Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Cut and Styling Products for Frizzy, Curly Hair

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Q: I am 61 years old and my hair is curly, wavy, coarse and frizzy. I live in humid Florida, and I don't think the cut I have now is good for controlling the frizz.

Hair consultation - Denise

Denise wants a haircut that will help control her frizz.

I have never used any chemicals, dyes, rinses, perms, etc. and I don't put heat on my hair. I use Silk18 Conditioner, DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam and Redken Curvaceous Curl Refiner. After washing (about twice a week), I make two braids, Indian style, and let it air-dry. My hair will look great for two or three hours and then begin to poof up and frizz. 

I would like it to lay flatter against the side of my face for a longer period of time. Any suggestions on style and/or product to achieve that result? Thank you for considering my questions. — Denise

Hair consultation - Denise

Denise would like her hair to lie flatter on the sides of her face.

A: Denise, thank you for your pictures and question.

The bangs suit you—they're beautiful. For you, the most important thing is that your hair should be de-bulked. This will help your curls to be more defined and full of motion.

Your hair needs to be texturized around the jawline with regular scissors (not thinning scissors), going in and slicing out some of the weight. When you do that, it goes from being bulky to allowing freedom between the curls. So the curls will relax and move better, instead of clumping on top of each other with no room for them to move. 

That's why your hair is looking like a triangle shape—because whoever is cutting it is not using this particular technique. The layers are dropping too far below your cheekbones and weighing everything down.

Jessica Biel, Hollywood Life Breakthrough of the Year Awards, 2006

Jessica Biel at the 2006 Hollywood Life Breakthrough of the Year Awards.

Your cut should be about half an inch shorter, and the widest point should be at the bottom of your neck, just above your collarbone.

For styling, the right products are key, especially if you are air-drying and living in Florida.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oil Serum

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil Serum

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil Serum is a liquid silicone. This guy will coat your hair to de-frizz the curls. It will make it heavier and shinier. Use this first, about a teaspoon, on towel-dried wet hair. Your hair's going to suck it right up. 

AG Hair Curl Re:Coil Curl Activator

AG Hair Curl Re:Coil Curl Activator

Then apply about twice as much of the AG Hair Curl Re:Coil Curl Activator. Some curls will be curlier than others, so this will help balance the curls all over your head.

Then you have to lean to one side and scrunch, and then lean to the other side and scrunch. Then, put your hair in place. Once it is in place, you let it air-dry.

I would stop doing the braids. I know you are trying to get more curl out of it, but the braids are confusing your hair. Not braiding will actually balance your curls better. 

Here are some photos of how defined your curls could look with the right cut and products.

AnnaLynne McCord, The Taking of Pelham 123 premiere, 2009

AnnaLynne McCord at the 2009 premiere of 'The Taking of Pelham 123.'

AnnaLynne McCord, CBS CW Showtime TCA Party, 2008

AnnaLynne McCord at the 2008 CBS/CW/Showtime TCA Party.

Tony Chaar is one of Canada's top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Tony Chaar Salon at 140 Avenue Road in Toronto. Call 416-920-9965 to book an appointment.

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