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The Do’s and Don’ts of Frizz Control

by Michelle Breyer on Monday, June 1, 2009

Jami Symons

Jami Symons

During his 22 years working with curls, stylist Jami Symons has learned a thing or two when it comes to combating frizz.

“Ultimately, I think of frizzy hair as curls that have too much volume and not enough definition,” says Symons, an artistic director for AG Hair Cosmetics and owner of the Jami Symons Salon in Calgary, Alberta, where curly clients account for 60 percent of the total clientele. “There are a lot of misconceptions about frizz, and there are some techniques you want to use and others you want to completely avoid.”

One of the most important techniques to avoid, says Symons, is razor cutting.

“It makes the ends too find, which makes the hair look too frizzy,” says Symons. “With curly hair, the ends need to be more blunt.”

Another is brushing frizzy, curly hair, even when it’s wet. Instead, he uses a large-tooth comb or a pick to comb through the curls. This helps create more curl definition.

AG Re-coil

There are plenty of do’s as well:

  • Look at the overall condition of the hair and make sure the client is using a moisturizing conditioner. Symons likes AG Ultramoist because it adds moisture and weight to the hair.
  • Make sure you get rid of the client’s dry, frizzy ends. These prevent curls from clumping
  • Before cutting the hair, it can help to apply the foundation styling product. This prevents the hair from overdrying and makes it easier to control.
  • Apply products that seal the cuticle. Even if a client is wearing her hair curly, Symons uses AG Set it Straight, which contains a high-grade silicone that fills in the gaps and calms the hair down. He also likes to use Split End Spa on the ends to provide moisture as well as weight.
  • When applying the hair, rake through the hair and apply the product from the ends to the roots. Symons asks his clients to flip their hair upside down and then he works it in that way.
  • In terms of styling products, Symonds suggests styling creams that control the frizz and add weight. he likes AG Details Styling Cream and AG Re:coil Curl Activator.
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