What To Do About Hair Frizz In the Summertime and Beyond

Whether you're looking to embrace it, or you want to keep your coils in perfect formation.

What To Do About Hair Frizz In the Summertime and Beyond
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While some say that summer is the best season of the year, the heat isn't necessarily great for everyone — or everything.

Love it or hate it, with summer weather comes hot (and sometimes dry) air, which depending on how you prefer to wear your hair, it can be a problem.

If you're someone who's into embracing their 'fro, you'll be good to go. But if you like for your curl pattern to shine, you may have to put a little extra work into your styling routine and find the right product for frizzy hair.

Regardless of how you like to wear your hair, Brendnetta Ashley, stylist at The Salon by InStyle Inside JCPenney is here to offer her expert tips on how to navigate frizz during the summertime and beyond.

All of her secrets, ahead.

What Is Hair Frizz?

The symptoms of frizzy hair typically include dry, undefined strands with plenty of flyaways. And while you can experience frizz any time of year, many of us are more prone to it during the summer.

"In warmer weather, it is easier [for hair] to become dehydrated," says Ashley. "When curly hair gets overly frizzy it is because it is lacking moisture. Keeping hydrated by drinking water and using moisturizing products can help prevent frizz."

However, washing your hair in extremely hot water, using hot tools too frequently, over-washing, chemical treatments, and friction can all contribute to hair frizz year-round.

How to Prevent Hair Frizz

One word: Hydration.

Ashley recommends starting off by getting into the habit of using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner for wash days. Her picks are Urban Hydration's Honey Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner. "It gently cleanses my coils while adding in moisture and controlling the frizz due to the honey and Argan oil it contains," she says.

Once you're out of the shower, reach for the brand's Leave-In Conditioning Detangling Spray to lock in moisture and help gently detangle the hair.

Urban Hydration Shampoo

Urban Hydration Honey Repairing Shampoo

To shop: $12; jcpenney.com

Urban Hydration Conditioner

Urban Hydration Honey Conditioner

To shop: $12; jcpenney.com

Urban Hydration Leave in Conditioner

Urban Hydration Leave-In Conditioning Detangling Spray

To shop: $10; jcpenney.com

Styling Techniques That Help To Reduce Frizz

Thankfully, some techniques help reduce frizz. And if you're a beginner when it comes to haircare, you'll only need to follow three simple steps.

"I like to use the LOC method, which is liquid, oil, cream," Ashley explains. "This method is great for retaining moisture. I start with Urban Hydration Honey Style Hair Mousse."

Urban Hydration Mousse

Urban Hydration Honey Style Hair Mousse

To shop: $10; jcpenney.com

Afterward, the stylist uses a serum followed by a hair cream. "I apply section by section and twist in a finger coil," she shares. "Allowing the hair to fully dry without disturbing the coil is key. The more you disrupt the curl or coil the more likely you are to have frizz."

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What Products Should I Use If I Want to Embrace My Frizz?

"You always want to embrace your texture!" Ashley exclaims. "Some natural frizz can create volume and allows you to see the shape of your haircut."

When she wants to give her curls a little more oomph, the hair expert uses Matrix Biolage All-In-One Coconut Infusion as a styler.

Matrix All-In-Once Coconut Infusion

Matrix Biolage All-In-One Coconut Infusion

To shop: $15; jcpenney.com

"It's light but still enough to protect your hair," she explains. "Even if you are embracing your natural frizz, you still need to protect your hair from the summer sun."

What Should I Keep In Mind to Protect My Hair from UV Rays?

As much as UV rays can cause skin damage, they can also wreak havoc on your hair — and they're not only present in the summer, the sun shines year-round. Plus, dryness and color fading can all be side effects of sun exposure, so it's important to keep your hair protected.

Thankfully, all the products Ashley listed offer UV protection, but she also shares another solution for keeping your hair in tip-top shape this summer.

"Make a fashion statement by wearing a hat," she suggests. "It's a great way to protect your hair from over-exposure to the sun and it's a great accessory."

It's also a great way to cover up any potential hair disasters.

This is All Natural. From the kinkiest coils to loose waves, we're celebrating natural hair in its many forms by sharing expert tips for styling, maintenance, and haircare.

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