How to beautify hair that's always either frizzy or greasy


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So you washed your hair in the morning and preemptively applied some frizz-control serum because you know what happens when you let it air-dry. You even made sure not to apply too much product. And yet, by 3 p.m. your hair looks as if the last time you washed it was a week ago.


What’s with the oil slick on your head?

If your hair looks greasy, you may feel the urge to shampoo it every day. Don’t. Pick a shampoo that works for you, and wash your hair every other day. The assortment of shampoos ranging from reasonable to oh-my-god-my-wallet is pretty vast.

Try Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo, Biolage Normalizing Shampoo or Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo. And remember that washing your hair every day actually stimulates oil production, so you’re actually doing more harm than good. Give your hair and scalp a break.


Technique: You’re (probably) doing it wrong

The Beauty Bean points out that your greasy hair and scalp may be a result of how you shampoo and condition. If you’re applying conditioner to your whole head, then your scalp’s going to be greasy and your hair is going to look limp. So remember to shampoo your scalp, rinse and then condition the ends of your hair so you don’t weigh down those roots.


Yeah, that’s great, but about the frizz …

So that stuff you got that is specifically formulated to combat frizz leaves you looking like an oil slick. You’ve tried applying the minutest amount to the ends of your hair, and somehow it’s either still frizzy or limp and greasy.

TotalBeauty.com recommends Bumble and Bumble’s Spray de Mode. Word has it that it doesn’t weigh your hair down and holds your style without making your hair look like an odd shellacked helmet — which is important for those who have oily hair that falls out very easily.

Everyday Health also recommends rinsing with cold water after you apply conditioner to the ends of your hair. The cold water helps close the hair cuticle, which, apparently, cuts down on frizz. Brutal during a polar vortex, but worth a shot once temperatures go from zero to scorching.


Combing and brushing

When you have thin, oily hair, you know how easily it falls out. You probably deduced this when inspecting your comb or brush after running it through your wet hair after you’ve washed it. Stop this at once. Wet hair is three times weaker than dry hair, according to the Beauty Bean. They recommend that you brush your hair before washing it and then “comb” it with your fingers.  


The dryer sheet method

All frizz is not created equal. If your frizzy hair is the result of static electricity during the craptacular winter months, then by all means grab a dryer sheet and go to town on your hair. But Everyday Health points out that it won’t work for frizz that is the result of humidity.