How to Get Rid of Frizzy Hair after Straightening

Frizzy hair is a common concern for many people, especially after straightening. It can be frustrating to spend time and effort in achieving sleek, straight hair only to have it turn into a frizzy mess shortly after.

However, understanding the causes of frizz and taking the right steps can help you keep those locks feeling smooth and manageable! In this article, we’ll walk you through how to stop frizzy hair after straightening.

Why is my hair frizzy after straightening?

damaged vs healthy hair cuticle

Excessive use of hot tools like straighteners can strip the hair of its natural oils, making it prone to frizz.

The high heat from styling tools can also cause damage to the hair cuticle, which is the outer protective layer of the hair shaft.

When the cuticle is damaged, it becomes rough and uneven, allowing moisture to enter the hair which results in frizz.

To minimize the damage caused by heat styling, it is important to prepare your hair properly. This includes using a heat protectant spray or serum before using any hot tools. Take a look at the full range of Color Wow heat protectant products to find the one that best suits your needs and hair type.

These products form a protective shield around your hair, diminishing the risk of damage and frizz caused by heat styling.

To maintain the integrity of your hair’s keratin proteins and prevent loss of strength and breakage, it is recommended to use heat styling tools at a maximum temperature of 380°F. Exceeding this temperature threshold can, over time, inflict irreversible harm even when using heat protectants.

Heat styling isn’t the only reason why you might be experiencing frizz. Check out our guide to the causes of frizzy hair for more info.

How to prevent frizzy hair after straightening

Proper preparation is key to achieving a frizz-free, straight hairstyle. By following a few simple steps, you can minimize frizz and maximize the longevity of your straightened hair.

1. Choosing the Right Hair Straightener

hair straightener

The first step in preparing your hair for straightening is selecting the right hair straightener. 

With a myriad of options available in the market, it's essential to choose a high-quality straightener that suits your hair type and needs. 

Opt for a straightener with adjustable heat settings, as this allows you to customize the temperature according to your hair's tolerance. Ceramic or tourmaline plates are preferable as they distribute heat evenly and reduce frizz, giving you a smooth and shiny finish.

Consider the width of the straightener plates as well. If you have long and thick hair, wider plates will cover more surface area and save you time. On the other hand, if you have short or fine hair, narrower plates will provide more precision and control.

2. Importance of Heat Protectant Sprays

color wow dream coats range

Before applying heat to your hair, it is crucial to use a product that offers heat protection.

This product forms a barrier between your hair and the heat, reducing damage and locking in moisture. Heat protectants are available in various formulations, such as sprays, creams, or serums.

Each of the Dream Coats (Dream Coat Supernatural Spray, Extra Strength Dream Coat, and Dream Coat for Curly Hair) not only provide heat protection but also humidity-proof your hair to maintain a sleek, straight look no matter the weather.

When applying the product, apply from roots to tip to fully product your strands. Comb the product through your hair to ensure even distribution. This simple step will go a long way in safeguarding your hair from the harmful effects of heat styling.

Looking for tips on how to combat heat damage? Find out how to protect your hair from heat with our guide.

3. The Role of Hair Conditioning

Another important step is to condition your hair properly before straightening. Frizzy hair is often a result of a lack of moisture within the hair strands. When hair is properly hydrated, it maintains its natural moisture balance, which helps to keep the cuticle layer smooth and closed. This prevents the hair from seeking moisture from the air, which is a common cause of frizz.

So after shampooing it’s crucial to add the moisture your hair needs. Here are our top product recommendations for maintaining the moisture level of your hair:

color wow conditioners range

Color Security Conditioner in either Fine to Normal or Normal to Thick are both great, lightweight options that offer heavyweight hydration. 

They come packed with carefully-vetted, nourishing ingredients that won't dull or darken color plus 3 levels of heat protection. 

color wow money masque

Chris Appleton’s Money Masque is a luxurious deep conditioning treatment that penetrates deep to help strengthen, repair and renew suppleness.

Adding a hair mask into your routine at least once a week will help to maintain your hair’s moisture levels. 

color wow money mistMoney Mist is a luxe, light, leave-in conditioner that is proven to reduce frizz by 81% in one use.

Using this regularly after showering will help keep your frizz at bay. Read more about the science behind this product here.

How to straighten hair without frizz

woman with brown hair straightening her hair with a flat iron

Once your hair is properly prepared, it's time to start the straightening process.

By following a step-by-step guide and taking precautions, you can straighten your hair without causing excessive damage or frizz.

  • Start by sectioning your hair into manageable parts.
  • Take small sections and run the straightener through each section from root to tip. 
  • Be sure to move the straightener slowly and smoothly to avoid creating kinks.
  • Repeat this process until all sections of your hair are straightened. 

To minimize hair damage during the straightening process, remember the rule of keeping the temperature at 380 degrees or lower. Additionally, take breaks between each pass of the straightener and ensure that your hair is completely dry before straightening.

How to maintain straightened hair

Once you’ve achieved your desired straight hair, it’s important to take proper care to maintain its appearance and prevent frizz.

1. Cooling Down Your Hair

woman with brown hair having her hair combed

Allow your hair to cool down after straightening before running your fingers or a brush through it.

This will help the hair set in its straight position and reduce the chances of frizz.

2. Apply Color Wow Pop & Lock

color wow pop and lock

After straightening, apply a small amount of our Pop & Lock anti-frizz serum to your hair.

This will help to seal the cuticle, add shine, and minimize frizz. Ultra-light, non-greasy, Pop & Lock combines the conditioning benefits of an oil with the shine power of a serum.

3. Importance of Regular Hair Trims

close-up of dark hair getting trimmed

To keep your hair healthy and free from split ends, regular trims are essential. 

Trimming your hair every six to eight weeks will prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft and causing frizz. It will also help your hair maintain a smooth and polished appearance.

To sum up, getting rid of
frizzy hair after straightening is possible with the right knowledge and steps. Understanding the causes of frizz, preparing your hair properly, following a step-by-step straightening guide, and taking post-straightening care are all essential in achieving a frizz-free look.

By incorporating these tips into your hair care routine, you can enjoy smooth, straight hair that lasts.


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