Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Haircuts for Big, Frizzy Hair

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Q: Help! I've got the craziest hair. It's dyed my natural brown (to cover the grey), and as you can see, it's naturally frizzy and super-full. I've got a lot of it and would say it's medium in thickness. 

Elaine wants a more stylish look for her "crazy" hair.

What haircut would you suggest that would look more stylish, with minimal fuss? I am 60 years old and in desperate need of an update. 

Elaine has naturally frizzy hair that she colours brown.

I only wash it twice a week, and typically blow-dry and flat iron my hair to make it smooth. Plus, I don't use any product (except shampoo and cream rinse). My hair tends to behave during the winter months, but the Atlanta spring, summer and fall are hot and humid! Usually in these months, I just pull it up in a ponytail or large clip to get it off my neck. This gives me some sense of control.

Any suggestions or comments are welcomed. Thank you for helping me. — Elaine

In hot and humid weather, Elaine finds her hair harder to control.

A: Elaine, I'm curious as to why you don't use product besides shampoo and cream rinse?

If it is a health matter, then there are products like coconut oil, olive oil, etc. This will add weight to your hair and make it less frizzy.

If not, my suggestion is to wash less often, rinse more often, and add conditioner. Leave some conditioner in your hair as well—you won't believe how much softer it will be. Contrary to popular belief, fuzzy hair needs less shampoo than flat, greasy hair does. Most everyone we've recommend this approach to at the salon has been happy with the results.

I think this cut would be dreamy on you…

Audrey Tautou's wavy bob.

It would work drying naturally. Or, my suggestion is to let it dry naturally and then add a smoother curl with a curling iron. Straightening adds to the damage that induces frizz. In the humidity, this would look great.

If you are to dry naturally, then I would recommend adding a moulding paste to wet hair. Comb it through with a fine-tooth comb. This will smooth down the open cuticle on the hair shaft.

A normal closed hair cuticle (left) vs. an open hair cuticle (right).

Then, gently scrunch from the ends up. Now don't touch it again until it is completely dry. Never run your fingers through your waves, as this will increase frizz.

At this point, you can add curls or not—your call.

If you would like to keep it longer, apply the same styling techniques.

Vanessa Hudgens at a Social Life magazine party in 2015.

This cut would require some layers along the bottom three to four inches, from the ends up. This will address the triangle shape you get now, while leaving the top heavy so that it does not grow too big in humidity.

Here is an example for a longer length, again letting it dry naturally with the layers.

Layered wavy hair.

This lighter brown shade would be better for you. There is more depth to the colour, which makes it look way healthier.

I hope this helps you, Elaine.


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