Techniques for Smoothing and Shaping
This page details specific techniques for straightening frizzy hair using a round brush
or a hot air
You'll also find information on frizzy hair
and general advice on styling hair that's
curly or frizzy
in this section.
Preparing the Hair
complete list of curly hair products that'll help with straightening frizzy
Straightening frizzy hair begins long before you get out your
hair styling tools. Read our tips on combatting frizzy
Squeeze hair in a towel to remove some of the moisture. DO NOT
Rubbing will rough up the outside (cuticle) layer of the hair, which can
cause breakage, tangles and frizz. Rake your chosen product through the hair,
making sure to smooth it in well enough to cover all sides of the hair and
Rough-dry your hair
by blowing it in different directions while pulling
your fingers through. The idea here is to remove most of the moisture and
begin creating volume, while loosening the curl a bit. Your hair won't begin to
take shape with a round brush until it is almost dry, so this step prevents that
45-minute blow dry session you dread so much. Just make sure you direct
the airflow away from your scalp.
When straightening frizzy hair with a very tight curl pattern, avoid the
rough-drying described above in the hairline, fringe and top sections, or
whichever area has the most tenacious curl. Styling those extra-difficult areas
from nearly wet will give you a smoother finish.
Part off a small section (1-2 inches deep) of hair in the nape of your neck and
clip the rest up out of the way...
Bring on the Roundbrush!
If you are styling your hair with a brush and hair dryer
, it is imperative
to aim the airflow away from the scalp and down along the surface of the hair
strand when straightening frizzy hair. Use the highest heat setting for coarse,
curly hair, less heat for fine to medium textured hair.
If you are using a hot-air-brush
, grasp the ends of your hair to create
adequate tension. Heat and tension are the two main requirements for
smoothing hair. Smooth the brush along the length of your hair, slowing at the
ends and winding the brush up slightly to create a bit of a bend.
The most important factor in not getting a round brush caught in your hair
is to go in clean. By that I mean lift the section you are working with up
off of the hair below it and make sure when you insert the brush that you don't
drag in any hair from other sections
For straight ends
, don't allow the tips of your hair to curve around the
brush at all. Direct the flow of air straight down over the surface of the hair and
sweep it out over the end of the brush.
Repeat this scalp to ends process two or three times per section, each time a
little quicker than the last. The idea is to decrease heat damage and increase
drying time by keeping the brush and hot air flowing. It sounds like a lot, but it's
actually quite efficient because you can work with larger sections and moving
quickly helps maintain tension on the hair, resulting in a smoother finish. You'll
find it's worth the effort. :o)
For added shing when straightening frizzy
Twirl the brush to anchor it into the root sections, spinning
at least a few times around before moving down the hair strand . This'll serve
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Let down the next section of hair and repeat the steps listed above. Take the
time to concentrate on the ends and be sure that each section is completely
dry, even a slight bit of moisture can induce fuzz. At the same time though, over
drying when styling hair can be damaging. There is a happy medium. If you're in
doubt, wait a few minutes for the hair to cool, it's usually easier to feel any
remaining dampness when the hair has cooled off.
To build volume when styling hair in the top and crown (the volume zone), angle
the section at least 90 degrees from the scalp
when you pull it up in the
brush. It's called "overdirecting the hair" and is very effective for adding lift.
In areas where you want to create shape or direction from the roots
wind the hair around the brush in the direction you want the hair to wave and hit
it with heat, then either give it a blast of cool air from your blow dryer, or if
you're using a blow brush allow the hair to cool before you disturb it again. The
same rule applies for curling the ends of your hair, first heat it, then cool
The hair must be heated
to alter its shape, and cooled
to set it.
If the hair is disturbed before it's set properly, you'll lose some of the shape
you just laboured to create. Frustrating? That's why I've mentioned the whole
heat/cool thing a few times here. This is a universal rule no matter what tool
you're using or effect you're trying to achieve.
Smooth and Define
After Straightening Frizzy Hair
If your hair is fine
emulsify a small dab of liquid silicone
in your hands and gently smooth through the ends of your hair. If there are a
few fuzzies at the top, smooth a small amount on only the surface. Too much of
any product when styling hair that's fine will weigh it down and create a "stringy"
look. Not pretty.
If your hair is medium to thick
, use either a liquid silicone or a pomade
(Anti-Humectant Pomade in humid areas) Same application as above. Remember
to emulsify. It's especially important here because pomades can be
Try to identify individual waves and pieces moving in the same direction and
smooth them together to help define things. Styling hair is very much an artform,
which means you need to keep an eye on your medium for inspiration. Watch for
any "fluke" happenings that look appealing or interesting and take advantage of
them -- Sieze the opportunities. Really, if you pay attention, you'll see what I
Whether you use a finishing spray or not is personal preference. I usually don't
when styling hair to smooth and soften unless the style still needs a bit more
support. Generally, I prefer to leave the hair in it's most moveable, natural state.
But you do what works for you!
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