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5 Frizz-Free Tips for Washing, Drying and Styling Your Red Hair

Updated: November 2nd, 2023

Redheads typically have coarse, frizzy hair. Whether your hair is bone straight or naturally curly, it’s always good to know if you’re doing something wrong to cause more frizz –– like using products with way too many chemicals or towel drying your hair. We spoke with celebrity hairstylist, Bill Murphy.

“For too long we’ve taken for granted that products can ‘correct’ every hair and skin issue or imperfection. But more people are starting to realize that the chemicals present in these products may lead to long-term damage to your hair, skin, body and even the environment,” says Murphy. “Sulfates, for instance, corrosively strip hair and skin of essential moisture. Redheads should look for not only esthetic ingredients but also medicinal ingredients.”

Aside from keeping products sulfate-free, Murphy has 5 more frizz-free tips for washing, drying and styling your red hair:

1. Brushing

If you need to comb your wet hair, do so with wet fingers. Using a brush will create breakage and knots.

2. Drying

After washing, reduce frizz by drying your hair with a cotton t-shirt instead of a towel. A towel’s texture can cause a ton of friction –– which disrupts the cuticle and creates frizz. The flat surface of cotton t-shirts absorbs water without causing friction.

When drying your hair opt to use a microfiber towel! Introducing the How to be a Redhead Soft Microfiber Hair Towel for Redheads. Because wet hair is at its most vulnerable, this custom microfiber towel gently and carefully absorbs moisture from your red hair and dries it quickly, all while protecting it from stretching and breakage. This design is uniquely shaped to wrap all of your hair securely (no matter the length), with an elastic strap to comfortably keep things in place. Your hair journey starts here, redheads.

3. Caring

Make sure to squeeze your hair (do not rub) while drying. Apply a no-frizz styling product like Virtue Labs Virtue Polish Unfrizz Cream.

4. Applying Heat

If you’re applying heat to your red locks, make sure to blow-dry on a medium to cool setting to close the cuticles and avoid frizzing.

5. After Care

Make sure to keep hair moisturized with a post-styling product like Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment. Apply a pea-size amount to your ends –– avoiding the root area.

If you are looking for a way to keep your red hair shiny and healthy, look no further:

Finally Glossy® Shine & Luminosity Shampoo for Redheads

It took many years to custom-make the Finally Glossy® formula and we’re so excited for redheads to enjoy it. We’re thrilled to release another clean redhead beauty product. It is paraben-free, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, petroleum-free, mineral-oil, and vegan. It also contains no perfume, is free of gluten and is silicone-free, phthalate-free, formaldehyde-free and cocamidopropyl betaine-free. This clean formula is formulated with Vitamin B3, olive oil, coconut oil and green tea.

Rock it like a Redhead!  

Photo via FGR