7 Hacks for Men on How to Fight the Frizz

7 Hacks for Men on How to Fight the Frizz

Written by: Piers Le Moignan



Time to read 11 min

Frizzy hair can be a real nuisance, especially when you're trying to perfect a new hairstyle you've seen on your Instagram feed (or on our blog). But thankfully, there are a few really easy ways to stop frizzy hair and tame those unruly strands.

Frizzy or fluffy hair can be the result of a number of things, such as humidity, lack of moisture, or using the wrong hair products. It can even be down to your hair type (curly and coily hair tends to be more prone to frizz). We'll look at these reasons in more depth later on.

But whatever the cause, it isn't impossible to fight off the frizz – both in the short-term and long-term.

Read on for our guide on how to get rid of your frizzy hair, including the possible reasons for it, what you can do to combat it, and even how to work with it rather than against it.

Why Does Men's Hair Get Frizzy?

As we touched on, there are a few reasons why your hair might be frizzy, some of which you might have more control over than others.

Frizzy hair is essentially strands of hair lifted or separated from the rest, giving it a frizzy or fluffy appearance.

The cuticles (the outer layer of the hair) are responsible for holding moisture in, but when they are raised or damaged, moisture can escape and leave your hair dry and frizzy.

Here are some common reasons why this might happen:

#1 Hair Damage

Heat styling, chemical treatments, and even using the wrong hair products can cause damage to your hair, leading to frizz.

When the cuticle becomes damaged, it can't hold onto moisture as well, resulting in dry, frizzy hair. That's why it's so important to use heat-protectant products and choose high-quality hair products to restore and nourish your hair.

#2 Humidity

For those of us living in humid climates, frizz is almost a daily battle. Humidity causes the hair to absorb moisture from the air, causing it to swell and become frizzy. This is especially true for more porous hair types (meaning they absorb moisture more easily).

#3 Lack of Moisture

On the other hand, a lack of moisture can also lead to frizzy hair. If your hair is naturally dry or you don't use conditioning products, the cuticle will struggle to retain moisture, resulting in frizz.

In the same way that dry skin can become flaky and rough without hydration, your hair can also become dry and frizzy.

#4 Hair Type

Curly, coily, or kinky hair types are more prone to frizz because of their natural shape. The tighter the curl, the harder it is for moisture to travel down the hair shaft, leading to dryness and frizz.

These hair types also tend to be coarser and more porous, making them more susceptible to humidity and damage.

#5 Genetics

As with many things, genetics can play a role in whether or not you have frizzy hair. Some people are more prone to having dry, frizzy hair due to their genetic makeup.

If your parents or close relatives also struggle with frizz, it's likely that you inherited the trait.

Is it Possible to Stop Frizzy Hair?

The good news is that you can definitely reduce the amount of frizz in your hair and even stop it from happening altogether (depending on the cause of your frizz).

If you think about what frizzy hair actually is – dry, damaged, or thirsty strands – then it makes sense that the key to fighting frizz is to give your hair what it's lacking.

How to Stop Frizzy Hair for Men

There are numerous ways you can get rid of frizzy hair, and it's really a matter of figuring out what works best for your hair type.

How effective these methods are also depends on the cause of your frizz (e.g. genetics versus humidity). You might find that a combination of techniques works best for you.

Here are some tips to help you stop frizzy hair and achieve smooth, manageable locks:

#1 Swap Out Your Hair Products

Your hair products are an important factor in keeping frizz at bay. If you use low-quality or cheap hair cleansers, like 2-in-1 shampoos and conditioners, or strong chemical-based products, you might be doing more harm than good.

Instead, upgrade your shower caddy with high-quality, nourishing hair products that focus on looking after your hair. Natural ingredients are a good bet as they help to lock in moisture and protect the hair cuticle.

Deeply hydrating products are also important, as you want to avoid drying your hair out even further.

The Best Shampoo & Conditioner for Frizz

Our recommendation? Our Thickening Shampoo and Thickening Conditioner.

These advanced formulas are free from harsh chemicals and contain natural ingredients like Aloe Leaf, Vitamin B3, and Wheat Protein to nourish and strengthen your hair. They effectively cleanse and hydrate your hair, leaving it smooth, silky, and frizz-free.

They also help to thicken and add volume from the first wash, which makes styling your hair a whole lot easier.

Here's what other men have to say about our Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner:

Great packaging, quality products, hair is feeling very healthy after 1 month's daily use, 5 stars” ***** – JS (September 23, 2023)

Great stuff works as described. Been using 1 week so far and hair much thicker, great product” ***** — Frank Jara (March 5, 2023)

Both the shampoo & conditioner are great! They smell amazing and they really make your hair feel thicker! Highly recommended!” ***** – Branden (November 27, 2022)

#2 Reduce Heat Styling Frequency

Damage caused by heat styling is one of the main perpetrators of frizzy hair. Try reducing your heat styling frequency and opt for more natural hairstyles instead.

If you do need to use heat, make sure to use a heat protectant spray or serum beforehand.

We also suggest keeping the temperature low on your styling tools (nothing over 180 degrees Celsius) and never using these tools on wet hair, as it's more susceptible to damage.

#3 Be More Gentle With Wet Hair

Leading on from the previous point, wet hair is also more fragile and prone to damage, so you should take extra care when it's wet.

When hair strands are wet, they are more elastic and can stretch, which can weaken the hair and cause breakage.

"The water weakens the hair's protein structure, making it more elastic and easier to stretch and snap." - Dermatologist Timothy Schmidt, MD, University of Utah Health

You should avoid scrubbing your hair with a towel or using hot air to dry it quickly. Instead, gently squeeze out excess water and use a microfiber towel or t-shirt to blot the rest.

Air-drying is also a good option if you have the time, but slowly drying or diffusing on a cool setting is also a gentle way to dry your hair.

#4 Use Styling Products to Smooth Frizz

In the short-term, use styling products to smooth down frizz. A styling compound or pomade can help to tame unruly strands and give your hair a sleeker, smoother appearance.

Our Hybrid Hair and Compound Clay are two fantastic options and are very effective at controlling frizz. Plus, they both have a matte finish, so they won't leave your hair looking greasy or weighed down.

Hybrid Hair Compound Clay

A hybridised styling compound with the properties & benefits of a hair clay & wax.

Nourishes the hair & scalp with natural ingredients, like Organic British Beeswax, Organic Arabian Aloe Vera, & Unrefined Atlantic Sea Salt.

A pure clay blend of Icelandic Bentonite & French Kaolin with all-day hold & a matte finish.

The formula also contains Mexican Jojoba Oil & Arabian Aloe Vera for added hydration.

#5 Use a Hair Oil Mask

Home remedies are another great way to combat frizz and nourish your hair at the same time. A hair oil mask can work wonders for dry, damaged hair by intensely hydrating and repairing the hair cuticle.

You can make your own at home using natural oils like coconut, argan, or olive oil. Simply apply a generous amount to damp hair, leave it in for at least 30 minutes, then shampoo and condition your hair as usual.

You can also use a pre-made hair oil mask, but make sure to choose one that doesn't contain harsh chemicals or silicones.

#6 Get Your Hair Cut Regularly

Regular trims really can help solve a number of hair woes, including frizzy hair. Trimming off split ends and damaged hair helps to keep your hair healthy and strong, reducing the likelihood of frizz.

Plus, getting regular trims gives you the opportunity to consult with your stylist about any concerns you have with your hair and get tailored advice on how to manage it.

#7 Take More Cold Showers

We know cold showers are not exactly the most appealing option. But hear us out – cold water can actually help to reduce frizz.

When you wash your hair with water that's too hot, it can cause the cuticle to swell and open up, making it more susceptible to damage and frizz. Cold water helps to close the cuticle, adding shine and preventing moisture from escaping.

If you can't bear a cold shower, try rinsing your hair with cold water at the end of your shower instead.

Cold showers actually have a lot of other benefits, too, like increasing blood circulation and improving your mood.

Is it Possible to Fix Damaged Frizzy Hair?

Frizzy hair caused by damage is definitely fixable, but it will take some time. It's important to remember that your hair won't be fixed overnight, so don't get discouraged if you don't see immediate results.

You should establish a sound haircare routine and stick to it (this is the important part). This includes using nourishing hair products, limiting heat styling, and being gentle with your hair when it's wet.

Getting your hair cut short is also an option if your hair is severely damaged, as this will remove most of the damaged strands and allow for healthy hair to grow back.

The Best Hairstyles for Frizzy Hair

Working with your frizzy hair rather than against it can also make a big difference. If your hair is naturally frizzy due to its shape and texture, experimenting with different hairstyles can help you find a look that suits your hair type.

Some of our top picks for hairstyles that work well with frizzy hair include:

Messy Shaggy Cut

A messy, shaggy cut is great for frizzy hair because it doesn't require much styling or heat. It's also a low-maintenance option that can give your hair a cool, relaxed vibe.

You can achieve this look by using a texturising and hold product (like Hybrid Hair) and working it through your hair with your fingers.

Spiky Short Cut

Styling your hair in a short, spiky hairstyle is a good way to work with the frizz and disguise it.

Use a strong-hold product (like Compound Clay) to shape the spikes and create the texture by running it through the hair from front to back. You can also use concentrated amount of product on specific areas to add more definition.

Straightened Side Part

Straightening your hair is a surefire way to tame the frizz, and styling it in a deep side part creates a bit more of a polished look. Just make sure you're using a heat protectant and not straightening your hair too often.

Again, use a hold product to keep your parted hair in place and smooth down any flyaways.

The Takeaway: Taming Frizzy Hair for Men

Whether your frizz is caused by genetics, humidity, or damage, there are ways to reduce its appearance and achieve smoother, more manageable locks.

It's important to establish a good haircare routine and use high-quality products that nourish and protect your hair. Don't be afraid to experiment with different hairstyles to find one that works best for your frizzy hair type.

And remember, consistency is key – stick with it, and you'll see results over time.

You can shop our full range of men's hair care products below to elevate your haircare routine and say goodbye to frizzy hair.


How Do You Straighten Frizzy Hair for Men?

Use a heat protectant and turn your straightener down to a lower temperature (180 degrees Celsius or less). Take small sections of hair and run the straightener through it, from root to tip.

Be careful not to overdo it or use too much heat, as this can cause further damage. Wait for the hair to cool, and use a hold product to keep it in place.

How Can I Reduce Frizzy Hair Naturally?

Oil hair masks, cold showers, and using natural hair products can all help to reduce frizz naturally. You can also try natural styling techniques like diffusing or air-drying your hair instead of using heat.

What Makes Frizzy Hair Worse?

Using harsh hair products, heat styling too often, and not protecting your hair from humidity can all make frizzy hair worse. Genetics also play a role in how prone you are to frizz, so if you have a family history of it, you might be more likely to experience it as well.

How Do You Fix Frizzy Hair Fast?

A styling product like a pomade or compound clay can help to tame frizz quickly. Our new Compound Clay is a great fix for frizz, formulated with natural ingredients (such as Hydrogenated Organic Mexican Jojoba oil and Organic Arabian Aloe Vera) to nourish your hair from scalp to tip.

Simply rub a small amount between your palms and run it through your hair for a smooth, polished look.

Piers Le Moignan

Piers Le Moignan is the founder and CEO of Salt Grooming, an award-winning British luxury men’s haircare and styling brand. 

Founded in 2018, Piers has quickly grown the company into a global brand that has distributed to 43 countries and counting.

Headquartered in London, Piers leads an agile workforce of 10 employees and consultants, including the company’s formulation team which features some of the UK’s leading cosmetic scientists. Piers is responsible for overseeing logistics, supply chain, and performance marketing, and is the driving force behind Salt’s product innovation and brand/creative direction. 

Previous to foundership, Piers spent a decade at some of London’s leading creative agencies, developing global brands and communications for the likes of Adidas, Jaguar Land Rover, British Airways, and more.

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