6 Best Anti Frizz Serums

Who else with curly hair is triggered by the word ‘frizzy’?

It’s a word that takes me back to high school. One day, I was about to talk to my crush, and I was so freaking nervous. In the schoolyard, we locked eyes, and he started walking towards me. I felt like I was about to pass out.

He stood in front of me and said, ‘Your frizzy hair is so cool’.

[Record scratch] Wait, what?!

Suddenly, I did NOT care about the cute boy talking to me. Instead, I wanted to run to the bathroom to look at my so-called frizzy hair.

From that moment, I started an ongoing war with frizz. And my weapon of choice? Anti frizz serums.

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An anti frizz serum not only controls the appearance of frizz. It can also help strengthen the cuticle to stop frizz from happening in the first place. Different serums have different advantages and should be used at varying stages of your haircare routine, depending on the outcome you're trying to achieve.

Some anti-frizz serums are most effective on dry, styled hair, whereas others work best on wet hair or before styling. Read on to find out about the best frizz serums you should be using.

Serum 101

Serums are incredibly versatile. Not only can they help hair look and feel healthier and more manageable, but an anti-frizz serum can also nourish or protect hair. Hair serums can be applied to either dry or wet hair, depending on their overall purpose.

What's the deal with anti frizz serums and Silicones?

Most anti-frizz serums are Silicone-based, which means they can build up and dry out strands in the long run. If you have frizz-prone hair, it's likely to be dehydrated, so you should be careful with a silicone based serum for curly hair.

Be sure to incorporate plenty of hydrating products into your haircare routine if you use Silicones regularly on curly or dehydrated hair.

Plus, remember to use a clarifying shampoo such as O&M Original Detox Shampoo every few washes to remove product build-up. This will ensure your hair can still get all those amazing benefits of your anti frizz serums.

Using an Anti Frizz Serum on Wet Hair

The secret on how to apply hair product to curly hair is all about the timing. After washing your hair, popping on a serum helps your curls look their best.

Using a hydrating anti frizz serum on wet hair allows the product to penetrate the hair cuticle and offer additional hydration.

These hair products for wet hair can feel too dense and heavy if applied to dry hair. This is how to keep hair from frizzing when air drying or after blow drying.

If one of your #HairGoals is to achieve the glass hair look like Kim K, you need to properly prep your hair. If you’re using heat on your hair, you need to apply a protective product first. Heat damage can dry out hair and make it more prone to frizz—the complete opposite of what you’re after!

To reduce frizzy hair after shower, squeeze a few drops of O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum into your palms then use your fingers to apply it throughout damp hair. Once your hair is dry, you can also apply a little bit more if it looks like your hair needs it. Formulated to protect hair from heat torture (aka, styling) and the elements, this lightweight serum will help to smooth hair and minimse fly-aways. This anti frizz serum for curly hair is 100% cruelty free and never tests on animals. Frizzy Logic Shine Serum is a PETA approved hair product and is a great anti frizz serum for black hair.

If you have dry frizzy ends of hair but can't step away from heat styling, you're going to want to opt for a silicone serum spray that focuses on heat protection. ghd Heat Protect Spray creates an invisible barrier on the hair to minimise damage caused by heat styling. To use, simply spritz damp hair from roots to tips and comb through to evenly distribute before blow-drying or heat styling. (Hot tip: ghd Heat Protect Spray can be applied underneath other styling products for your perfect customised finish).

If you're looking for a serum that’ll help protect, strengthen, and nourish your hair while you sleep, we recommend Kérastase Nutritive 8hr Magic Night Serum. Think of it as a night cream for your hair — this serum is all about hydration and restoration. How to treat frizzy hair after a shower? When you’re done for the night, apply the serum to damp hair and either braid your strands or twist them into a bun. Wake up with defined curls that show shine and softness.

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Using a Serum on Dry Hair Prior to Styling

Are you struggling with a tonne of knots or tangles? An added bonus of anti frizz serums is that they can make the hair easier to manage and comb through. Because curly hair is more porous, it can be easily damaged by brushing. Applying a serum before combing protects the curls from breakage and, therefore, frizz (winning!). Iles Formula Haute Performance Finishing Serum is a lightweight silicone free anti frizz serum that infuses hair with softness, strength, and a silky, lustrous look and feel. Frizzy or curly hair can take larger amounts of serum combed through the hair.

So, you’ve done your hair and makeup. You look in the mirror for final checks before walking out the door. And all you notice is a bunch of frizzy flyaways (boo, hiss). That’s ghd Smooth & Finish Serum comes in. The best anti frizz serum for dry hair, this lightweight formula adds shine to the hair while disguising the appearance of dry frizzy ends of hair. Apply to a finished look to tame any rogue strands. It’ll leave your hair looking polished and perfected.

Do you get to lunch and find that your hair’s decided to have a frizz freakout? Hair loses moisture throughout the day, making it much more likely to frizz up as the cuticles open and absorb humidity. Throw a serum in your bag that you can use for touch-ups throughout the day. ELEVEN Smooth & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum is your new best friend, taming flyaways, dry frizzy ends and also giving hair a healthy shine. One of the best frizz control serums, it’s formulated with Argan Oil to nourish hair, and it’s Watermelon-scented to boot! 😍🍉

Want more of the best tips and products for frizz prone hair? Check out these helpful guides from our Adore Beauty staff...

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