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Heidi Shaffer, Published June 27 2013

Five tips to fight frizz

FARGO – As a girl with curls, I’m constantly fighting the frizzies this time of year.

But thanks to the help of some informed friends and capable stylists, I’ve learned to control my coils.

Here are five tips for preventing and treating summer frizz:

1. Use anti-humectant products.

Gabe Rheault, artistic director at Josef’s School of Hair Design in downtown Fargo, recommends daily styling with products that propel water, like petroleum-based gels or natural oil pomades.

My personal favorite – and Rheault’s, as it turns out – is Aveda’s Anti-humectant pomade. Moroccan oil is another popular choice.

For those with straight-but-frizzy hair, Rheault advises using the same products but with a bit of caution.

“People with straight hair have to worry about using too much so it doesn’t feel too weighed down,” he says.

2. Avoid thermal styling.

While blow-drying or flat-ironing temporarily smooths hair, it can be drying and damaging in the long run, Rheault says.

“It can be a quick fix, but not good for the long term,” he says.

3. Get regular conditioning treatments.

Your stylist can give your hair a heavy-duty moisturizing treatment that smooths the cuticle and cuts down on frizz.

Rheault recommends monthly conditionings at your salon, but “you can never really get it done too much.”

4. Go in for a fresh cut.

I’m always amazed at how much nicer my curls form after a good cut from a skilled stylist.

A trim also gets rid of any dry ends that look anything but sleek.

5. Braid it.

This week dealt a few oppressively sticky days, pushing me to my last resort: a braid to contain the fuzzy flyaways framing my face.

It’s a quick solution that just happens to also look pretty cute.

Readers can reach Forum features editor

Heidi Shaffer at (701) 241-5511