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Hairstyle Makeovers: Taming Frizz

FITNESS recently sent five readers in various levels of hair distress to Edris Salon in New York City for complete makeovers. Here, Lisa Greenberg learns how to fight frizz and tame her curly hair and give it the lift and life she always wanted.

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The Problem: Fuzzy, Frizzy Layers

"My hair is so frizzy, I'm starting to look like my Labradoodle!"
-- Lisa Greenberg, 44, Public Relations Consultant

Like most women with curly hair, Lisa had different textures all over, including soft waves, medium-size curls, and tight ringlets. The top section near her crown was frizzier than the smoother bottom and underneath layers -- and using one product (even sophisticated curl definers and frizz fighters, which she tried) couldn't tame it all.

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Lighten Up

Salon owner Edris Nicholls pulled Lisa's hair into a low ponytail and cut off three inches in one slice to reduce the heavy weight.

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De-Frizz Fix

Semipermanent color helps to ground flyaways, explains colorist Josh Dieffenbacher. "The protein in the dye flattens the cuticle."

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Extra Lift

To keep curls bouncy and prevent strands from pulling them straight, Nicholls strategically added layers throughout Lisa's hair.

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Lisa's Hair Transformation

Lisa says: "My long hair was a big part of my identity. Losing it has pushed me to take more risks."

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Get This Look at Home: Step 1

Apply a drop of leave-in conditioner to a section of damp hair; repeat on the next section. "This guarantees you cover every inch of hair, which eliminates frizz," Nicholls says.

Kerastase Nectar Thermique, $34,

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Get This Look at Home: Step 2

To tame unruly areas, apply a pea-size squirt of alcohol-free gel, such as Aussie Opposites Attract Spray Gel, $3.25, drugstores, to the section. Wrap and roll it around your finger, then pin the knot at the roots to set it in place.

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Get This Look at Home: Step 3

Using a blower with a diffuser, dry hair on a low speed with high heat, holding it five inches from strands until dry. Finally, unravel just-made curls and fluff hair with fingers.

Conair Infiniti Cord-Keeper, $34.99, drugstores

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, January 2009.

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ambitiousak wrote:

Very helpful, I too have very curly/frizzy hair - got so tired of being called Ike turner - I found a conditioning mouse to be very helpful - after washing my hair - I apply it when my hair is wet and allow it to dry before I touch it.

5/12/2011 05:26:59 PM Report Abuse
ljbarton6220 wrote:

It worked out better for her than for me when I bought Frizz-Eeze at the drug store. It absolutely made my hair frizzy! Worse than before.

4/29/2011 06:14:09 PM Report Abuse
sissykay1 wrote:

love the look and the advice i will take because i am dealing with some real fine fly away.

4/29/2011 10:13:53 AM Report Abuse
ucbear1 wrote:

Try Avon's Advanced Technique Lotus Shield. It works really well for 1/3 of the price of the K brand. Also, blow drying, even a diffuser is still heat and that is damaging.

8/27/2010 10:46:36 AM Report Abuse
ranihb wrote:

I agree also with the first comment. I have really long, curly hair and would NEVER cut it that short. As a matter of fact, I think shorter, curly hair tends to frizz more with the need for more products. Personally, longer layers (keeping them trimmed every 6-8wks) with a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and leave-in conditioner does the trick!

8/27/2010 10:17:49 AM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I have the same hair and hate to think I have to cut my hair off in order to have tame hair. With all the products out there claim to tame the frizz, why couldn't she just use some of them? Don't they work? This cut is good on her, but wouldn't work on everyone.

8/27/2010 09:48:15 AM Report Abuse
chatnoirtreize wrote:

I agree with the first comment. There's a lot of upkeep for that look. I would have liked to see a more realistic approach for busy women with that kind of hair.

3/7/2010 11:51:54 AM Report Abuse
KinKStar wrote:

As someone with this type hair, I can tell you there is no way this lady was able to keep up this hairstyle . . . Show us a picture of her now - to prove me wrong!

12/6/2009 09:42:59 PM Report Abuse

I'd like more of this type of information

10/25/2009 11:09:16 PM Report Abuse

very interesting and helpful

10/25/2009 11:08:00 PM Report Abuse

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