the coconut oil and shea butter-infused hemp paper sheets over your hair and wave goodbye to frizz and static. If you find you’re too heavy-handed when applying serums and sprays, you can’t go wrong with these.
The review: “It’s always been SUCH a struggle to make my hair not look like a pouffy, frizzy mess. It’s super disobedient and I find that no matter how many different pre-styling/post-styling products I use, even a sniff of moisture will make it go crazy fluffy. Since Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets popped onto the scene, my frizziness is now *way* easier to control – they’re my absolute saviour! They’re basically like little blotting papers that you rub all over your hair, instantly calming frizz and smoothing down annoying fly-aways. They are a total no-fuss option and have pretty much taken up permanent residence in my handbag forever.” Erin Docherty, Beauty Crew’s Contributor
Cost: $26 (for 15 sheets)
#1 / John Frieda Frizz Ease® Original 6 Effects Serum
This anti-frizz serum has been a cult favourite for some time now, and it continues to rank among the best - even outperforming luxe and salon-only formulas for a modest price of $16.99. Its number-one mission is to fight frizz, and that it does in spades. Silicones in the formula protects strands from the onset of frizz by hydrating, taming and smoothing in one. This product is best applied on wet hair and a little goes a long way. It also comes in an Extra-Strength version, which is best suited to coarse, wiry and unruly frizz-prone hair (our Review Crew® gave it 4.5 stars!). Both formulas are suitable for colour-treated hair.
The reviews: “My naturally long, curly hair does NOT love the humidity. While I’ve tried to make big efforts in my haircare routine to try reduce it (the more damage done to your hair follicles, the more that the moisture in the air can lead to that frizzy, big hair effect) with a hydrating shampoo and conditioner (shout-out to the Pureology Hydrate range) and hair tools that reduce heat damage (I’ve found both the Dyson Supersonic™ and VS Sassoon Digital Sensor Hairdryer have made a huge difference!), there has still been room for error, and that’s where this serum has been a huge help. I don’t need to use it all the time, but during summer and on particularly humid days, I tend to finish off my hairstyling routine with a tiny amount of this around my part and hairline to control frizz and fly-aways. It does such a great job at managing those annoying strands without weighing down my hair!” Carli Alman, Beauty Crew’s Editor
“How do I go past the iconic John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum. This is an upgrade from the original, and really does repel those pesky frizzies like a dream (essential with another hot, humid summer approaching), whilst also protecting and prolonging the life of colour-treated hair (thanks to the addition of a sunscreen). This serum is a blend of silicones infused with aloe and vitamin E that leaves dry, defiant hair extremely supple, easy to manage and healthy-looking. It is a must post-straightening and for a sleek pony, or whenever you need to keep your updo under control....and remember to use sparingly (a little rubbed between the hands and smoothed over either wet or dry hair is plenty).” Jacqui, SUPERcrew member
“Frizz Ease manages to condition, define and de-frizz my hair, which can only be described as a miracle. The best part? No crunch, just sleek, soft hair.” Anne, SUPERcrew member
What’s your go-to product for preventing frizz? Share your review with us below.
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.