The Frizz-Proof Hair Routine


I apologize in advance, everyone. This isn't the way I saw things going. At first, I thought this story would be a “use everything' kind of thing that detailed all the products you should switch in AT ONCE for hair that doesn't fly away. That was clearly the idea of a lunatic. Why? If you're using the good stuff, it's heavy—and one person can only take so many heavy products in his or her hair until it's not just frizzy, but frizzy and greasy (nothing worse, I'm telling you). So mix and match the below, or use everything if that's what you're into. No one's stopping you.

The Pre-Treatment

Depends on how much time you have and how faithful you are to your alarm in the morning. Marathon runners and people who get up early will like The Rene Furterer Karité Intense Overnight Nourishing Treatment because you can sleep your required seven hours in it and then wake up, wash it out, and do whatever else it is you need to do in the morning. For all others, there's Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer (now in a new, fresh neroli scent!). The lovely people over at Philip Kingsley are big on trichology (like dermatology, but for your hair and scalp) and tell me that no frizz starts with a mask that's good for your scalp and your hair cuticle. I am inclined to believe them. Between treatments, sleep on a silk pillowcase. No, this is not a needless luxury. After a few nights of this method, I can attest that it's legitimately worth it.

The In-Shower Duo

Davines Love is the purple shampoo/ conditioner combo that's not actually for brightening your blonde—so if you've been feeling left out of the purple bandwagon, now's your chance. This pairing is more suitable for people with coarse hair, or people like me, who don't actually have coarse hair, but like to use products for coarse hair because I feel like I get more bang for my buck that way. Fair warning, though: If you're one of those “I don't wash my hair for two weeks' types, this might not jive with your schedule. After using the shampoo and conditioner together, you can definitely feel the product coating your hair once it's dry, but it's worth it for no frizz.

The Blow-Dryer Solution

Brand-spankin'-new from the frizz-free ninjas over at Living Proof, their Blowout spray is one of those products that speeds drying time and all that, but really, what it's here for is to do a lot of the work for you. Pair it with a good hair dryer and a halfway decent brush, and your level of competence when it comes to styling your hair is no longer relevant. It's like hair that relaxes on contact. What a dream.

The Styling Cream

Christophe Robin' Hydratant Santal does not smell like Santal 33 from Le Labo, but that's OK because it works really well regardless. Whereas a lot of frizz products address the roots and the cuticle, this one was pitched to me as a sort of revolutionized split-end fix (I've tried a ton and none really work—and they're all so sticky!). Apply every day for a week, and you'll see a difference without all the gooey mess that you'd expect otherwise.

The Before-You-Leave

I'm not much of a hairspray fan (is it bad for me to say that I don't think it works? Because I don't think it works). My answer: Oil. Or really, an oil-serum mixture. I like to mix a pump of Bumble and bumble's unequaled Hairdresser's Invisible Oil with Reverie's Milk. Both can be used on wet hair. But on dry—even dirty—hair, they are perfectly light and useful stopgaps until the next time you can smooth down fresh out of the shower.

Then, if you're so inclined, you can bring a little lived-in frizz back in the fold—sounds counterintuitive, but it's summer, so a little muss isn't going to cause much fuss. Spray in some Bumble and bumble Surf Infusion. It's like the original Surf Spray that everyone on the internet loves and every girl with frizzy hair has tried to embrace and maybe not gotten so far. Instead of an even drier mess on your head, this one is all about oil (remember what I said about oil?) for piecey, floaty—not frizzy—style. The hair gods have heard our cries, ladies and gentlemen. And this time, they delivered.

—Emily Ferber

Photographed by Tom Newton. When all else fails, put a braid on it.