How Can I Tame Curly, Frizzy Hair Without Making It Greasy?

Curly hair is generally a lot drier than straight hair, so the former is much more prone to frizz. However, it's possible to have hair that's at once curly, frizz-prone, and greasy.

Unfair, right? Don't worry; you just need to change up your haircare routine a little to enjoy the benefits of smoothing hair products without causing additional oiliness.

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Why is My Hair Like This?

First things first: you need to understand why your curly hair is becoming frizzy yet sometimes greasy too. When the hair cuticles open up to absorb moisture from the atmosphere, the hair strands swell.

With curly strands naturally being quite dry, your hair is more likely to become frizzy. You may have dehydrated hair, but you can also suffer from greasy roots if your scalp if producing too much sebum.

Use Clarifying Shampoos

Clarifying shampoos are powerful and can be drying over time. It's not recommend that you use one every time you wash your hair. However, using a clarifying shampoo every few washes prevents the product build-up that can leave your roots feeling and looking greasy.

Many anti-frizz products contain silicones, which are particularly notorious for causing product build-up. Silicones work by forming a layer over the cuticle but can leave a residue and stop moisturising products from penetrating. If you use silicone-based hair products, you should definitely use a clarifying shampoo.

We recommend O&M Original Detox Shampoo. If you'd like something even more intensive, consider Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub.

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Ensure You're Using Products Correctly

Serums are some of the best products you can use to control and prevent frizz. However, different serums should be used at different stages in your haircare routine.

Serum should also only be used on the mid lengths and ends of hair. If you apply serum to the roots, this may leave your hair looking greasy, as silicones do have a high-shine finish.

Don't Overload Your Hair With Products

If you're fighting frizz, you may be tempted to throw every single product at your hair in the hope that one may actually sort things out. You may be causing more damage by overloading your hair with ingredients.

It's much better to introduce haircare products into your routine slowly and see what works for you. If you're struggling to know where to start, we have some great anti-frizz product recommendations.

Try Not To Touch Your Hair Too Much

It's a bad habit that most women are guilty of. Whereas most people think of this as 'fixing' their hair, excessive handling actually causes more harm than good.

If you have curly hair, keeping your hands off your mane is particularly important, as you may lose curl definition and cause more frizz the more you play with it. Style your hair once and then leave it alone! Try to find another way to keep your restless hands busy.

If you're doing a great job of taming frizz but notice your hair becoming greasier, take a step back and rethink your haircare routine. Curly, frizz-free, grease-free hair is in no way impossible and can be achieved when you go back to basics.